For years, readers of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series have argued over one of the story’s biggest mysteries. That question was just answered on the season seven finale of Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” but for those are not so well-versed in the lore of the books, the moment could have rendered them a bit confused. But no worries, that’s what articles like this one are for!
Obviously, there are spoilers ahead. Essentially, the show, through the combined knowledge of Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly confirmed that Jon Snow, one of the leads on the show, is not actually a bastard as his last name would indicate. Instead, he is the heir to the Iron Throne because of his parentage. For many years, Ned Stark kept Jon in the dark about the identity of his mother, but as revealed recently, the identity of Jon’s father was also secret, as many believed it to be Ned.
In fact, it was Rhaegar Targaryen, who, as it is now confirmed, fathered Jon Snow with Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark. But while many thought that this child was born out of a kidnapping, in fact the opposite is true. Instead, Rhaegar and Lyanna genuinely loved each other and as Tarly said in the finale, they were able to marry each other before Jon Snow was born. Pretty major stuff on one of the most watched shows on television!
Of course, this has major implications for the future of the show. For one, this information was revealed to the audience right at the moment when Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen were making love for the very first time. Being that she is, in actuality, Jon’s aunt, this will certainly be an establishment for an awkward moment soon to be revealed in the future. Fortunately, in the fictional world of Westeros, this sort of thing happens all the time so maybe it will not be too uncomfortable for the pair.