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All the Ways Jon Snow Is Becoming Ned Stark

Updated June 14, 2019 1.5k votes 253 voters 16.9k views13 items

List RulesVote up the ways Jon Snow is totally morphing into Ned Stark.

In a top notch Jon Snow Ned Stark Yorkshire accent, consider yourself warned about SPOILERS in the North. 
 
Here’s a question to ponder about your favorite living sad face emoji from Game of Thrones. Is Jon Snow turning into Ned Stark on some level? Let’s look at the evidence. 
 
What’s going on with Jon? Did coming back from the dead further solidify him as the next dour Warden of the North? There are many similarities between Jon Snow and Ned Stark as far as their outlook on life. Ned knew winter was coming; Jon has seen the advent of the next Long Night. But no one seems to be giving this much weight even though Jon and his men actually witness the terrifying powers of the Night’s King. Kind of makes you wish Ned had seen it so he could say, “I told ye soo!”
 
Another indicator that Jon will land squarely in a Ned state of mind… both men were betrayed when they tried to do the right thing. Ned wasn’t afraid to die; now Jon isn’t either. And they both know what’s in the great blackness of death. Sort of. Jon saw nothing, but maybe Ned knows that there’s something and will tell Jon what it is, using Bran. 
 
Other clues of Jon Snow turning into Ned Stark are Jon’s latest look. He’s rocking a hairstyle that is dangerously close to Ned’s retirement sweep back. He’s also wearing a cloak just like his pop/uncle's, thanks to Sansa.
 
He’s also got the same sense of humor as Ned. Meaning, he’s about as funny as the ending of “The Door.” Maybe he’ll lighten up when the White Walkers are defeated and he’s having an ale with his dad in Westeros heaven. Hey! Maybe he won’t die. Maybe he’ll met another redhead and settle down at Winterfell, telling his great grandkids stories in the godswood in a sort of grim and wistful way, just like Ned.
 
How is Jon Snow turning into Ned Stark? Vote up the theories that make the most sense to you.
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    Neither Is Afraid of Death

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    Battle prepared Ned for it. Jon actually died and saw nothing. You couldn’t threaten either with their own death. Their Achilles heels are based in doing the right thing for family or the good of the realm.
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    Jon Is Dressing Like Ned

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    With the help of Sansa's wolf cloak, Jon has completed his Ned Stark winter collection look.
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    They Have the Same Sense of Humor

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    Just kidding. Neither of these guys was ever going to have a stand-up career. But the cold and Catelyn will do that to you. Jon did almost crack a joke in Season 5 about Sam getting some, but then he was right back to the usual grim smile. Ned, on the other hand, told Robert right to his face he was fat.
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    They Were Both Killed Trying to Do the Right Thing

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    Ned confessed to something he didn’t do to save his daughters; Jon went against the Night’s Watch to save the wildlings and mercy killed Mance Rayder at the pyre. Both men were betrayed.
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