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What will happen to Jon Snow, some personal theories (Game of Thrones spoilers as always)

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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Before I start this, let me answer the question that’s often asked: I’ve read ASOIAF up until A Dance with Dragons, so I will work from a book/show perspective. In that particular book is the scene where Jon gets betrayed by the men of the Night’s Watch (minus Olly who doesn’t exist). In the book, as Jon lays dying, he says the word “Ghost” and then it’s all fade to black. There is no conclusion that he truly died, or what happened. I’m guessing George R.R. Martin is going to address it in The Winds of Winter, but there’s no guarantee even that the book will be out before the next season.

However, remember this little factoid: The showrunners have confirmed time and time again that Martin has told them how it all plays out, and they also most likely know what all is happening in The Winds of Winter. Viewers were up in arms about Shireen and what happens to her because she was still alive in A Dance with Dragons. But, Martin had told D&D that it was eventually going to happen in the books, so they took it in the direction they did to give Stannis some sort of conclusion that he is most definitely not Azor Ahai reborn. Melisandre also realizes this in the season finale (although she was the one to tell him to burn his daughter) and decides to jump ship back to the Wall.

So, you have Melisandre and Davos at the Wall when Jon is stabbed. Remember, Melisandre has the same power that Thoros of Myr has in that they have the power to re-animate. Thoros used it on Catelynn and she became Lady Stoneheart (how I wish she would have appeared in the series, but oh well). So, that can be one conclusion for Jon next season, she re-animates him. This is entirely possible because she has stated before that her power is greatest when she is at the Wall, she showed an obvious interest in Jon and knows he’s got a destiny far greater than almost any other character in ASOIAF. I could see her doing that.

Another theory: remember what I said about Jon saying “Ghost” in ADWD. His direwolf Ghost is still alive, and Jon has the ability to warg, just like the rest of the Stark children (I have my doubts about Sansa, but that’s another story). So, as he lay dying it’s very possible that his soul wargs into Ghost for the time being. Not permanently, mind you, but just until his anima is out of harm’s way.

And yet another theory that’s gaining traction on the interwebs: Remember when the Nights’ King looked at Jon with much interest after he cut down the White Walker? Perhaps Jon is also destined to be a White Walker, and eventual Nights’ King who can create a treaty of peace between the Cold ones beyond the Wall and the southerners, thereby ending Winter. I’m not a fan of that theory myself, but it’s out there.

At any rate, Jon is who he is, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (if R + L = J holds). As such, he can make a claim to the Iron Throne. Kit Harrington and D&D have said in multiple interviews that Jon Snow is dead dead dead. Sure, that can be true. The Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch can be truly dead. But if he is resurrected, he will be Jon Targaryen, no longer Jon Snow, a man once sworn to the Night’s Watch but is no longer because technically he “died”. The oath dies with Snow, so to speak. He can leave and get on with his real career path, a trueborn Targaryen/Stark who can be both Azor Ahai reborn/ The Prince that was Promised and the rightful King of Westeros.

This is a pretty interesting spot to be in, where the show has caught up to the published books and no one (aside from insiders with Nondisclosure Agreements I’m sure) knows what will happen next. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I for one am looking forward to next season and the release of The Winds of Winter. It’s time for some new reading material 🙂

Book review: A Dance with Dragons (possible spoilers)

May 29, 2012 4 comments

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent book. I need to know what happens to certain folks though, and that won’t be answered until the next one is finished. Argh!

A few questions:

  • Who did Brienne have with her?
  • What happened to Jon?
  • Do Rhaegal and Viserion rejoin Dany or is Drogon her last dragon baby to survive?

Some of the chapters are harder to get through. In usual Martin fashion, there are very vivid descriptions of murders of all types, bowel movements, crazy food (would you eat eel pie?), and of course, forced sex. That’s not to say that those subjects make up the entire series, but it does get old after a while.

This particular title clocks in at almost 900 pages. Well worth it, though.

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