Bastards are given a specific surname based on where they lived in Westeros. It varies depending on where you are born.
From The Tower of the Hand:
The Crownlands: Waters
The North: Snow
The Iron Islands: Pyke
The Riverlands: Rivers
The Vale: Stone
The Westerlands: Hill
The Reach: Flowers
The Stormlands: Storm
So since Jon lived in ...
"Snow" is the name used by all bastards in the north, as explained in the first chapter of A Game of Thrones:
the bastard who bore the surname Snow, the name that custom decreed be given to all those in the north unlucky enough to be born with no name of their own.
This comes up a lot, so I'm answering it in detail. It's addressed (subtly) in dialogue, and follows a key theme of the story. If you want a quick read, I wrote a short version on the Film & TV site.
Sansa doesn't want to rule.
Neither does Jon, of course. Neither has shown any sign of enjoying politics and both have suffered horribly from being in the ...
I don't think there's any deeper meaning that just what it says: She's calling him an idiot. She's telling him that he doesn't know or understand nearly as much as he thinks about how the "real world" (her real world, at least) works.
Remember that, when the two met, Jon Snow had lived a relatively sheltered life. He grew up as a not-quite-noble, who was ...
TL;DR - From the books perspective it seems that all those brought back by The Lord of Light are "undead". The shows perspective is not as clear.
The quote you have provided was part of a larger Time interview. Here it is in context:
Q: Did Lady Stoneheart come about because it was hard to say a permanent goodbye to Catelyn?
A: Yeah, maybe. That ...
Historical Half Targaryens with Non-Valyrian features
That's the case with many Half Targaryens in history.
King Daeron II married Mariah Martell. His first born son, Prince Baelor had dark hair of his mother.
Of Prince Maekar he saw no sign, but he recognized Prince Baelor at
Lord Ashford's side. Sunlight flashed golden off the shoulder clasp
Jon was burned by the fire he used to kill the wights in Season 1 that invaded Castle Black.
Quotes from the book, which since this is Season 1, the scenes in the show remain highly faithful to. The burns were quite severe and took weeks or months to heal properly.
Jon plunged his hand into the flames, grabbed a fistful of the burning drapes, and ...
It doesn't matter under what name men joined the watch, they belong to the watch until they die according to the vow they take:
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my
death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I
shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my
post. I am the sword in ...
All Stark Children show the gift of Skin Changing as GRRM confirmed.
Jon and Bran are described as particularly powerful Skinchangers. Bran is even more special because he is the Winged-wolf while his siblings aren't.
Jon has shown his abilities (Unintentionally) as a warg on following occasions:
In controlling his wolf. There is no ...
The first contradiction is actually based on a misconception. Targeryons are not immune to fire, as showcased by Viserys and the Tragedy at Summerhall.
The second one is trickier, as the genetics of warging is never entirely explained. There are zero examples of a warg passing their abilities on to their child. But if R + L = J, the Starks and Jon are still ...
The other two answers list the people who are alive and could possibly have knowledge of Jon's parentage. I.e.
Barristan "the bold" Selmy
And (ADWD spoilers)
Also to be included in the list is of course Howland Reed's children, Jojen and Meera. They did in fact come close to the topic of Rhaegar and Lyanna when they told Bran of the story of ...
Note: I don't have the episode to refer to here for direct quotes, so my answer won't be directly sourced. I can try to go back and fill them later if needed.
As far as you're comment about Stannis, Jon isn't trying to help him with his war. He told Stannis plainly that the Night's Watch would take no part in any war and even personally refused Stannis's ...
It's Jon. Robb legitimised him before his death, which he was legally able to do as King in the North, and so Jon is Ned Stark's legitimate heir and the rightful Lord of Winterfell and King in the North. Even his Night's Watch vows are no longer an obstacle, since they only bound him until death, and he has now died (presumably to be resurrected in some way)....
In A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5 Samwell Tarly tells Jon Snow that he found one account of the Long Night that spoke of the last hero slaying Others with a blade of dragonsteel and they could not stand against it and Jon wonders if dragonsteel refers to Valyrian steel.
“What about the Others?”
“I found mention of dragonglass. The ...
NOTE: Answer may contain spoilers for people who have not yet read ADWD.
Adding up to the answer by Justin Ethier:
Jon was simply implying that Stannis should have spared Mance and burnt Rattleshirt instead. He had no idea that it was actually Mance.
Jon did not like Rattleshirt & Rattleshirt did not like Jon.
Jon's dislike of Rattleshirt
Jon never ...
SPOILERS FOR S06E02!
Pre-Season 6 Speculation:
Let's look at these theories.
Jon Snow is dead is dead. He suffered many stab wounds; if he died, it would be totally normal. No surprises there. GRRM is notoriously known for killing off main characters. This one survived five books. It was high time he died. (Julius Ceasar died similarly and we know GRRM ...
GRRM stated that Jon should use the reverse colours of Ned Stark's Arms
George RR Martin told the company Valyrian Steel to use the reverse colours of Ned's arms on their swords:
George R.R. Martin told us to use the Stark colors in reverse as that is what bastards in Westeros often do.
GRRM talking to Valyrian Steel
Although Martin has stated the ...
I hope someone can find a better answer, however until Winds of Winter is published I believe the answer is simply that George RR Martin intentionally left the reason vague.
Possible explanations include:
The persistent cold found The Wall impaired his movement
Someone drugged him
Side effect of the burn he received while saving Mormont's ...
In world explanation
Ghost was more independent than his siblings, and didn't feel the need to always stick by his owner's side. He would often leave Jon for extended amounts of time to range or hunt alone, but would always come back when Jon called him.
Real world explanation
The animals playing the role of the direwolves proved to be very hard to ...
As far as the books go, GRRM has said that even Daenerys is not immune to fire and surviving the pyre was a one-time thing related to the dragons.
In the show, Daenerys appears to be permanently immune, however we actually see Jon burned by the lamp that he uses to burn the wight in the Lord Commander's quarters -
So it ...
Remember that the theory about Jon's parentage, is still a theory.
From the books, Aemon Targaryen was not aware of Jon Snow's parentage.
There is a comprehensive list of who knows about Jon's parentage in Who knows the truth about Jon Snow's parentage (father & mother), in which Aemon does not appear as a likely candidate.
In reference to Azor ...
If Jon is indeed a Targaryen, then he would not be the first to join the Night's Watch. Aemon Targaryen joined the Black, and when the crown was to be passed to him after his father died he refused to renege on his vows and passed the crown to his youngest brother Aegon (Later to be known as Aegon V The Unlikely). While not exactly a Targaryen, Brynden ...
Howland Reed, the Lord of Greywater Watch, is the only survivor of the party that accompanied Ned Stark to the Tower of Joy where Lyanna died. It is to be presumed that he knows the truth about what happened.
This is being way over-analysed. Swords stick in scabbards when cold. This is true even in the real world. In fact, it is mentioned in another part of ASOIAF where, whomever it was (maybe Jaime). loosened their sword in the scabbard so it would not stick - in case they needed it.
He was just pointing out that:
The complete dialogue was:
Jon: There's no need for a battle. Thousands of men don't need to
die. Only one of us. Let's end this the old way. You against me.
Ramsay: (chuckling) I keep hearing stories about you, bastard. The way
people in the North talk about you, you're the greatest swordsman who
ever walked. ...
As I've pointed out in a similar post on Movies&TV:
We do not know; it is not explained... yet.
She wants him bad
In the books Melisandre is very interested in Jon Snow, believing that there is some power in him:
[from A Dance With Dragons]
She does not explain exactly where she believes his source of 'power' to be from, but she definitely feels it. ...