If you thought the meeting between Arya and and her wolf Nymeria was something special earlier this season, Game Of Thrones finally introduced a meeting between man and beast that fired up every fan's heart in tonight's episode, "Eastwatch."
Note: this post contains heavy spoilers for Game Of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5.
With so many jaw-dropping scenes and revelations in this week's episode of Game Of Thrones, there was one that caught our attention: Jon Snow (#KitHarrington) did his best impression of the guy from How To Train Your Dragon when Daenerys Targaryen (#EmiliaClarke) returned from turning Lannisters and House Tarly into ash.
Dany was surprised by the interaction between Jon Snow and her faithful winged companion, Drogon. Jon Snow put forth his hand, and — without being burnt to a crisp — Drogon allowed Jon to touch his nose. And it's definitely a big deal.
What Does This Mean For Jon Snow?
After watching this emotional moment, fans immediately took to Twitter, convinced it proves that Jon Snow has Targaryen blood running through his veins:
As first shown in Season 6, the "R+L=J" theory is starting to take shape: Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Although it has yet to be completely confirmed (aside from an HBO blog post), we may get to see Jon Snow ride on the back of a dragon alongside Daenerys before long, thanks to his Targaryen blood.
Over at Vanity Fair, Joanna Robinson discusses why this encounter with Jon Snow is so special — and the tale of the three riders:
"There’s a prophetic dream sequence in the books that has Daenerys’s dead brother (and Jon’s father) Rhaegar saying 'the dragon has three heads.' This is commonly accepted (with encouragement from Martin) to mean that there will be three dragon riders in A Song of Ice and Fire."
We know that Jon Snow needs the dragons' firepower to fight off the oncoming horde of White Walkers that are threatening the lands. Which means Dany cannot control all of the dragons once, and will need help from other riders. Robinson mentions that Tyrion may be the third rider:
"The dragons seemed intrigued by Daenerys’s Hand but not immediately charmed."
Tyrion might even be a Targaryen; in the books there's a reference that Tywin Lannister was in love with Aerys Targaryen wife, and may have even impregnated her. In the Game Of Thrones TV series, Tywin constantly refers to Tyrion as a non-Lannister.
What's Going On Between Jon And Daenerys?
The attraction between these two is almost as hot as Drogon's fiery breath, but if Jon Snow's touching Drogon means that he's a Targaryen, then those longing glances between him and Deanerys are pretty awkward. We watched her eyes gaze upon Jon with a bit of mystery and attraction. Later on in the episode, she even tries to convince him to not go past the Wall to capture a White Walker. In that moment, we can see her feelings towards Jon begin to develop.
Before Jon departs, he says, "If I don't return, at least you won't have to deal with the King in the North anymore." And Dany responds, "I've grown used to him." To complicate her feelings even more, Jorah Mormont has returned to show his love and devotion. Hey, what's an epic story without a love triangle?
It will be interesting to see whether Jon learns that he has Targaryen DNA flowing through him — and whether it'll put a cold stop to a romance with Aunt Deanerys.
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[Credit: Vanity Fair]