Jesus Rising from the Dead Is a Lot Like Game of Thrones

On Easter Sunday, millions of Christians around the world celebrate the day, less than 72 hours after being crucified and dying for the sins of humanity, when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. It’s the most important holiday in the Christian faith, and it marks what is perhaps the most important purported event in world history.

One of the more interesting aspects of the story of Easter, aside from how it essentially created the world’s largest religion, is its impact on modern popular culture. Christ figures appear everywhere from music to movies to books (even non-bible books), often as an easy emotional shorthand for a heroic death or rebirth. One such figure has gone under the radar: Jon Snow, the Bastard of Winterfell. That’s right. Jesus rising from the dead on Easter Sunday is a lot like Game of Thrones.

A heroic figure of questionable parentage is betrayed, killed, and then rises from the dead

Jesus is the son of the Virgin Mary and God. Now, obviously, being raised publicly as the Son of God would have caused problems 2000+ years ago, so he was raised as the son of Joseph, a pure-hearted carpenter who was Mary’s husband.

Jon Snow, as we’ve come to learn, is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Being raised as the bastard son of the air to the Iron Throne would have caused problems in the brutal world of Game of Thrones, so he was raised by Ned Stark, a pure-hearted warrior who was the brother of Ned’s biological mother. For the purposes of this comparison, being the son of the heir to the Iron Throne is basically the same as being the son of God.

Jesus would go on to do a bunch of stuff and say a bunch of things before being betrayed by Judas, the most infamous of his 12 apostles, and crucified for the heresy of saying that people should be treated well. Three days later, he rose from the dead (though we, the reader, never see what sort of magic or power is directly responsible) and continued doing and saying good stuff.

Jon Snow also did and said a bunch of stuff before being betrayed and killed by the Night’s Watch for saying the the Free Folk should be treated well. He was later resurrected by the Red Woman, Mellisandre, and continued fighting for the good guys and against the bad guys.

Long hair and a beard

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Game of Thrones and the Bible are both books

Game of Thrones started out as a series of books from the perspectives of many different characters known as A Song of Ice and Fire before becoming a hugely successful television series. The Bible, which first made Jesus famous, also started out as a series of books from the perspectives of many different characters before becoming a hugely successful religion.

People are crucified in Game of Thrones

There are scenes in Game of Thrones, specifically in Dany’s storyline, where people are crucified. Like Jesus was. Swords are kind of shaped like crosses? Honestly that first sub-header was probably enough. Happy Easter!