Future US, Inc. Full 7th Floor, 130 West 42nd Street, My father was the most honorable man Ive ever met, Jon retorts. He is no longer King in the North. Jon Snow has now finally learned he is a Targaryen in Game of Thrones - but the hints were there from the start. The new Game of Thrones spinoff will at least have to mention Jon Snow's father, but to what capacity remains to be seen. I dont know if shes a noblewoman, or a fishermans wife, or a whore.". Heres how it works. Gilly had read in High Septon Maynards diary that he had annulled Rhaegars marriage with Elia Martell, and had later secretly married Rhaegar to another woman in Dorne. Visit our corporate site (opens in new tab). He follows up by saying that Jon gave up his crown to save his people. His father, we know, is Ned Stark, who returned from Robert's Rebellion with a child from another woman. He and Jon catch up briefly. How does the conquest go when another king and another dragon play their part and what does this mean to the past, present and future. He saw Jon's birth, with Ned Stark promising Lyanna Stark he would raise Jon as his own son, and not reveal that Jon is the son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany's older bro) and Lyanna Stark (Ned's younger sis). What's also working in Jon's favor is that HE FINALLY RIDES A GODDAMN DRAGON in this episodeanother moment that fans have been anticipating for decades. There's a sentimental reunion between Jon and Arya that fans have been waiting to see for something like eight years. Bran could have been the one to reveal all to Tyrion following a conversation they had in season eight, episode two, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. But Wright assuredBran isn't interested in that. It has been a fan theory that has received so much popularity that it would have been a plot twist for it not to be true. Although making Jon his bastard son put a public stain on Ned Starks honor as he seemingly cheated on Catelyn, Game of Thrones reveals that Ned had kept his honor all along, as he was maintaining a promise he made to his dying sister. All Rights Reserved. "You are Aegon Targaryen, heir to the Iron Throne, 6th of his name," Tarly tells Jon. However, the confirmation that Jon is a trueborn Targaryen may put a hitch in his budding relationship with Daenerys, as it means they are related. Martin revealed that Howland Reed wont be a POV character in the A Song of Ice and Fire books because he knows too much, hinting he does also know the identity of Jons parents in the novels. It would be cool if Jon ended up burnt somehow by. By then, he's already joined Meera. 4. Fans have known the truth since the end of Season 6, but is someone going to tell Jon about all of this? Martin Is Still Finishing His Books, A Year Later, Every GoT Finale Question, Answered, George R.R. And while having the audience finally know that R+L=J is all well and good, having it be revealed to Jon Snow himself is the next logical step. Not only is he not the bastard son of Ned Stark, but he is not a bastard at all, having been conceived within wedlock following a secret marriage between Rhaegar and Lyanna. You have reached your limit of 4 free articles. The other is a nice little easter egg for us to spot on re-watches, as we shame ourselves for not picking up on it then. Like us on Facebook. Author George R.R. This product uses the TMDb API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDb. Game of Thrones season 8, episode 5 streaming: How to watch GOT online, Game of Thrones: Jon Snow, Arya and Sansa discuss, Game of Thrones season 8: Samwell and Gilly, Missandeis (played by Nathalie Emmanuel) death, episode two, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Dragon scene features huge flaw, Nathalie Emmanuel: Game of Thrones Missandei reveals show regrets, Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4: Fans spot epic COFFEE CUP blunder. Ned did not answer. Perhaps the biggest tip was the fact that the Targaryen Kingsguard were even there, at all. Watch this Tr chi vng quyn video, [I think I might've inhaled you] Bran/Jojen, Sansa/Shae, Daenerys/Doreah, Jon/Ygritte , on fanpop and browse other Tr chi vng quyn videos. The action cuts from their conversation to another scene, so Game of Thrones viewers dont know exactly what is said. Related: Game of Thrones: Jon Snow's Backstory & Real Name Explained. Since Ned would have to explain why he left the tower with a baby in his arms and his sister deceased, its clear Howland at least knew that Jon was never truly the son of Ned Stark. Magazines, Or create a free account to access more articles, Jon Snow Finally Knows Something. That is when Sam says he is not talking about that crown, he is talking about him being the king of the bloody Seven Kingdoms. Cue record scratch. While out with Daenerys, she lets him ride one of her dragons. His annulment and subsequent remarriage means Jon was born inside of marriage. Write to Megan McCluskey at megan.mccluskey@time.com. What is Dracarys? Now that the stage is set, this is only the beginning of the end. Matt Miller is a Brooklyn-based culture/lifestyle writer and music critic whose work has appeared in Esquire, Forbes, The Denver Post, and documentaries. Jon is declared King in the North . Catelyn, having heard rumors around the realm, believed that the mother of Jon Snow was Ashara, but Ned never confirmed it. Jon Snow was proven to not be Ned Stark's bastard, but instead, the secret child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. 