Take a deep breath, Game of Thrones fans, because we just watched a bombshell get dropped in Season 7, Episode 5 and we need to talk about it. It looks like the episode, titled "Eastwatch," gave fans more insight into one of the show's most nail-biting mysteries regarding Jon Snow's parentage and gave us a huge reason to believe he has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne.
Note: This article contains mild spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5, "Eastwatch."
Let's quickly recap some important information first. Prior to the events of Season 1, Rhaegar –– son of the Mad King, older brother to Daenerys and rightful heir to the coveted Iron Throne –– was married to Elia Martell but soon fell in love with Lyanna Stark, Ned's sister, while she was still married to Robert Baratheon, as popularized in the R+L=J fan theory. Now, it's time to stop theorizing and start analyzing.
A Convenient Annulment
"Eastwatch" may not have been such an explosive episode compared to its predecessors, but it had its fair share of surprises. One of the biggest ones came near the end. We saw Gilly keeping Samwell Tarly company during his night shifts in the Citadel, as usual. The young woman read through High Septon Maynard's detailed notes, including some ridiculous nonsense about bowel movements, until she found something more interesting and casually read it to Samwell.
Turns out, Maynard issued an annulment for Prince Rhaegar and remarried him to someone else at the same time, in a secret ceremony in Dorne –– a region known for uniting the seven kingdoms through marriage instead of conquest. Wait, what?! That's right folks, Rhaegar's new wife wasn't named, but seeing as we're quite well-versed on the prince's love life by now, so it's easy to see that his new significant other was none other than Lyanna Stark.
What Does That Mean For Jon Snow?
I don't know about you, but it's great to see a theory being proven right and expanded upon. As the son of Aerys II Targaryen, Rhaegar was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. That sadly didn't mean anything for Jon Snow for a long time since we all thought he was the bastard son of Rhaegar and Lyanna. This revelation however, just turned things around completely and — yes, you guessed it — as the most likely legitimate son of Rhaegar, Jon Snow has a real claim.
If Lyanna and Rhaegar were a married couple when Jon Snow was born we can finally stop calling him a bastard. That in turn tells us that he has the chance to get a hold of the Iron Throne. Now, if only there was some way for another character to find Jon Snow and tell him all of this crucial, life-changing, super-important information immediately so he could actually do something with it.
In a move pretty much none of us expected, Jon Snow and his aunt, Daenerys, are probably joining forces with Cersei and Jamie to stop the White Walkers. For now, this bombshell will have to be shelved until the threat of White Walkers is quelled and these Westerosi mortals can return to their battle for the Iron Throne. What matters, though, is that the another development has been made to push Jon Snow closer towards a rightful claim to the throne.
With only two Game of Thrones Season 7 episodes left in the pipeline, we'll find out soon enough how this all plays out.
What do you think about Jon Snow's revelation? Will he finally get to sit on the Iron Throne? Let me know in the comments!