You know nothing, Jon Snow (yet...)
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Things are heating up in Westeros, and that’s only partly because Daenerys decided to turn the Lannister army into toast over at Highgarden. Since Jon Snow turned up at Dragonstone to get his hands on the dragonglass that will fight off the White Walkers, the attraction between the King of the North and Khaleesi has been palpable.
The Game of Thrones showrunners have confirmed that there’s something going on between them, and even Ser Davos gave his tuppence worth, having fully retired his ‘Stannis is the one true king!’ catchphrase to take on the role of matchmaker. In Spoils of War, he told Jon: ‘I’ve noticed you staring at her good heart…’ and Jon didn’t deny it. Ooer.
Of course, neither is aware of Jon’s true parentage – yet. Not that it would bother them too much on the relationship front, considering that the Targaryens intermarried for years. It’s kind of their thing. But the question lingering on every Game of Thrones fan’s lips is not if they find out, but when?
The answer to that may lie in the teaser trailer for next week’s episode, Eastwatch. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, we see Jon standing in front of Drogon, who is mounted by Daenerys. It will be the first time that Jon has ever come face to face with her dragons, having only previously seen one flying above him when he landed at Dragonstone, and it could be the start of the discovery.
We all know by now that Jon is the illegitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making him half dragon – and Drogon may be able to sense it. When Quaithe the shadowbinder spoke to Daenerys back in season two, she said: ‘Remember who you are, Daenerys. The dragons know. Do you?’, and if Drogon picks up on Jon’s heritage, it will surely get Daenerys asking questions.
If the dragons do react kindly to Jon, it also gives weight to another popular theory – that along with Daenerys he is one of the three prophesied heads of the dragon.
This leaves a spot for a third rider. Considering that Tyrion was able to unchain one of the dragons in season six and walk away unscathed, combined with the fact he admitted to being dragon obsessed when he was younger, could also mean that rumours about his own Targaryen parentage are true.
Before all that though, the Wildlings at Eastwatch will have to fend off the White Walkers.