Oh, Game of Thrones fans. Is this the longest, coldest winter or what? We miss Jon Snow and the rest of the cast! How long until Season 7 arrives? Don’t answer that question. I don’t want to know. Until the premiere happens, I and many other GOT viewers will bide our time scouring the internet for any piece of information that may give us a hint about what we can expect when Game of Thrones returns to HBO. Luckily, there have been some good spoilers in the last week or two, since filming began in Spain. Several of them, not surprisingly, involve Jon Snow. It’s going to be a big year for Snow, let’s see what we know so far.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones ended with something we all suspected being confirmed – Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. One mystery remains, though. Check out this scene. The part I want to talk about begins at about 5:25 if you’d like to forward to it.
Geez, I’ve watched it so many times, and it still gets me.
At about 6:40 in this scene from last season of Game of Thrones, Lyanna whispers to Ned, “His name is,” and we don’t hear the rest of what she says. Of course, there are theories. BGR reported on one of them from Reddit user sparkledavisjr who believes that Jon Snow’s real name is Jaehaerys. This would make sense given a little piece of Game of Thrones history. Before the Mad King, Aerys II, there were two good kings named Jaehaerys.
Since Jon is part Targaryen, this would mean that he was named after his great-grandfather and his great-great-grandfather. This name choice would have been a wise one by Lyanna, as it would legitimize her child, and keep him from being known simply as a bastard. Rhaegar had received a prophecy about The Prince Who Was Promised. Rhaegar believed he would have a son that would fulfill this prophecy, but when his wife could bear no more children, he seduced Lyanna who bore “Jon Snow.” Given the way that Game of Thrones is playing out, with a war with the White Walkers seeming imminent, it makes perfect sense, and has been widely suggested, that Jon Snow is The Prince Who Was Promised.
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Another big event in the life of Jon Snow in Season 7 of Game of Thrones will be his meeting Daenerys Targaryen. There have been several photos released recently that strongly suggest that this will happen. Take a look at the photos below.
Both of these pictures were taken in the same location, which also happens to be where filming for several scenes involving Dany and the Dragonpit are believed to be filming. In case you don’t know, the Dragonpit is part of Game of Thrones lore. It is said to have been where the Targaryens kept their dragons at one point, but it has long since turned into ruins. If the photos above aren’t enough to convince you, take a look at this, admittedly fuzzy, photo that was posted to Instagram not long ago.
This one confirms that these two Game of Thrones favorites will meet in Season 7. That news in itself is big, but there’s more.
Remember that prophecy about The Prince Who Was Promised? Well, some GOT fans believe that not Jon, but Dany, is the one who will fulfill this prophecy. iDigital Times proposes that Dany and Snow may marry (for several reasons) and then she will kill him. The Prince Who Was Promised is believed to be the person who will once and for all defeat the White Walkers, like Azor Ahai many years ago. According to the Game of Thrones legend, the prince will use the Lightbringer to defeat the White Walkers. But before the Lightbringer can be used in this manner, the prince must plunge it into the chest of his lover, thus Dany marries Jon and then kills him. Some believe that Jon is the prince and that the reverse will happen, with him marrying and killing Dany before defeating the White Walkers.
You can bet that between now and the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 7 sometime in the summer of 2017 (waaaay too long), more photos will be leaked and more theories will emerge. We’ll keep our eyes and ears out for both.
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