Jon Snow (character)

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Jon Snow
A Song of Ice and Fire character
First appearance A Game of Thrones
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Aliases Lord Snow
Gender Male
Occupation Lord Commander of the Night's Watch
Family Lord Eddard Stark (father, deceased)
Robb Stark (paternal half-brother, deceased)
Sansa Stark (paternal half-sister)
Arya Stark (paternal half-sister)
Bran Stark (paternal half-brother)
Rickon Stark (paternal half-brother)
Nationality Westerosi

Jon Snow is a fictional character created by American author George R. R. Martin. He is a prominent point of view character in Martin's award-winning A Song of Ice and Fire series and also a main character in the television adaptation.


  • Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark and the half-brother of Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon Stark. He is given the customary surname "Snow" to distinguish him from Lord Stark's legitimate children, and is resented by Stark's wife Catelyn. He is the same age as Robb and enjoys a warm relationship with the Stark children, particularly Arya. Jon idolizes his father, but is wounded by Eddard's refusal to identify his (Jon's) mother. At the beginning of the story, Jon adopts the albino direwolf 'Ghost', and later becomes able to 'share' Ghost's experiences.


Jon Snow is first introduced in A Game of Thrones, when he and his brothers Robb and Bran adopt direwolf cubs. During King Robert Baratheon's visit to Winterfell, Jon is removed from the family table to show his illegitimacy. When forbidden to visit King's Landing, he joins the Night's Watch. Although initially contemptuous of his fellows, he later befriends Samwell Tarly. To his disappointment, Jon is made steward to Lord Commander Jeor Mormont rather than a ranger; but learns that this position precedes succession to command. For saving Mormont from a wight (a corpse resurrected by the Others), Jon receives Longclaw, the ancestral blade of House Mormont.

In A Clash of Kings, Jon is assigned to a scouting party. When the party is overtaken by wildlings, Jon is ordered to join the wildlings and discover their plans. In A Storm of Swords, he learns that they intend to invade the Seven Kingdoms, to escape the Others. After scaling the Wall and infiltrating the Northlands with wildlings Ygritte and Tormund Giantsbane, he deserts them to warn the Watch. He helps defend Castle Black against the wildlings initial attacks; and when he receives command of the Wall, he successfully holds it against Mance Rayder's much larger force for several days. When reinforcements arrive, he is arrested for desertion by Alliser Thorne and Janos Slynt. Following Mance Rayder's defeat by Stannis Baratheon, Jon is released. Stannis offers to legitimize Jon and make him Lord of Winterfell if Jon renounces his vows, becomes a follower of R'hllor, and cuts down Winterfell's 'heart tree'. Before he can accept or decline the offer, Sam's intrigues see Jon elected Lord Commander of the Watch.

Jon plays no active role in A Feast for Crows; but it is revealed that he has sent away Maester Aemon and Rayder's new-born son under Sam's protection, to prevent them being sacrificed by Melisandre. Throughout A Dance With Dragons, Jon attempts to unite the Night's Watch, the wildlings, and the remainder of Stannis' forces against the Others. When several Watch officers openly revolt, he personally executes their chief agitator, Janos Slynt. While making preparations to rescue wildlings further north, he receives a letter from Ramsay Bolton wanting revenge for the abduction of his bride, and determines to lead volunteers against Bolton; but is stabbed by a member of the Watch. When asked by Entertainment Weekly "Why did you kill Jon Snow?", author George R.R. Martin responded "Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?", suggesting that Jon had survived. [S 1]

Family tree of House Stark[edit]

Robb I


  1. ^ Hibberd, James (July 2011). "George R.R. Martin on 'Dance With Dragons' shocking twist". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-04-05.