MAJOR "GAME OF THRONES" FINALE SPOILERS ARE AHEAD.
"Hey, can you come look at this?"
These are the words of a crazy man, standing five inches away from his television set, clutching a bowl of dinner cereal for dear life, mouth agape with a mixture of intense focus, borderline delirium, and soggy cheerios. I am the crazy man, by the way, and this is me last night, speaking to a friend, who does not watch "Game of Thrones," but has keener powers of observation than anyone I've met outside of McGruff the Crime Dog.*
I'm asking for her help because I need to look at what I'm watching. I need her to tell me I'm not crazy. I need her to look into the eyes of the late Jon Snow, and I need her to confirm that what I'm seeing is real.
The morning after the season five finale's brutal cliffhanger ending, in which Jon Snow is betrayed and murdered by his fellow members of the Night's Watch, I wrote about the many reasons why Jon simply cannot be dead. More to the point, he might be dead now, but he won't be dead forever. Like others who have read the George R.R. Martin novels "Thrones" takes its cues from, I've been thinking about Jon's resurrection for the better part of four years now. It's not just a possibility. It's an inevitability. It. Is. Known.
But what if it isn't known? What if Melisandre isn't going to take a page out of the Thoros of Myr playbook and give Jon the Beric Dondarrion treatment? There's no sign of Ghost in Jon's death scene, so warging into his dire wolf is off the table, right? Kit Harington and the producers of the show all insist that Jon is dead and is "not coming back next season," which is a filthy lie concocted in J.J. Abrams' secret John Harrison Long Khan Laboratory … unless it's the truth?
If Jon Snow is dead, I have some late stage grieving in my future next year. For now, I have obsession, looking for anything to support all of us who believe the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch will get over his case of the Mostly Deads. And thanks to you, I have help.
Multiple folks who read my take on why Jon is still alive reached out to me online and asked me to take a closer look at something that happens at the end of the scene.
At Chris' urging, I rolled the tape, and rolled it again, and rolled it some more. I kept rolling until I could roll no further on my own. I called in back-up in the form of Detective Friend, and got the verification I needed: Jon Snow's eyes do indeed change color as the camera zooms down upon his face.
I don't see his eyes turning Targaryen purple, but there is certainly a color change. Perhaps it's just a trick of the light, as the ice-blue hue of the snow becomes more pronounced the closer the camera zooms in on Jon's face. But his eyes appear a lighter shade than normal, no question about it.
Here it is without all the shadows:
And here's what Harington looks like in real life:
IS THIS REAL LIFE? Did Jon Snow's eyes change from Kit's normal dark brown to a lighter hue — an icy green, as I'm seeing it? Am I just seeing things, or is there something here?
Let's roll with "something here," for the sake of argument. What would the eye color change even mean? Insert shrug emoticon here. It could mean a whole lot (Jon's R+L colors and destiny finally emerging, Jon actually warging into Ghost, Jon turning into some White Walker hybrid something-or-other, what have you), or it could mean a whole lot of nothing. Could just be a trick of the light, much like Melisandre's prophetic powers appear to be.
It also could be nothing, and "Game of Thrones" has simply driven some of us (see: me) insane.
The pics don't do the argument as much justice as the experience of watching it five inches in front of your screen, witnessing the transformation of Jon's eyes before your very eyes. Go and check it out for yourself, and tell me I'm crazy — or go crazy with me. It's a long off-season, folks. Let's have fun with it. Someone certainly has to.
* I have never actually met McGruff the Crime Dog.