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George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons hit the shelves in 2011 and we fans are now caught up in the indeterminably long interlude between book 5 and book 6.  While we wait, we have seasons of the Game of Thrones television series to look forward to and the occasional teaser from Martin about his new book.  Now, in a recent interview, Martin may have slipped up a bit and dropped a major spoiler for The Winds of Winter.  Check it out below and see what you think.

<WARNING!  If you’ve not read A Dance with Dragons, you will be heavily spoiled if you continue!>:

In an interview with io9, when asked about long-term character arc planning, Martin had this to say:

“Some major characters — yes, I always had plans, what Tyrion’s arc was gonna be through this, what Arya’s arc was gonna be through this, what Jon Snow’s arc is gonna be. I knew what the principal deaths were gonna be, and when they were coming. That would be the closest thing.”

The thing that’s making people think he may have spoiled the next book, in case you didn’t see it, is the presence of the word “is” following Jon Snow’s name.  Those who have read the fifth book know Snow gets more than a few knives in the back and is presumed dead.  What Martin had to say could easily have been a simply misstep of grammar, or it could be evidence of Snow’s continuing presence in the book.

Personally, I’ve had a running bet that Snow is coming back zombie-style via the Red Witch’s spooky god powers, the same way he did it with Catelyn.  The rest of you can take what you want from Martin’s words.


Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

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  • Kateezee

    Ooooh. I hope Jon Snow is alive!! My theory is he’s the last Targaryen. “The dragon has three heads”… daenerys, aegon, bastard snow? Lol.

    • Peter

      Theres a whole conspiracy theory about Eddard Starks Sister being in love and pregnant with the last targaryen, that there was no rape and no slaughter.

      Just a love affair and a birth with his sisters dead, and Eddard covered it up by naming Jon his bastard son.
      He needed to do this to keep the rebellion alive and not to anger Robert Baratheon who loved his sister.

      • rhaegar

        and also the unknown promise that Eddard made to lyanna could possibly be to keep her son safe or something along those lines, seeing as in the books there have been at least 2 explanations for jon snow given but none confirmed

  • jsturm

    The three heads of the Dragon will be Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen, Jon “the Bastard Snow” Targaryen and Tyrion The Imp” Targaryen. It is known.

  • Yoni Ratner

    Snow’s comming back inside Ghost’s body, duh.

    • Ian Lambert

      Thank god fianlly, i thought it was obvious form the prologue of Dance of Dragons but no one seems to get this lol

  • Veriloquent

    *Spoilers* When Snows last chapter finished I couldn’t help but feel he wasn’t dead as I feel he could still be important to the storyline, the Wildlings may end up slaughtering his attackers and saving him (possibly killing off most of the nights watch), gravely injured perhaps taking months to recover before appearing about halfway through the book unexpectedly similar to when Tyrion was pulled under the water to what was hinted at being a watery grave only for him to return later in the book and when Davos was also drowning during the battle of Blackwater bay only for him to end up washed up on a small uninhabited island.

    • Andrew Wifred

      That was my conclusion as well.

  • Andrew Wifred

    Jon was stabbed but that doesn’t mean he died.

  • Jadotch


    My personal theory:

    The Red Comet/Birth of Dragons has triggered Jon’s theoretical Targaryen (Lyanna/Rhaegar’s child) blood. It is hinted he feels heat less and less, or I am reading into it, but this is my theory.

    Jon is stabbed and wargs into Ghost. Jon’s body die.

    They try to burn Jon’s body, it fails to burn. They take it beyond the wall to dispose of. Eventually it reanimates as a wight.

    He is able to warg back into his body, perhaps with Bran’s help. (The Dances with Dragon’s prologue made a pretty big deal about warging before you die.)

    Much like Coldhands he retains his personality. He is a Targaryen. He becomes the Song of Ice and Fire.

    Oh, and the Wall has to fall at some point. I am guessing at the end of Winds of Winter.