The Games of Thrones is a fantasy show created by George R. R. Martin. It is a widely appreciated show that has managed to establish a cult following since its debut. One of the most finely crafted characters in the show is that of Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington. Jon Snow was believed to be the illegitimate son of Lord Eddard Stark, but in the finale of the series, it all changed!.
In the late 281 AL, when Eddard returns back north from the war, he sees his legitimate son, Robb, with his wife Catelyn for the first time. However, with him, he has bought Jon Snow, his bastard “child”. The surname of the child is Snow, which is given to the acknowledged bastards in the north.
Eddard never tells Jon the name of his mother, and Catelyn despises him, as Jon reminds her of Eddard’s infidelity. Jon Snow lives with the rest of his family in Winterfell, and is raised by Eddard as the rest of his children. Jon is friendly with rest of his siblings and has some particular attachment to Aarya- who is just like Jon and feels that she doesn’t fit in the family. Though Jon is raised like other kids in the family, he has learnt to be independent and is capable of feeding himself whenever required.
Jon Snow joins the Night’s watch and remains loyal to his job throughout the series. In season 1, Jon finds a dead direwolf and her puppies. It was strange for the family to find a direwolf as they have not been seen south of the Wall in centuries. He adopts a direwolf puppy and names it Ghost.
Jon arrives at the Wall with Ghost and initially is contemptuous of his fellow men that are either low borns, untrained criminals or exiles. However, he later learns to put aside his prejudices and befriends some of them. After taking vows, Jon is disappointed as he is made the steward to Lord Commander rather than a ranger. But he later learns that it is he, who was being groomed for command. There are a lot of moments when he is torn between his family and his work, but he always chooses the latter.
In season 2, Jon is a member of the scouting party led by ranger Qhorin Halfhand. The scouting party is later overtaken by Wildlings and Jon is told to kill Qhorin and gain the Wildlings’ trust. To this, Jon obliges. He then meets Mance Rayder, the ‘King Beyond the Wall’, and the leader of Wildlings. Jon pledges his loyalty to Mance and travels with the Wildlings to first scout and then scale the Wall.
In season 3, Jon falls in love with the woman warrior Ygritte. Jon, Ygritte and the Wildlings survive the perilous climb of the Wall and continue moving south through the Gift. Orell, who is another Wildling scout is also attracted towards Ygritte and throughout the journey through the woods, keeps telling her that he would be a better match for her. In the meantime, Jon and the rest of the Wildling party prepare to attack an old breeder’s home for his horses and gold. Wildlings wanted to kill the elderly person, but Jon thinks that he is not a threat to them. Refusing to kill him, Jon is attacked by other Wildlings but manages to escape. Angry with his betrayal, Ygritte attacks Jon Snow with arrows, but he manages to run away.
In season 4, we see that Jon has survived the injuries inflicted by Ygritte. In the meanwhile, he is sometimes also reminded of the death of his half-brother Robb. He feels jealous of Robb for getting most of his father’s affections. But, despite wanting a revenge for his family, he decides to remain at the Wall. Jon also admits to killing Qhorin Halfhand, living with the Wildlings and bedding one. He tells his group that Mance intends to attack them, but Slynt and Thorne turn hostile to him.
Later on, however, he regains the trust of his people and survives the Wildling attack on Castle Black. Jon is seen going for Mance, who is thwarted by Stannis and Jon afterwards is seen burning Ygritte’s body in the woods.
In season 5, Stannis hopes to add the Wildling army to his own. However, Mance refuses to do so and is burned. Stannis offers to legitimize Jon and make him the Lord of Winterfell. However, Jon is voted as the new Commander of the Night’s Watch and Jon reveals his wish to include Wildlings into the Westeros. This enrages Thorne and later a huge force attacks the Wildling village of Hardhome, but Jon again succeeds in fleeing. Jon is then stabbed, supposedly to death, by Thorne and his mutineers.
Jon’s body is found in snow in season 6 and on Davos’s encouragement Melisandre resurrects Jon. After hanging Thorne, Jon moves out of Castle Black and later reunites with his sister Sansa, who has fled her husband Ramsay Bolton, who is later murdered after one of the most epic fights we have ever seen on national television, like…. ever!
Jon’s character changes as his journey advances. He was loyal to Night Watch for a long time, but his own men attacking him, changed his perspective. He also felt remorse for hanging Olley. He didn’t want to fight anymore, but the love for his family forces him to fight once more and leave Night’s Watch, and protect what is rightfully hi family’s.