So, Jon Snow is back from the dead. But now what? That’s the question on the minds of “Game of Thrones” fans after last Sunday’s episode. Now, after months of being tight lipped about his character, actor Kit Harington is teasing how Melisandre’s act to bring the Lord Commander back to life plays into the plot for Season 6.
To briefly recap, episode 2 of the HBO series concluded with Melisandre (Carice van Houten) and Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) supporters giving up hope on the former Lord Commander after the Red Woman attempted to use her magic to bring him back. The spell appeared to have failed, and they left Jon Snow’s body in a room with his direwolf as men went to collect wood to burn his body. However, in the last few moments of the episode, the beloved character opened his eyes.
The promo video for episode 3 gives a little hint at what fans can expect from Jon Snow, but not much. One clip shows Jon Snow sitting up while another reveals the people at Castle Black cautiously eyeing someone, presumably Snow. A voiceover says, “They think you’re some kind of god.”
According to Harington, his character doesn’t view himself as a god. In fact, he told Entertainment Weekly death has “literally put the fear of God into him.”
“He needs to change,” Harington told the outlet. “There’s a brilliant line when Melisandre asks: What did you see?’ And he says: Nothing, there was nothing at all.”
Harington continued that his character has never feared death, which is what made him “strong and honorable.” But that’s no longer going to be the case moving forward.
“He’s seen oblivion and that’s got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is,” he explained.
Jon Snow’s viewpoint can certainly shake up some big storylines in Season 6. For starters, he no longer has to remain loyal to the Night’s Watch. Although his oath to the Night’s Watch didn’t stop him from previously striking up a relationship with Ygritte (Rose Leslie), he can now take a wife or lay with a woman and not be labeled a traitor.
The Night’s Watch oath also previously prevented him from wearing “crowns” and winning “glory.” This could tie into the popular R+L=J theory that Snow is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and has claim to the Iron Throne. Fans are hoping that storyline is further explored in episode 3. Another clip shown in the trailer features a flashback to a young Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy. In George R.R. Martin’s books, the Tower of Joy is where he found his sister Lyanna dying.