The Resurrection of Jon Snow
"To see if you were the right kind of terrible... The kind that prevents your people from being even more so." — Tyrion Lannister
Last week "Game of Thrones" returned. Most people tuned in to see what would happen with Jon Snow. In the season five finale, he appeared to be dead. But no one believes he's really dead. Everyone thinks he's coming back, it's just a matter of when.
That it didn't happen in the premier hasn't dissuaded anyone. And I had to stop and ask myself why.
"Game of Thrones" has never been one to shy away from big character deaths. In fact, that's one of the things that makes it so compelling. You never know what's going to happen, and to whom. But with Jon, no one believes he's dead. And the reason is because he's the last vestige of hope.
People need hope. It's an incredibly important and driving force, even on dystopian TV shows. That's what Jon Snow represents. Along with Daenerys, he represents one of the few noble and worthy characters on the show. We don't just want Jon back, we need him back.
Arguably the two most popular shows on TV are "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones." When you stop to consider that, it's easy to see what they have in common — and I don't mean zombies. Rather, it's a dystopic world view. Both shows are dark, verging on nihilistic. That seems fitting to the current state of the world — especially for those who don't know or believe in Jesus Christ. But at the same time, we have this need to find hope, to believe hope is possible.
That's the underlying theme in "The Dark Knight." It's the underlying battle in "No Country For Old Men." It's a driving force in all society and media — we need hope that things can work out. Heck, it's why I'd argue that superhero movies and TV shows are so possible. We're seeking salvation and hope by any means necessary.
But what does that have to do with fiction? We need hope. We crave it. We don't want to watch a show where there is no hope; we can't. So even in the bleakest of times we cling to these characters that present us with a shred of hope.
Jon Snow is one of those characters. That's why he can't be dead. That's why we can't accept that he's dead. That's why I think he'll be back. At least I hope he will. Otherwise, what was the point...