Game of Thrones: Jon Snow Knows Knows Who His Father Is

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere. Fans knew. Bran knew. Sam knew. Even Rhaegal the Dragon knew. And now, Jon Snow finally knows too: He is the son of Rheagar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark which means hes a trueborn Targaryen, and not a bastard.  Samwell Tarly revealed this information to the King of the North during the first episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Bran and Sam had put together the clues last season: Sam and Gilly found documents at the Citadel that showed Rhaegar had annulled his marriage to Elia Martell and eloped with Lyanna Stark afterward. Bran used his greenseer abilities to travel through time and watch the secret marriage of the two lovers and Jons birth in the Tower of Joy. This means that Jon is not the bastard son of Ned Stark, as everyone long believed. The fact that Rha

egar and Lyanna were legally married means that Jon is not a bastard, but rather the direct heir to the Iron Throne.

Photo illustration by James Kim and Martin Gee for TIME; HBO Jon and Daenerys might have even had an inkling of Jons true heritage too: Earlier in the episode, Jon rode Rhaegal, Daenerys dragon who is named for his own father Rheagar, despite the fact that only Targaryens have been able to ride dragons in the past. Related Stories      Entertainment Riverdale Spinoff Katy Keene Is a Delightful Fairy Tale for a New Decade



   Entertainment  Lori Tan Chinn Is a Scene-Stealer in Awkwafina’s New Series. But the Role Comes After Decades of Harassment and Discrimination  Your mother was Lyanna stark. And your father, your real father, was Rhaegar Targaryen. Youve never been a bastard. Youre Aegon Targaryen, true heir to the Iron Throne, Sam tells Jon in the crypts. Im sorry. I know its a lot to take in. Jon reacted to the revelation with indignation, upset that his father figure Ned Stark had lied to him for so long. My father was the most honorable man Ive ever met, Jon retorts. Youre saying he lied to me all my life? Your father, well, Ned Stark. He promised your mother hed always protect you. And he did. Robert would have murdered you if he knew. Youre the true king. Aegon Targaryen, Sixth of his Name, Protector of the Realm, all of it. The last time Ned and Jon spoke in season 1, Ned promised to tell Jon who is mother was when they met again. But Ned was killed on the orders of Joffrey Baratheon and never saw Jon again. Sam, the sensitive counterpoint to a very blunt Bran, explained to Jon that Lyanna swore Ned to secrecy. Had Robert Baratheon known the identity of Jons real father, he would have tried to kill him, just as he tried to kill Daenerys. Which brings us to the elephant in the room: Jon and Dany consummated their budding romantic relationship in the season 7 finale. After Bran and Sams reveal, Jon finally knows that he and Daenerys are aunt and nephew. On a personal level, Jon will probably have hang-ups about what happened between them: After all, the Starks recently fought a war to dethrone a king made mad by generations of incest. Daenerys, who comes from a long line of Targaryens who ma

rried their siblings and cousins, might be more open to continuing their relationship and alliance. Get The Brief. Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now.   Thank you! For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered.

Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder.  Daenerys will probably be more concerned with Jons newfound claim to the Iron Throne. Historically, male heirs have been given preference over female ones in Westeros though Queen Cersei does currently sit on the throne. Whats more, Jon is the son

of the Mad King Aerys eldest child and thus, some would argue, a more direct heir than Dany. Luckily for Daenerys, Jon Snow has never expressed a desire to rule anything or anybody. Hes only taken on leadership roles when they are foisted upon him, or help solve a larger problem. Right now, hes more concerned with the upcoming war with the Night King and the White Walkers. So theres a good chance hell offer to cede his power to her. It remains to be seen how the rest of Westeros might feel about that. Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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