Jon Snow - Spoiler Bios
Jon Snow is a POV character and the supposed bastard son of Eddard, by a woman named Wylla, a wet nurse serving House Dayne. His direwolf companion is the silent, albino Ghost.
Jon is of an age with Robb. Ned brought him to Winterfell after Battle of the Tower of Joy, which only Ned and Howland Reed survived. Despite his wife Catelyn’s objections, Ned insisted on taking responsibility for the boy, and he grew up side-by-side with the trueborn Starks. He has a long face, grey eyes and lean build, with strong Stark coloring; in fact, he looked more northern than any of Lady Stark’s trueborn children (except Arya).
As Jon grew up, his position became increasingly awkward. Jon’s uncle Benjen Stark suggested that the Watch could use a man like Jon. At the Wall, Jon initially felt contempt for the lowborn, often criminal members of the Watch. Eventually he put aside his prejudices and united the recruits first against the sadistic master-at-arms, and protected cowardly but good-natured Samwell Tarly. Jon came to accept the men of the Night’s Watch as his new brothers. Initially resentful of his appointment to the steward corps, Jon soon came to realize he was being groomed for future leadership. Jon, as the Commander’s eyes and ears, joined a scout expedition to investigate the disappearances of several rangers. On the orders of the veteran ranger Qhorin Halfhand, Jon infiltrated the wilding army led by the self-styled “King Beyond the Wall” Mance Rayder, and learned his plans to cross into the Seven Kingdoms. During this time, Jon fell in love with a wildling warrior named Ygritte. He remained loyal to the Night’s Watch, however, and eventually managed to separate from the wildlings and made his way back to Castle Black. During the wildling assault, Jon took command of the few men left defending the Wall. Despite overwhelming odds, Jon successfully held off the opposing forces until the timely arrival of Stannis Baratheon’s army. Soon after, “Lord Snow” was voted the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
Stannis offers to legitimize Jon and name him Lord of Winterfell if Jon will break his vow to the Night’s Watch, cut down Winterfell’s heart tree—a tree holy to the old gods traditionally worshipped by the Starks—and convert to the worship of the Lord of Light. Jon refuses and retains his title of Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. An uneasy truce is kept between the two. Stannis leaves to defeat the Ironmen and Bolton/Frey armies camped in the North. Soon after this, Jon receives a letter from Ramsay Bolton, which states that Stannis was defeated at Winterfell, threatens Jon, and demands his bride, Jon’s sister Arya, back (though the woman wed to Ramsay was actually Jeyne Poole, former friend of Sansa Stark, who had been forced to impersonate Arya and forcibly given to the Boltons). Jon convinces many of those Wildlings housed at Castle Black to march south on Ramsay Bolton, but is stabbed at least four times by brothers of the Night’s Watch including his Lord Steward (and second-in-command) Bowen Marsh at the close of A Dance With Dragons.
Jon has no idea who his mother might be. In the first book of the series, Ned Stark claims that he “dishonored” his marriage to Catelyn with a wet nurse named Wylla who was employed at Starfall, but nothing more is known about her; Catelyn has also speculated that his mother was Ashara Dayne, also of Starfall, but when she brought it up, Ned refused to answer. Another theory claims that Eddard isn’t Jon’s father at all, but that Snow is the offspring of his sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen. Howland Reed, who accompanied Ned to the Tower of Joy and from there to Starfall, is believed to be the only living character to know the truth.
Jon Snow is played by Kit Harington in the HBO adaption of the books.