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The Simplest Fan Theory About How "You-Know-Who" Didn't Actually Die In The "Game Of Thrones" Finale

This whole post is one insanely large spoiler.


All right, so let's talk about Jon Snow and this week's shocking cliffhanger that appears to show him being stabbed to death.

In the final scene of "Mother's Mercy," the season finale of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow gets pulled out of his study.

Then he's stabbed by members of the Night's Watch, one by one.

The final blow is delivered by Olly, that little two-faced asshole.

The episode ends with a pool of blood forming underneath Jon Snow.


To make matters worse, the actor behind Jon Snow, Kit Harington, told Entertainment Weekly that he's been told Jon Snow's dead and not coming back.

EW: I was talking to Dan Weiss and he said Jon is really dead. But George R.R. Martin left open the possibility the character might not be dead in the books. And then that cast salary contract story came out last year and it had your name among those receiving raises for Season 6 and an option on a seventh. So let me ask you: Is Jon really dead?

Kit Harington: This is my understanding of it. I had a sit-down with Dan and David, we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they're being whacked]. And they said, "Look, you're gone, it's done." And as far as the salary thing goes, that angered me when that story came out. I don't know where it came from, but it was inaccurate in many ways. It's going to put questions into your head and into fans' heads that things are not what they are. Quite honestly, I have never been told the future of things in this show, but this is the one time I have. They sat me down and said, "This is how it is." If anything in the future is not like that, then I don't know about it — it's only in David and Dan and George's heads. But I've been told I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm not coming back next season. So that's all I can tell you, really.

Let's say "Jon Snow" is dead. That's OK! Because here's how this whole thing could work.

We know — and the Night's Watch knows — that if you don't burn dead bodies at Castle Black they become wights.

No one wants a crazy zombie Jon Snow running around. So they're definitely going to have to burn his body.

And there's a popular fan theory that Jon Snow was actually the son of Ned's sister, Lyanna Stark.

Basically, fans think Ned didn't tell Jon that he was the result of an affair between Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen, while the two were staying at what is referred to as the Tower of Joy. Way to go, Ned.

So let's jump back to Season 1. Dany, who would be Jon's aunt, decides she's going to burn the body of Khal Drogo.

...only to then get in the fire herself.

And it turns out she didn't burn so much as go through a rebirth. There's debate about Targaryens and fire resistance, but there did seem to be some kind of magic mumbo jumbo going on.

Remember, Dany had been messing with blood magic in an attempt to bring Khal Drogo back to life.

The same kind of magic that Melisandre loves using for various sexy evil shenanigans.

So you've got a dead Targaryen, a woman who's pretty good at blood magic, and a big impending funeral pyre. Sounds like someone's probably not staying dead for long!

Which would mean Harington was right in his interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Jon Snow" would effectively die and Jon (Targaryen?) would emerge from the flames.

Also, even if Jon isn't back for the show, this still might be true for the books! I hope...