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. - Arthur Dayne. Warning: This post contains spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones. As expected, Ned kept his word to Lyanna, with Jon only finding out his true name is Aegon Targaryen at the beginning of Game of Thrones season 8. Why would anyone take the word of his weirdo little brother or of Sam Tarly, who only read about the union of Rhaegar and Lyanna in an old diary? While Wylla isnt the true mother of Jon in Game of Thrones series, its still possible that she is in the books. Both of this were nice subtleties to show us that Jon was more than Snow and Sand, but a Targaryen. Every product on this page was chosen by a Harper's BAZAAR editor. Jordan is based in Seattle, Washington and enjoys exploring the natural beauty the PNW has to offer. He knows that Valyrian Steel kills White Walkers. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our, Digital We may earn a commission from these links. Actor Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about that game-changing scene and how he thinks it'll affect the future of theshow. In the Season 8 premiere, Jon finally returned home to Winterfell. As many in the cast have teased, this first episode of Game of Thrones Season Eight does an incredible job at striking parallels between the first episode of Season One. "He rode past his wife and lay a crown of winter roses in Lyanna's lap, blue with frost. Ashara was presumed to be a love interest of Ned before Roberts Rebellion, with her story apparently coming to an end when she threw herself out the window and into the sea at Starfall after the rebellion. Though a Targaryen didn't end up on the Iron Throne due to Dany becoming the Mad Queen and Jon being shipped back to the Wall (and the Throne being melted), Game of Thrones proves that these were the two Targaryens that Aegon spoke of in his House of the Dragon dream, only solidifying the importance of Jon's Targaryen heritage even though it didn't matter as far as Westerosi politics were concerned. In Game of Thrones season 6, the Three-Eyed Raven takes Bran back in time to when Lyanna died after giving birth to a baby, with Lyanna simply saying promise me, Ned before giving him the child. Don't forget there are only seven episodes this year, so we are already more than halfway through the penultimate season. Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com. Just in case it matters to them. Shortly afterwards, Sansa is shown thinking to herself on top of the battlements in Winterfell. Aegon Targaryen, if he found out the truth, Ned also lied to his best friend for the remainder of their lives, with most of Westeros believing that Jon was the son of Ned and a woman he met on the road at war. Bran would also learn about Rickon's death upon his return. Tyrion and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) have a discussion in season eight, episode four regarding how many people know about Jon Snow being a Targaryen. Want more stuff like this? Judging by the huge fleet of ships being led by Daenerys and her merry band of Targaryen supporters, Season 7 of Game of Thrones will have a lot to do with Dany trying to take that iron throne out from under Cersei. By subscribing to this BDG newsletter, you agree to our. Sam, the sensitive counterpoint to a very blunt Bran, explained to Jon that Lyanna swore Ned to secrecy. Oh! ", But Bran is all about the awkward these days. It's strange how this takes place, in the middle of the episode, with few people really acknowledging that it happened. And he did. When walking up the steps of Dragonstone, Jon asserts to Tyrion that he is not a Stark, and immediately Drogon swoops by over their heads, causing Jon to duck out of the way. Contents 1 Biography 1.1 Background A man can take a name only if he lacks one. That is when Sam points out that Jon has also shown them mercy. Sansa is also more than likely to have told Tyrion about Jon Snow thanks to a discussion they had in episode four, The Last of the Starks. That leaves Sam up to bat. New York, Both a Stark and a Targaryen, the reveal of Jon Snow's parents also meant that he was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, which got in the way of his loyalty to (and romance with) Queen Daenerys Targaryen. 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This is another big hint for Jon as he unknowingly awaits the reveal ahead. .css-gk9meg{display:block;font-family:Lausanne,Arial,sans-serif;font-weight:normal;margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;padding-top:0.25rem;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}@media (any-hover: hover){.css-gk9meg:hover{color:link-hover;}}@media(max-width: 48rem){.css-gk9meg{font-size:1.125rem;line-height:1.15;margin-bottom:0.25rem;}}@media(min-width: 40.625rem){.css-gk9meg{font-size:1rem;line-height:1.2;margin-bottom:0.625rem;}}@media(min-width: 64rem){.css-gk9meg{font-size:1.25rem;line-height:1.2;}}@media(min-width: 73.75rem){.css-gk9meg{font-size:1.25rem;line-height:1.2;}}20 Epic TV Shows Like 'Game of Thrones', 'House of the Dragon' Rivals 'Thrones's Brutality, The 25 Best Game of Thrones Characters, Ranked, 'The Tales of Dunk and Egg' GoT Prequel, Explained, The Game of Thrones Cast at the Beginning and End, Here's What's Going on With the Thrones Prequels, George R.R. My theory is Jon can find Rhaegar Targaryen's harp in Lyanna's tomb in the crypts of Winterfell, along with A Song of Ice and Fire, written by Rhaegar for his son. But it's difficult when he is often required to march across kingdoms or wield his sword in battle. George R.R. Tyrion arrives and tries to reason with Sansa, suggesting she pledges allegiance to Daenerys. What is likely more of a concern for Jon is this news of her ruthless slayings of prisoners of war. There could be a Cersei and Jaime thing going on there," he said with a laugh. Then, almost 20 years to the day of the release of A Game of Thrones, the TV adaptation of the series finally revealed that Jon Snow is really Aegon Targaryen, the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. It might nothave been surprisingthanks to a famous theory, everyone