Why the New 'Game of Thrones' Jon Snow Poster May Actually Mean He Survives

If you’ve seen the new Game of Thrones Season 8 posters, you probably got déjà vu from Jon Snow’s. It looks quite similar to Ned Stark’s from Season 1, but if you immediately worried this could mean Jon will suffer the same fate as his uncle, take a deep breath and think again. It’s not a perfect match. Instead, a significant details suggests the exact opposite for Jon Snow in Game of Thrones Season 8.

Possible spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 below.

We might not have an official Season 8 trailer, but HBO put together an impressive marketing campaign for Game of Thrones final six episodes. After eight seasons, the show will finally reveal who ends up on the Iron Throne (and who dies), and the latest promotional materials show what each remaining character looks like posed on the pointy chair, including the Night King.

But if we’re going to say that Jon Snow’s poster hints at his fate in the final season, we have to take a close look at Ned Stark’s Season 1 poster and how it may have hinted at his ultimate demise. In doing so, there’s one important image to note: the position of their heads.

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Take a close look at Ned's head in this Season 1 poster.

In Ned Stark’s poster, his head is bowed in a similar pose to the one he takes during his death by execution at the end Season 1. He’s looking down, like he did then, which could also be a sign of his acceptance of his fate before he lost his head.

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A new 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 poster featuring Jon Snow may hint at his fate.

In contrast, the position of Jon’s head in his Season 8 poster may offer some hope to fans. Both men may be sitting on the Iron Throne, hands in nearly the exact same position on their swords, but Jon is staring straight ahead. He looks ready for what’s coming — a battle against the Night King and a big revelation about his true identity.

Viewers know that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are related, but the characters have yet to find out. That’s not only going to throw a wrench in their relationship, but it also means Jon’s the true and rightful heir to the Iron Throne.

This poster could also be showing him looking out directly to his people when he takes his place on the Throne. Ned knew he’d never be in such a position, that’s not the case for Jon Snow.

After all, Jon’s already died once. Maybe it’s time for him to live, instead.

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.


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