What The Jon Snow Twist Means For Game Of Thrones’ Eighth Season

Jon Snow still knows nothing.

Yet that will change in Game of Thrones‘ eighth season.

“The Dragon and Wolf” reveals that Jon (Kit Harrington) is now in love with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). It also ends with the two engaging in sex. Further marking it icky, the two of them do no realize they are aunt and nephew, respectively. Incest seems to be a common thing in Westeros, doesn’t it?

Jon Snow and Daenerys in Game of Thrones

In Game of Thrones lore, Daenerys is the much younger sister of the late Rhaegar Targaryen. Twenty-odd years prior, he falls in love with Lyanna Stark, sister of Ned. They would run off together, prompting Robert’s Rebellion to start.

In the seventh season, Samwell Turly learns Rhaegar got an annulment for his first marriage in order to marry Lyanna. After the Rebellion ends, Ned finds Lyanna on the verge of death with an infant Jon Snow. Lyanna dies after making Ned promise to look after her son.

According to Bran Stark, Lyanna tells Ned that Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen. Thus he is not a bastard but rather heir to the Iron Throne. Bran and Samwell plan to tell Jon as soon as possible.

Game of Thrones lineage
Talk about elaborate!

The question is what will happen now? Technically, Jon is within his rights to claim the Iron Throne, but he needs proof of his origins. Bran’s visions might be hard to prove, but Samwell has evidence of Rhaegar’s second marriage. It begs one to wonder if Jon will believe them, but he did listen to Bran’s warnings about the Night King. Yet we must remember he never did want to be the King in the North.

There is also the issue of how Daenerys will respond. While Jon swore fealty to her, the truth would affect their relationship. Furthermore, Dany is still hell-bent on taking back the Iron Throne.

One thing is clear: Cersei Lannister will not welcome the news. Since she’s lost her children, she remains fixated on preserving her status as Queen. However, two Targaryens will be a major threat to Cersei’s reign.

Then there’s still the issue of the undead…..

Game of Thrones‘ final season will premiere in 2018 or 2019.

Jonathan Bruce
Jonathan Bruce
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