With still months to go before HBO gives Season 6 of the megahit “Game of Thrones” its debut, fans and reporters still can’t resist the temptation to ask the series’ cast members and creators for spoilers. Most recently, actress Maisie Williams revealed some information about the show’s biggest question that may prove a popular fan theory correct.
Appearing at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards presentation Sunday, the 18-year-old Arya Stark actress was asked a great many things about her roles on “Game of Thrones,” “The Falling” and “Doctor Who.” After being named Young British Performer of the Year at the awards event, Williams was excited to tease some plot details of the “GoT” Season 6 premiere and may have let slip some key details about Jon Snow’s fate.
For those who don’t remember (and shame on you), Jon (Kit Harington) was [SPOILER ALERT] apparently killed by his comrades in the Night’s Watch during the final moments of Season 5. However, many fans don’t seem to think the hero is gone for good.
“I feel so mean because I speak to people and they’re all like ‘Jon Snow, is he back?’ and it’s like really heartbreaking because people are like ‘Yeah, but he’s coming back, though?’” Williams told reporters in the video below (via Yahoo TV). “It’s a great twist, but I can’t say he’s going to be alive.”
While the actress’ comments may amount to nothing, the video highlights the tone of her speech really grating against the word “alive.” Despite Jon’s getting stabbed several times in the stomach, many believe he will somehow cheat death, and some of the more “Thrones”-savvy fans have developed a theory as to how. In short, it has something to do with the concept of being a warg. As those who have either watched “Game of Thrones” or read George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series are aware, a warg is a human being with the power to possess and control animals. In the case of Jon’s half brother, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), this power allows him to possess and control human beings as well.
Although it looks like a stretch for Jon to suddenly develop warg powers just in time to save his own life, MTV News noted there’s evidence in the books that supports the rather out-there theory. While the finer points of the event are different, Jon meets a similar fate in the source material. However, the final word he utters before losing consciousness is “Ghost.”
That’s right, he calls out to his direwolf companion, which has saved his skin in the nick of time frequently in the past. Given the shout-out to his pet, and the most recent Season 6 teaser trailer hinting at a link between Bran and Jon, it’s worth wondering whether the “great twist” that Williams teased on the red carpet is proof that Jon either will warg out or be saved by his brother. However, the latter option wouldn’t fit well with Williams’ hint the character might not necessarily be “alive.”
As Vanity Fair noted, there’s a slew of ways Jon could return that don’t involve warging. In addition, given the TV series’ grim history of killing off its main characters, viewers should mentally prepare for the possibility that the show’s biggest hero really did bite the big one. It looks like fans will just have to wait until “Game of Thrones” returns April 24 to see how it all plays out.