After months of speculation, the truth about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was finally revealed in last night's episode of Game of Thrones, "Home". As you well know, this beloved character was brutally killed in the Season 5 finale, Mother's Mercy, by the treacherous Aliser Thorne (Owen Teale) and a number of other Night's Watch brothers, which lead to several fan theories surfacing about whether or not Jon Snow is really dead, or if he could be resurrected at all. Now that this epic episode has finally aired, Kit Harington can finally speak about the fact that Jon Snow lives, but be warned, if you haven't seen last night's episode, there will be plenty of SPOILERS below.
One of the most prevalent fan theories regarding Jon Snow centered on "The Red Woman" herself, Melisandre. We saw in Season 3 that another high priest, Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye), used his abilities to bring Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) back from the dead, which Melisandre witnessed herself. Many thought that Melisandre may be able to use her powers to resurrect Jon Snow, and that's exactly what she did, even though she was unsure of her abilities to do so. Now that we know for sure that Jon Snow is back from the dead, Kit Harington revealed in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly that Season 6 will be the biggest season yet for Jon Snow.
"It's a massive season for him, it's the biggest season for him so far, he features very prominently this season. I was told that when I was told I was coming back - that the season I was coming back for would be my biggest, and that's quite a lot to take as well."
Many fans assumed he would be coming back so the show could finally answer one of its biggest mysteries, the identity of Jon Snow's mother. One of the biggest fan theories about Snow's mother is known as "R+L=J," meaning Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are actually his parents, which would give Snow a very strong claim to the Iron Throne. While Ned Stark had often referred to Jon as his bastard child, this theory claims Ned Stark's sister Lyanna actually gave birth to Jon Snow, and that Ned Stark is not actually Jon's father. While it remains to be seen if this mystery will be solved this season, last night's episode offered a hint that this theory may be valid.
"Home" also marked the first appearance of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) since Season 4, who spent all of Season 5 honing his greensight with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max Von Sydow). Greensight allows Bran to see the past, present and future, and during one of his visions in last night's episode, we saw a flashback of a young Ned Stark sparring with his brother Benjen, when their training is interrupted by Lyanna, riding circles around them on horseback. Bran mentions in the episode that his father Ned rarely spoke about his sister, but next week's episode we'll find out even more about her. "Oathbreaker", which airs on May 8, will feature another one of Bran's greensight visions that showcases the battle of the Tower of Joy, which was sparked by Rhaegar Targaryen's abduction of Lyanna Stark. Stay tuned for more on Season 6 of Game of Thrones as this exciting season continues.