Jon Snow (Package Harington) was lastly confronted by his true parentage and actual title—Aegon Targaryen—on the primary episode of Sport of Thrones Season 8, “Winterfell.” However whereas the viewers has identified of Snow’s lineage for the reason that finish of Season 7, the reveal was surprising for its political subtext, as Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) used Snow’s father and household tree to argue for supplanting Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). This pits Snow’s id and actual title in opposition to his love for Dany, organising a battle for management of Westeros. However how will Jon Snow current his declare to the Iron Throne?
How Will Jon Snow Reveal His Actual Identify to Daenerys?
Within the first season of Sport of Thrones, Eddard Stark makes an attempt to put in Stannis Baratheon on the Iron Throne, believing him to be Robert Baratheon’s true successor after discovering that Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella Baratheon aren’t in truth Baratheons, however totally Lannisters—the youngsters of dual siblings Cersei and Jaime. However whereas Lord Stark had the principles of succession appropriate, he failed to grasp the dynamics of energy at play, dooming him to execution and all of Westeros to the Battle of the 5 Kings (Renly Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Balon Greyjoy and Robb Stark). Snow should do higher.
Inform Daenerys and Let Her Determine
If it weren’t for the burden of duty the newly revealed Aegon Targaryen feels towards the North and his adoptive household, the Starks, it appears possible Jon Snow would both ignore his actual title or inform Daenerys bluntly and depart his destiny as much as her. That is most likely not a sensible possibility, as a result of any open dialogue of Jon’s parentage routinely undermines Daenerys’ authority.
Whereas Stannis ultimately sacrifices the whole lot, together with his personal daughter, for a failed bid on the throne, his preliminary strategies are somewhat extra refined. Regardless of having essentially the most legit declare to the Iron Throne, Stannis knew it might take greater than his phrase to develop into king.
“When Eddard Stark learnt the reality, he informed solely me, I’ll not make the identical mistake,” Stannis tells his advisors. So when staking his declare to the throne, Stannis doesn’t inform Joffrey, as an alternative penning a letter to be despatched to “each nook of the realm, from the Arbor to the Wall.”
“My brother Robert left no true-born heirs: the boy Joffrey, the boy Tommen and the woman Myrcella, being born of incest between Cersei Lannister and her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister the Kingslayer. By proper of start and blood, I to this present day lay declare to the Iron Throne of Westeros. Let all true males declare their loyalty.”
Stannis’ letter gives no proof of its central declare, however as an alternative depends on disgust and gossip to delegitimize the Lannister maintain on energy.
Stannis’ letter may set a transparent precedent for Jon Snow, ought to he need to win folks to his facet. (Presumably he’s extra personable than Stannis, described by Loras Tyrell as having “the persona of a lobster.”) As a substitute of telling Daenerys about his actual title and lineage, Snow would first inform everybody else. This could transfer Jon and Daenerys’ particular person claims to the Iron Throne to the courtroom of public opinion. Surrounded by sympathetic Northerners, this might work out effectively for Aegon Targaryen, until Daenerys is prepared to hazard the conflict in opposition to the Evening King by turning her military in opposition to Snow and his backers, setting off a populist revolution within the North.
Bran Stark Intervention
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) isn’t the boy he as soon as was. He’s hardly even a Stark anymore. As a substitute, Bran identifies with the total scope of historical past, his persona subsumed inside the all-seeing powers taught to him by the Three-Eyed Raven. However regardless of his inscrutable, inhuman demeanor, Bran appears to have a plan involving Aegon, coming to Sam within the Sport of Thrones Season Eight premiere to nudge him towards a fateful dialog with Snow.
This will solely imply that Bran sees Aegon Targaryen, not Jon Snow, as one way or the other important to the defeat of the Evening King. However does this imply Bran would again Aegon’s declare to the Iron Throne? Or is Jon Snow’s self-awareness relating to his household tree a enough situation?
The larger drawback stands out as the nature of the proof. The one concrete info pointing to Snow’s actual title is the Excessive Septon’s diary within the Citadel, which describes Rhaegar’s annulment from his former spouse and marriage to Snow’s mom, Lyanna Stark. After listening to of the diary entry from Samwell, Bran uncovers the reality for himself, proving he didn’t earlier than notice Snow’s royal lineage.
With the historical past pieced collectively in visions, it’s exhausting to see what Bran may say that may persuade anyone of the veracity of Aegon’s declare to the Iron Throne, however we not less than know Bran is motivated extra by revealing the reality to Jon Snow than by a need to thwart Daenerys’ ambitions.
It’s almost not possible to think about Jon Snow going to conflict in opposition to Daenerys for management of Westeros. Snow’s first response to studying of his Targaryen ancestry is shock and dismay that he’s not associated to Ned Stark, a person who he believes was essentially the most honorable ever born. He appears genuinely horrified to be taught that he may or ought to be king. However the thought that Ned lied to him his complete life upsets Jon essentially the most.
“That’s the factor I really like about Jon, his purity, Harington informed Leisure Weekly. “He doesn’t fucking need it. He doesn’t need that fucking info. He doesn’t need to know. He has no ambition for the throne. He’s by no means needed that. The tip of the world is likely to be coming quickly however not less than he’s in love with any person and is aware of who he’s, after which comes this sledgehammer.”
Now that the royal cat is out of the bag, there will likely be penalties that would spoil the whole lot Daenerys has spent seven seasons constructing. However regardless of the final result, Jon Snow and Daenerys appear unlikely to resolve their conflicting claims on the Iron Throne by conflict.
Will Jon Snow inform Daenerys the reality in Season Eight Episode 2 of Sport of Thrones ? We’ll discover out when the second episode of the ultimate season debuts April 21 on HBO.