Is Jon really gone? The internet is awash with theories about our favourite curly-locked bastard child. From blood magic to psychic bonds, here are the best
After Games of Thrones season five finale aired (and wed all stopped screaming obscenities at the TV), the question is Jon Snow dead? quickly became how will Jon Snow come back? (Because hes got to come back, right? Right?)
Not since Sherlock jumped off a roof has the internet had so much sleuthing to do, and it has taken the task very seriously indeed. Here are some of the most prevalent theories for how Jon Snow will evade death. Because what do we say to death? All together now: Not today.
Melisandre will resurrect him
The most common by a long way is that the Red Priestess, who returned to Castle Black with Davos just in time for Jons murder, will bring him back with blood magic. This is by far the most convincing. Her return to Castle Black was way too significant to be a coincidence, or ignored.
Melisandre, however, doesnt seem to be anywhere near as powerful as Thoros of Myr, who has resurrected a character for real in the past. Would she even be up to it? Can she perform magic that powerful without kings blood as an ingredient? She already killed Shireen is there any of the red stuff left for her to get her hands on? (Row, Gendry. Row like your life depended on it!) Even if she doesnt need kings blood, Melisandres pretty big on sacrifice. Dolorous Edd better watch his back.
Jon comes back, but as for his soul…
Beric Dondarrion, last seen in season three, has been resurrected multiple times, but less of him comes back each time. His human side is worn away, and all he remembers is his mission. So might we get a Jon Snow who still wants to take down the White Walkers, but doesnt really remember his family anymore?
Producers David Benioff and and DB Weiss have stressed multiple times that Jon Snow is gone. Does that mean that what returns from death might not be fully Jon any more? Could it mean that, if and when some Starks were reunited, he might not even recognise them? *Sob*
Someone else is inhabiting his body
A popular theory has Jon coming back as something or someone else. Fans of the original books are keen on the idea his body is possessed by Bloodraven, the character who Bran finally met at the end of season four.
With Bran back after a season-long break, the show will be exploring Bloodraven and the world beyond the Wall in even more detail. Is the TV show bringing him into the action now because his storyline is in some way connected to Jon Snows death?Or maybe hes just really keen to get out of that tree.
Jon comes back as Azor Ahai
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