Game of Thrones nominated for PGA award and Jon Snow among the most influential characters of 2015

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The Game of Thrones producers have been nominated once again for the 2016 Producer Guild Awards.  Also, Game of Thrones has made it onto some more End of Year lists!

The 2016 Producer Guild Awards are coming up soon and Game of Thrones’ producers, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, Bryan Cogman, Lisa McAtackney, Chris Newman, and Greg Spence, have been nominated for the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Drama).

They’ll be competing against the producers for Better Call Saul, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men. The winners will be announced on January 23rd.

In the meantime, Game of Thrones continues to make it onto End of Year lists. The Guardian listed Game of Thrones as the 32nd best TV show of 2015. FlickeringMyth included it on its list of the 6 Best TV Shows of 2015 and Paste put it in at #10 on its 25 Best TV Shows of 2015 list.

Time also listed Jon Snow as the 6th most influential fictional character of 2015, outranking Sadness from Inside Out and Dev Shah from Master of None.

Which Game of Thrones character would you rank as one of the most influential characters of 2015? Let us know below.

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    1. “32nd best TV show of 2015” WTF. Inconceivable!

      Pardon me Brits for being confused at how low GoT is ranked on this list because I am unfamiliar with these other entertaining shows like #29 Great Canal Journeys, #21 The Great British Bakeoff, #12 Cucumber?

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    2. aurane waters,

      Did they? I often check out entertainment sites/blogs and neither had a strong presence in reviews or stories. If anything characters like Sansa and Ramsey were getting a lot of mentions (probably due to the wedding night scene).

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    3. Influential?

      He sees and feels the perspective on both sides of the wall. He experiences the malevolent maelstrom firsthand. He then tries to warn of the coming doom and save the masses from themselves and their ignorance. And for that, he gets stabbed in the gut and chest by those who have vowed to listen and watch and protect the land from the coming maelstrom.

      Sign of the times….condemn and vilify those who sound the horn three times. Ignorance is bliss.

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    4. The SAG Award nominations are tomorrow; the cast as a whole and Dinklage can be assumed to be nominees; the SAG TV categories have no lead/supporting distinction, so it’s an open question if Headey gets in this time (she hasn’t, to date).

      I think the show has a good shot at Ensemble this year (though I thought that last year too), so, for the record, the people in line to be nominated/potentially win (number of episodes in brackets):

      1. Peter Dinklage (10)
      2. John Bradley (9)
      3. Kit Harington (9)
      4. Brenock O’Connor (9) (!)
      5. Sophie Turner (9)
      6. Emilia Clarke (8)
      7. Ben Crompton (8)
      8. Stephen Dillane (8)
      9. Iain Glen (8)
      10. Lena Headey (8)
      11. Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (7)
      12. Liam Cunningham (7)
      13. Nathalie Emmanuel (7)
      14. Michiel Huisman (7)
      15. Owen Teale (7)
      16. Alfie Allen (6)
      17. Ian Beattie (6)
      18. Gwendoline Christie (6)
      19. Tara Fitzgerald (6)
      20. Jerome Flynn (6)
      21. Joel Fry (6)
      22. Aidan Gillen (6)
      23. Hannah Murray (6)
      24. Daniel Portman (6)
      25. Iwan Rheon (6)
      26. Carice van Houten (6)
      27. Maisie Williams (6)
      28. Tom Wlaschiha (6)

      Series regulars missing the cut:

      1. Dean-Charles Chapman (5)
      2. Natalie Dormer (5)
      3. Kristofer Hivju (5)
      4. Indira Varma (5)
      5. Conleth Hill (4)
      6. Michael McElhatton (4)

      And, of course, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who wasn’t in this season at all. This is actually a much better ratio in terms of regulars getting nominated than last year, where the Dragonstone people, Rose Leslie, Bran and co., etc. all missed as well. This year they either made it or weren’t on the show.

      Making the 8,

      The Great British Bake Off is a cultural phenomenon in the UK. For instance, it was considered hugely significant that they had a hijab-wearing Muslim winner this year.

