Although George RR Martin‘s sixth Song of Ice and Fire book, Winds of Winter, does not yet have a release date, theories about the upcoming book are being explored thoroughly by the series’ fandom. The final moments of the fifth book in the series, A Dance With Dragons, detailed Jon Snow being murdered by the mutineers of the Night’s Watch. The HBO TV show Game of Thrones later showed Jon Snow being resurrected by Melisandre, an event that could be translated differently in the books.
While Melisandre could certainly bring Jon Snow back, she is not the only character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series who has that power.
Instead, Jon could be brought back by Catelyn Stark.
Catelyn was killed off in A Storm of Swords at the Red Wedding, alongside her son, Robb Stark.
The matriarch of the Stark family has since made a return, however, as the resurrected Lady Stoneheart, alongside the Brotherhood Without Banners.
Included in this group of people is Thoros of Myr, the priest who brought Catelyn back from the dead.
Jon and Catelyn have always had an extremely strained relationship.
The latter has always known Jon simply as Ned Stark’s bastard child whom he brought home after a war.
But, since Jon’s lineage is no doubt borne of both Stark and Targaryen heritage, he is the rightful king of Westeros.
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Winds of Winter may still be quite far away from store shelves, as Martin recently touched upon how “behind” he is in writing it.
The author of the series posted on his blog site earlier this year where he gave his fans an update on his progress.
He wrote: “Way back when on LiveJournal, when I started this column or journal or whatever it is, I called it my ‘Not A Blog,’ because I could see that regular blogging was a lot of work, and I didn’t think I had the time to devote to it.
“I was late on a book even then, though I do not recall which one.”
Martin continued: “Somehow, though, over the decades, the Not A Blog became a blog, and what I had intended as an occasional pleasure and a way to stay in touch with my readers has become a Blog (ironically, at the same time as everyone else was abandoning their blogs for Facebook and Twitter), complete with a sense of obligation.
“And when a lot of stuff happens very fast, I fall further and further behind. I am hugely behind right now.
“And the prospect of trying to catch up is feeling increasingly oppressive. My life has become one of extremes these past few months.”
The Winds of Winter does not have a release date.