#JonSnowLives will be the new trending hashtag, like #GlennLives from yesterdays Walking Dead episode. There was much debate online about whether Jon Snow would actually remain dead. We saw spy images of Kit Harrington on set for season 6 of Game of Thrones and many guesses as to how and why he could still be alive. Let’s discuss those rumors now..
How is Jon Snow still alive? Yes, he could be a zombie and raised from the dead by the White Walkers after they breach the Wall with their army of the undead, using The Horn of Winter, which may also include Ice Spiders (can’t wait to see those). But if you look closely at the image, Jon Snow is wearing a bloody eye patch, which the dead don’t need. It is more likely that the Red Woman, Melisandre brought him back from the dead. In season 5 of Game of Thrones, Melisandre abandoned Stannis Baratheon, and returned to Castle Black after she realized he was not the one true king of Westeros–ooops; I half expected her to say, “My bad.” We watched Beric Dondarrion be brought back from the dead after The Hound killed him. The Red Woman worships the same Lord of Light, so it’s possible The Red Woman can bring back Jon Snow and she was nearby when Jon Snow was murdered by the disloyal Men of the Knight’s Watch. “For The Watch,” muttered, but it was this act that will bring down The Watch in Game of Thrones season 6.
Death is certainly a “loophole” that can get you out of your vows to the Knight’s Watch. What will Jon Snow do now? Let the White Walkers overrun The Wall and let all of The Knight’s Watch be killed for their treachery? Why not Jon? They deserve it. Jon Snow could rally The North, take back Winterfell and defend The Realm. Or, it could take a while, and Jon Snow could find his own path, long enough for Brandon Stark to figure how to work the Weirwood Tree magic (the Old Magic before The First Men came to Westeros and forced the Children of the Forest to flee to the North), and long enough for Khaleesi to invade, take back the Iron Throne and use dragons to fight the White Walkers.
There is a Reddit rumor that confirmed Jon Snow’s resurrection, but also went on to say who Jon’s mother is and it’s not who you think it is. There is a strong possibility that Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow’s mother. Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark’s younger sister, was to be married to Robert Baratheon, when Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped her, which sparked Robert Baratheon’s rebellion, overthrowing the Targaryens and their reign of terror. This much we know, but, according to Reddit, there is much more to the story, with clues like Jon Snow’s name day not listed in the Game of Thrones character directory and many other clues pieced together. Reddit goes on to say that Lyanna had twins, Meera Reed is Jon Snow’s twin sister and that Ned Stark separated the twins at birth, giving Meera (also missing a name day date, but year 283AC, same as Jon Snow) to his close friend Howland Reed of Greywater Watch, so no one would suspect their true parents. Howland Reed and Ned Stark were the only survivors to make it to the Targaryen Tower of Joy to rescue Lyanna Stark during the Rebellion. It was there that they witnessed Lyanna Stark giving birth to twins. Yes, season 6 of Game of Thrones will have flashbacks depicting this very scene (according to ‘Watchers on the Wall’). Speaking of.. you’re thinking Eddard “Ned” Stark got busy with his own sister, right? Wrong. Ned Stark is not actually Jon Snow’s (and Meera’s) father, it’s Rhaegar Targaryen. Remember all those touching scenes with Jon Snow and Maester Aemon? And how Measter Aemon confided in Jon that he was actually Aemon Targaryen? Well, there was a reason for that, one that will be further explained in season 6. Maester Aemon knew, but never told Jon Snow. Maester Aemon almost spilled the beans, when he delirious before his death, those ramblings are actually crucial to the story. Maester Aemon himself hid in the Knight’s Watch from Robert Baratheon’s regime. If anyone found out that there were two Targaryen children still alive, they would immediately be killed. Ned Stark tried to prevent that, even to the point of letting his wife, (and all of Westeros), believe he was unfaithful, which was totally out of character for Ned. When Robert Baratheon, in season 1, found out that the two Targaryen children, Daenerys & Viserys, were still alive, (and “commanding” a Dothraki army), he demanded they be killed, something Ned Stark refused to do, even giving up the Hand of the King title over it.
The saga of Westeros, the Game of Thrones, is based on the book series by George R. R. Martin, called “The Song of Fire and Ice.” Perhaps it is not just a tale of Dragons and White Walkers, but a tale of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Draw your sword of fire Jon Snow, that only one who has died can wield. Fight for Westeros, take back Winterfell from the Boltons, and fight along side your cousin, Mother of Dragons, rightful ruler of the Iron Throne, and defeat the White Walkers, the Lannisters, Lord Baelish, fight for The Realm and for all those who oppose what is best for the people of Westeros.