You didn’t think they’d actually kill him, did you?
The last time we saw Jon Snow, he was lying lifeless in a pool of his own blood at Castle Black, that pretty bastard face of his frozen in shock after a band of Night’s Watchmen (and one snot-nosed Olly) stabbed him to death “for the Watch.” The newly elected Lord Commander had enlisted the help of the Wildlings in staving off the undead army marching south on the Wall—an unforgivable sin in Ser Alliser Thorne’s beady little eyes.
The serial murderers (directors, producers) behind Game of Thrones have used every opportunity since the Season 6 finale to swear up and down that, no, really, Jon Snow is dead. Didn’t you see the blood? He’s “deader than dead,” guys! But the more the show’s makers protest, the more audiences intuit: Yeah, that fucker’s not really dead. No one’s buying this. Please stop.
The latest piece of evidence comes straight from Belfast, where actor Kit Harington (who plays Snow) was reportedly seen disembarking from a London flight with fellow Game of Thrones actor Tom Wlaschiha (who plays Jaqen H’ghar, Arya’s Faceless Man). Fan site Watchers on the Wall received a tip and photos from a reader who claims she was on the plane with the actors. Sure enough, there’s Harington at a Belfast airport, rugged leather luggage and immaculate man-bun in tow. (He still hasn’t cut those Snow-y locks off yet, despite griping about HBO’s hair mandate every chance he gets. How mysterious.)
Filming for the show’s sixth season began this week in Belfast, where scenes at the Wall and Winterfell are often shot. Harington himself insisted to Entertainment Weekly that series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss gave him the dreaded “Tony Soprano walk” before filming the season finale: “I’ve been told I’m dead,” he said. “I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season.” But then what’s he doing in Belfast? And what about Season 7, the last planned for the show? Surely the show’s writers didn’t drop those massive “R+L=J” hints about Snow’s parentage for nothing.
There may actually already be an answer to that last question. Fans on Twitter caught wind last week of a particularly portentous shooting location in Spain: the Castillo de Zafra, an isolated castle that looks an awful lot like the Tower of Joy. Book readers know the Tower of Joy as the place where the final battle in Robert’s Rebellion took place—the war in which the Baratheons and Lannisters dethroned the Targaryens. Ned Stark returned home to Winterfell after the war with baby Jon, supposedly borne by “some tavern slut,” as dearly departed Selyse put it.
(Potentially spoiler-y speculation: This is also the location where Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister and Snow’s suspected mother, died after her lover Rhaegar Targaryen was squashed by Robert’s warhammer. If the show includes the Tower of Joy in a flashback, it would likely, finally, settle the question of who Snow’s parents are. Why put us through that if the bastard’s staying dead anyway?)
There are a few other ways Snow could come back to life: Melisandre could channel the Lord of Light and revive him a la Thoros of Myr, who’s brought Beric Dondarrion back no less than six times. Or he could warg his way (like little brother Bran) into the body of his direwolf, Ghost. (There’s book evidence to support this theory too, with a particularly foreboding vision Melisandre sees in the flames.) Or he could just come back as an ice zombie, as dead bodies up North often do, and become the Night King’s right-hand man (the White Walker looked particularly interested in Jon during the battle of Hardhome, didn’t he?)
The point is this is a show where dragons are born from fire and blood and men who get almost chopped in half are miraculously revived by man-witches—there are lots of ways for things and to become magically alive. Just bring him back, Game of Thrones makers. You’ve made Obama sad.