Before Game of Thrones Season 6 was aired, several speculations, spoilers and half truths continued making the rounds, claiming that Jon Snow might be resurrected, and that Melisandre, The Red Woman, would bring him back from the dead.
Now we know that Jon Snow is back from dead and Melisandre, like Thoros of Myr before her, prayed to the Lord of Light. The Lord Commander then opened his eyes, catching his breath. It seems that there is more to it. Let’s explore.
Back in Game of Thrones Season 3, Melisandre met Beric Dondarrion, the knight. Beric was said to be resurrected by the Red Priest Thoros of Myr six times, notes Vanity Fair.
While the book entitled “A Storm of Swords” stated that Beric isn’t what he once was, he enunciates his half-living state. A paragraph from the book reads:
“Can I dwell on what I scarce remember? I held a castle on the Marches once, and there was a woman I was pledged to marry, but I could not find that castle today, nor tell you the color of that woman’s hair. Who knighted me, old friend? What were my favorite foods? It all fades. Sometimes I think I was born on the bloody grass in that grove of ash, with the taste of fire in my mouth and a hole in my chest. Are you my mother, Thoros?”
Given this instance, it appears that Jon Snow would not remember what happened with Ygritte or his reunion with his half-sister Sansa.
In 2011, George R. R. Martin said about the resurrection, “I do think that if you’re bringing a character back, that a character has gone through death, that’s a transformative experience. . . 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.”