The second episode in the sixth season of Game of Thrones concluded with several plots twists, a number of murders, and most importantly, an answer to the question that’s plagued us since the season 5 finale. Is Jon Snow really dead?
Widespread fan theories speculating that Red priestess Melisandre would resurrect the dead Snow were combatted by Kit Harrington’s persistence that his character was, in fact, dead. Yesterday’s shock ending resulted in Harrington issuing an apology to fans for lying about his character’s demise. Now, the preview for next week’s episode titled Oathbreaker suggests that we’ll not only learn more about Snow’s fate, but possibly about his identity.
Bran Stark’s visions of his father and younger sister Lyanna as children, this week, and the episode 3 preview’s dialogue “No. Now it ends”, which was spoken by Ned Stark in chapter 39 of George R.R. Marting’s A Game of Thrones, suggest we’re witnessing a vision of the Raid on the Tower of Joy where Ned defeated Rhaegar Targaryen’s guards in order to rescue his sister. It’s speculated that by the time Ned reached Lyanna, she was dying in childbirth with Rhaegar’s offspring, who Ned cared for as his bastard son Jon Snow.
Jon Snow’s compelling story will, of course, be intertwined a with Ramsay Bolton’s rise to power as an only child, Arya Stark’s training as no one, and Cersei Lannister’s plot for revenge.
New episodes of Game of Thrones air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.