Jon Snow Game Of Thrones Recap What Happened Season 6

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Since July 2011, readers of George R.R. Martin"s books have been in suspense about the fate of one of the series" central characters, Jon Snow.

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Now, nearly five years later, Sunday"s episode of Game of Thrones, titled "trang chủ," has resolved this cliffhanger in dramatic & definitive sầu fashion.

As many fans suspected, Jon Snow was not in fact gone for good. With the aid of Melisandre"s magic, he returned to lớn life in the final moments of this week"s episode.

And though some may cry foul that trò chơi of Thrones has chickened out of killing a major character, delivering a cheap fake-out instead, this is a plot development that"s been long in the making.

There were ample clues in the books và hints by the show"s creators that Jon"s death wouldn"t necessarily be permanent, as I wrote last week (and last year). And the series laid the groundwork for Melisandre"s resurrection of hyên all the way baông chồng in season three.

So the big question all along, to lớn me, hasn"t been whether Jon Snow would come back — it"s been whether his brush with death would make the character more interesting. And on that, the jury"s still out.

The groundwork for this twist was laid back in season three

Remember this guy? It"s okay if you don"t, it"s been a while. HBO In both George R.R. Martin"s books & the HBO show, the groundwork for Jon"s resurrection was laid with a years-old subplot far from the Wall involving Jon"s sister, Arya Stark.

Before the Hound became Arya"s traveling companion, you may ređiện thoại tư vấn, she spent some time with the Brotherhood without Banners — a likable group of bandits waging an insurgency against the Lannisters.

The Brotherhood was led by Lord Beric Dondarrion (pictured above), who had one particularly unusual characteristic — he"d been brought bachồng from the dead six times.

And the person who kept bringing him baông xã was Thoros of Myr — a "red priest" of the Lord of Light, just lượt thích Melisandre. Thoros explained how he did it in the sixth episode of season three:

"I knelt beside his cold toàn thân and said the old words. Not because I believed in them, but he was my friend, & he was dead. And they were the only words I knew. And for the first time in my life, the Lord replied. Beric"s eyes opened. And I knew the truth. Our god is the one true god. And all men must serve sầu hyên."

Indeed, the show went even further than the books in laying this groundwork. Showrunners David Benioff và D.B. Weiss invented a plot line in which Melisandre would visit these characters and learn of Thoros"s powers.

She was actually rather surprised that Thoros could manage to lớn pull this off, và told hyên, "You should not have sầu this power." But clearly, the wheels were turning in her head.

The other bit of cài đặt here related lớn Jon"s direwolf, Ghost. Because another way the series established someone"s mind — but not someone"s body — can escape death was through warging (when a character"s mind enters an animal"s body).

The prologue of A Dance With Dragons told the story of a wildling warg, Varamyr Sixskins, whose consciousness went inkhổng lồ a wolf when he died. Many believe sầu Martin focused on this one-off character in the prologue lớn establish what happens lớn a warg when he dies. (The show depicted this, too, when the eagle-controlling wildling Orell was killed by Jon baông chồng in season three — his eyes turned Trắng, & the eagle suddenly began attacking Jon.)

In the books, it was established that Jon has this power too — he has dreams where his mind enters his direwolf Ghost"s toàn thân — just lượt thích his brother Bran. He never really chooses to lớn use or grtáo bị cắn with it, but it"s clear to the reader that he has it. And, conveniently, when Jon is killed in both the books and show, Ghost isn"t killed with hyên.

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It"s not entirely clear whether Jon"s consciousness in fact went into Ghost in the show. David Benioff doesn"t mention it in his "Inside the Episode" commentary, saying only that "Ghost has a kind of sixth sense when it comes to lớn Jon," letting hyên know "when Jon"s in danger & when he might be coming back." But when everyone left the room & Ghost looked at Jon"s toàn thân, that was when Jon suddenly woke up.

Fans didn"t buy Jon"s death, because he seems too important lớn the larger story

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There are also more extratextual reasons most avid fans of the series expected Jon lớn return: He seems incredibly important to lớn the larger story of the series in ways that haven"t fully come into play yet.

For instance, the mystery of who Jon"s mother is has been teased from the start. Most fans think they"ve figured it out, and that his true parents are Rhaegar Targaryen & Lyanna Stark. (Here"s our fuller explainer on the R+L=J theory.) For a while, the show had been mostly ignoring the history of those two long-dead characters, but in season five, Rhaegar & Lyanmãng cầu were suddenly the subject of several scenes again, in an apparent effort to remind viewers of their importance.

This revelation would be deeply significant, because it would make Jon a blood relative sầu of another main character, Daenerys Targaryen (she"s Rhaegar"s sister, so Jon would be Dany"s nephew), as well as giving hyên a potential clalặng lớn the Iron Throne. With this "blood of the dragon," he could even potentially ride one of Dany"s dragons later on.

Additionally, the books have sầu extensively mix up a prophecy believed by followers of the Lord of Light — that a promised anh hùng, Azor Anhị, would return and save the world from darkness. Melisandre thought that anh hùng was Stannis — but in one chapter she searches for hlặng while staring inlớn her magical flames, & says, "All I see is Snow" — with a capital S. If Jon"s father is, in fact, Rhaegar Targaryen, that would mean he"s the blood of the rồng, as well as a Stark — a fitting lineage for a mystical anh hùng in a series called A Song of Ice & Fire.

The big question now is whether Jon"s character will become more interesting

Jon Snow has a reputation as a boring do-gooder drip, which I think is fair for his portrayal in the show.

It"s somewhat less fair for his character in the books, though. Martin gave sầu Jon some really interesting moral dilemmas in A Dance with Dragons involving his conflicts between his duty lớn the Night"s Watch & his desire lớn kết thúc the Boltons" cruel reign over the North, và I"ve sầu complained that this was left out of last season.

So the big question I have sầu going forward is how Jon"s death and resurrection will make his show character more interesting.

If, now that Jon"s baông xã, he goes right bachồng to ponderously lecturing about how winter is coming và doing good deeds, then this twist would indeed be a pointless fakeout. Instead, this experience should shake hlặng to lớn his foundations và transkhung his character.

Encouragingly, next week"s episode is titled "Oathbreaker," which suggests the show may finally be incorporating some of Jon"s knottier A Dance with Dragons material & sending his character in some interesting directions. But in my view, that"s what this twist will ultimately be judged by: its effects on Jon Snow"s character.

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This article has been updated with David Benioff"s comments in the "Inside the Episode" segment.