Damn. That sure was one hell of a Game of Thrones episode, huh? (SPOILERS AHEAD!)
For months now, Game of Thrones fans have wanted to know one thing: is Jon Snow actually dead? Fans knew that resurrection was technically possible, and that a character like Melisandre, who is a priestess of the Lord of Light, could potentially pull it off. Some took Melisandre’s appearance at the Wall as a good sign. But then again, the actors on the show, Kit Harrington included, kept insisting that no, Jon Snow is actually dead and would absolutely stay dead. Sharp viewers took those interviews with some skepticism, of course: it could all be marketing, meant to make an eventual reveal all the more shocking.
And then season six happened. An entire episode went by and Jon was still freakin’ dead, with no resurrection or twist in sight. I wouldn’t blame anyone for losing hope at that point. But, as it turns out, it was all just a long con! Game of Thrones waited until the second episode of the sixth season to bring Jon back in a cliffhanger ending. What a tease. I was kind of expecting it to happen, but I still felt giddy watching it all the same.
I am not alone. Right after the episode ended, fans everywhere took to social media to express their delight over Jon Snow. Kit Harrington himself even apologized for deceiving fans over at Entertainment Weekly, but I think fans were too hyped to be mad at him.
Here are some of the internet’s best reactions to Jon Snow’s revival.
On YouTube, some fans recorded themselves as they watched Jon Snow come alive:
And Game of Thrones Redditors seemed pretty overjoyed at the news, too:
Finally, Tumblr was as amusing as ever: