This probably doesn’t need saying but: here there be spoilers. If you aren’t up to date on Game of Thrones, leave now!
As we all saw at the end of Game of Thrones season five, Jon Snow supposedly met a rather grisly end. But, the rumour mill has been in overdrive since then (especially if you’ve read the books, but we’ll get to that later), with many suggesting that Melisandre could use her powers to revive him as she is rather conveniently at the Wall.
Now the actress that plays Melsiandre, Carice van Houten, has has dismissed these theories. But, it could very well be a bait and switch…
She said to Empire Magazine: “I’m afraid I’m gonna disappoint a lot of people. Why so much pressure on my character? I mean, I understand that he’s the good we want in this crazy world. And me and my mother and my sister want him to come back very desperately. But Melisandre has never brought anyone back to life. Why does it have to be me?”
We’ve also had some comments on season six from showrunner David Beinoff, where he touched on how season six is going into uncharted territory as it will be ahead of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. He was keen to reassure us book readers that we shouldn’t fear the HBO series ruining Winds of Winter or the books from there on.
When speaking to EW, he said: “People are talking about whether the books are going to be spoiled, and it’s really not true. So much of what we’re doing diverges from the books at this point. And while there are certain key elements that will be the same, we’re not going to talk so much about that – and I don’t think George is either. People are going to be very surprised when they read the books after the show. They’re quite divergent in so many respects.”
Earlier on in the article, I mentioned some theries from people who have read the books. So, here is a spoiler warning for the books, and more specifically, A Dance with Dragons.
A Dance with Dragons was kind of present in season five, with some elements making it’s way into the series. But there was one thing missing that relates to Jon Snow’s character. This was, of course, relating to his status as a warg. This was something that was completely absent from Jon’s character in the show, but in the books it was actually my main reason for thinking Jon is technically still alive.
As you might remember, there is a part in ADwD where we see another warg and how he was able to live a long time by switching into the bodies of animals and even other humans. So my theory has always been: Jon’s body might be dead, but his warg spirit will just move into someone else. But given that was not in show at all, I would be surprised to see that. But its entirely possible that they will do it, but make it a twist reveal that gasp, so-and-so is actually Jon in their body!
There is one snag to this, though, George is pretty known for bait and switches himself. I would not put it past him to give us hope for Jon with the warg story, only for it not to happen to the beloved character. Melisandre could also be an option, as could Thoros of Myr. But that also has a caveat, since his whole storyline with Lady Stoneheart was removed.
But, I am more or less expecting Kit Harrington to return in season six given how popular his character. But, unfortunately, we shall have to wait and see.