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We all knew it was coming, hell, George R.R. Martin even told us it was coming, but it STILL took us by surprise in the final scene of last night’s episode.
Mel pulled some freaky-deaky blood magic or something, and now our favorite character, Jon Snow, has come back from the grave.
But, is he really back? I mean, yeah, sure, we all saw him cough and sputter and take his first breath since dying, but how do we know he’s even still, well, him?
In season 3, after we saw Beric Dondarrion return to life, (much the same way as Jon Snow has been brought back), he had this to say:
“Every time I come back… I’m a bit less. Pieces of you get chipped away.”
And let’s not forget that Jon has been dead for at least a few days, so there’s a good chance that, at the very least, Jon will experience some major memory loss just like Beric has.
But it gets worse for our hero. A lot worse.
You see, in the world of Game of Thrones, if somebody comes into contact with a White Walker, and then dies, they will come back as a White Walker (even if they die much later from an unrelated incident!)
Jon was lucky enough to fight against the King of the White Walkers without dying, but the toxin stayed with him, dormant, waiting for the right moment to strike.
And then, when Jon was betrayed by his brothers, stabbed, and left for dead in the snow, the toxin made its way into his blood, infected him, and took over his body.
What we saw in the final seconds of the episode wasn’t Melisandre’s magic bringing Jon Snow back to life, oh no, not even close.
We saw Jon become one of the undead; a White Walker.
But, just because he’s a White Walker and technically dead doesn’t mean he has to become one of the bad guys, does it?
Jon could retain his humanity, use his new powers for good, and choose to fight against the army of wights and White Walkers heading towards the wall.
Honestly, we got more questions than answers with this episode of GoT, and nobody really knows what’s going to happen in the next one.
All we can do is pray that Jon doesn’t lose himself to the darkness, and that he will still be the Jon we’ve all learned to love.