WARNING: This video may blow your mind AND contains spoilers!
Jon Snow is dead. We know this because everyone associated with the show has told us he’s dead. And because multiple characters on the show said he was dead during the season premiere, sometimes while carrying or staring at his lifeless body. And because, like, he sure did get stabbed a lot. People who get stabbed a lot and left to bleed out in the snow tend to die. But… wait. What’s that in the blood spatter above his head? Is it… is it a dragon? Is that some sort of friggin’ clue? The blood dragon holds the secret!
At least, that’s the gist of the latest Game of Thrones theory to make the rounds on the Internet. The fuller version goes something like this: If you go full-CSI on the murder scene and look closely at the shape of the blood around Jon’s head (like, really closely), you can kind of almost make out the shape of a dragon. Sort of. That would be the alleged dragon’s body and head coming out from under his left arm in the picture at the top of the screen. You can even see a little fire coming out of its mouth if you let your brain get that far. And there was another dragon-y shape in the snow after his body was moved. Allow me to present my new favorite tweet as evidence:
The reason this theory has people all hot and bothered is because it — again, kind of — circles us back around to the R+L=J thing, which theorizes that Jon was not actually Ned Stark’s bastard son, but the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Which would make Jon a secret Targaryen. Which, dragons.
So, is Game of Thrones using blood spatter to try to tip us off that Jon comes back and has a dragon-y future ahead of him, as though someone up and let Vince Gilligan start running this show between seasons? Uh, maybe? And is the show also implying that all Targaryens bleed in the shape of winged mythical beasts? Like, that every time Daenerys nicks herself shaving her legs, the blood dribbles off her and congeals in the shape of a dragon? Also maybe! I mean, if we’re making that first leap, the second one isn’t all that outlandish, right?
So we have a few things to figure out here.