The timing couldn't be better. Self-appointed leader and all-around scumbag Ramsay Bolton has an army waiting to invade Castle Black. In his crosshairs: Jon Snow. (How embarrassing would it have been for Ramsay if Jon was still dead when he showed up -- faux pas.) The bastards will inevitably meet, and Jon will have an army behind him, too, his made up of Davos Seaworth, assorted wildlings, and his remaining brothers of the Night's Watch -- even, perhaps, Alliser Thorne and the other backstabbing (er, frontstabbing?) turncoats.
Snow was a righteous man before death. I can only imagine how a few hours in the afterlife nuzzling dead Ygritte changed him. This is the once and future king. Mercy is in his newly energized blood. I'll say it: he'll spare Alliser's life, let pissy little Olly off with a warning, and then take the fight to Ramsay. Somewhere along the way, Brienne and Sansa will join the party, and we'll finally get the Game of Thrones version of the Avengers we never knew we wanted.
And then? Let's be real: we knew Jon Snow would come back to life, because Game of Thrones is his show. The crazy fan theory that's right on the money is the one connecting Jon to Tyrion and both of them to Daenerys (who, thanks to Dothraki widow jail, doesn't even make an appearance in "Home"). Maybe they're not all blood relations -- although Tyrion certainly got his Targaryen on when he cosied up to those two dragons -- but they're the three heads of this dragon of a fantasy series. They'll inevitably wind up in one spot, fighting off Ramsay, White Walkers, or whoever else stands in the way of a modicum of justice in this bleak, bleak world.
Or maybe it plays out differently. Game of Thrones has its hero back -- but who's the villain? And will they come back to life to battle Jon in the ultimate undead showdown? Remember, chemistry revived the Mountain like Frankenstein's monster. Thoros previously revived Beric by shocking him with the Lord of Light's defibrillator. Fandom may will the Hound back for a few more episodes. Anything's possible.
For now, we'll let our imaginations go wild -- and try not to hold anything against Harington. Yes, sir, something you're doing is right.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment Editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. He can't wait to see Jon Snow punch Ramsay in the face. Find him on Twitter @misterpatches.