Did You Catch the Game of Thrones Bombshell Hidden in Gillyâ€™s Book?
Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 below!Â Last night’s episode ofÂ Game of Thrones brought a number of unexpected surprises throughout the hour. There was (again, SPOILERS!!!) the return of Gendry, whom we’ve been waiting on for several years and who has grown into quite the fighter (with a hammer, at least). There was also the announcement of Cersei Lannister’s pregnancy, which I don’t think any of us actually saw coming (including and especially Jamie). And then there was the biggest shock of all: Gilly’s discovery about Jon Snow’s parents, which is truly a game changer for all involved.
The Truth About Jon Snow’s Parents
For a long time now, folks have been speculating that Jon Snow’s father was not Ned at all, but rather, Rhaegar Targaryen. If you’re not familiar with the history there, Rhaegar was son to King Aerys II (a.k.a. the Mad King), brother to Danaerys and Viserys, and husband to Ellia Martell (you might remember her brother, Oberyn of the crushed skull). According to Westerosi legend, Rhaegar kidnapped and raped Lyanna Stark (Ned Stark’s sister). But in season 6 of Game of Thrones, a truth about Jon Snow’s parents was revealed. He is not Ned’s son, but rather the son of Lyanna and Rheagar, whom Lyanna put into Ned’s care before she died from childbirth.
But while we all knew this, we still all assumed that Jon was a bastard, still a Snow. In last night’s episode, though, Gilly was on the cusp of making the show’s biggest reveal: Rheagar had his marriage to Ellia annuled, and Jon Snow’s parents were actually married in a secret ceremony in Dorne. This means that Jon Snow is actually Jon Targaryen.
Yeah. And if Sam had shut up for 5 minutes to listen to what Gilly had to say instead of interrupting her and throwing a fit about his frustrations at his life as maester-in-training, he would have found out that his bestie, Jon, is actually part (and legitimately) Targaryen.
So what does this mean for the future King (or Queen)?
If there’s still a Westeros to rule over after this winter and the upcoming battles with the Night King and his army of the dead, who will be on the Iron Throne? Will Jon find out about his legitimate claim to the throne now? Technically, he would be the rightful heir since he’s, well, got a penis. But we’ve all been rooting for Dany this whole time. Are we supposed to just push her off to the side now? Or are they going to pull a Lannister and ignore the incest? Guess we’ll have to keep watching.
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