Jon Snow
A picture of Kit Harington as Jon Snow in the TV series "Game of Thrones." Facebook/ Game of Thrones

The Jon Snow (Kit Harington) debate is far from over. Even after “Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 1 did not show anything on the lines of Snow’s resurrection, eagle-eyed fans are still holding on to the R+L=J theory.

[Spoiler Alert] According to this popular fan theory, Snow is the son of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) and some mystery woman but is actually Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark’s biological son. Lyanna is Ned Stark’s sister and Rhaegar is Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) brother.

Fans are repeatedly watching Snow’s scenes from Season 5 finale and Season 6 premiere episode to find out any evidence that would show he is alive. Despite the fans’ disappointment, they have spotted something that they feel is important in suggesting that their favourite character may be brought back some time in the future.

The “Game of Thrones” Season 5 finale showed some men of the Night’s Watch, led by Ser Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale), repeatedly stabbing Snow for letting the Wildlings in. The episode ended with Snow slowly bleeding to death. Snow lay on the ground in a pool of blood. However, the blood took an interesting shape. According to Huffington Post, fans say that the blood pattern resembles a dire wolf, which is the Stark family’s sigil.

Next, in the “Game of Thrones” Season 6, “The Red Woman” episode, when Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) orders Snow loyalists to take the Lord Commander’s body inside, he stares for sometime at the blood lying on the ground. Fans have even analysed that blood pattern and interestingly, it resembles the wings of a dragon, which points at the Targaryen sigil.

Hence, some fans believe the blood patterns confirm the R+L=J theory. If somehow this theory is proved right, it would mean that the Bastard of Winterfell has a claim to the Iron Throne.

It remains to be seen whether the “Game of Thrones” showrunners have actually killed off Snow.