The Game of Thrones Spoiler that's driving everyone half mad

I apolgise for this in advance. There is a spoiler ahead. If you're a fan of the Game of Thrones and you hate it when things are spoiled, then now is the time that you should leave. It may seem odd that I tell you to exit stage left, but I'd rather you thought well of me than ill. If you no longer like me, then you'll stop reading. And if you stop reading then I don't know what I'll do. 

Yesterday, the world was abuzz because a certain television character pulled a Lazarus on us. Yes! Jon Snow came back to life. To be honest I saw it coming. Kit Harrington, the actor that plays Jon Snow said time and time again that his character wasn't coming back to life, but if that was the case, I didn't see why he had to be on set all the time. It doesn't take that long to pretend to be dead. Lying motionless on a bed of stone does not take six months to film.

Some people said that he was filming flashbacks, but Game of Thrones isn't really all that flashback heavy. There is so much material to cover that there is simply no time for detailed examinations of the past, and if there is, the events that will be covered won't be anything from Jon Snow's time. Furthermore, there's the theory that he's the bastard child of Rhaegar Targaryan and Eddard (Ned) Stark's sister Lyanna.

The mysteries surrounding him are far too important for him to die.

Even though he's come back, we cannot expect that he'll be the same. In 2011 George R. Martin, the creator of the incredibly lucrative franchise said:

"I do think that if you're bringing a character back, that a character has gone through death, that's a transformative experience"

He then went on to say :

"My characters who come back from death are worse for wear. In some ways, they're not even the same characters anymore. The body may be moving, but some aspect of the spirit is changed or transformed, and they've lost something. One of the characters who has come back repeatedly from death is Beric Dondarrion, The Lightning Lord. Each time he's revived he loses a little more of himself. He was sent on a mission before his first death. He was sent on a mission to do something, and it's like, that's what he's clinging to. He's forgetting other things, he's forgetting who he is, or where he lived. He's forgotten the woman who he was once supposed to marry. Bits of his humanity are lost every time he comes back from death; he remembers that mission. His flesh is falling away from him, but this one thing, this purpose that he had is part of what's animating him and bringing him back to death. I think you see echoes of that with some of the other characters who have come back from death."

So what does this mean?

It means that even though Jon Snow is back and his curls remain intact he may not be the same character that we fell in love with over the course of 5 seasons. This makes things infinitely more interesting.

For the first time, there is no difference between those who've read the books and those who haven't. We're all wonderfully ignorant of what the world of Westeros holds for us. The GIf below is no longer true.

Now, for the most part, we all exist in a perpetual state of suspense. The cliffhangers are universal. We obviously can't wait for George R. Martin to finish what he started. I almost wish that he'd be like a Jeffrey Archer. That the books would come out every year, as surely as winter, summer and autumn do.

As we wait for the next episode, we can delight ourselves in Kit Harrington's very sincere apology for the lies that he told before the new season aired. "I'd like to say I'm sorry for lying to everyone." He said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

At this point I can almost say that I am glad that he lied. If he hadn't. This avid fan and twitter genius would probably not have made this.

Happy Days,

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