The seventh season of Game of Thrones has gifted us with so many epic moments: the return of hunky Gendry, Drogon torching the Lannister army, and a turbulent Stark reunion. Yet one of the stand-out moment fans have been waiting for since Season 1 is the long-awaited meeting of Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne, Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains — and Jon Snow, King in the North.
Despite his reluctance to bend the knee, as well as the impending doom they all face from beyond the Wall, the growing tension between Dany and Jon is something that "Spoils of War" director Matt Shakman commented on in a recent interview with IGN, and was further backed up by the chemistry we saw between Drogon, Jon, and Dany in Episode 5, "Eastwatch." While romance looks like it could be in the cards for the final season, a union between the two would be a far more significant move for the would-be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms than a simple fumble in a dark cave — and one that would have earth-shattering effects to Westerosi lore.
Wait, But Aren't They Related?
The prevailing R+L=J fan theory was proven true at the end of Season 6, when we glimpsed a young Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy with his dying sister. It was also referenced once again by Gilly in Episode 5, before she was rudely interrupted by Sam. Proof that Jon is Rhaegar Targaryen's son with Lyanna Stark is also becoming more and more apparent in Jon's behavior and leadership, which was particularly telling in the way he interacted with Drogon in "Eastwatch" — a moment Emilia Clarke says Dany also found rather attractive:
"She sees his interaction with her dragons, and it's an attractive quality to her."
Throughout Episodes 4 and 5, the sexual tension between Dany and Jon has undeniably been building. Dany told Jon she had "gotten used to him" before he set off for the wall, and the way she looks at Jon is similar to the way she used to gaze at Khal Drogo. It's been a while since Daario was on the scene, and Jon is a handsome and worthy suitor, so in her mind I imagine he is ticking all the right boxes.
Having said this, and no matter how perfect they are for each other, it still doesn't excuse the fact that Dany and Jon are aunt and nephew. Yet when it comes to Targaryen lineage, well, that's nothing new. The Mad King was a product of a millennium of inbreeding, and the family always were very into keeping their bloodline "pure" — ergo it's totally okay to ship it, right?!
Could the Azor Ahai/the Prince that was Promised be a child?
Having said this, Dany has no idea who Jon really is — and neither does Jon. If (and when) she finds out, their dynamic could go one of two ways: All out war between the last remaining Dragons, or the unity of the last of the #Targaryen blood to bring about a new age of Westeros. Dany won't want to give up her claim to the throne in a hurry, and while Jon has no interest in being King of the Seven Kingdoms, he would still be a threat to her legitimacy. This is where things get interesting.
The song of ice and fire, the name of the eponymous book series, is the promise of a prince, prophesied some 5,000 years ago according to Melisandre. "The prince that was promised" is still a mystery, yet fans have theorized that he is also #AzorAhai reincarnate, as the Red Woman and Aemon Targaryen uses their titles interspersedly. This has been the subject of a lot of discussion throughout Season 7, as many believe Jon is Azor Ahai, which is how he was brought back to life in Season 6. For a long time Melisandre believed Stannis was the prince that was promised, which of course was false.
Part of the prophecy goes as follows:
"When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt."
While there are plenty of hints pointing towards both Jon and Dany potentially being the Azor Ahai/the prince that was promised, there are a lot of reasons why not. In Dany's case, she is all fire, no ice, despite having been "reborn" amidst the flames of Drogo's funeral pyer and witnessing a red shooting star in Season/book 1. Jon, on the other hand, encapsulates both the ice and the fire (Stark and Targaryen), as well as being a fierce warrior and coming back from the dead. He does not, however, fit any other part of the prophecy (the red star, darkness, dragons, or circumstance of birth) — yet both he and Dany do combined.
What if the prince that was promised is a child born of both the ice and the fire — a child of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. Could he be the "stallion (or dragon) who mounts the world," as Dany always talked about with Khal Drogo? Melisandre prophesied that the prince will be "born again amidst smoke and salt," which may hint to the fact that he has not yet arrived, making him more likely to be the child of these two key players in the game of thrones.
Having said all this, Dany is supposedly still baron, after she was cursed by Mirri Maz Duur in Season 1. The dragon's are her children, yet that shouldn't stop the prophecy, if Azor Ahai has yet to come into fruition. Stranger things have happened in the history of Game of Thrones.
Game of Politics
Furthermore, for Dany a child with Jon would make practical, political sense. Jon's refusal to bend the knee is a problem, but a child — a prophesied child at that — would be key to unite the North and the South under one banner, eradicating the pesky King in the North for good. Of course, marriages of convenience are nothing new in Westeros, and Dany could (and has) done a lot worse than Jon. I'd be surprised if she wasn't at least thinking about it.
Like it or not, this seems to be the path we're heading down — as far as a romance is concerned. What will be interesting is whether Jon (or Dany) will find out about their, er, connection, before or after anything sexy happens. With Sam heading back to the Wall with a bunch of old scrolls, it could become apparent sooner rather than later, and the outcome of which will go on to dictate how the epic final season plays out for both the remaining dragons, and the future of Westeros.
Could the Prince that was Promised be Dany and Jon's son? Let us know in the comments!