Is Jon Snow Really Dead on Game of Thrones? Here’s the Evidence Against It
UPDATE 4/24: Yes, Jon Snow was totally dead and not at all resurrected in the Season 6 premiere.
Yes, the cast insists he's well and truly dead and gone.
No, we still don't believe them. This article still sums up why.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE 9/29/2015: It’s the one question on every Game of Thrones fan's mind: Is Jon Snow really dead and gone? Many fans are hoping the answer is "no," with many suspecting Red Priestess Melisandre will raise him from the dead. Now filming for Season 6 is underway, the evidence is quickly mounting.
Want hope? You've gone to the right place. Sure, the showrunners say Jon is really dead, but these facts say otherwise.
Kit, His Hair, and His Totally Being on Set
Exhibit A: Despite having expressed a strong desire to cut the flowing locks his Game of Thrones contract forced him to keep for the show, Kit Harington has been keeping his hair long. He claims it's because he might need it for other roles, but we're not buying the excuse.
Exhibit B: Kit has been spotted on set. Taking part in a giant battle. And that's after he'd been seen in Belfast while the rest of the cast was there doing table reads.
Yes, Kit could just be around for a funeral scene, or even a flashback. But we doubt it. Our money is on Jon being resurrected.
Melisandre's Return to the Wall
While Kit's presence in Belfast is by far the strongest evidence for his return, we also shouldn't discount how well the pieces are in place for the "saved by the Red God" scenario, as we mentioned. The most compelling fact is Melisandre's convenient return to The Wall about three seconds before Jon was killed. There aren't many reasons for her to have returned north — unless the plot needs her there to work her magic on Jon.
Also, let's not forget the show established way back in Season 2 that adherents of the Red God can raise the dead, as evidenced by the many lives of Beric Dondarrion. Beric's a cool character, but so far he's had about zero impact on the overarching plot, so we have to assume he was kept in to lay the seeds for somebody's resurrection. Jon seems like the best bet.
Plus, even Mel's actress, Carice Van Houten, likes this theory. That's got to count for something, right?
R+L = J, Or We Will Eat Our Hats
There is so much evidence in the books Jon Snow's real parents are Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany's dead brother) and Lyanna Stark (Ned's dead sister). The theory is Rhaegar didn't abduct Lyanna like Robert and Ned claim; instead, the two ran off together to have an affair. The clues backing this story are so clear in the books, most fans take it as fact. If you're not convinced, we're pretty sure this video will do the trick.
While the show hasn't hit the point home quite as much as the books, it has also carefully set up a big reveal about Jon's parents. "Who is Jon Snow's mother?" has been a mystery since the first season, and in Season 5 the show practically telegraphed that Rhaegar and Lyanna are important, with several scenes of older characters reminiscing about one or both of these long-dead figures. Why waste precious screen time on them if they don't matter?
Most notable was this scene, where Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) recounts a story about how Rhaegar was totally into Lyanna. Then, when Sansa bitterly adds that he later kidnapped her aunt and raped her, Littlefinger makes a face that just screams "Yeah, keep telling yourself that, but it's totally untrue."
If this theory is correct — and seriously, we are about 99.9 percent sure it is — then Jon's the son of a Stark and freaking Targaryen. He is of ice and fire! This is a huge deal! We just can't see why George R. R. Martin and the Game of Thrones showrunners would lay all the groundwork for this massive reveal and then kill Jon off before it amounts to anything. Yes, this story likes to subvert expectations, but that's not subversion — it's just wasting a great twist on nothing. Plus, there's evidence that we're going to see the Tower of Joy this season, which suggests that not only is this theory correct, but we'll learn the truth this year.
In conclusion: Jon Snow is dead, long live Jon Snow!