I would love to tell you that Episode 1 of Season 6 of Game of Thrones answered all our endless, nail-biting questions, but that would be so very false. In fact, that would be the biggest, most absolute lie (which is in keeping with Game of Thrones, so don't be mad at me). So much of what the end of Season 5 gave us remained relentlessly unclear at the beginning of Season 6, so it comes as no surprise that Jon Snow is still dead after Game of Thrones Episode 1 ended, and we're all in desperate need of some answers.

The new season began like the old season ended: with Jon Snow's lifeless body laying in the cold winter snow. He's not revived right away, or at all, so we're left to assume that this death is honest, real, and absolutely irreversible. Of course, nothing is for certain. Game of Thrones prides itself on being mystical and magical, bending the rules of real life and another world we could only hope to truly understand, so perhaps it isn't entirely far-fetched to suggest that while Jon Snow didn't live on in the first episode of Season 6, he could very easily come alive in the second, or third, or seventh. (Yes, this is my wishful thinking but bugger off, I love him. You know nothing, people who don't love Jon Snow.)


If you're paying attention to the books, you've probably (and adamantly) refused to give up absolute hope. In George R. R. Martin's novels, Jon Snow dies yet it is heavily suggested that he inevitably returns. In fact, it's implied through foreshadowing that his death is meant to free him of his oath to the Night's Watch, essentially allowing him to do what he is arguably meant to do: rule the damn realm.

Of course, no one knows for sure what's to become of Snow — or any other Game of Thrones character — except Martin, and Martin alone, which is why him failing to finish the latest novel becomes all the more frustrating. We need answers, George.


At this point, honestly, all we can do is sit and wait and hope that Martin takes mercy on our Game of Thrones-loving souls, as I'm not sure I can handle another heartbreaking death. (And I swear, if it's Tyrion, I won't watch another episode. OK, maybe one more, but I won't be happy about it.)