Season 5 of Game of Thrones left us with a lot of cliffhangers, though no question seems more burning than that of Jon Snow’s untimely death, including whether it even happened. The question is so big, even the president of the United States wants to know what the deal is. According to Newsweek, Obama popped the question of all questions to Season 5 director David Nutter when the two met at a party.
Nutter responded with, “[Jon Snow]‘s dead. dead, dead, dead.” Given author George R.R. Martin’s propensity to kill off the audience’s favorite characters, there’s a good chance Snow is, in fact, dead. Like, dead dead, and not Beric Dondarrion or Lady Stoneheart dead.
So, what was Obama’s reaction to the rumors of Jon Snow‘s demise? Somewhat anti-climatic, actually. The Wrap reported that the commander-in-chief just kinda said “OK” when confronted with the fate of Lord Commander Snow, though he did request advanced copies of the Season 6 DVD (honestly, who wouldn’t?).
Snow’s being dead seems to the be the general consensus from everyone involved with Thrones, ranging from Liam Cunningham (who plays Ser Davos) to show creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff. But if Jon Snow isn’t surviving til winter comes in Season 6, why was actor Kit Harington seen with the cast of Game of Thrones on set in Belgium?
As past history shows, characters don’t always have to stay dead in the magical world of Westeros. There’s a whole range of options for them, including full-blown resurrection to being “reanimated” into White Walkers. Some of the more popular guesses about Jon Snow’s death have him being brought back as a White Walker, or possibly resurrected by Thoros of Myr. And of course, like all great questions, you can trying asking Siri to answer whether or not Jon Snow is truly dead.
When you ask Siri if Jon Snow is dead???? pic.twitter.com/NH3STqaKEp
— Daenerys Targaryen (@Daenerys) April 11, 2016
Then, of course, there is the theory that Jon Snow may secretly be a Targaryen descendant. If this is true, everything we thought we knew about Snow’s fate could be totally wrong. Not only would that make Jon a legitimate contender for the Iron Throne, but he could be (as some have guessed) one of the “heads of the dragon” prophesied to save Westeros from said coming winter. That means either he’ll be a help to Daenerys in her quest for the throne or her greatest challenge yet.
There have also been hints from HBO and other reliable sources about the rumors surrounding Snow’s death. Yahoo got the inside scoop on the first episode of Season 6, which will be titled “The Red Woman.” HBO noted very simply, yet disturbingly, in the episode description that “…Jon Snow is dead.”
As is typical with Thrones episodes, Jon Snow’s death being final would leave a lot of unanswered questions. For one thing, we still don’t know for sure who Snow’s real mother is. Subtle clues in the Song Of Ice And Fire books and Game of Thrones TV adaptation point to the possibility of Ashara Dayne or a common woman named Wylla having born Jon. However, this was never confirmed, and the late Ned Stark might have been the only one who had the answer.
We also do not know whether Jon’s death could play a role in Westeros politics. If he is truly dead, that could mean chaos for the members of the Night’s Watch, and there seem to be less and less living Starks to defend Winterfell with every passing second. Hopefully, Season 6 will have some answers for us when it premieres on HBO starting April 24.
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