Thursday, 13 July 2017

Game of Thrones Gossip #24 Jon Snow

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

For those of you who stuck with me through my season one posts, thank you loads! Now I'm going to look at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing in season two and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 



When we first meet Jon Snow in season one, he is the bastard of Winterfell, the outsider of the family who never quite seems to fit in. He is well treated by Ned Stark who refuses to talk about his mother to him or anyone else, named after Ned's mentor Jon Arryn, and he is given the same training in weapons as the other Stark boys, fully recognised by Ned. He has a close relationship with all of the Stark children except for Sansa, and they treat him as family. Jon though, can never forget his status, not able to sit with his family during events like the royal visit by Robert, and being known to everyone as a bastard. He has no relationship with Catelyn, who hates him for existing, proof to her of her husband cheating on her during Robert's rebellion when she was pregnant with Robb. She is not cruel, but is cold and unpleasant to him which increases his feeling of isolation, as does his prickly relationship with Theon.

It is Jon who persuades Ned to let each of the Stark children have a dire wolf to look after and he takes the runt of the litter and calls him Ghost. Ghost becomes his closest friend and despite his love for the other Starks, Jon remains a solitary young man with no other friendships. He is closest to Arya and knowing that she wants to be like the boys, he has a sword made especially for her, something that she treasures after the family split up. His other closest friend is his uncle Benjen who he loves and admires, a man who also was a bit of outsider, being the third son in the Stark family. Benjen for this reason joins the Night Watch and brings honour to the Starks by being selected as First Ranger, and Jon's admiration makes him want to join the Night's Watch and also be someone of value.

He is not prepared for the reality of life at Castle Black, despite Tyrion's warnings. Jon is disgusted to find that his new brothers are not a noble brotherhood and they are in fact mostly criminals and unwanted sons. Compared to him they have little skill or training. The continual defeats at Jon's hands in Alliser Thorne's training sessions lead to resentment amongst the recruits and it takes Jon time to find friends in Samwell, Pyp and Grenn. He is angry to be chosen as a steward rather than a ranger but as Sam points out, being steward for the Lord Commander means being groomed for leadership. He proves his worth by saving the life of Lord Commander Mormont when an undead wight tries to kill him, prompting the start of the Great Ranging.

Once north of The Wall, Jon discovers more harsh truths about The Night's Watch. He is disgusted that the Lord Commander does deals with a man who marries and rapes his daughters, and gives his sons to The White Walkers for the army of the dead. He regards Craster as a criminal and hates to see him being provided with supplies Castle Black can ill afford to give away. The whole mess does cause him to lose a little respect for his Commander but Jon does learn that Craster has seen no sign of Benjen. He takes the chance to volunteer for a scouting mission with Qhorin Halfhand to attack Wildling scouts but cannot bring himself to kill the female Ygritte when he is left behind to do it. He takes her prisoner but can't find the other men which allows Ygritte to lead him into a trap. Qhorin has also been taken prisoner and comes up with a plan to use Jon as a spy in the Wildling camp who can report their plans back to Castle Black. To seal the deal, Qhorin starts a fight and urges Jon to kill him, which he reluctantly does. Ygritte is pleased and leads him to their camp.

Jon starts the story as a bit of a clueless boy with romantic ideals of the Night's Watch and a bit of a superior attitude but that changes as he gains real friends and a sense of purpose. He is sorely tested when Robb marches to war and Ned is murdered, torn between his family and his duty, and it is his friends who are there to guide him. Now he is alone again, tasked with a spy mission that could get him killed, and if he fails, Castle Black itself could fall. More from Jon in my season three posts.

10 comments:

  1. I always enjoyed the interaction between Jon and Ygritte. I hated the way he was treated by some of the family and wish they had known the truth about his parentage. There's not much else I can say except "JON SNOW!!!!" So glad the new season starts Sunday night!

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    1. The sequence during the battle of Castle Black with jon and Ygritte was heartbreaking! I won't get to see the episode until some time on Monday...a girl is impatient!

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    2. Well, both it AND The Strain start back up Sunday at the same time. They are both set to record, and we'll end up watching one while it is on and one Monday. I would vote for watching GoT as it is on, but Mr. Barb likes The Strain better so we'll see what happens!

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    3. Set Booker T on him! Game of Thrones is so much more important! A girl must watch it...

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  2. Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister are my favorite characters. I’m hoping they don’t die brutally and irreversibly in the next season. I was pretty devastated the first time Jon Snow died.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I would love to see GoT finish with Tyrion as King himself and Jon King/Warden in the North. A girl wants both to live!

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  3. Nice post. Loved Jon and Ygritte, and his relationship w/ Mormont too. His rangings north of the Wall and his meeting Mance and Tormund are some of my favorite Jon moments.

    Sunday is getting closer... a man said!

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    1. A man is very wise! I love Tormund...he's funny. I love the way he's trying to get Brienne's attention. I love Jon's journey from spoiled John Snow to King in the North!

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  4. I made the decision to finally give this series a try and bought Season 1 a few days ago. Largely due to your enthusiasm for this series. Hopefully, I can see what is getting everyone so excited very soon.

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    1. Yea! I really hope you like it after all the hype!

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