“Game of Thrones” season 6 has now aired and we are currently dealing with the aftermath. With most of the episode’s plot already spoiled by trailers and even just plain old common sense, one small detail caught the attention of many — Snow’s corpse. is Snow really dead?
The episode began with Ser Davos Seaworth, with the help of Edd and a few others, bringing the dead Jon Snow into a room. With Thorne quickly gaining control of the Night’s Watch and Edd sent to get help from the wildlings, Davos is left in a precarious position.
After a whole episode of setting the events for several subplots in “Game of Thrones,” we return to Castle Black where we see Jon’s former “brothers” aim crossbows at the room where Davos and the others are holed up. Alliser Thorne negotiates with Davos to surrender.
He guarantees to pardon to the men who are with him and to Davos, a fresh horse, and provisions for him to leave and head south. Davos replies that they will think about it but deep inside knows that Thorne’s words are empty and that they will be slaughtered the moment they open the door.
One detail that seemed to catch everyone’s attention is Jon’s corpse. Aside from the obvious reason of giving honor to the dead, why are Davos and the others risking their lives for him when even Davos himself confirmed that he is gone? They even stayed by his corpse when even Melisandre who knows the importance of Jon Snow simply went to sleep amid the chaos.
In a recent interview, Liam Cunningham defended the actions of his character and not getting rid of the body. He explained that although many events passed during the episode not much time has passed during the scenes at Castle Black. The scenes with Jon’s corpse are not by design and were simply made by circumstance.
By bringing Jon’s body in, they unwittingly made themselves into enemies in the eyes of Thorne, seeing them as Jon’s followers and must be dispatched before they could threaten his hold on Castle Black. With the madness that followed after Jon’s murder, there was simply not enough time to get rid of the body with dignity.
Not getting rid of the body seems to deny the claims that Jon will stay dead. That coupled with the trailers seeing him ride a horse seems to suggest that he will, in fact, be back. We’ll have to watch future episodes of “Game of Thrones” to once and for all confirm the fate of Jon Snow.