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Game of Thrones: Jon Snow being a Targaryen isn't all its cracked up to be

Friday 20th October 2017

We all knew it, all along, that Jon Snow was more than just the bastard of Winterfell.

The Lord of Light saw fit to allow Melisandre to resurrect him after he was stabbed to death, and given how many dangerous battles he has fought in it’s a wonder he’s managed to survive them all.

Many associate this to Jon being the legendary warrior Azor Ahai who ended the Long Night the first time it came around – however we do not know this for sure yet.

Lyanna Stark married Rhaegar Targaryen in a secret ceremony
Lyanna Stark married Rhaegar Targaryen in a secret ceremony

It’s a family affair

What we do know, however, is that Jon Snow, aka Knower of Nothing, is in fact a Targaryen.

Just as fans hoped, Lyanna Stark married Rhaegar Targaryen in a secret ceremony and bore a single child to him… Young Aegon Targaryen.

Ned stark protected this baby as his sister’s dying wish, disguising young Aegon as his own bastard son, telling nobody – not even his wife Caitlyn.

The effects of this new knowledge do pose some rather awkward situations. The most obvious being the relationship that is forming between Jon and Daenerys.

We know that the Lannisters and the Targaryens are no strangers to incest to keep family blood pure – however Jon was raised a by the Starks of Winterfell. The whole being in love with your aunt thing might not go down well with the King in the North.

Jon and Daenerys
Jon and Daenerys

Dungeons and Dragons

We know Jon is hurt by fire, however will we see Jon Snow ride a dragon? There is only two of the beasts left at Dragonstone now and the likely two candidates to ride the secondary one into battle are Jon and Tyrion.

Given how Viserion fell when going into battle un mounted it would be silly for The Mother of Dragons to make the same mistake twice and risk losing another of her “children.”

That is, unless Dany decides to lock him up and throw away the key because of the next point…


Heirs and graces

Another twist to this new knowledge is that Dany is no longer the rightful heir to the throne. Jon/Aegon is actually the Rhaegar’s true heir.

With Dany’s claim being invalid, would her armies follow Jon? Will she now honour Jon’s claim to the Iron Throne?

One thing’s for sure, it will be an interesting conversation if they manage to keep the Night King at bay long enough to have it.

And if they do, and they break their partnership/kill each other, Cersei will remain queen, and while she's a great character, no one wants her to win.

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