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

In the battle of ice and fire, the importance of Jon Snow can’t be ignored. Fans have long theorised about how the character will be resurrected in “Winds of Winter.” Author George RR Martin now appears to have confirmed how the character is important to the story. The following article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” TV series and “A Song of Ice and Fire” books.

In an interview with TIME, Martin was asked about how tired Jon Snow (Kit Harington) looks on the show after being brought back to life. Martin chose to use Beric Dondarrion as an example to explain the situation.

Beric was a foreshadowing for Jon Snow. The character had been brought back to life multiple times over the years by the Lord of the Light. This leaves room open for others being brought back to life. It was almost certain that Jon would be back from death, and it seems R'hllor might have something to do with it.

Every time someone comes back from death, he loses a part of his humanity and becomes a sort of wight, Martin revealed. The only difference is that the Night’s King uses ice to bring the dead back to life, while here, it is the fire of the Lord of the Light.

So if Jon Snow had been brought back to life by fire, he has now become a powerful agent of R’hllor. Perhaps the Lord of the Light wants the Targaryen heir to fight the final battle against the White Walkers.

In the interview, Martin also confirmed that he has enough ideas for new books that could keep him writing till he is 168 years old. There are many new TV shows being developed right now based on his work, but fans at the moment may be more interested in reading “Winds of Winter” more than anything else.