Now that it's been officially revealed to Jon Snow that he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, thus becoming the true heir via birthright (and a committer of incest by bedding his aunt but hey), I'd just like to put it out there that I called in on this way back when the then-bastard headed off to the Night's Watch.
As with many observers who have clued in on this, I'm no Bran Stark, but the book's name is A Song of Ice and Fire. Aka the Northern whitewalker-slayer and the mother of fire-breathing dragons. Plus, it's evident that the two share common denominators—
- Having sad broken home backstories as orphans disrespected by their siblings,
- inadvertently causing the deaths of their first loves (who are both coincidentally outsiders to Westeros),
- and coming back from the dead; albeit in different ways.
If you think about it, Ice and Fire can apply to just Jon alone, especially after we've witnessed the dragon joyride that everyone is cringing at. To fan more flames to this fire, there's the Azor Ahai prophecy. Ever since iffy witch Melisandre first introduced the legendary hero to us, fans have been speculating his reincarnated identity.
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We've established that the resurrections of both the—I can technically just call them Targaryens collectively— allow them to fit the bill for reborn amidst smoke and salt, but the prophecy instills that Azor Ahai kills his true love for the sake of the kingdom.
The sacrifice could go both ways, and there are also elaborate theories that Jon Snow isn't Azor Ahai, but the Lightbringer the legend wields, a weapon or a metaphorical means to an end. 'The Prince That Was Promised' could also refer to their future child, but do we have enough time within the chaos for that to happen? (cheesy dragon joyride suggests yes)
A potential Easter egg much earlier on hints at Jon being the ultimate ruler. Pointed out by perceptive Reddit user tyjhort, the first word Ser Davos learnt from Stannis' daughter to read was 'Aegon'. The title of the book? A History of Aegon the Conqueror. Aegon is the name of the first king of the Targaryen dynasty, but also Jon Snow's original name.
We can't deny rooting for the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons, or Dany to her homies, after all that she's been through, but a tragic ending does seem consistent with the ruthless house style of the HBO drama.
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