WARNING: Spoilers abound in this article. Proceed with caution if you have not watched up to the Season 5 finale of HBO's Game of Thrones.
I am a big believer that Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) recovers from his little accident in the Season 5 finale of HBO's Game of Thrones. However, I am getting exceedingly concerned Jon Snow's fate may hang precariously in the balance due to the assumption Kit Harington's character will survive into season 6 of Game of Thrones.
Bear with me on this one.
For starters, I don't think the show makes one shred of sense if Jon Snow dies. After all, what is the point of making a big deal about Jon Snow's parentage if he is now dead? There isn't a point at all other than the grandest occurrence of fans being lead down the garden path ever seen in television history. And, really, I don't think that's George R. R. Martin's end plan. His whole book series (that the Game of Thrones TV series is based on) revolves around how the characters play towards the end game, which is winning the iron throne and being crowned supreme ruler of their known universe. Harington's character, Jon Snow, has had his intrigue set from the very start. He's the bastard son of Ned Stark and there is a giant question mark over his head as to who his mother is. So much emphasis has been placed on this plot line that to kill Jon Snow off now would make many fans question what the point of Game of Thrones really is now.
Many fans have denied Jon Snow is really dead after the Season 5 finale saw him stabbed multiple times by his fellow night's watchmen. And it is this widespread belief that is making me question just how far HBO and George R. R. Martin will go to prove the point that anyone can die at any given moment in Game of Thrones, that no one is safe. After all, there is a reason so many memes exist about George R. R. Martin.
First it was Kit Harington appearing at Wimbledon still sporting his long Jon Snow locks. Now, sightings of Kit Harington in Belfast this week has sent fans into a frenzy as "proof" that Jon Snow lives. Considering the rest of his cast members are also there for the script read through makes it compelling evidence that Kit Harrington is still a member of the Game of Thrones cast. However, to be fair, Kit Harington might only appear as a corpse or still dying character in the first episode of Season 6. Or, alternatively, he could return in flashbacks or dream sequences.
Kit Harington is in Belfast AGAIN; plus, Irish actor joins Game of Thrones http://t.co/Ka389PuBzg #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/J9snWHg4bBOr he could survive into season 6 and all the interviews Kit Harington did stating Jon Snow was "really dead" are just what all the fans though: smoke and mirrors at best, and outright lies at worst.
— Watchers on the Wall (@WatchersOTWall) July 21, 2015
Could the positive assurance by fans that they are unequivocally right in the instance of Jon Snow's survival lead to HBO and Martin killing the character off just to prove a point?
What if George R. R. Martin and the writers at HBO decide that the shock of really killing Jon Snow off, once and for all, is better than maintaining a cohesive story arc for the character? After all, Martin killed off most of the Stark clan in surprisingly horrific and unexpected ways. The show is know for hacking its way through fans emotions and laying multitudes of characters dead and dying across the seasons, why should it be any different for Kit Harington's Jon Snow?
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