Why Jon Snow & Drogon's ‘Game of Thrones’ Meet-Cute Is a Huge Deal

He’s been beyond the wall, earned the well-deserved title of King in the North and on last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Eastwatch,” Jon Snow (Kit Harington) became one of the few people in history to pet a dragon. And, it was major.

Here’s a little background: Once upon a time, House Targaryen were the most skilled dragon riders in the wild, wild Westeros thanks to a combination of practice and magic. As time went on, dragon-riding lost its luster, and currently, Khaleesi, aka Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), is the only person in the Seven Kingdoms who still practices the lost art.

According to A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series written by George R.R. Martin on which GoT is based, Khaleesi will no longer be the only skilled dragon rider. In the series's second book, A Clash of Kings, her late brother and Jon's father, Rhaegar Targaryen, experiences a prophetic dream that leads him to proclaim “the dragon has three heads.” Yes, this sounds like some Bran Stark-level gibberish, but Thronies across the interweb believe this means there will ultimately be three dragon riders. Reportedly, Martin substantiated the claim during various book signings and revealed there will be three riders, but the third won’t necessarily be a Targaryen. Why must he always toy with our emotions? Whyyy?

Since Jon and Drogon's playdate went so well on last night’s episode, it’s safe to assume Jon will be the second person to saddle up Khaleesi's children... But who will be the third?

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