It's like, "Ok y'all, we get it."
Despite the cast being so adamant about The Lord Commander's fate, ever since the Season 5 finale, fans of the show have been theorizing that Snow isn't gone after all. Thanks to heavy hints from the book, the most popular theory is that Snow somehow wargs into his direwolf, Ghost. Among the hints: Snow is a known warg in the books (it’s likely that all the Stark kids are), the prologue of the fifth book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance with Dragons, shows a wildling warging into a wolf before he died, and, at one point in the book, Melisandre even has a vision of Snow turning into a wolf and back into a man again.
It's like, "OK, George R.R. Martin, we get that, too."
The actors have denied the warging. They, along with their fellow friends of noble birth, have laughed at it. They've laughed in the faces of the old gods and the new. But what we now realize is they're totally right.
Snow is dead, but he's coming back without warging at all.
It all comes down to one line in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books you might've missed, which was noticed while I reread some of the series during an 11-hour train ride. While eating my body weight in Jolly Ranchers, I randomly opened A Dance with Dragons to a Bran chapter, in which he's finally getting training for his magic powers. ('Cause who needs Hogwarts when you got a dirty cave surrounded by zombies, right?) Bran is learning how to jump into the bodies of different animals, but once he does it, he realizes he's not alone.
After Bran jumps into a raven, he notices there's a woman inside it. Bran's all like, "Whoa, this isn't normal." He tells his teacher, the three-eyed crow (three-eyed raven in the show), and he finds out the woman is dead. She's dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. The three-eyed crow explains:
Long dead, yet a part of her remains, just as a part of you would remain in Summer if your boy’s flesh were to die upon the morrow. A shadow on the soul. She will not harm you.
I almost choked. Not because of the book. I just had too many Jolly Ranchers. But did you get that? The three-eyed crow didn't say anything about warging. According to this passage, once a skinchanger's body dies, a part of them remains in their animal. It's automatic.
Soooooo, it looks like a part of Jon Snow is alive in Ghost after all. No warging necessary.
This idea is strengthened by comments Theon Greyjoy himself, Alfie Allen, told Entertainment Weekly. On Snow's death, Allen said, “He lives on -- not physically.”
That part that supposedly lives on in Ghost may be all Melisandre needs to bring Snow back. It may also explain why HBO feels so confident using Kit Harington's image to promote Season 6, why Davos is so badly trying to protect Snow's body in an already released clip and why fans seem to have already spotted a very much alive Jon Snow in the Season 6 trailer.
Jon Snow is dead, if you haven't heard. He's dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. "Deader than dead," according to director David Nutter. But none of that matters ... as long as Ghost is alive, which he totally is in Season 6 footage:
Get ready for Season 6, y'all. Snow is coming.
"Game of Thrones" Season 6 premieres April 24 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.