\'Game of Thrones\' Season 6 shouldn\'t return to the Wall or Jon Snow
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The biggest question coming out of "Game of Thrones\'" Season 5 finale is, "Is Jon Snow forever-dead?" That\'s why Season 6 of the HBO series should avoid answering the question altogether.
The new season starts filming in July, and with the Jon Snow question foremost in fans\' minds, it\'s going to be really hard to keep actor Kit Harington\'s return a secret. If he\'s spotted in Belfast, where "Game of Thrones" primarily shoots, there\'s going to be no way to convince eagle-eyed fans that he\'s not back on the show, even if he really isn\'t.
With the show now caught up largely to George R.R. Martin\'s "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, Jon Snow\'s fate remains a mystery, and it will be more surprising if he stays dead than if he doesn\'t. A majority of show watchers -- plus a vocal contingent of book readers who have been dealing with this cliffhanger ending ever since "A Dance With Dragons" came out in 2011 -- believe the final isn\'t the last people will see of the character, though Harington and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss firmly say the character is dead and not coming back in Season 6.
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Why not make both groups right? Since so many people will be clamoring for an answer one way or another when Season 6 starts filming, not to mention when it premieres in 2016, why not just take a break from the Wall storyline altogether like Season 5 did with Bran\'s? All season viewers will have to wonder one way or another if Jon will come back or not, while also grappling with the dramatic tension of not knowing what is going on with the White Walkers.
Whether fans subscribe to the theory that Melisandre will resurrect Jon or that he warged into his direwolf Ghost before his body died, most people agree that the 998th Lord Commander of the Night\'s Watch did really die. Nowhere does anyone involved with the show deny that he can\'t come back to life. The closest is David Benioff telling Entertainment Weekly "dead is dead," which is ironic considering both Jaqen H\'ghar and the Mountain reanimated in the finale.
Losing the Wall for a season is exactly the sort of move Martin would be able to get away with in his novels, and something that he\'s done a number of times with other characters in the past. Keep people guessing, offer little tidbits of information through other storylines and also buy Martin a bit more time to answer the question himself in his forthcoming but forever delayed novel "The Winds of Winter." This option also would mean Harington wouldn\'t have lied about not coming back in Season 6.
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While a Wall-less season might be a tough pill for "Game of Thrones" watchers to swallow, it would open up the show to give other characters\' storylines some breathing room. Season 5 felt overstuffed with its many separate threads, but with so many deaths in the finale it should be easy to condense those that remain. Add to that the facts Bran Stark will return in Season 6 and Theon\'s Greyjoy uncle is rumored to be introduced, and the series is back to capacity.
Castle Black still homes a few secondary characters -- Melisandre, Davos and Tormund -- but notably lost two pivotal ones when Sam and Gilly headed south to Oldtown. Bran is still north of the Wall, so the show could hypothetically still check in with the White Walkers. The biggest story elements "Game of Thrones" would be missing by ditching the Wall would be the conflict between the Wildlings and the Night\'s Watch men now that Jon was killed and any sort of resolution between Melisandre and Davos after she killed Shireen and left Stannis.
Of course, this would only be delaying answering the Jon Snow question another year. When "Game of Thrones" starts filming its still-not-confirmed Season 7 (it\'s hard to imagine HBO won\'t renew it, but it hasn\'t happened yet since that\'s so far off) people will still pay close attention to whether Harington is near locations the show is filming. But if "Game of Thrones" really wants to mess with viewers and shake up its storytelling for Season 6, it might be best to lose one of its most iconic settings and let people keep asking about Jon Snow.
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