So we are guessing that you have already heard that Jon Snow is coming back this season. There has been news about it since the middle of the week and the Snow hype is definitely real. While a good number of readers and viewers want the bastard of Winterfell to come back, there has been a lot of debate related to how and why he is going to come back and this is what we want to share now.
Be warned, if you want to be surprised by the show or the books, there might be some potential spoilers on the way, so leave now and never return. This might turn dark and full of terrors after all. We have carefully considered proof that Jon Snow is alive, but we suspect the show to alter this proof in some ways in order to fit the storyline, yet as far as the books go, Snow will be alive.
It all started with Baeric Dondarrion and Lady Stoneheart. The show remains somewhat faithful to Baeric Dondarrion as he is resurrected multiple times by Thoros of Myr. In the books, however, Baeric gives his life one last time to resurrect Lady Stoneheart, the zombified version of Catelyn Stark. George R.R. Martin mentioned several times that Lady Stoneheart is not Catelyn Stark.
So here’s the catch: in the books, Baeric describes to Arya Stark that death makes his lose “parts” of himself. He loses emotions and memories, death changed him. Baeric has only been dead for a matter of minutes each time, but Catelyn Stark was dead for days. Catelyn lost of herself, leaving only vengeance and hatred behind, thus the creation of Lady Stoneheart.
Jon Snow, however, shares two different fats in the show and books. In the books, Jon is suspected to have warged into his wolf, Ghost. Jon is not dead, he is just in another body, so it is safe to assume that he is not losing parts of himself. In the show, however, Jon might have died. It is widely suspected that Melisandre will resurrect Jon, so the show version might bring a more vengeful bastard in the world.
There is one more thing: Jon Snow was the 998th commander of the Night’s Watch. His death will bring the 999th forward, but the resurrection might mean that he would have to seek vengeance and possibly kill the 999th in charge, who might just be Alliser Thorne. Snow would then be the only Lord Commander who has reigned twice and the 1000th Lord Commander of the Watch. Neat, right?
Either way, Jon Snow’s storyline is set for an epic finale, but we are very sure that we have not seen the last of the bastard of Winterfell.
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