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    5. Making the 8:
      “32nd best TV show of 2015” WTF. Inconceivable!

      Pardon me Brits for being confused at how low GoT is ranked on this list because I am unfamiliar with these other entertaining shows like #29 Great Canal Journeys, #21 The Great British Bakeoff, #12 Cucumber?

      Cucumber is a fictional drama about gay life. Needs more lesbians and bisexual women imo.

      Great Canal Journeys is what it sounds like; Britain is networked by historical canals.

      Great British Bakeoff is a phenomenally successful cookery show that I don’t watch. Most of the rest of the nation does, however. I daresay it has more popularity than GoT because shortbread and meringues appeal to all ages, yet a man being stabbed in the guts may not.

      Hope that’s filled you in on the details. Btw I do dislike the expression ‘Brits’ – we’re called Britons!

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    6. Sean C, Dornish Pastie and all other Britons-

      Blimey mates, This gormless American did not intend to get you cheesed off, ta for sorting me out. cheerio!

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    7. Arkash,

      I saw on twitter couple of fan made posters and not bad. I expect more posters in January and then trailer around end of that month or start of February.

      They want to milk out this Jon Snow situation with this poster for season 6 or teaser trailer. They will probably kept this for some time. I’d be interesting if they use some Jon footage from season 6 like his body laying on the ground, some snippets from post FTW, Mel with his body or if they will totally skip this.

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    8. Hey, I live in Argentina and my sister (she knows got, but she doesn’t watch it) saw a poster with dany on it.
      This is quite interesting as the only poster we know is about Jon.

      ps: she doesn’t remember where she saw it, but it was in the street.
      ps2: I asked her if it was the same poster as the one going around in the web similar to the Jon’s poster, but she said it was different.

      I am going to walk around the streets where she thinks she saw it, who knows. However she may have confused or something, maybe its fanmade or whatever.

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    9. Arkash:
      Anyone saw that new Dany poster ?

      https://scontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/12366455_947116238704408_5392238685518357955_n.jpg?oh=1da67343336140a74c10b9091d2b9b8c&oe=56EBAA40

      Is it legit ?

      I Googled and found this: https://www.quora.com/The-new-poster-for-GoTs-season-6-has-just-been-released-What-can-we-learn-from-it Is Quora legit? I love both of the posters, even if they are fan-made. Khaleesi is a lovely fire to Jon’s ice, and that would mirror nicely the image in the trailer of the sword Ice being reforged in fire.

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    10. Jack Bauer 24,

      Winning an Emmy doesn’t mean much these days, I mean they failed to award The Wire once during it’s five years on TV, that should tell you everything you need to know about that organization.

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    11. Geralt of Rivia,

      I initially thought Jon Snow will be absent from the trailers and promotions for S6, except maybe for 1 image of him lying in the snow. But now, I think they will continue to focus on JS in future promotions too, considering the huge interest among the general audience the JS saga still generates. I think we will get a few shots from the Wall in the trailer, maybe Ghost.

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    12. I apologize if this news has been discussed to death. I haven’t been on much until recently (Christmas break, innit?). But I just now noticed the IMDb has updated the Episode 6.1 page with casting for everyone and their mother, apparently. I know there was talk about some of the casting on IMDb being faked last year, and I wonder if that is the case here because, when looking at the full cast, the list just seems far too long to include in any single episode.

      And the casting for Essie Davis says, “Lady Stark.” I’m not sure if that means that Essie’s theatrical character will be portraying Lady Stark in this episode, but I would think in general that they would give the character the character’s actual name rather than whom she will play theatrically within the show. So that points toward something rotten. I’m just wondering if this has all already been discussed, and if so, where?

      As someone who’s missed so much news, it is great to see the casting for Euron, the Tarleys, and others.

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    13. Ginevra,

      The casting details on IMDB can be updated by anyone. So any fan who is updated on all the casting news could have done this. Esp the fact that Essie Davies has been listed as Lady Stark points to this, as we do not know the name of the actual character yet. Every character we know is scheduled to appear in S6 has been added in Ep 1, which is not really going to happen. Every character except Jon Snow that is 🙂 . So there is nothing rotten about this, its just fan updated, I think.

