Hindsight being what it is, it's easy to say now that we knew who Jon Snow's real parents were all along. But in reality, it was quite the mystery back in the early seasons of Game of Thrones. That makes it even more interesting that one particularly knowledgeable character might have dropped a sizable hint in Season 1. And no, it wasn't Littlefinger — it was Aemon Targaryen.
Remember how difficult it was for Jon to remain at Castle Black while Ned was being beheaded at King's Landing and Robb was leading the rebellion in the North? Remember what Aemon Targaryen said to him?
Rewatch the scene below:
Imgur user sakhnini found a deeper meaning in this conversation, and created a set of screenshots that juxtapose this conversation with the one between Ned and his sister Lyanna at the Tower of Joy, right after baby Jon is born:
Why Aemon Could Have Known The Truth
It's the job of a maester to know things. And as one of the last remaining Targaryens, it would be fitting that Aemon would have known what was going on in his own house. We know he received ravens from King's Landing and from across Westeros, informing him of what was transpiring in the Seven Kingdoms. As the great uncle of Rhaegar Targaryen — and the Targaryen most likely to survive Robert's Rebellion — it would have made perfect sense that Jon's father would have trusted Aemon with the knowledge that their family line lives on in secret.
So, why didn't Aemon tell Jon the truth? For the same reason that Ned never told Catelyn: It was way too dangerous. Jon could very well be the true Targaryen heir, and even with Robert Baratheon dead, there would still be enough great houses that would want to see the Targaryens thoroughly decimated. While it might have been a comfort to both Jon and Aemon to share the secret, Aemon had a duty to the Targaryen line to take the truth to his grave.
Do you think Aemon knew the truth about Jon Snow?
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