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Goat, ram and mutton dominate much of the conversation in “The Red Woman,” the season six premiere of Game of Thrones, but the episode’s most important slab of meat is none other than the fallen Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
Following his death at the hands of mutineers in the season five finale, Jon remains very much deceased in the opening hour of Thrones‘ sixth year. Indeed, he’s dead all the way through hour number two, until the very end, when he comes gasping back to life. Since the hours he spent away from the realm of the living, Jon has fought every waking moment in the war against the dead…but through two full seasons of a post-death Jon Snow, the question remains: Why did Jon need to die at all?
The twist in which Jon loses his life comes straight from the pages of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons, the fifth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. The book’s version of events differs from the show’s in a few key ways, including an implication that Jon’s consciousness wargs into the body of his direwolf, Ghost, before the fatal stabbing. No such connection with his four-legged companion in the HBO series, of course, nor any major supernatural development in the resurrected Jon Snow’s life…aside from, well, the resurrection!
The two most concrete developments from Jon’s journey to death and back again are his eventual liberation from the Night’s Watch via loophole in the rulebook, as well as a frustratingly paced start to season six. Whether or not more tangible plot developments spring forward from Jon’s temporary death in the future remains to be seen. For now, Jon’s life-and-death stakes are at the heart of this week’s “Winter Was Here,” the Game of Thrones rewatch podcast from The Hollywood Reporter and Post Show Recaps. Other topics include:
• How the Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) story mirrors what’s happening with Jon;
• A race to the bottom between the Sand Snakes and the Waif;
• The deadly irony fueling the first Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) scene of season six;
• Why the Night’s Watch is in bad shape with Dolorous Edd (Ben Compton) at the helm;
• And more!
Listen to the podcast in the player below:
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