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    14. Ah, the great British bake-off. Never watched it. Seems very popular, though. Can’t imagine why. I’m British and I’ve no objection to being called a Brit. Why take offence? It’s better than ‘pommie’ or ‘limey’. Is there an equivalent for Americans? My grandfather used the term ‘yanks’ but I don’t know if it’s polite or appropriate since originally it didn’t refer to all US citizens.

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    15. Sean C.:
      The SAG Award nominations are tomorrow; the cast as a whole and Dinklage can be assumed to be nominees; the SAG TV categories have no lead/supporting distinction, so it’s an open question if Headey gets in this time (she hasn’t, to date).

      I think the show has a good shot at Ensemble this year (though I thought that last year too), so, for the record, the people in line to be nominated/potentially win (number of episodes in brackets):

      1.Peter Dinklage (10)
      2. John Bradley (9)
      3.Kit Harington (9)
      4.Brenock O’Connor (9) (!)
      5.Sophie Turner (9)
      6.Emilia Clarke (8)
      7.Ben Crompton (8)
      8.Stephen Dillane (8)
      9.Iain Glen (8)
      10.Lena Headey (8)
      11.Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (7)
      12.Liam Cunningham (7)
      13.Nathalie Emmanuel (7)
      14.Michiel Huisman (7)
      15.Owen Teale (7)
      16.Alfie Allen (6)
      17.Ian Beattie (6)
      18.Gwendoline Christie (6)
      19.Tara Fitzgerald (6)
      20.Jerome Flynn (6)
      21.Joel Fry (6)
      22.Aidan Gillen (6)
      23.Hannah Murray (6)
      24.Daniel Portman (6)
      25.Iwan Rheon (6)
      26.Carice van Houten (6)
      27.Maisie Williams (6)
      28.Tom Wlaschiha (6)

      Thanks for the list, Sean!
      But you forgot to add Michael Condron and Brian Fortune. They appeared in 8 episodes I believe, and should be eligible for SAG.
      By the way if the rule would have been “All the actors have appeared in at least half of the shows episodes” ;15 more actors from the show would get the nomination, making the total tally 45. Sigh.

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    16. Dornish Pastie,

      Oh my God. I hadn’t read the list myself, and I thought the titles were meant as a joke. They are real shows? Cucumber?? Why would cucumber be an appropriate title for a tv show? Any kind of tv show?

      Anyway, nevermind. Let’s not go into that. Thanks for clarifying though.

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    17. Ashara Payne:
      Ah, the great British bake-off. Never watched it. Seems very popular, though. Can’t imagine why.
      …..

      Maisie W is a big fan apparently! The show is of no interest to me.

      There are some very strange choices in that list, although they are not all dramas, there have been some fantastic but very niche documentaries which I don’t see on the list. Will be interested in what they consider their top 10, Maybe TWD?. ‘Wolf Hall’ will surely be in the top 5 and maybe ‘The Fall’ (speaking of which please GoT find a role for the brilliant Aisling Franciosi!)

      ‘Fargo’ and ‘Show Me a Hero’should be in the Top 10 and ‘The Americans’ should be much, much higher.

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    18. And further to the above, would like to see the Danish drama ‘1864’ in the Top 10 too, GoT new boy Pilou Asbæk was excellent 🙂

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    19. Influential? Excepting the “You know nothing, Jon Snow” meme (said by Ygritte, btw), he’s exactly like the others sci-fi medieval fantasy characters…

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    20. ghost of winterfell,
      Yeah, it’s annoying. Weren’t he and Dany supposed to be co-protagonists? Where’s hers?

      I kid, of course. Her dragonflying denining moment was definitely inferior to his death one. But I do hope that Dany will finally start getting good enough storylines to *justify* her being the focus again. ‘Dracarys’-quality, preferably (the best and defining scene of the show so far to me, pure distilled fun).

