‘GoT’ Finale: Jon Snow’s Real Name Reveals a Lot More Than We Expected
We’ve waited years and now the couple of our dreams—Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington)—finally got shipped…on a ship. But all that steamy eye contact and naked bodies with beautiful hair on hair may (or may not) be short-lived, thanks to Bran Stark's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) major truth bomb.
While Jon and Daenerys were rocking the boat on last night's season seven finale episode, Bran revealed to Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) what everyone else has known for the entire season (sans any of the show's characters...), that Dany is Jon's aunt. Yes, eww, but the breakdown of Jon's true family lineage holds some considerable significance. Jon is not the bastard son of Ned Stark; rather his biological parents are Rhaegar Targaryen (son to Aerys II aka the Mad King and Dany's brother) and Lyanna Stark (Ned's sister). His birth name (as Lyanna whispered to Ned on her deathbed during last night's episode) is Aegon Targaryen. Despite the whole incest problem between Dany and Jon, there's an even larger issue at hand —“AeJon” is now the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Head still spinning? So is ours.
Aegon I Targaryen, also known as Aegon the Conqueror and Jon Snow's real namesake, was essentially the George Washington of the Seven Kingdoms. He came to Westeros from Essos and united all of the land's warring factions. He also built the Iron Throne out of his enemies' swords. Needless to say, he's kind of a big deal. We all know how much the importance of names weigh in the land of thrones, so the question remains, will Jon embrace and follow his namesake's legacy?
And there you have it, further proof that Jon Snow (Do we have to call him Aegon?) is destined to take the Iron Throne and (hopefully) share it with his beautiful aunt/soon-to-be-wife, Daenerys.