The moment that many Game of Thrones fans predicted happened tonight. While HBO tried its hardest to keep the fate of one of the show’s favorite characters a secret, there was just too much internet speculation out there to keep the fans from making an educated guess about what would happen. If you haven’t already watched Episode 2 of Season 6 of Game of Thrones, it’s time to look away now.
Spoiler alert: This article discusses Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
So Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was resurrected in Episode 2 (entitled “Home”) of Game of Thrones. HBO tried its hardest to deny this would happen using the worn out mantra “Jon Snow is dead.” And, yes, technically they were right. However, for many fans, this was a given, because in order for Melisandre (Carice van Houten) to use her Lord of Light powers and bring Jon Snow back from the dead, he had to be, well, dead.
— Chakalele (@Chakalele) May 2, 2016
But what of the actor who plays Jon Snow? He lied along with HBO to maintain that Jon Snow was dead. According to an exclusive interview he did with Entertainment Weekly, Kit Harington is very sorry he had to lie to fans.
“I’d like to say sorry for lying to everyone. I’m glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, ‘Fine, Jon Snow’s dead.’”
As a result of Jon’s resurrection, Twitter went crazy (as you would expect). Within half an hour of the end of Episode 2, the hashtag #GameOfThrones had 354,000 tweets. Even though many fans expected Jon Snow to be brought back to life one way or another, until it happened, there was always that little bit of doubt that maybe HBO really was going to let Jon stay dead.
However, the fact Jon Snow had been brought in out of the cold and protected by Davos (Liam Cunningham) in Episode 1 of Game of Thrones was a strong a reason as any given by fans over the hiatus between seasons. After all, why hang onto a dead body in a show like Game of Thrones? But hang on to the cold, dead body of Jon Snow they did. HBO managed to drag out Jon’s resurrection until the very end of Episode 2. They also managed to kill off a multitude of characters in the meantime.
— Luke Martin (@LukeMartinLFC) May 2, 2016
With Melisandre being a member of a religious cult, it wasn’t long before Game of Thrones fans started to make comparisons between Jon Snow and Jesus. The tweet below is in Spanish but needs no translation at all.
Querida Melisandre: necesitamos que también revivas al Guri.
— Estefanía Telis (@estefaniatelis) May 2, 2016
And now that Jon Snow is alive once more, just what will this mean for his story? According to the synopsis for Episode 3 of Game of Thrones, next week’s episode could deal with Jon Snow’s parentage thanks to Bran Stark (Issac Hempstead-Wright) potentially having a run-in with the past. According to the actor who plays Bran, the fact Bran has trained with the Three-Eyed-Raven could be a real game-changer for Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Could this game-changer be the fact Bran will see just how important Jon Snow is to Westeros?
And it is Jon’s parentage that is the main reason fans knew he couldn’t stay dead. After all, both HBO and the books the TV series are based on made such a big deal about just who Jon Snow’s mother really was that to kill him off and leave him dead made absolutely no sense at all. So now fans can get busy with discussing just when Jon’s parentage will be fully revealed and whether that L+R=J theory is really true or not.
What did you think of Jon Snow’s return in Episode 2 of Season 6 of Game of Thrones? Let us know by commenting below!
Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO with Episode 3, titled “Oathbreaker,” on Sunday, May 8 at 10 p.m. ET.
The official synopsis for Episode 3 is as follows.
“Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift.”
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