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    21. Yaga,

      I am not sure I get your point. Are you talking of S6 promotions? The thing is Dany is usually the focal point of all pre-season promotion every season, I don’t mind seeing other characters getting the limelight for a change. In fact, I hope this season all the Starks get more focus, especially Arya and Sansa, since I think S6 will turn out to be a very good year for the Starks!

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    22. SlayerNina,

      Well, not all of those fantasy heroes become worlwide trending topics if they die, if they live, if the actor who portrays him trims his hair or visits Northern Ireland or Spain.

      Whenever Jon Snow is mentioned here, usually the number of comments goes through the roof.

      And the question “is Jon Snow dead” has been one of the most pervasive questions on the entertainment news this year. Even Obama asked this to the director of the final S5 episode.

      So yeah, I think he’s a pretty influential character.

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    23. Ashara Payne:
      Ah, the great British bake-off. Never watched it. Seems very popular, though. Can’t imagine why. I’m British and I’ve no objection to being called a Brit. Why take offence? It’s better than ‘pommie’ or ‘limey’. Is there an equivalent for Americans? My grandfather used the term ‘yanks’ but I don’t know if it’s polite or appropriate since originally it didn’t refer to all US citizens.

      “Yanks” and “Yankees” do refer to all US citizens, sort of. During the Civil War when the South seceded from the Union (the United States), Americans began using the term to specifically refer to those who were from states north of the Mason-Dixon line, those states who didn’t secede from the Union, because they were in fact still Yankees while those from the South were not. Even now, 150 years after the Civil War, no American would call a Southerner a Yankee while my British friends would and do. At first it was weird for me to be called a Yank, but now it makes sense when it is someone outside the U.S. And even our American dictionary, Merriam-Webster, has the first definition as a person born or living in the U.S.

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    24. I cant see how anyone can disagree about Jon Snow being named influential of the year.

      I have never seen so much hype, media, discussion, headlines about fictional character. I mean for God’s sake, I tweeted a photo back in August taken from a demonstration in LEBANON. It was a political protest, and someone held up a “Jon Snow Is Alive” sign..

      serious?? LOL
      I could not agree more with being named among most influential

      ___
      And secondly, 32nd place? Ummm theres something wrong there. Should be higher

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    25. SlayerNina,

      “he’s exactly like the others sci-fi medieval fantasy characters”

      How many other of those characters practically melted the internet with both his “death” and his picture on a promotional poster for the next season?

      Some people just gotta bitch …

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    26. SlayerNina,
      Nah, I think he’s a little more special than other sci-fi medievel characters. You do realize he represents a Jesus-type figure? Even if on a subconcious (sp) level perhaps. Er, except the real one would have resisted that temptation in the cave 🙂

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    27. ghost of winterfell,
      Heh. You know what’s funny? Jon is so not a Stark for me that when you said ‘all the Starks’, for a moment I couldn’t parse why you would say that.

      I don’t think he’s getting the uproar because he’s a Stark…

      Ygritte,
      Yeah, but that’s standard, isn’t it? Anakin Skywalker was a Jesus figure. Frodo was a Jesus figure. Neo from The Matrix was a Jesus figure. And don’t get me started on Narnia!

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    28. Ginevra,

      What’s funny, at least to me, is many Southerners would be offended by being called a Yank or a Yankee, and will still use “Yankee” as a pejorative. While I haven’t lived there for many years, as someone who grew up in the South, well, technically, a border state, but considered the south by most, I’d be at least a bit put off by someone calling me a Yank or Yankee, at least by someone from the US.

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    29. Yaga,

      Of course Jon is not getting the uproar just because he is a Stark. But I disagree with you, in that for me, Jon definitely is and will always be a Stark. Even if rlj is true, he ll still be a Stark more than anything else. Like Ned Stark liked to say, ” you may not have my name, but you have my blood”. Which is what matters. Plus, Jon himself has never been able to let go of his family, despite his NW vows.
      Ygritte,

      I never really thought of Jon as a Jesus like figure, to be honest, future resurrection notwithstanding. One of the reasons I like him as a character is his humanity, its easy to relate to him. He starts out as an underdog, sent to the Wall because there was no place for him in the world and everything he achieves since then is his own doing. And I hope he continues that way. Even if rlj is true, I hope that does not mean he will become the sole saviour of the world or something like that.

