Jon Snow’s real name was finally revealed on “Game of Thrones,” but let’s agree to never call him that
Warning, the following post contains a lot of spoilers for the season finale of Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and The Wolf.” If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you better get in the nearest boat and row across the Narrow Sea because it was 79 minutes and 43 seconds of straight intensity, and we need to talk about it.
The seventh season of Game of Thrones has been all about reunions and long-awaited revelations, and the season finale was no different. THE biggest revelation on the series was confirmed: Jon’s real parents were Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, who were secretly married after running off together. While Season 6’s Tower of Joy scene confirmed that Lyanna was Jon’s mom, the Season 7 finale confirmed that Rhaegar was Jon’s dad — and we even got to SEE them get married, thanks to Bran’s vision.
But that’s not all. In one of the most uncomfortable cut-together scenes ON EARTH, we officially learned that Dany and Jon are related — Dany is Jon’s aunt — while they were having sex on a boat. Yep, after seven seasons of fans hoping Jon and Dany meet and get it on, we finally get the scene we’ve been waiting for…with Bran narrating it like he’s David Attenborough.
But scattered into all this weirdness is a callback to the Tower of Joy scene, as Ned is promising to protect Lyanna’s son. While we (and Bran) didn’t hear what she whispered to him last season, in the finale we finally learned what she was saying.
Lyanna revealed that Jon Snow’s real name is Aegon Targaryen.
That’s right. Jon Snow knows so little, he doesn’t even know that his name isn’t really Jon Snow:
While this is definitely something a lot of fans picked up on — based on The Prince That Was Promised theories, and what have you — it’s still a big deal to have it confirmed. That being said, I’m going to have a hard time seeing Jon as anything other than Jon Snow, and I’m sure he’ll feel the same. Sure, his biological parents didn’t name him after Jon Arryn, but Jon was the name given to him by the dad who raised him and the only dad he ever knew, Ned Stark.
And no offense, but Jon does not look like an Aegon. While we now know that he’s biologically a Targaryen, the Stark in him has become so overpowering that it’s hard to see him as anything other than a Stark. Frankly, we don’t think Jon will decide to go by his given name once he finds out about his parentage. After that scene with Theon, it’s pretty clear that Jon will always embrace the Stark in him, even after accepting that he’s also a Targaryen. The idea that he doesn’t have to choose between sides is really telling, and we think it’ll definitely become relevant once Jon’s true identity is revealed.
With all this confirmed, it looks like we’ll finally see Jon’s identity crisis — and his relationship with Dany get messy — next season!