D&D show writers confirm Jon will face enemies within that he will be vulnerable to due to his honorable nature. Not only will the WW threat loom taking Jon’s focus he will have to rely on others to protect him from selfish enemies within his inner circle. Who are those selfish people? D&D even say “defeating men and women” who don’t play by “honorable rules”.
D&D spoke to Deadline and gave this interesting insight into what is to come:
Benioff & Weiss: Jon’s honorable nature has proven a disadvantage in some regards: a man who plays by the rules will have a harder time defeating men and women who don’t. But Jon’s nature also provides one of his great strengths: his ability to win others to his cause. Men who respected his courage and honesty elected him Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. The Free Folk, who had never before aligned themselves with kneelers, chose to fight for Jon Snow because they believed in him. The lords of the north named him King in the North because they realized he was their last, best chance to survive the wars to come.
The question will be whether an honorable man can overcome dishonorable enemies. As E.O. Wilson wrote, “Within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.” So Jon Snow better hope this is a contest between groups.
Sidenote: Jon has a sister coming home. Most likely bringing with her a Hound, hopefully an of army wolves, and brothers who can finally take up banners again. The Stark name. Another group Jon can win over? Stay tuned!
But a voice inside her whispered, There are no heroes, and she remembered what Lord Petyr had said to her, here in this very hall. “Life is not a song, sweetling,” he’d told her. “You may learn that one day to your sorrow.” In life, the monsters win.