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— Dr Sheik Umar Khan - leading specialist on the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone who died from the disease on July 29th. (x)
It’s not a secret that Jon is one on my favorite characters in Asoiaf for plenty of reasons. The main reason why I love him so much is because he is one of the few characters who really EVOLVES during the series. The Jon of ADWD is completely different from that boy we met years back in GOT. The experiences he goes through during the books affect him deeply, changing him and his beliefs. He is shaped by everything that surrenders him and adapts himself to the new circumstances, not caring if in doing so he must change his point of view about something. He really listens to the people he meets and lets them, their thoughts and opinions catch on him. Jon learns the world he lives in must be seen with another eyes, that not everything or everybody is what it seems to be. And he is almost the only one in Westeros in realizing who the real menace is (the Others) and will do anything to fight them, leaving apart his priorities in life for that great aim.People who get to know him care for him (Arya, Robb), winning plenty of friends and allies during the time we know him (Tyrion, Lord Commader Mormont, Sam, Pyp, Grenn, Qhorin Halfhand, Donal Noye), even if they shouldn’t like him at first (Ygritte, Tormund and even the wildings and Stannis Baratheon). And he listen and learns something from each one of them.He is a natural leader; loyal, intelligent and a good fighter . I guess he is one of the characters that more allegiances gain during the series, though he also makes “mistakes” that finally lead him to what happens at the end of ADWD (I don’t really think the circumstances that led him to that betrayal were a complete mistake, though the result isn’t what he expected). His sense of honor and duty is so huge; he struggles so hard with the mix of feelings he has for his family, his bastard condition, his oaths, his duty, his love… but in the end he knows where his place is: defend the Realm.No need to talk about how his relationship with Ygritte deeply marks and changes him. Through her he learns that another way to watch the world is possible (“everything below the Wall’s south to us”), that women can be independent, brave, loyal and strong, just the same as men. With her he finally knows what is to love and be loved and how painful its loss could be. But most important, he learns he needs to question his believes (“you know nothing Jon Snow”); and he does it, not caring if that advice comes from a wilding woman. The way he thinks of her during ADWD is heartbreaking… Jon is a sad person during that book and I guess it’s in part it’s because how much he misses her (and Arya too).I’ve read some opinions about people who dislike Jon because he’s a “traditional fantasy hero” (a young boy, disliked by many at the beginning of the book that learns and gain friends during his journey and finally results to be the hero who saves the world). Well I don’t think that’s so simple (nothing is simple in GRRM’s world). His circumstances are more complex and his learning very painful. Though even if it turns out that he’s AA or TPTWP or some kind of hero, you know, I won’t mind. GRRM has twisted so many preconceptions of fantasy and has changed my pov of so many characters and situations all along the books that I don’t mind to have a character I can rely on.My pillar during Asoiaf, the character that has never failed me it’s him; the lonely sad bastard who misses his family and a woman he thinks he should have never loved, standing almost alone between the dead coming from the North and the Realm, while the rest of the Lords and knights of Westeros play their game of thrones. He know his fate is dark, sad, lonely and painful, but he bears it nevertheless. And I love him more for that.