Game Of Thrones Tease: Is Jon Snow Alive?

This year’s Game Of Thrones season ended with lead character Jon Snow being stabbed many times by his own men and even by his very young protege. The scene has spawned many plot theories including one in which Snow returns as a zombie. This morning HBO tweeted the above image to promote the April launch of season six. Twitter is agog at what this means.
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  • Cousin Bleh

    He crawled under a dumpster.

    • LonelyLiberal

      With this trick, The Walking Dead pretty much lost me. Apparently there are some characters in that universe who are, at least relatively, safe.

      • Jeffrey

        I didn’t mind, but only because they kill SO many people, I don’t mind if a good character occasionally gets to live. And they’d better never kill Carol.

        • Yeah, with Andrea gone, Carol and Glenn are pretty much the only two I care about. And maybe that gay guy.

        • LonelyLiberal

          Carol has a zombie repelling field just for being supremely kick-ass. Stand Daryl close by and the field between them interacts and becomes a zombie destroying particle generator.

          • Jeffrey

            I have lost bed watching Carol’s evolution in the series from meek battered housewife to the “just look at the flowers” woman. The next man to put his hand on her will draw back a bloody stump.

      • StSean

        I don’t think Glenn will be safe for long. I think this stunt was to prepare people for later tragedy.

      • Towa Tei

        I don’t think so. I think most of them will be gone by the series end. Maybe Carl and one or two other characters will make it.

        If we’re going for realism: by this point, shouldn’t they all be wearing makeshift armor dipped in zombie guts, and shouldn’t they be living up in trees?

    • Jeffrey

      Lol

    • Rambie

      His mind jumped into his wolf, Ghost.

  • bkmn

    Jeb! is cheering for him to survive.

    • PLAINTOM

      Sorry Jeb, John Snow’s wounds weren’t self inflicted and people actual want him to survive.

      • bkmn

        But his last name is Bush and he heard all his life he would be Presidink.

        • PLAINTOM

          You know in his most private moments he blames everything on W.

    • clay

      so he can privatize Medicaid, cap medical malpractice claims, and make sure his feeding tube is kept intact and used?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Either a White Walker……or that witch bitch done made him her slave. Either way, it’s going to get messy, YAY!!!!

    • vorpal

      A white walker was my first thought, but the Melisandre hypothesis works, too. Does anyone remember in the books if she went with Stannis to Winterfell as well? (I would imagine yes.)

      • Cousin Bleh

        She stays behind in the books. The only reason they had her go with Stannis in the show is so she could barbecue Shireen. It’s pretty telling that the show has her return to the Wall in the final episode to re-align continuity between the book and the show.

        • vorpal

          Yeah, I was wondering if GRRM planned to similarly burn Shireen in the books.

          We may find out by 2018 or so.

  • pj

    he should come back naked. ghost…. zombie….dont care long as hes naked

  • clay

    He’s so, . . . pale.
    Has he had work done?

  • Worst kept secret ever….

    • Rambie

      As if it was in a book… 😉

      • Cousin Bleh

        It’s not in a book, at least not one that’s been published yet.

        • Rambie

          It’s been awhile since I finished the book where Jon was stabbed. I thought he became a warg like Bran.

          • Cousin Bleh

            That’s one of the theories. The book cliffhanger ends similarly to how the show ends… he’s bleeding in the snow dying.

            The only difference I can recall is that in the book he calls out to Ghost just before he dies, which I think is what led many to believe the warging theory. It’s odd that they didn’t include that in the show.

          • Rambie

            That must have been it, I knew Ghost was involved in the book.

  • Queequeg

    No spoilers, please. I want to see it as it happens.

  • pleasebereasonable

    April!?!?!?!?! Uhg.

  • bambinoitaliano

    The speculation was already out there at the end of last season. Jon Snow is related to Targaryen. The story has not been explore yet. The appearance of that voodoo lady Red Woman is not an accident. She will resurrect Jon Snow.

    • Nods, I’ve heard folks suggesting that since the end of the fifth book, especially based on Melisandre’s (the Red priestess) vision in that book.

    • Rod Steely

      Remember Mellisandre was OBSESSED with “the King’s Blood” I think that Jon Snow is somehow royal which would explain why she was back at The Wall in the final episode. I watched all that blood flow out of him and remembered her thing about King’s blood and I figured she can bring him back. Remember they were already working on reanimating the Mountain on the show.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Jon Snow is not the secret child of Ned Stark that many led to believe. He is his nephew. The son of Ned Stark sister Lyanna Stark. She was betrothed to Robert Baratheon but was abducted by Rhaegar Targaryen. It is believe Jon Snow is their child. I believe the dragon girl Daenerys is the younger sister of Rhaegar Targaryen. That makes Jon Snow her nephew and a legitimate heir to the Mad King.

        • But even if that proves to be true, and I think it will be, he’s still also a Stark through his mother.

