In the season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones, Davos and a few other brave men collect Jon Snow's corpse from the snow and guard it in a room within Castle Black.

At first I immediately thought that they were going to go get the Red Witch to resurrect Jon but obviously that's not the case. But I can't help but think that the reason as to why they are protecting him, is for some sort of resurrection.

Or does this scene possibly mean that the fan theory of Jon Snow being 'put' into Ghost's body is becoming more realistic?

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    Ser Davos is loyal to the Lord Commander. There was a coup. It's just a simple loyality proof we see here. Alyser just want to get rid of the corpse so that nothing extra-ordinary happens (He know that there is a priestess inside the fortress. I find it odd that Alyser left the dead body in the snow and come to claim it back after a few hours ? Why not burn it right there ?
    – Alexandre
    Apr 27, 2016 at 14:13
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    @Alexandre Why kill someone next to a sign saying "traitor" unless you want it to be a warning to other would-be traitors? Neatly tidying up the corpse wouldn't have the same impact Apr 27, 2016 at 16:10
  • The "warning" he let there will cost him his life, now the "traitors" will want to avenge him and when wun wun gets back it's over for them. He should have killed him, burned him and then tell everyone about it. Alyser didn't think for a second.
    – Alexandre
    Apr 27, 2016 at 16:13

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I'd also wondered about this. I think it comes down to three things:

  • He initially ended up with the Snow loyalists by chance. He didn't make a deliberate decision to go out of his way to side with them, he simply hauled the corpse into his room with them before it was 100% clear what had happened, because it was the closest suitable space. It looked to me that they weren't even 100% sure he was dead and beyond saving until examining him on the table. When the facts were confirmed, he was with them by default, unless he actively kicked out these honest people and their admirable dead friend from his room
  • He's a stubborn good guy who's not afraid to take risks or support a doomed cause. We've seen plenty of times that he won't hesitate to risk his life for people he's loyal to or a cause he believes is right, no matter the odds against them. For example, barely knew Gendry but threw himself into championing him with a similar lack of hesitation.
  • He didn't have any better offers. We saw him finally give up on Stannis when he saw Melisandre at the end of the last series. Davos said himself that the authoritarian Alliser was exactly the kind of man he'd spent his life avoiding, so staying under his rule was no option. He was hardly going to elope with Melisandre, who he never liked and who was just as lost as him. Travelling North beyond the wall was not a viable option, and travelling South would take him through lands ruled by his enemies and wildlings who knew him only as the second in command to the man who routed them, tried to make them kneel and burnt their leader.

    These leaderless lads are the closest he has to friends for miles. His only realistic alternative was go East to the coast and try to find someone in need of a smuggler, but he'd be as likely to meet old enemies from his smuggling days as old friends, and he takes pride in having put that life behind him. Better to be Davos the hero one more time than slip back into being Davos the criminal who deserves to have his fingers cut off.

Given all the above, it's easier to imagine him adopting the (presumably?) doomed cause of Snow's loyal friends, than it is to imagine him saying "Screw you guys, get out of my room and take this honest man's corpse with you. I've got a busy day of staring forlornly into the middle distance to attend to".

For more on why he seems emotionally invested in what happens to Jon, see Why does Davos care about Jon so much? (contains episode 2 spoilers)

  • You could add that prior to all of these events, he was friendly with and even tried to convince JS to take Stannis' deal. The "traitor" sign was a dead give-away (yes I know, I'm really clever) that Jon was betrayed, and I don't think that Davey takes too kindly to betrayal.
    – Möoz
    May 2, 2016 at 5:41

Spoiler from S06E02

Davos Seaworth's purpose of saving Jon Snow's body got cleared in the next episode (S06E02). He has seen Melisandre doing cool weird magic stuff, like giving birth to a shadow monster, etc. So Davos seems to have the plans to call Melisandre for help from the start. That's why he is trying to save the body of Jon from the crows for resurrection, which he did even achieve in the last few seconds of the episode.


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