ByMichael Johnson, writer at
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Michael Johnson

Game of Thrones Season 7 has been lit (pun-intended) and Episode 5, "Eastwatch," wasn't any different ─ though you had to be paying close attention to catch Gilly's (Hannah Murray) hot take. Gilly was sitting with Samwell Tarly and going through some of the old Citadel books when she asked Sam for the definition of "annulment." After Sam told her the definition, she continued to read:

"Maynard says here that he issued an annulment for a Prince Rhaegar and remarried him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne."

Although Sam's anger towards the other Grand Maesters caused him to blindly gloss over the major detail, fans surly didn't. This new information means something far greater than just Jon Snow being both a Stark and a Targaryen ─ it means that Jon is not a bastard. But, how would that affect Jon? Could this mean he would yield the power of the Seven Kingdoms to Daenerys? Or, will it be aunt versus nephew in a battle of supremacy?

A New Targaryan Legacy: Jon And Daenery's The Dragon Riders

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'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

Daenerys may be amazed, maybe even swooned at how Jon the bastard can tame her dragon. The possibilities of having Jon as a rider next to her (and Tyrion?) would mean she could win the war easier than she ever could have imagined. For Jon, it would give them an advantage in the war against the Night King's army. Naturally, you'd think (and hope) that The Breaker of Chains would willingly give Jon a dragon so that together they can save the world.

Fans of the show would get a true happy ending, one where the good guys win with dragons, and also brings a family together. Jon and his children would be able to continue the legacy of House Targaryan and everyone lives happily ever after. On the other hand, this is Game of Thrones we're talking about.

Another Targaryan Is A Threat To The Iron Throne And A Threat To The Queens

'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

Any fan of knows not to expect sunshine and rainbows when Jon finally discovers his heritage, because neither Daenerys nor Cersei will take this news lightly. Game of Thrones's most powerful women couldn't be more different; however, they do share a few commonalities. Most notably, they will do whatever it takes to insure they are not challenged (Cersei, more so than The Mother of Dragons). Still, in Season 7, Episode 5, "Eastwatch," Dany literally roasted her opposition into submission. With that in mind, just know Jon (more than anyone) opposes both women, whether he knows it or not.

The brooding bastard has a "claim" to the Iron Throne just like his aunt Daenerys, as well as her opposition, Queen Cersei. Carrying the name Targaryan automatically earns him allegiance from those who feel that the Targaryan name should rightfully rule over the Seven Kingdoms. On top of that, he's former Lord Commander, able to unite the Wildlings and Castle Black. He's also King of the North and a Stark ─ that's some pretty hefty competition, even for The Queen of Meereen. More than that, Jon is honorable, courageous and doesn't rely on fear, yet people and warriors gravitate towards him, making him a huge threat.

'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

Queen Cersei murdered and manipulated her way to the top, plus she's involved in a relationship with her brother, whom many deem a bad guy. Daenerys married and murdered her way to power as well (albeit in less horrific way), but she isn't married and the idea of dragons doesn't sit well with a lot of people.

Jon Snow got people to rally around him because of his ability to swing a sword, untie enemies and win battles. He was voted into the highest honor not once but twice ─ first as Lord Commander and then again as King of the North. Plus, after the stunt Dany pulled by frying the Tarlys, Jon is the only true ruler who hasn't used fear as a tactic to gain power. Oh yeah, and he's willing to risk it all for humanity's survival. Even if Jon does want to rule over the Seven Kingdoms, maybe he should reconsider.

It's Probably Best If Jon Leaves The Iron Throne To The Women

One can argue that Jon doesn't really make for a great leader. In fact, during his time as the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch his decisions caused the mutiny at Caste Black and ultimately his death. Yes, what they did was treacherous, but Jon's willingness to do what he thought was best (making friends with the enemy) regardless of what others thought was a selfish decision.

Once again in Season 6, Episode 7 Jon showed why he isn't a great leader. He, along with Sansa and Davos met with Lyanna Mormont. Jon failed to get Mormont to fight for House Stark. It was Sansa (and mostly Davos) who convinced House Mormont to agree to fight in the Battle of the Bastards.

Fast forward to the battle itself, where Jon thought his small, honorable army was enough to defeat the ruthless horde lead by the evil Ramsay Bolton. Jon was asked by Sansa to wait, but he didn't listen. She warns him that timing wasn't right and opted to sacrifice Rickon for the greater good. Sansa warned Jon before the battle not to fall for Ramsey's psychological tricks, but the ever-so-emotional and heroic Jon Snow adhered to his emotions, ignoring Sansa once more and lead hundreds (maybe even thousands) to be killed. If that weren't enough, after he was elected King of Winterfell and the North he blatantly undermined and ignored Sansa again.

When Sansa suggested that Jon establish new ties by rewarding those loyal to House Stark — and punish those who betrayed him — he says no. Furthermore, he leaves Winterfell in the hands of Sansa because he must go beyond the wall on a deadly mission to capture a White Walker (to the disappointment of some in Winterfell). Despite Jon's natural charisma, fighting ability and good-guy charm, his track record proves his inability to truly rule over any kingdom, let alone all seven.

'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

We can only wait patiently until Jon finds out his heritage. The most exciting part will be what transpires afterwards. Jon is proud and headstrong like his (adoptive) father, Ned Stark. So, he could want the power for himself, feeling he is a better, more merciful leader. However, without the political savviness that Cersei exudes and the raw power that Daenerys wields, who knows if he'd even be a good king. I doubt he'd want to rule the Seven Kingdoms, but I have no clue what his reaction will be. All I know is that I can't wait.

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