          • bambinoitaliano

            As Platos stated above he’s got plenty of royal blood from both side of his families. The dragons should yield to him 🙂

        • StSean

          Is anyone who can back this up still alive?

          • bambinoitaliano

            The only one I can think of is Daenerys. But her brother Rhaegar was dead before she was born. Not sure she knows the existence of her nephew.

          • Cousin Bleh

            Howland Reed knows.

        • BlueberriesForMe

          I never understand why Ned never told Catelyn who Jon’s parent’s were. If it was her sister that is Jon’s mother – why the made up story?

          • bambinoitaliano

            I’m not sure. Perhaps is to protect Jon Snow from the Baratheon?

          • Cousin Bleh

            I think there are plenty of possible reasons. Ned made a promise to his dying sister, and Ned of all characters is the one who keeps promises. He and Cat barely knew each other when he returned from Robert’s Rebellion, and it was probably easier to maintain the lie as the years passed. He may also think it will help maintain the ruse if she treats Jon as a bastard rather than as a nephew.

          • BlueberriesForMe

            I thought her behavior toward him (Jon) was horrible. She could have been a nurturing mother figure. Maybe they’ll meet up again at some point and she’ll realize he really represents the Stark line.

          • Yes, and she felt horribly guilty about it too. The scene where she is expressing her shame to Talisa – that all of the horrors visited upon her family were because she refused to love that bastard child. Excellent performance from Michelle.

        • Gindy51

          Lyanna wasn’t abducted, she went with Rhaegar Targaryen because she was in love with him and he with her. Robert Baratheon deep down knew this but chose to say she was abducted and raped because he couldn’t take the blow to his manhood that the woman he loved didn’t love him back and did love someone else.

          • bambinoitaliano

            That’s a very good reason why Ned need to protect Jon Snow’s real identity.

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        Jon Snow already has a more King’s blood than any of the contenders for the Iron Throne just by being a Stark. The Stark’s were The Kings Of The North for thousands of years. The Targaryens are 3 centuries of usurpers at best. The current contenders are claiming the Iron Throne thru a very slender connection with the Targaryens.

    • Captain Jack

      Resurrection after three days? …. That sounds soooo familiar!

      • bambinoitaliano

        It’s a recurring theme among the believers which ever fictional stories they subscribe to.

        • vorpal

          I love, though, that in Game of Thrones, the Seven-Faced god (seems to be a parallel to the triune god of Christianity) seems utterly impotent, disinterested, or imaginary, as it never actually does anything, whereas faith in the old gods (paralleling paganism) and R’hllor (the Lord of Light) actually has a significant effect.

          • clay

            -or- their believers come up with more plausible explanations.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      L + R =/= JS Sorry, but JRR Martin likes to turn tropes on their head. If John Snow’s real parents were L+R and he’s the Prince Who Was Promised then that would be the standard boring old “Long Lost Heir aka Chosen One Come To Save Us All” trope. JRRM will subvert this in some way and it will be glorious.

      • Cousin Bleh

        There are hundreds of literary tropes in ASOIAF. Just because GRRM likes to subvert some of them in no way means he manages to avoid them all.

  • Captain Jack

    Or maybe come back as a vampire werewolf …..oops wrong show!

  • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

    He’s the Night’s King aka Zombie. He’ll be the Stark brother who went bad and is killed by his brother Brandon.

    http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Night's_King

  • Dan

    I hate it when I accidentally use the morose bleeding filter on my iPhone selfies.

  • Michael White

    He needs to do full frontal. Just sayin’

  • John

    If he comes back as a zombie, does that mean Carol has to kill him? Or will SHIELD rescue him? Or is he now the long lost cousin from Krypton? Sorry, too many shows with crazy plot lines. It’s getting tough to follow them all….

  • Gindy51

    Who cares, I want his uncle Bengen back. What a man (can also be seen in the second season of Ripper Street with a lot of his clothes off and is he YUMMY!!!) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1152798/?ref_=tt_cl_t5

  • justmeeeee

    Seriously? Who? How? Why?

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Of course, John Snow is alive. The writers of the plot didn’t have the Red Lady make her escape to Castle Black for nothing. She’s there to save him, keep him from slipping into that Good Night.

    Mark me words, lads.

  • Halloween_Jack

    Some of the more plausible theories that I’ve read to explain the insistence of Kit Harington and other cast members that Jon Snow was dead and/or not coming back, aside from their just straight-up lying about it:

    1) He was killed, and Melisandre resurrected him (as a fellow red priest, Thoros, was able to do for Beric Dondarrion in an earlier season), so he would be freed from his Night’s Watch vow.

    2) He will no longer be known as Jon Snow, but as Jon Stark, or (as one of the most popular GoT/ASOIAF fan theories would have it) Jon Targaryen. (If you’re unfamiliar with this theory, Google “R+L=J”.)

    3) Both of the above.

  • TheSpinMonkey

    I am not sure i could continue to watch without Jon snow!!