What Does That Jon Snow Revelation Mean For ‘Game of Thrones’?
Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen
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What Does That Jon Snow Revelation Mean For ‘Game of Thrones’?


While Jon Snow was revealing a lot of backside in that Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, the show was revealing a lot of backstory about his character.

For starters, his name is actually Aegon Targaryen.

And that’s just the start of what might derail Jon’s new romance with Daenerys Targaryen and send this former King in the North on a whole new trajectory in Season 8

We’ve known since the Season 6 finale that Jon Snow’s mother was Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister.

But until the Season 7 finale last night, August 27, the show had never confirmed that his father was Rhaegar Targaryen (even though HBO.com spoiled that reveal over a year ago).

Not only that, Lyanna and Rhaegar were married at the time of Jon’s birth, as Gilly told Samwell and as Sam told Bran.

So now, just as Jon and Dany have taken their love to the sheets, there’s no denying that they are aunt and nephew… and are thus (unknowingly) incestuous.

So how will Dany react to the news that she and her new lover share DNA?

Ewwwww!” actress Emilia Clarke says in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“I think that’s how it’s going to go. I get the toothbrush,” she adds, pantomiming brushing her teeth furiously.

But this Khaleesi will have far larger concerns than the fact that she slept with her nephew.

He also has more of a right to the Iron Throne than she does, it seems. According to Westeros tradition, Jon’s status as a grandson to Mad King Aerys II trumps Dany’s status as daughter to the same man, unfortunately for her.

“I’ve worked so hard, I don’t want to share that throne,” Emilia says of her character.

“No. The throne’s big enough for one dragon bum, and that’s mine. That’s it!”

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Of course, we don’t even know if Jon wants the responsibility. As King in the North, he wore the proverbial crown with a heavy head.

With that burden in mind, he may not want to be King of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, yadda yadda yadda.

Then again, as EW points out, maybe he would.

Since Jon has been looking for identity his whole life, the revelation that he’s the one true heir might make even an Iron Throne seem comfortable.

But that’s all fodder Season 8. In the meantime, Emilia and scene partner Kit Harington have just been concerning themselves with making their on-screen romance convincing.

“Usually you go into a movie and meet [your costar] for the first time and you develop that chemistry over that time,” Kit says.

“But if you’ve known somebody for seven years and shared this incredible journey in your own lives together … we’re both kind of freaking out about it.”

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“I would be like, ‘What’s the sexual tension in this scene?’ and she’s like, ‘Stop talking about sexual tension!’” Kit recounts.

“It’s a unique experience to be in as an actor and you know the world is watching.”

Adds Emilia: “Yeah [I would say], ‘Would you just stop? Just give me some sexy eyes, don’t keep talking about sexual chemistry all the time.’”

Meanwhile, viewers at home are just grateful for the chance to freeze-frame on Kit’s ample assets.

“There was one true star of last night’s episode, and that star was Jon Snow’s butt,” writes Elite Daily. “And Twitter is essentially bending its metaphorical knee to it.”

“The Lord of Light WELL AND TRULY BLESSED US,” raved BuzzFeed.

Those mutinous Night’s Watch members stabbed Jon in the back, so to speak, but his backside clearly made it out unscathed!

Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019.