saw this comingbut it was certainly satisfying. HBO and Sky Atlantic viewers have witnessed Tyrion speak. but if Jon is a trueborn Targaryen than that aspect of the decree is null and void. Jon can be KitN, but not a Stark. Game of Thrones left plenty of mysteries about its characters after its finale, and House of the Dragon can finally answer a major question about Jon's warging power with his Targaryen blood. How did he get to the point where he learned the truth? This prompts Tyrion to ask to hear all about Brans backstory, despite Bran telling him its a long story. Daenerys and Rhaegar (along with Viserys, for that matter) children of several generations of since. However, Bran had earlier urged Jon Snow to tell the truth about his bloodline and appeared adamant the secret should come to light. He promised your mother hed always protect you. When Sunday's Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones finally showed another of Bran's flashback visions, fans everywhere gave a collective cheer of relief when it was all but confirmed that R+L does, in fact, equal J. The truth about Jons parents has been one of the most enduring mysteries of Game of Thrones, with the series previously hinting at much of this information. He's free to pursue life outside of th Continue Reading Kelly Russo ", Just one episode later, in episode five of the fifth season, Maester Aemon has some conveniently timed words of "prophecy. Stay tuned. The final season of Game of Thrones has officially come to a close, and just as George R. R. Martin once promised, the ending was certainly "bittersweet." The finale of Thrones ' eighth season saw. Although Bran was one of the only characters in Game of Thrones openly shown to be a warg and powerful skinchanger as trained by the recast Three-Eyed Raven character, the series largely left out the . Find out how Jon Snow handles learning his true lineage when Game of Thrones final season continues. Thank you for signing up to CinemaBlend. While Sam is busy studying in the Citadel, so is Gilly. And, when Martin's saga was adapted for television, it was the most popular theory among fans of the HBO show. Related: House Of The Dragon Can Answer A Major Jon Snow Warg Question. Those early book readers found clues within George RR Martin's series that led them down this path, but show-only fans had plenty of breadcrumbs to pick up on, as well. Spoilers ahead for the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones. Bran had already come to understand that Jon was the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar, but believed that he was still a bastard until Sam helped fill in the information on their secret marriage. Instead, it looks like Jon Snow was saved so he could do what he does . Talk later! "Next time we see each other, we'll talk about your mother. And will Bran even make his way back to Winterfell to tell his brother/cousin the truth about his parentage? Season four presented us with a new character in the show, Oberyn Martell, whose sister, Elia, was married to the late Rhaegar Targaryen. After Bran and Sams reveal, Jon finally knows that he and Daenerys are aunt and nephew. In Game of Thrones' Season 8 premiere, Jon Snow learned a truth that changes everything: his true lineage. Had Robert Baratheon known the identity of Jons real father, he would have tried to kill him, just as he tried to kill Daenerys. Both Sam and Bran could reveal the truth to Jon Snow. Its also been suggested that even if Wylla isnt Jon Snows mother in the books, she at least knows some of the truth behind his parentage. While at The Citadel in Oldtown, he spent most of his time cleaning bedpans and complaining about how much he hated his internship. In the show, Bran found out that Jon was a Targaryen in the same episode he was crowned King. and also come across the horror that the White Walkers are bringing to Westeros. Robb's will does legitimize Jon as a Stark. Between the dragon he rode that took out swarms of White Walkers and all the time he spent beyond the Wall, Jon played a significant role when it came to taking down the Night King. To refresh your memory, Rhaegar was the eldest son of the Mad King who had two children with his first wife, Elia. It's a good question, the answer to which is very likely, no. It is fleeting, but this description of Oberyn's sounds much more like an affair than an abduction. Jon was also rendered useless in the Battle of Winterfell, so ending the Night King was obviously not to be his fate either. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow, and a number of the prominent GOT characters in Winterfell are planning their preparations for the battle against the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) and his army of the dead. And although Ned never tells Jon who his mother is, A Game of Thrones is filled with foreshadowing of what's to come: Tales of Rhaegar Targaryen allegedly raping Jon's aunt Lyanna Stark, and, from Daenerys Targaryen's perspective, a love story between Rhaegar and Lyanna. He is notthe son of Ned Stark and a mistress, but rather, the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. The last person to find out about Jon Snow's parents before tJon Snow himself was his best friend, Samwell Tarly. At the end of Game of Thrones season 7, its officially confirmed that Jon Snow is both a Stark and a Targaryen, the trueborn son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. While viewers dont see Jon and Bran tell Arya and Sansa the secret, its heavily implied thats the topic of their chat. Following the latter's arrival at Winterfell, the pair. That is the last name given to the illegitimate children of the North. Daenerys, who comes from a long line of Targaryens who married their siblings and cousins, might be more open to continuing their relationship and alliance.