[Warning: This post will contain SPOILERS for those not caught up on Game of Thrones]
Game of Thrones has historically been successful at preventing spoilers for upcoming episodes from leaking, especially considering that much of the plot is already available in the series of novels the show is based on. Maybe its worst kept secret, however, has been surrounding the death of Jon Snow at the end of season 5.
Almost as soon as the episode aired, speculation abounded that Snow would return in season 6. Some fan theories endeavored to explain why, but the best evidence for the character’s return came from the fact that actor Kit Harington was seen filming new scenes for the show. With last week’s episode, ‘Home,’ all the teasing and speculation finally came to an end when Melisandre used her magic to make the inevitable happen and reanimate Snow’s dead body. Not everybody was satisfied with the way it happened, though.
The writers of Saturday Night Live were apparently among those who found flaws in the way Game of Thrones brought Jon Snow back after months of teasing his return, and they made their frustration known with a sketch lampooning last week’s episode (via EW). The typically broad comedy of Saturday Night Live gave way to a very specific parody in which Ghostbusters‘ Kate McKinnon plays the Red Woman, and even she starts to get exasperated by just how long it takes her to bring Snow back to life.
The sketch makes a number of valid criticisms about the way Jon Snow’s resurrection was handled. After waiting the entire off-season for it to happen, viewers had to sit through two episodes of the show hemming and hawing through a number of protracted scenes before finally giving fans what they were waiting for. In addition, Melisandre pulling off powerful resurrection magic that she had never done before and didn’t seem particularly confident about seemed a little questionable.
What we don’t know yet, however, is in what form Jon Snow has come back. Will he be his old self, or will Melisandre’s magic have unintended consequences? Perhaps her inexperience with bringing the dead back to life will become an integral part of the plot as we re-learn a lesson once taught by Pet Semetary: sometimes dead is better. Without that knowledge, though, SNL‘s skit remains entirely spot-on.
Game of Thrones season 6 will continue with ‘Oathbreaker’ on HBO.