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Jon Snow lives … so now what?
Kit Harington’s slain shaggy-haired hero — now much more alive if slightly less hairy, thanks to Melisandre’s (Carice van Houten) resurrection ritual — is back in business on Game of Thrones, ending months of speculation about his potential return from the dead. With one massive game-changing question answered, countless new ones emerge, all boiling down to the same one: What’s next for Jon Snow?
Here are seven possibilities about Jon’s future worth pondering:
1. Off the Wall
Snow’s death technically ends his obligation to the Night’s Watch. It’s possible he’ll leave Castle Black to take on his future and bust up the White Walkers without the burden of an organization that literally left him to die. Episode three’s title, “Oathbreaker,” backs the idea up — but everything fans know about Jon’s sense of honor and duty suggests he won’t leave his brothers in black that easily.
2. Every Rose Has Its Thorne
Jon’s future includes a rendezvous with main mutineer Alliser Thorne, with actor Owen Teale telling The Hollywood Reporter to expect the two adversaries to reach some sort of peace: “It may be brief! But they will come to an understanding of each other in saying, ‘Yes. I hear you. I hear you.’ ” Anyone expecting a legendary team-up between Snow and Thorne would be wise to remember House Stark’s idea of mercy often involves a swift beheading.
3. The Bastards of Winterfell
Lord Commander Snow’s rise occurred on the same evening Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) killed his own father and snatched his role as Warden of the North. In the moments before the betrayal, Ramsay suggested storming Castle Black to assassinate Jon; now, with Roose dead, nothing’s stopping that plan from moving forward. Even if Ramsay never reaches The Wall, Melisandre did see a vision of Jon battling at Winterfell. Some confrontation between the bastards of Winterfell feels inevitable.
4. Family Reunion
Ramsay’s not the only one with an eye on Castle Black. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) also is heading toward the Night’s Watch to seek her half-brother’s protection. The members of House Stark rarely reach their desired destination, but Sansa making it to The Wall feels like a fairly attainable goal given her current location and her protection squad of Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Pod (Daniel Portman).
5. Meet the Parents
Jon’s parents remain a key mystery on the show. He only knows that his father is Eddard Stark, but many fans believe he’s wrong. The most popular theory casts Jon as the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister Lyanna, who made her Thrones debut in Jon’s resurrection episode. The crucial reveal could take place as soon as episode three’s “Oathbreaker,” which features a flashback to the Tower of Joy, the location where “R+L=J” subscribers believe Lyanna died giving birth to Lord Snow.
6. Meet the Dragons
There are hundreds of reasons to hope and believe Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) will make it to Westeros — three of those reasons are named Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion — but here’s a big one: If Jon Snow is really Rhaegar’s son, that also means Jon is Dany’s nephew. How’s that for a family reunion?
7. The King in the North
If Jon is secretly Rhaegar Targaryen’s son, then he boasts a strong claim for the Iron Throne. But that only matters if King’s Landing is still standing. More pressingly, Jon has to deal with the other king in the North: the Night’s King, steadily marching his undead army toward The Wall. No matter what comes next for Jon Snow, there’s no question that he’s on an inevitable collision course with the ice zombies. Winter is indeed coming, and unfortunately for the White Walkers, the forecast also calls for Snow.
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