Normally I would throw a giant tag in the beginning of this post along the lines of “WEE WOO WEE WOO SPOILERS! SPOILERS!” but I’m not going to bother with that today. If you think Jon Snow is actually dead then you deserve to have shit being spoiled for being so dumb. Sure, everyone ELSE in the show is basically dead, but Jon is more or less our “main” character — plus there’s no way in hell George R.R. Martin would subject us to having to follow around Sam at the Wall for the remainder of the series. Dude can’t fight let alone hold his dick to pee by himself without Jon; you’d automatically kill off 40% of the viewers alone if we had to sit through a season of that.
So fear not, for Jon Snow is most certainly alive. Alive. As in “He will continue to appear on the show, NOT in flashbacks, but in present-day time.” Hooray (if you like Jon)! But…
And there’s always a but…
There’s apparently a twist. According to Maisie Williams while being interviewed at the London’s Critic’s Circle Awards 2016, it’s not just as simple as Jon being alive or dead:
The good news? Well Williams has confirmed, while talking about Jon Snow at London’s Critics’ Circle Awards 2016, something that a lot of us have suspected for awhile now about Season 6 — that there’s going to be a twist.
“It was awful, it was really awful,” Williams told reporters when asked about Snow’s apparent death at the end of Season 5. “Everyone was so sad about it, and I feel so mean because I speak to people and they’re all like, ‘Jon Snow, is he back?’, and it’s really heartbreaking because people are like, ‘Yeah, but he’s coming back though?’.”
Then, Williams delivered the killer line: “There’s a great twist, but I can’t say that he’s going to be alive.”(via)
TURN UP FOR ZOMBIE JON SNOW! Toot toot, ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN hereeeeeeee WE GO!
Logically, Jon Snow isn’t going to get stuck being one of the nameless wights (zombie people with blue eyes, NOT to be confused with the zombie ice people who are…well, made of ice (also referred to as white walkers)). While I can’t say for sure what’ll happen to the guy my theory is that he becomes the new king of the night walkers and manages to make a stalemate between the humans and the undead rather than the undead gradually invading Westeros. Sounds super lame I know — there’ll obviously be battles and other shit involved, but I’m thinking that it boils down to Jon Snow becoming head honcho of the north, including the scary zombie part. Specifically, this dream passage from A Dance with Dragons:
Burning shafts hissed upward, trailing tongues of fire. Scarecrow brothers tumbled down, black cloaks ablaze. “Snow,” an eagle cried, as foemen scuttled up the ice like spiders. Jon was armored in black ice, but his blade burned red in his fist. As the dead men reached the top of the Wall he sent them down to die again. He slew a greybeard and a beardless boy, a giant, a gaunt man with filed teeth, a girl with thick red hair. Too late he recognized Ygritte. She was gone as quick as she’d appeared.
There’s even more that the passage alludes to (“his blade turned red in his fist” = Azor Ahai, Google it), but the part to pay attention to is that he’s armored in black ice, whereas his Night’s Watch brothers are still dressed in their black cloaks…and he’s slashin’ down everybody.
Another solid theory could be that instead of making peace between the humans and the undead, Snow switches sides and goes apeshit on everyone with his army of zombies. Hell, the series is called A Song of Ice and Fire — if that doesn’t hint at conflict between LITERAL ice and fire, I don’t know what does.