“Game of Thrones” returned for its Season 6 premiere on Sunday, and to its credit, didn’t waste a lick of time addressing the major cliffhanger it left off on last year. Now, the actors in the show are finally able to share a little more about what’s ahead for the remainder of the series, as well as what may become of the now infamous Jon Snow plotline.
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss the Season 6 premiere of “Game of Thrones.”]
The HBO drama committed to keeping Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Lord Commander of Castle Black and leader of the Night’s Watch, dead. After being stabbed many times by the ruthless mutineers, Snow’s body was taken by Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) and a few of his loyalists. The last time viewers saw them, they were hiding out in a secluded room of the castle, hoping those who murdered Jon don’t go after his friends. However, with the body of Snow still in play, many believe that he will be brought back to life. The Season 6 premiere fueled that theory with the presence of the Red Woman, Melisandre (Carice Van Houten). And cast member Nijolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister agrees!
“It’s a good question,” the actor said during an interview on “The View” Monday. “You would hope that next [week] — next week’s episode will kind of give some kind of answer to that question.”
As The Wrap notes, the line is incredible vague, but it does hint that the reveal of Jon Snow’s fate may come sooner rather than later. After all, his body is being kept around, but it’s on a ticking clock as the mutineers continue to try and get to it. Previously, the Lord of Light that Melisandre worships has proven that it is capable of resurrecting the dead. In Season 3, Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) brought his ally in the Brotherhood Without Banners back to life after The Hound (Rory McCann) killed him in single combat. However, when the Red Woman laid eyes upon someone actually doing bringing someone back to life, she was shocked and lamented the fact that she was never given the power.
As previously reported, in the books, the man who Thoros saves is Lord Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), who later sacrifices his life to bring Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) back to life as Lady Stoneheart, a character that likely will not be in the show. However, this does provide a bit more insight into how the process would work.
With her faith crushed after the defeat of Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), and the reveal that she’s significantly older than anyone thought, the building blocks are in place for her to make a serious impact on the Jon Snow storyline that, according to Coster-Waldau, could come as early as next week.
“I was happy when I read that we were going to reveal that this year,” Houten told Entertainment Weekly. “I don’t think a lot of people will see that coming. It makes her immediately more vulnerable, but also more wise and even more mysterious. There’s also a vulnerability in her age.”