Given that Game of Thrones’s second episode of the Season, entitled “Home,” solves one of the show’s biggest mysteries to date, it’s easy to overlook that quite a bit more happened than just Jon Snow coming back from the dead in this week’s installment. It’s true that “Home” wouldn’t be half as memorable if it didn’t have that final scene, but there’s still quite a bit going on in each story, to the point where this episode moves the plot along much better than last week’s Season premiere. As usual, Game of Thrones answered some questions while introducing a host of others, but the following are arguably the most pertinent leading into next week’s episode and beyond.
*Note: this post contains spoilers for Goerge R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels
10. Will Jon Be Any Different?
It’s easy to believe that Jon Snow will be much the same as he was when we see him up and walking next week, but as has been shown in the past, resurrection often leaves behind some unforeseen side effects. Beric Dondarrion was resurrected multiple times, but made note of how a little bit of himself was missing each time he came back from the dead. And although the show has yet to introduce her (if it plans to at all) Catelyn Stark is resurrected in the books, but comes back as a vengeful wight. The popular theory is that Jon is the Hero of Light, Azor Ahai, reborn, so if any character has a chance at coming back from the dead relatively unscathed, it’s him, but it will hardly come as a surprise if it turns out that reanimated Jon Snow is quite a bit different from what he was before.