GAME OF THRONES Ep2 :O – *SPOILERS*
This is the mother of all Game of Thrones spoilers, so if you haven’t watched season 6 episode 2 yet, please click away now.
WARNING YOU… SPOILERS!!!
Jon Snow is alive!!!! 😀
I did wonder whether it was going to end before we saw what really happened.. and tease us all for another week! But I am so relieved he is alive again.. but how much of Jon Snow is he going to be.. Eeeep!
How it went down
The notion comes from Davos of all people, who asks Melisandre if she’s ever used her powers to bring someone back from the dead. She recalls Thoros of Myr’s ability to resurrect Beric Dondarrion back in season three, but says such an act should not have been possible.
“But it was,” Davos says. “It could be now.”
Melisandre concedes that it might be possible for some, but not for her. She reveals her current lack of faith, that everything she thought she knew was a lie: “You were right all along. The Lord never spoke to me.”
“F— him then,” says Davos, in a scene mirroring Jaime’s words to Cersei in the season premiere. “F— all of them. I’m not a devout man, obviously. Seven Gods, Drowned Gods, tree gods — it’s all the same. I’m not asking the Lord of Light for help. I’m asking you to show me that miracles exist.”
And so she does. Melisandre performs a resurrection ritual with Davos, Tormund, Edd, and a sleeping Ghost as witnesses … but nothing happens. One by one, Jon’s dejected allies leave the chamber … all except for Ghost, who saddles up next to his master, and becomes the only one to witness Jon Snow gasping back to life — the only witness except for millions of elated Game of Thrones viewers, of course.
First thing to note
Kit Harington has done a sensational job lying to the press the past 11 months. Bravo, sir.
What this means
If there’s one thing we learned from Beric Dondarrion’s resurrections, it’s that coming back to life through magic isn’t a complete cure. He explained in season 3 how each resurrection took a piece of his soul/psyche/spirit/whatever with him, so we can certainly expect an altered Jon, perhaps a more cold one.
This might be exactly what Westeros needs though. The one problem with Jon was he was widely-accepted as a bit of a drip, so perhaps a Jon Snow with an added dose of badassness/aloofness will be a good thing. That said, he already had the personality of a flannel, so I bet he’s going to be even less fun at dinner parties/mead-fuelled feasts henceforth.
What was the deal with Ghost?
Interestingly, Melisandre’s magic initially didn’t seem to work. Davos and chief wildling Tormund Giantsbane started to leave the room when Jon remained lifeless, as did Melisandre, and it wasn’t until Jon and Ghost were alone that Jon started breathing again.
It’s likely Jon’s conscious lived on in Ghost while he was dead, and it was transferred back at this moment. Or perhaps it was Ghost feeling the presence of Jon Snow coming back?
The moment is almost certainly a nod to Jon’s warging abilities? They’ve been glossed over in the show but are discussed in the books, even if they might not be as powerful as his brother Bran’s.
What now for Jon?
He’s got a lot to catch up on and may need his very own season 5 recap, but the main things on his mind will be: ensuring his sister Sansa is safe when Brienne delivers her to Castle Black, and taking on the pursuing Ramsay and his army (perhaps with a band of wildlings who declare their allegiance to the good name of Stark?). Oh, and there’s the small matter of about a billion White Walkers looming who can only be killed with swords that tragically are completely out of stock.
There’s also his heritage to look into. Way back in season 1, Ned told him: “The next time we see each other, we’ll talk about your mother, I promise.” Given that Ned was a good guy and didn’t seem the type to cheat on Catelyn, a lot of people think Jon’s mother will turn out to be a lot more than a bit part like ‘Tavern Wench 1′. Specifically, there’s the L+R=J theory which would see his family history intertwine with Daenerys’, and what a fearsome duo those two would be.
What else happened in the episode?
Three major developments really: 1) Hodor said something that wasn’t Hodor! 2) Ramsay stabbed his father to death and fed his newborn baby brother to the dogs. Classic Ramsay. 3) Balon Grey joy died, as prophesised, at the hands of Euron on a rope bridge in the Iron Islands.
What will happen next week?
The third episode of season 6 is cunningly-titled Oathbreaker. Most assumed this was to do with Brienne and her ‘Oathkeeper’ sword, but in light of tonight’s events it probably refers to Jon.
He swore a life-long oath to the Night’s Watch, but may have to break it to go fight the Boltons/White Walkers. Presumably it won’t be that tough a decision.. and he has technically died..breaking the oath.
What does death even mean in a Westeros where it can be reversed with some simple chanting?
Who can say. Death is now no longer a fixed end, but simply an ailment that is permanent if Melisandre can’t be arsed to get on a horse and come and find your corpse. This worries me – the next time a beloved character dies, I feel like viewers will just instantly expect them to be revived.