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    30. Yaga,

      Not too familiar with Star wars. I only know that Anakin became Darth Vader because his wife died in childbirth and some dude names Palpatine corrupted him somehow. Then his son Luke grows up and fights against him and the dark side with light sabers and stuff on a cool space ship. But how does that make anyone a Jesus figure?

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    31. Ygritte,
      There was a millennia-old prophecy around him that he would set the world right. And in sacrificing himself for his son and dying, he did. Basic Messiah stuff.

      E: Jesus, in his time, also had fun. Conjuring up booze at parties, trashing temples, hanging out with prostitutes and whatnot.

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    32. ghost of winterfell,

      In using the Jesus analogy, it’s not meant to negate how easy it is to relate to his humanity and life’s journey thus far. It is precisely because of it that we root for him to be the one to fulfill the story’s prophecy of a promised “Prince” that will help save the Kingdom from death and destruction. If we do not factor in his probable”resurrection” then yeah there is no parallel. But who do you want to have end up being the PTWP and/or the Azor Ahai? Or do you think the god’s, prophecies, and visions are all one big red herring?

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    33. Yaga:
      Ygritte,

      “E: Jesus, in his time, also had fun. Conjuring up booze at parties, trashing temples, hanging out with prostitutes and whatnot.”

      Haha. I’ve never heard it put quite that way before 🙂 He did though, He did do all that, basically.

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    34. Ygritte,

      My personal guess is that both Dany and Jon will be Ptwp/ AA in their own way. But we may never get a clear answer. It may be that supporters of both believe that person to be AA. I also like a theory I read here, I can’t remember whose, that AA might just be about the right person being at the right place at the right time. IDK, Whoever AA is, I think both Jon and Dany will play an important role in the endgame. And that Jon will do whatever is required to defeat the WWs. But it will be a combined effort of a lot of people and not because he is some Messiah.

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    35. Mihnea,

      Wait, really? I saw one of the Star wars flicks years ago. It had Hayden Christiansen and Natalie Portman. I thought I remember they were married and she died giving birth to the guy who would be Skywalker, which is the one that grew up and fight his dad Darth Vader. So you mean, Anakin/Vader aka the “bad guy” had no father?

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    36. Ygritte:
      SlayerNina,
      Nah, I think he’s a little more special than other sci-fi medievel characters. You do realize he represents a Jesus-type figure?Even if on a subconcious (sp) level perhaps. Er, except the real one would have resisted that temptation in the cave

      Actually, all of them are Jesus-type figure. They died (symbollically or for real) and then return more strong than ever. XD

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    37. GhostCR,

      They become trending topics because Twitter is now. What would happen if #HarryPotterDies was ten years ago? (BTW, the new production stage and Pottermore became TT at their moment) XD

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    38. ghost of winterfell,

      I know some of the others will of course play crucial roles in how it all plays out. But just who, and in what capacity, is anyone’s guess. It would be boring and a massive build up of notable characters for nothing if only one “superhero” steps up to save the day. But the only foreshadowing I know in relation to the future of this story is one of a lone warrior of old coming back to wield the flaming sword that can fend off the icy death lords and their zombie minions. So there’s the “messiah” figure. Either GGRM/D&D is giving us at least 1…. or he set us up and we’re all going to be sitting here in two years either pleasantly surprised, or utterly miffed, depending on who you are 🙂

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    39. Ygritte,

      Along with the prophecies, we have also been given multiple warnings to not trust these prophecies! You never know how they turn out. I doubt the prophecy will turn out to be exactly as what we have been told. I could still be wrong of course.

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    40. Making the 8:
      Sean C, Dornish Pastie and all other Britons-

      Blimey mates, This gormless American did not intend to get you cheesed off, ta for sorting me out. cheerio!

