Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale.
The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here. Game of Thrones Season 7 has come to an end, and the finale didn't disappoint us. The episode was packed with jaw-dropping moments. We saw Cersei becoming aware of the existence of White Walkers, Littefinger meeting his end, and the White Walkers gathering their forces in a brutal raid against Westeros. But perhaps the most impactful and exciting one was the answer to one of the show's longest-running mysteries: Jon Snow's true name.
The hero's origin had been slowly unfolded throughout this season, but now we finally have the whole picture. And the possibilities that come from that revelation paint an exciting future for our beloved former bastard.
Jon Snow's Real Name Has Finally Been Revealed
Last episode, Sam Tarly learned that Rhaegar had his marriage to Elia annulled in order to tie the know with his true love, #LyannaStark—though it could be argued that Gilly actually discovered the secret first. That meant that Jon was no longer a bastard. In the finale, Sam paid a visit to Bran Stark, and together they fully unravelled Jon's frustratingly mysterious backstory. After Sam informed him of the annulled marriage, Bran had a vision. Aside from treating us to our first look at Rhaegar, the young Stark revealed one of the show's most shocking pieces of information yet: Jon Snow's real name is Aegon Targaryen.
If that name sounds familiar, it's because we've heard it before. In fact, it's one of the most popular names in the Targaryen family. The story, however, gets a bit more interesting. Before running off with Lyanna, Rhaegar had two children with his former wife, one of whom they named Aegon. Aegon was the next in line to sit on the Iron Throne, but he was murdered alongside his family during the Sack of King's Landing.
#RhaegarTargaryen using the same name for two of his children with his oldest one still being alive is a bit, well, morbid, but hey, it's in keeping with the tradition of a royal family. If it still sounds weird, consider that it was a common practice with royal families in our own reality, especially in medieval times when no heir was guaranteed to live until adulthood. Kids were loved, but the reality is that they were also kind of replaceable—so if one died, you took the royal name, a name that held power, and gave it to the next born.
Jon Snow Is The Rightful Heir To The Iron Throne
Fans have been aware of Jon's heritage for a while now, but the King in the North has been kept in the dark so far. Fortunately, his days as the man who knows nothing are about to come to an end, because Sam and Bran plan to tell him about his true origin. That means everyone in Westeros will probably be aware of his rightful place on the Iron Throne, and it will naturally have some big ramifications for the story.
The first thing that comes to mind is #CerseiLannister. Having taken power with force, her position as queen of the Seven Kingdoms is unstable now that Jon has come into play. We've seen just how unhinged she can be when she feels threatened, and that could bode bad things for Jon moving into Season 8, especially because he and Dany will need all the help they can get now that the White Walkers are at their doorstep.
At the moment, it appears clear that Cersei would gladly stay out of the fight if it meant that her opposition would meet his end without her having to move a finger.
What Does That Mean For His Relationship With Daenerys?
Jon and Dany may be lovers now, but this new development could be a bad omen for their relationship. While Jon being entitled to the Iron Throne is great and undoubtedly a worthy reward for him after everything he's been put through these past few years, there's no way to know how #Daenerys will take the news. Keep in mind this is speculation on my part, but that revelation could create an animosity between everyone's favorite ship.
Yes, they're aunt and nephew, so if Jon ever sits on the much-coveted throne, a Targaryen would technically be in power. But looking at the situation the other way, Dany's been going after the Iron Throne for so long, that there's a chance she doesn't take to someone else swooping in out of nowhere and taking her place at the last minute –– even if it's her own blood, or her new lover.
Still, Would Jon Really Go For The Gold—Or The Iron?
Before getting ahead of ourselves, we have to keep in mind #JonSnow's inherently noble streak and his simplicity. He may be the rightful heir to the ultimate power, but his main purpose has never been to rule or dominate anything or anyone. He just wants a life for himself and to keep his people safe, with perhaps somebody to love by his side. Taking that into account, he could very well choose to reject his power and walk away to have his own life in the North (you know, unless he bites the dust in Season 8).
What do you think about Jon Snow's reveal? Do you think he'll ever take the Iron Throne? Let me know in the comments!