‘Game of Thrones’ season 6, episode 3: Kit Harington on the new Jon Snow

Game of thronesIs Jon Snow going to return to “Game of Thrones” possessed with some sort of nasty spirit from the afterlife? It doesn’t look like it. This is not “Arrow” with the Lazarus Pits, and it is also not the sort of show that apparently transfers your soul into someone else’s body unless you’re Bran. (Those theories about Jon warging into Ghost are apparently just that: Theories.)

What we can say with a little bit of certainty right now is that Jon is never going to be the same now that he is back, but based on what Kit Harington tells Entertainment Weekly, that’s more for psychological reasons than the result of any sort of mystical transformation that befall him while he was not among the living:

“At first, I was worried that he’ll wake up and he’s the same, back to normal — then there’s no point in that death … He needs to change. There’s a brilliant line when Melisandre asks: ‘What did you see?’ And he says: ‘Nothing, there was nothing at all.’ That cuts right to our deepest fear, that there’s nothing after death. And that’s the most important line in the whole season for me. Jon’s never been afraid of death, and that’s made him a strong and honorable person. He realizes something about his life now: He has to live it, because that’s all there is. He’s been over the line and there’s nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of god into him. He’s seen oblivion and that’s got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is. He doesn’t want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn’t want to be brought back.”

To us, the first order of business that Snow needs to do is find himself some new allies, since those were for the most part few and far between when he was last alive. Sure, he still has Davos, but he has to convince people that there is ultimately a reason that he is back. He’s also got Melisandre, and who knows? Maybe the Red Woman feels empowered now that one of her spells ended up being a success.

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