“Game of Thrones” ended its Season 5 finale with a pretty devastating cliffhanger. Jon Snow (Kit Harington), longtime hero of the series, was stabbed to death by his followers, the men of the Night’s Watch.
The final shot of the season is him bleeding to death in the snow, and with all those knife wounds to the gut and chest, there’s a good chance that he isn’t going to live through that. In fact, it could be argued that the reason the camera lingered so long on his eyes is because viewers were watching the life going out of them.
There’s no easy answer to whether Jon lives or dies, sadly. George R.R. Martin’s most recently published book, “A Dance With Dragons,” ends on the same cliffhanger with the Night’s Watch turning on him “for the Watch,” and him bleeding out onto the ground.
Harington conducted an interview with Entertainment Weekly
where he admits, “I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season,” but can he really say anything else? It’s hard to imagine that he doesn’t come back at least for a funeral or burial like Charles Dance did with Tywin Lannister.
For the sake of optimism, there could be some hope for fans of the show. There’s one key plot point in the finale that could confirm Jon’s not permanently down for the count. In the books, Stannis left Melisandre behind at the Wall when he went to attack Winterfell. In the show, Carice von Houten’s character ditched her sworn king to rush back to Castle Black just in time for Jon to get Caesared.
Put your tin foil hats on, because what follows is a pure theory, but one that should cause fans of Jon Snow to rest a little easier. As was established back in Season 3 with the characters Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr, red priests have the ability to bring the dead back to life. No, we’re not talking zombie Mountain reanimations here (sorry Qyburn). As Beric revealed, Thoros brought him back from the dead on multiple occasions and from wounds that were pretty fatal.
Again, this is all theoretical, but it would make sense for Mel to use this magic to bring Jon back to life (why else is she at the Wall?). After all, he could really be the Lord of Light’s sworn savior
who will rescue Westeros, which would explain why she rushed back to Castle Black and ditched Stannis when she saw he was going to fail. Let’s not ignore the facts he could be half-Targaryen
as well, and that Martin originally intended for him to live through the end of the series
Diving into book spoilers here, this twist also could explain why the character Lady Stoneheart was never introduced in the show. At the end of Martin’s third novel, “The Storm of Swords” (the same book that contained the Red Wedding), the epilogue reveals that Beric Dondarrion brought Catelyn Stark back to life — thus making seemingly fatal main character deaths not actually so fatal.
“Game of Thrones'” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss cut that storyline from the show, and it would make sense that they did so that when Jon is brought back, it’s just as shocking as finding out Catelyn Stark isn’t really dead.
Or Jon could be gone for good on the show, and that’s that. Regardless, fans are going to wait for an answer until Martin releases the next book, “The Winds of Winter,” or Season 6 premieres in 2016 — whichever comes first.