‘Game of Thrones’: Why Jon Snow’s Resurrection Could Still Come Back to Haunt Him

IndieWire | 7/17/2017 | Hanh Nguyen
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On Sunday, we returned to Westeros to see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) taking up the mantle of King in the North with no problems — well, except for Sansa (Sophie Turner) questioning his every move publicly. But other than that, he’s looking pretty good for a guy who was stabbed multiple times, left to bleed out in the snow, and then brought back to life through divine or magical intervention.

But he shouldn’t be.

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That is to say that resurrection by R’hllor, a.k.a. Red God, a.k.a. the Lord of Light, isn’t perfect. Just ask Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), who’s been revived several times but isn’t looking all that fresh. That’s because resurrection via Red God does not mean complete recovery from the physical injuries that had led to your death. This is no Whovian regeneration. Most obviously, Beric is still missing an eye from one of his many deaths, has a scar on his forehead, and — in the books at least — shows evidence on the skin of his neck from being hung.

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Since Jon Snow’s backstabbers were kind enough to shank him in his torso, his injuries aren’t visible unless he suddenly finds himself shirtless. Nevertheless, whether we see them or not, those many fatal stab wounds should slow him down a little and make him a bit stiff. Let’s see how his sword-work or sparring sessions go down. With the looming battle against the White Walkers and possibly Cersei’s forces, he’ll need to figure out how to compensate for his injuries.

In a recent Time interview, George R.R. Martin called Beric and Jon fire wights, which is not something we had considered before since they seem so different from the zombie-like creatures we’ve known as wights in the...
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