Following the dramatic resurrection of Jon Snow in the closing moments of this week's episode of Game of Thrones, you probably have a few questions. One, is Jon Snow still the same honorable, know-nothing dude? Two, approximately how many deep shuddering breaths did it take for Jon Snow to get himself together? And three, how does he feel about his new, shorter ‘do courtesy of Melisandre? (That's easy: He seems like the kind of guy who's going to say he hates it but secretly loves it. It's so much easier to manage! It's not like they have an abundance of conditioner at the Wall.)
But I digress. Once again, Game of Thrones gave us more questions than answers in Season 6, Episode 2 ("Home"), and since it is MTV News's duty to trek through the muck of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series to answer your weekly inquiries, let's get to it. But first! A message from our pet bear:
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Is Jon Snow still the same person?
So far, the only things we truly know are A) Jon can open his eyes, and B) the man knows how to take a deep breath for dramatic effect -- but does that prove that Jon is still the same do-gooder we knew him to be? Not so much. The only man we have to compare him to is Beric Dondarrion, the knight whom Melisandre met in Season 3. Beric had been resurrected by his good pal the Red Priest Thoros of Myr a whopping six times, and it was very clear that Beric wasn't who he once was. He forgot things -- places and memories that were so ingrained in his very being seemed to disappear from his mind. George R.R. Martin has described death as a "transformative" experience in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
"My characters who come back from death are worse for wear," Martin said back in 2011. "In some ways, they're not even the same characters anymore. The body may be moving, but some aspect of the spirit is changed or transformed, and they’ve lost something."
Hmm. So will Jon Snow be the same know-nothing as before? Probably not, and honestly, isn't that for the best? If Jon were to come back and be the same honorable guy he was just three episodes ago, it would cheapen his death. Why "kill" Jon Snow if there are no repercussions? Therefore, a part of Jon has to die in order to advance his character arc -- and to make us care.
Why did Davos care so much anyway?HBO
When Davos arrived in Castle Black, he had one mission: convince Jon Snow to send men and supplies to Stannis on the frontlines. Clearly, that plan failed. After all, Jon had an even bigger enemy to worry about at the time in the horde of White Walkers headed his way. So why did Davos care so much about Jon to not only guard his body but to also go against his principles and ask Melisandre to resurrect him? Well, think of it like this: Davos has lost everything. He's lost Stannis, his leader and friend, and he's also lost Shireen, the only good and pure thing he had left in this world. From what we know about Ser Davos, he's an incredibly loyal dude, and he trusted Jon because Stannis trusted Jon. In fact, Stannis saw something in Jon that reminded him of himself. Davos needs a leader, and to be honest, Jon is the only leader equipped to get them out of this mess they're in. Davos knows it's only a matter of time before the Boltons come knocking, and Jon has proven himself in battle. Not to mention, Davos knows that Jon is the right guy to rule the North, not crazypants Ramsay Bolton.
Will Jon head to Winterfell?HBO
Gods, I hope so. If Jon Snow does in fact come back a changed man, I'm hoping he ditches the Night's Watch -- he's not beholden to them anymore because technically, his watch ended when he died -- and goes on a rampage in the North and slices Ramsay's head clean off. Or maybe he'll even let Sansa do it. (If Jon doesn't remember Sansa, I think I might honestly cry. It's such a Game of Thrones thing to do, bringing two Starks together only for one not to remember the other.)
What happened to Hodor?
Bran's vision through the weirwoods not only gave us our first look at young Lyanna Stark (you can read about her importance here), but it also revealed a surprising fact about Winterfell's favorite stable boy, Hodor. It seems as though Hodor wasn't always Hodor; when he was younger, he was a verbose boy named Wyllis. So what happened to Wyllis? Did he go against his mother's wishes and get into trouble with the Stark kids? (Did they go beyond the Wall?) I can't imagine that this doesn't play into the larger picture somehow. Is the word "Hodor" significant? Does Hodor hold the secrets to the ENTIRE plot?! Is the Night's King's real name Hodor?!! Whatever happens, I don't think it was a coincidence that in Bran's vision, young Ned Stark said that if Wyllis can learn to fight, he'd be unstoppable. This show is many things, but subtle is not one of them.
Will Theon factor into the Kingsmoot?
The Kingsmoot sounds really cool, but I promise you it is not. It's just a bunch of dudes (and Yara!) bribing the people of Pyke with gifts and fallacies. If Theon were to somehow make it back to the Iron Islands before the Kingsmoot, would it affect Euron's chances of winning? Euron has supporters. He has power. Theon has ... nothing but his name. However, if Theon returns to Pyke after the Kingsmoot, Yara could technically claim that the Kingsmoot was "unlawful" since Theon had not been present to make his claim. In other words, it could be the loophole Yara needs to pull one over on Uncle Euron.
When will Ramsay die?Giphy
Ramsay killed his father, Roose Bolton, which means he's officially a loose cannon without an anchor and one step closer to meeting a grisly end. Remember, before he stabbed Daddy Dearest in the chest, Roose gave Ramsay this prophetic warning: "If you acquire a reputation as a mad dog, you’ll be treated as a mad dog." Parents and prophecies are not to be taken lightly on Game of Thrones. Never forget Catelyn's warning to Robb before the Red Wedding. That being said, since this season of Game of Thrones has been mirroring so many memorable moments from previous seasons, wouldn't it be fitting to see a Stark's blade take off Ramsay's head by Season 6's end? If there's one head waiting to be put on a pike, it's Ramsay's crazy mug.
Will Arya really become No One?HBO
It's unfortunate that Arya will spend an entire season once again separated from the action, but a girl must learn to become No One in order to graduate from assassin school -- or does she? What is Arya's endgame here? She initially came to Braavos to train with the Faceless Men so that she could better learn how to take out the people on her kill list. But now that she's found herself in a quarrel with the Many-Faced God, is it really going to be so easy for Arya to hold on to her need for vengeance? Or will she sacrifice it all to become No One? If we've learned anything about Ayra Stark, it's that she doesn't give up easily. After all, a girl is still a Stark as long as Needle is around.
Is Tyrion one of the three heads of the dragon?HBO
Obviously, yes. Could showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have made it any clearer? In the books, Daenerys has a vision of Rhaegar in the House of the Undying. In it, he stands over a woman holding a newborn baby, claiming him to be the "song of ice and fire." (Presumably, he is referring to his son with Elia Martell, Aegon, who may or may not still be alive, but that is for another time, dear readers.) He also recites a thoroughly debated prophecy: "The dragon has three heads." It's long been established that Dany is one of the three heads. As for the other two? It's TBD, but Martin himself has confirmed that the three heads need not be Targaryens. Therefore, Tyrion's smooth encounter with Rhaegal and Viserion would suggest that he might very well be one of the three. How fitting would that be after his entire horrible family laughed at him for wanting a dragon for his nameday?
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