Warning: Game of Thrones season 5 and 6 spoilers ahead.
At first, there were many reasons to think Game of Thrones’ beloved character Jon Snow was gone for good. Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, said “he wasn’t coming back for another season” and Thrones creator Dan Weiss said “dead is dead,” when asked about Jon’s death.
But now, the cat’s out of the bag. “Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over,” said Harington in an interview with Belgian magazine Humo. Looks like Jon Snow will certainly be back for season 6 and many more Game of Thrones episodes.
“I’ll probably be in my thirties when it’s over.”
The question is: How will Harington’s character Jon Snow return to Game of Thrones season 6?
As A Warg
A popular theory is that Jon Snow will use the same “warg” power his half-brother Bran Stark uses to enter the mind of his snow white dire wolf, Ghost. Warg powers start with dreams of being animals — as they did for Bran after his fall — and in the books, Jon Snow regularly dreams from Ghost’s perspective, but these dreams haven’t been carried into the series (and may never be.) Though, you have to wonder how safe Ghost would from the Night’s Watchmen who killed Jon.
As A Wight
As we know from Game of Thrones; it’s best to burn your dead at The Wall, or they come back as undead wights. This theory seems unlikely, since The Night’s Watch is smart enough to burn Jon Snow’s body. Imagining Jon Snow has a zombie wight is fun though, but it would probably get old to watch; all the wights do is look creepy and maul people.
As A White Walker
This theory is pretty far-fetched. Yet, the Night’s King (that big ol’ White Walker commander) did seem to take an interest in Jon Snow during the attack on Hardhome. Maybe the White Walkers will find some way to make Jon into one of their own?
Resurrected By Melisandre
Melisandre’s return to Castle Black during the finale episode coincides too perfectly with Jon Snow’s death. It’s also pretty evident that Melisandre has taken a keen (and sexual) liking to Jon Snow. In the books, the Red Priest Thoros of Myr is able to use the power of R’hllor to bring Beric Dondarrion from the brink of death. It’s probable Melisandre has the same magic, making her a likely savior.
He Didn’t Die
This is a straightforward one. Jon Snow miraculously survives the stabbing, or someone gets to him in time to tend his wounds. If he’s being treated at The Wall, he better keep a safe distance from the mutineers.
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