After Daenerys and Jon go for their joyride and land in front of a northern waterfall and cave (reminiscent of the location where Jon and Ygritte hid their love from the rest of their army), we see the two of them embrace and start making out. But somewhat oddly, the show cuts to a shot of the two literal dragons watching the two Targaryen dragons as they kiss. Then, perhaps even more oddly, Rhaegal, the dragon Jon rode in the episode, almost smiles at the two of them. Then, perhaps even more oddly, Jon notices Rhaegal smiling/staring and is distracted by it.
Why did this moment stand out to me? Because it sparked what should have been an obvious realization about season two when Daenerys first named all three of her dragons: Her dragons are literal reincarnations of the three people they’re named after.
Rhaegal, the dragon that smiled, is Rhaegar Targaryen, Jon Snow’s actual father, reincarnated. It’s why Rhaegal approached Jon when he and Daenerys first approached the dragons, and it’s why Jon cringed almost as if he spotted one of his parents spying on him while he was making out with a girl when he saw Rhaegal. Rhaegal is Jon’s father. And maybe if he could speak he’d have told his son he was making out with his aunt, but that’s a different article for a different time.