‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6: Jon Snow Rhaegar Targaryen’s Son, Now What?

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6: Jon Snow Rhaegar Targaryen’s Son, Now What?
Aerys Targaryen, The Mad King from Game of Thrones / HBO
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Is Rhaegar Targaryen Jon Snow’s father? “Game of Thrones” season 6 finale more or less proved this. If yes, now what?


“Game of Thrones” season 6 episode 10 finally confirmed the long-standing theory regarding the parentage of Jon Snow. Bran Stark, once again returning to the showdown at the Tower of Joy, witnessed his father taking the young Jon  Snow after Lyanna Stark’s death.

Lyanna’s words to Ned also reveal that he is indeed the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and begs her brother to protect him from Robert’s wrath.

It might even be possible that Jon is not his true name but a Targaryen sounding one like Aerys, Jahaerys or Aegon.

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The Real Jon Snow

Jon might be a reference to Jon Arryn, Ned Stark’s mentor whom he held in high honor. Lord Stark might have had intended to reveal Jon Snow’s real name along with his mother’s identity when they meet again.

If Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar, it would mean that his claim as the King in the North would be in doubt. Lyanna Mormont and the other northern lords proclaimed him king on the basis that he is Ned Stark’s son.

With this new revelation of him being Lyanna’s child and having Targaryen ancestry, the north might revoke its allegiance. That being said, his Targaryen roots could also make him a contender for the Iron Throne, bastard or trueborn.

Jon I of House Targaryen

If Rhaegar Targaryen married Lyanna in secret, it would mean that Jon is the Last Dragon’s heir, giving him better claim than Daenerys Targaryen. If Jon is a love-child and therefore a bastard, Daenerys will have a better claim on the Seven Kingdoms.

Currently, though, the only one who knows the truth about him is Bran Stark and possibly Lord Howland Reed. With Lord Reed currently in the Neck and Bran still north of the Wall, Jon Snow and the rest of the northerners are still unaware of this fact.

Will the son of Rhaegar Targaryen remain King in the North or will he battle his Daenerys Targaryen for control over Westeros? Will he lose the allegiance of Lyanna Mormont and other northern lords? Will this allow Littlefinger to manipulate Sansa Stark further?

Everything will be revealed when “Game of Thrones” season 7 premieres in 2017.

Also Read: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale: ‘Winds Of Winter’ Ruined!