      I’m very confused by this. I don’t think my post had an aggressive tone at all – just explained what all the shows were, said that Cucumber really needs more ladies, and said I’m not keen on being called a ‘Brit’. The wonders of blank text, eh? Making the 8, if you’re still around, I really don’t like arguing with people online and wouldn’t do so at random. No offence was intended to you and it’s a shame that offence was taken – seems we may have got off on the wrong foot. I’ve actually had a very silly passive-aggressive comment (that was also a slur) directed at me by a female passer-by on this site once, and deffo wouldn’t deal out the same hand to a fellow poster.

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    41. Yaga: Anakin Skywalker was a Jesus figure. Frodo was a Jesus figure. Neo from The Matrix was a Jesus figure. And don’t get me started on Narnia!

      Don’t forget Harry Potter. Willingly sacrificed his life; came back from the dead. And there are a gazillion mythic figures who go on a quest to the Underworld and return with some prize, usually of knowledge.

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    42. To clarify my previous statement: You don’t need to be a Messiah who singlehandedly saves the world to be described as a ‘Jesus figure,’ from a folklorist’s perspective. People like Joseph Campbell, Sir James Frazer and Robert Graves classify Jesus in the same category of mythic archetypes as Adonis, Attis, Osiris, Tammuz, Gilgamesh, Persephone, Orpheus, Balder etc.: gods or heroes whose arc includes a quest to the Underworld, so that they die, either literally or symbolically, and then return. Often their stay in the Underworld is specified as lasting three units of time (days for Jesus), corresponding to the three months of winter. These characters are seen as ‘vegetation gods’ originally representing the seasonal cycle: the seed that goes into the ground, appears to ‘die’ and then springs up again. If Jon Snow represents Westeros’ hope for spring after a harsh winter, then he fits this archetype very nicely indeed, in addition to the self-sacrifice and resurrection bits.

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    43. LordGriffith,

      Un poco por respeto al resto, jajaja… Era de temporadas pasadas, me parece. O sea, ponía Abril 2016, pero la imagen pertenecía a una temporada anterior.

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    44. ghost of winterfell,

      True. Yep, for all we know Jorah might end up being Azor Ahai, Lol. He might go off into the hideout of the stonemen, die of greyscale (or be near death) but then a Valyrian volcano erupts onto the field that’s reportedly salt and sulfur and he rises amidst the “smoke and salt” and his first task is to find and rally the afflicted stone-men of the Targaryen blood line there… “waking dragons from stone” and heads back to Dany to present her the army she needs to take the Throne. After all, (if Longclaw=Lightbringer) it was supposed to go to him, wasn’t it? 🙂

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    45. Firannion,

      And when you think about it, this is such a recurrent narrative theme throughout humanity that it makes one believe that it could/must have it’s basis in an ancient truth of some kind. Hence, religion of course. But even some who aren’t religious have an innate desire to tell it’s story.

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    46. Ygritte,

      You know, sometimes a theory is delightful (this on, for example) even if it’s not necessarily true. I just dig all theories involving mythological stuff!

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    47. Ygritte: It’s just Jorah hasn’t been built up to that degree…I mean, he’s just a supporting role.

      Perhaps Jorah may serve as a sacrificial Nissa Nissa type figure if Dany is destined to be part of the possible AA paradigm.

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    48. Ygritte: it could/must have it’s basis in an ancient truth of some kind.

      I think that the fear of a winter that never ends and a sun that never returns is as old as humankind’s diaspora away from the Equator, and undoubtedly intensified during the Ice Ages. All these stories originated, I believe, as a way of reassuring ourselves that the seasons do indeed run in cycles, the days will get longer again and the food that we depend upon for survival will return. That’s why the holidays around the world that occur close to the Winter Solstice all have light as a common theme.

      In the context of ASoIaF/GoT, a planet where the length of the seasons is utterly unpredictable offers no such comforts as the warmth, brightness and cheer of recurring annual holidays. It’s a wonder that anybody in George’s world is even half-sane!

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