Game of Thrones has its Season 6 premiere on April 24, 2016, but the date is too long for fans waiting to resolve the mystery surrounding Jon Snow’s death. Since popular Game of Thrones character Jon Snow met his fateful end in Season 5, there has been nothing but speculation over just what happened to the member of the Night’s Watch.
What is even more frustrating for fans is that Jon Snow’s fate was left in the balance in the novel version of Game of Thrones, as well. Book 6 of the series, entitled A Dance With Dragons, was published by George R. R. Martin back in 2011, and despite the promise that a seventh book, The Winds of Winter, would pick up with Jon Snow’s storyline, George R. R. Martin has failed to deliver. On January 2nd this year, he posted an update on his website saying simply, “The Winds of Winter is not finished.”
“Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, ‘I have completed and delivered The Winds of Winter‘ on or before the last day of 2015. But the book’s not done.”
The TV version of Game of Thrones is now in a peculiar position in that it has begun to run out of published source material. However, due to the popularity of the show, it will continue with new episodes. George R. R. Martin continues to be a consultant for Game of Thrones and has now told executives at HBO how the various storylines will continue.
While there are a great many stories that viewers want to know, none is more intriguing than what will happen with Jon Snow. To this end, the cast has been very tight-lipped about spoiling anything from the upcoming Season 6.
However, accidents happen and most recently, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, who plays Jon Snow’s half-sister Arya Stark, offered a hint of what can be expected. As E! Online reports, Maisie Williams was on the red carpet of the London Film Critic’s Circle Awards when she let slip a little much about Jon Snow’s death.
“It was awful. It was awful. Everyone was so sad about it, and I feel so mean because I speak to people and they’re all like, ‘Jon Snow, is he back?’ And it’s really heartbreaking because people are like, ‘Yeah, but he’s coming back though?’ It’s a great twist, but I can’t say he’s going to be alive.”
The twist that Maisie Williams refers to, as reported by Vanity Fair, is the theory that Jon Snow did in fact die, but will be brought back to life. Other Game of Thrones characters have met this same fate, both in the book and in the TV series, and many point to the character of Melisandre, who has magic abilities, to be the one to bring him back to life. What form he will take, though, is unknown.
HBO is certainly using the unknown to tease viewers of Game of Thrones. The trailer for Season 6 was released and included a mash-up of different characters and plot points. Jon Snow was featured heavily in the teaser, which has led many to hope that he will in fact return. At the very end of the trailer, Bran Stark states, “they have no idea what’s going to happen.”
And that sentiment is the point of the show. Game of Thrones is a weekly event where main characters are never safe and allegiances are constantly shifting, leaving anything to happen.
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