“Game of Thrones” Season 6 wasted little time in answering the question about Jon Snow’s status. Fans can finally stop asking cast members about the character, but this revelation has tremendous implications not only for the rest of the season but also for the rest of the HBO series. Episode 2, “Home,” laid the groundwork for the Tower of Joy flashback, which could confirm the popular R+L=J fan theory.
Warning: “Game of Thrones” Season 6 spoilers ahead.
In episode 2, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is revived by Melisandre (Carice van Houten). Jon opens his eyes and gasps for air. Unfortunately, Melisandre, Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton) and Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) have all left the room, which means Jon being very much alive will come as a shock to his allies.
The episode 3 preview reveals more of what happens after the man believed to have been murdered comes back from the dead. Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) is seen emerging from a group of Wildlings with a “They think you’re some kind of god” voice-over. While the present events surrounding Jon are exciting, the most important scene may involve Lyanna Stark.
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) made his return in “Home” with a flashback to a young Ned Stark (Sebastian Croft) training his younger brother Benjen Stark (Matteo Elezi) at Winterfell. Lyanna has been mentioned on “Game of Thrones” in the past, but her previous appearances had been limited to a statue in the crypt underneath Winterfell.
Lyanna is important for numerous reasons, including the possibility she may be Jon’s mother. Rhaegar Targaryen either may have kidnapped her or they might have been in love and fled to the Tower of Joy. At the end of Robert’s Rebellion, with Rhaegar being killed in the Battle of the Trident, Ned Stark arrives at the Tower of Joy, which is guarded by three knights of the Kingsguard.
In the episode 3 preview, Bran has a flashback to the Tower of Joy. Within this scene, Howland Reed is finally introduced. The lord of House Reed was one of Ned’s best friends, but has yet to appear on “Game of Thrones.” The brief scene involves knights with the House Targaryen sigil on their chests.
It will be interesting to see just how much of this scene will be explored in the next episode of “Game of Thrones.” The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) cut short the last visit to the past, but this is an important scene in understanding what happened to Lyanna and Ned during the war. It also could be important in establishing Jon Snow’s parentage. If he is indeed the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, he will become an incredibly powerful figure in Westeros with a strong claim to the Iron Throne.