Be ready to be blown away with this news – a leaked page from an upcoming issue of Empire Magazine seems to have let off a massive secret by revealing Jon Snow’s birth name from Game of Thrones Season 7.
A post on Reddit has shared a reported preview from the upcoming issue of Empire, describing Bran’s recent adventures north of the Wall and what information he could be bringing to Jon Snow upon the hopeful Stark family reunion. This includes a major secret— which, as it turns out, is Jon Snow’s real name (though it has not been confirmed officially by HBO).
According to Empire’s website, in its current issue, “we head to Westeros to learn 15 things from the cast, from Targaryen to Lannister and everything in between.” And this revelation seems to have a lot to do with this statement.
If that’s true, then Empire may have just revealed one of the best-kept secrets on Game of Thrones.
The page goes:
“As we saw in the last episode of season 6, Bran’s psychic time-traveling ‘green sight’ revealed the true nature of Jon’s birth heritage and his real name: Jaehaerys Targaryen. ‘Bran’s now in this precarious situation in which it’s just him and Meera, and he has all of this information that could change the entire story,’ said [Bran actor] Isaac Hempstead Wright. And it’s not just about Jon. ‘He knows all about the White Walkers too.'”
A moment of truth seems to have unfolded here with Jaehaerys Targaryen! If Targaryen is indeed Kit Harington’s character’s real name, then there is a lot of drama to unfold.
Early on in Game of Thrones, Jon Snow asks Samwell Tarly why his surname is Snow. “Because,” his loyal Wall companion slowly responds, “you’re a bastard from the North.” But that is not his real name.
The closest we got to an answer came in the season six finale where it was confirmed that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are Jon’s parents. Before she dies, Lyanna whispers to her brother Ned “His name is…”, but HBO intentionally made it inaudible shrouding Jon Snow’s real name in further mystery.
Jaehaerys Targaryen is definitely an old Targaryen family name. In fact, if this is Jon’s name, he’ll be Jaehaerys III. The first Jaehaerys was the fourth Targaryen king to sit on the Iron Throne and he reigned for 55 years, making him the longest reigning Targaryen king.
Jaehaerys II was the father of the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen. He died at the age of 37 and was the sixteenth Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne. He would also be the great grandfather of Jon Snow, should this prove to be true.
How exactly the name will play into the ultimate reveal of Jon’s parentage to the rest of Westeros – or whether the destiny-shirking hero will want to even take it up – is unclear, but that it is cited here suggests it will be important. One strongly-supported fan theory that may actually have been alluded to in the recent trailer is that a preemptive tomb in the Winterfell crypts will attest to the truth. Whatever the case, it’s only becoming more and more evident that Jaehaerys is the series most essential character.
Will Bran tell Jon Snow about his true parentage in season 7? If Jon Snow does find out his real name, will he start going by Jaehaerys? We have so many questions for this season to answer! Game of Thrones returns for season 7 on July 16.
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