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Jon Snow (Kit Harington) once cheated death. The 998th Lord Commander of Night's Watch maintained a knife for the heart of the fifth season finale of Game of Thrones only to return two episodes later to be more violent: first, "The Battle of the Bastards" where he and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) won their ancestral home to Winterfell and later "The Long Night", where he and the allied forces of the living band together to save Winterfell and the rest of humanity from the white hikers.
Ultimately, Jon was not widely used in any of these specific conflicts. He survived both of them, of course, but in both cases, he rejected the carefully planned plans and almost died as a result. Jon's sisters Sansa and Arya (Maisie Williams) won the battles against Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and Night King (Vladimir Furdik), through hard-earned alliances and murders, respectively. In the meantime, Jon used these wars over the very concept of mortality: born of a mosh pit of corpses in the "Battle of the Bastards" and attached by an undead dragon in "The Long Night". At that time, both of those struggles felt like in vain and frustrating uses of Jon Snow, Game of Thrones closest thing to the traditional fantasy hero archetype, what about his powerful sword and his secret claim to the iron throne ̵
The question reflects a moment from "Beyond The Wall", the season's seven penultimate episode, where Jon and formerly dead man Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) tied their unique relationship to mortality. Lightning The Lord was so confused as Jon about why the two still stood when so many others were dead and gone. But he was pretty sure of one thing: their common goal.
"Death is the enemy, the first enemy and the last," Beric said. "The enemy always wins and we still have to fight against him. That's all I know. You and I won't find much joy while we're here, but we can keep others alive. We can defend those who don't can defend himself. "" 19659008] "I am the shield that protects men's realms," replied a thought-provoking Jon who reflected on his own earlier oath as Night Guard. "Maybe it's enough."
Now, Game of Thrones watch is finished, and the issues that have flown within the years of the Jon Snow story have finally some answers. What was the purpose of his Targaryen roots? Was he destined to become King of Westeros? How would his reluctance to take on the iron throne be in the face of Daenery's rage against King's Landing? If Jon's true purpose was to guard men's realms, what would that mean for Game of Thrones & # 39; own captain Westeros to use the shield?
By first dealing with the last question: By wearing a shield, one meant a dagger. Snow can boast of the only kill of the series finale, killing Dany in the cold cold tronum, just feet away from the powerful seat she's been craving for so long. It is a feature derived from Jon's simmering doubts about Dany, who fully cooked over after "The Bells" vocalized in conversation with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage).
"When she murdered the slaves of Astapor, I am sure no one but the slaves complained," tyrion tells ion, the two of them speak in the once and future hand of the king's provisional prison cell. "They were evil men when they crucified hundreds of Meereen noblemen who could argue? They were evil men. The Dothraki khalsen she burned alive? They would have done worse for her. Everywhere she went, evil men die and we greet She's on it, and she's getting stronger and more confident that she's good and right. She thinks her fate is creating a better world for everyone. If you believed it, you wouldn't kill the one who stood if you really believed in it between you and paradise? "
Jon remembers, before moving on, another man who is familiar with ice and fire: the late Aemon Targary (Peter Vaughan), who once told Jon that "love is the death of the guilty". Aemon argued his own duties as heir to the Iron Throne and paved the way for his unlikely brother Aegon to take over the crown and create the people who would cause so much of Westeros' current turmoil: Mad King Ays, his children Rhaegar and Daenerys, and his secret grandson – another Aegon, more known to us as Jon Snow.
Tyrion, Beric, Aemon … all are lucky soldiers in their own rights who have weathered their respective wars and went away with their own respective wounds. Love and duty, tested for all of them. For Jon Snow, a man who originates from the honorable Ned Stark by caring, if not quite nature, duty has always won the day – and whose stinging should a beloved heart serve as the shield protecting men's wealth? In fact, it's enough.
After killing Daenerys, Jon spends weeks in a prison cell, somehow avoiding execution in the hands of a devoted and fierce Gray Worm (Jacob Anderson). When he is finally released, Westero's status quo has changed: Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is king, Sansa is queen in the north, and Jon's permission to escape his royal fate entirely with a star: he is forced to return to Black Castle, where he will live his days on the wall.
Given what we know about Jon Snow, the story could well have ended there. Castle Black, after all, has some confidentiality for the man; It is a pleasant enough existence for a person whose ambitions were never greater than doing the right thing. Permitted, the Jon we are back with does not really know if he has done the right thing by killing Daenerys – so it makes sense that the final version of Jon Snow eventually comes off the right path and instead follows his own way.
From some points of view, Jon Snow was the prince who was promised the man who was intended to bear the crown and reign Westeros. But he never wanted any of it. What he got instead was an active role in the decision of a new fate for the rich, where royal lineage ceased to be the deciding factor in the way of the country. (Is the wheel completely destroyed? I will not argue for that, but your mileage may vary.) Jon wins in a position where he rejects the crown with a quick killing, condemning a lifetime of service back on the wall.
But there is another crown Jon earned along the way – a crown belonging to the other side of the wall, where he had that conversation with Beric not so long ago. Talking to the lord of the unsolicited mission to take a guard and bring it back to King's Landing as evidence of the Night King's threat, Jon and the other breaths breached the cheeks scattered with the cold – and for one man who had not died terribly long ago, Jon Snow never looked alive. For a man who knows what death looks like (that it doesn't look like anything at all), it might be a happy ending that he ultimately chooses to obey orders and instead return to the place where he felt most alive.  "Therefore, we all agreed to follow him," said Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) about Jon back in "The Last of the Starks", a coronation speech of this kind. "It's the kind of man he is. He's small, but he's strong, strong enough to be friendly with an enemy and get murdered for it. Most people get bloody murdered, they stay that way. Not the one! Come back and keep the fight. Here, north of the wall and back again. He continues to fight, he climbed on a giant dragon and fought! What kind of man climbs a cold dragon? A madman – or a king! "
To Lastly, Jon Snow rejects the crown he was meant to carry from birth. Jon Snow, more of a product of his care than nature, instead chooses the crown he earned: one in the "real north" that Tormund would say. In the final scene of the series, Jon Slot Black leaves with Free People who conveniently bring them back to the haunted forest where the first pigs Game of Thrones scene took place. There are no more White Walkers to fear, thanks to Jon's role in rallying against Night King, if he does not completely kill him – and while there are still dangers somewhere out there, there is certainly less to fear now that Jon Snow, formerly Lord of Commander of Night's Watch, former King of the North, the man who was to be the King of the Seven Kingdoms, now rides with a new title: King Beyond the Wall. For a long time he must reign.
Read the entire THRs Final Path series, which contains character predictions:
1. Jon Snow
2. Daenerys Targaryen
3. Tyrion Lannister
4. Cersei Lannister
5. Jaime Lannister
6. Sansa Stark
7. Arya Stark
8. Bran Stark
9. Samwell Tarly
10. Theon Greyjoy
11. The Hound
12. Brienne of Tarth
15. Davos Seaworth
16. Jorah Mormont
18. Tormund Giantsbane
19. Beric Dondarrion
21. The Night King
22. All over the world by Ice and fire
23. Final Predictions
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