Hello friends, pull up a chair, won’t you? The last time you joined me around the proverbial table, I walked you through some of the more interesting theories on how this final season would wrap up for Daenerys. I am here to do the same for the sweet noble bastard who stole our hearts in the first season, our beloved Jon Snow, a.k.a. Aegon Targaryen.
Sound good? Great. Onward!
Jon breaks the wheel.
Remember how Daenerys wants to break the wheel and end the Game of Thrones that has plagued Westeros for so long? And yet, the first episode of season 8 was filled with little hints that Dany isn’t the just and wise ruler we want her to be. But Jon? As Reddit user jtlxcf points out, he’s the only person who doesn’t care about lands, titles, or about being king. Granted, he might feel a little differently know that he knows his true parentage (though he did not seem especially concerned that he had been making out with his aunt), but it’s also possible that this knowledge will convince him that the greatest danger would be allowing history to repeat itself. Now it is his chance to make a change, and change the course of power in Westeros for good.
The Starks are the three-headed dragons, Dany is the lone wolf.
The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives; the dragon has three heads. The sayings of the great houses of Stark and Targaryen underline the importance of unity and the family surviving at all costs. Redditor coconuciferaa wonders if we are perhaps taking these sayings too literally—expecting three dragon riders to conquer.
There are four remaining Starks: Arya, Bran, Jon, and Sansa. But Bran keeps saying he’s not really Bran Stark anymore, leaving three. Might they be the dragon with three heads? Not that they are all somehow Targaryens—we have enough interconnected bloodlines, my god—but that in remaining unified, they represent the strength of the three-headed dragon?
No matter how big Dany’s army becomes, who does she really have on her side? Jorah, sure, but who wants to be a united front with the Captain of The Nice Guy™ Squad? Trusting Varys seems, uh, like a terrible idea, and even Tyrion has wavering moments of loyalty. If Dany is the lone wolf who dies, then the Stark siblings emerge united, stronger than ever.
Jon is the Prince That Was Promised.
Strap yourselves in, folks, because this one is a journey. Azor Ahai is the warrior who ended the Long Night, a terrible, generation-long winter. The Lord of Light’s followers believe he will return and save the world from darkness, and his reincarnation is sometimes called Azor Ahai, or The Prince That Was Promised. A lot of people think Jon is Azor Ahai (though some people think it’s Dany, and still others think it’s Jaime Lannister), and that he’ll be able to fend off the darkness once more.
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How will he be able to carry out this task? Well, he’s gonna need a pretty kick-ass sword. The first Azor Ahai made his weapon, Lightbringer, by stabbing his beloved wife, Nissa Nissa. You know what they say—you can’t have a great sword without a sacrifice! Many fans think Jon Snow is the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, which could make Daenerys, his current lover, the reincarnation of Nissa Nissa. And that means he’ll have to stab her. Yikes!
Dany sacrifices herself for Jon.
Let’s dream for a moment, shall we? What if Dany doesn’t hate Jon when she finds out he’s the true Targaryen heir? It seems like the writers are setting us up to think Dany is power hungry enough that when she learns that Jon is her nephew, she will kill him to keep her place in line for the throne. But let us cast our minds back to the last time the writers wanted us to think two characters had tension between them, like, oh, I don’t know, Arya and Sansa last season? We were all terrified Littlefinger had wormed his way between the sisters, and lo and behold, homeboy got his throat slit quicker than you can say “Valar morghulis.”
As Redditor u/GooeySooey points out, Dany dominates in nearly every battle she is in, while fighting isn’t Jon’s strongest trait. Would Dany realize that the only way to save the Seven Kingdoms would be to become the flaming sword of the Azor Ahai prophecy, saving her nephew so he could become king?
Jon becomes the Night King.
We know that there is nothing Jon Snow loves more than a noble sacrifice. I mean, he was raised by Ned Stark. So if he learns that there must always be a Night King, and that the only way to save the Seven Kingdoms from the terror of the White Walkers is to become the new Night King? Come on, this is the kind of thing Jon Snow lives for. Redditor edge2443’s theory has an interesting twist—that “the fire magic in Jon’s blood may counteract the ice magic, destroying the Night King magic and all the White Walkers, unfortunately killing Jon as well.” That would be a pretty tidy resolution to both the White Walkers and the eternal battle for the Iron Throne, which means it is about 65 percent less likely to happen.
Jon cannot be king because of the Night’s Watch.
Remember when Jon became a member of the Night’s Watch? “I shall wear no crowns and win no glory,” he said. Does that mean he’s shirked every claim he has to any throne? Makes sense, but I can’t put too much stock in this theory because, let’s be real, the vows of the Night’s Watch pale in comparison to the troubles Jon has to manage right now. I mean, introducing your new girlfriend/aunt to your distrustful sisters is the kind of tension many a Oscar-winning film has been based upon. Plus there is the pesky matter of a bunch of wights coming to destroy everything they can get their cold, dead hands on. Could he make it this far, only to have his crown taken away because of a technicality? Of course! This is Game of Thrones!
Jon betrays Dany and sides with his family.
Let’s not forget that Dany has one remaining betrayal hanging over her head, according to the prophecy from the House of the Undying: “Once for blood, once for gold, and once for love.” She’s been betrayed by Mirri Maaz Durr for blood and by Ser Jorah for gold, leaving Jon the opening to betray her for love. The first episode this season was none too subtle about the importance of family, and more than anything, Jon Snow loves to do the right thing. In this case, could that be betraying Dany for the love of his family? This Redditor seems to think so, noting “his love for his family (Sansa in particular), his love for the North and his people.”
Dany tries to execute Jon.
Given how Dany tends to react when she has learned that she has been betrayed, wouldn’t it make some sense that she’d try to do away with Jon once she learns of his parentage, perhaps by dragon fire (her preferred execution method)? But, a twist: Because Jon has Targaryen blood, he would emerge unharmed from the flames. Dany’s attempt to kill Jon would mean that he in turn would then have to kill her, which—according to the Azor Ahai theory—could lend the power needed to forge Lightbringer. Then, with the new weapon, he could defeat the Night King and rule Westeros. Too easy? Maybe. Dramatic as hell? For sure.
Jorah kills Jon?
I am not sure how much I think this one works, but I am intrigued by Jorah doing something besides feeling sorry for himself, so here it is! Imagine Jorah finds out Jon Snow is the rightful heir, and in his panic and worry for Dany, he decides the only thing to be done is kill Jon. Redditor Risenzealot thinks that if this does happen, it will be Dany’s final betrayal: the one for love. Of course, this means that Ser Jorah is the reason for two betrayals against Dany, and maybe it will mean he gets the ol’ Tarly exit—barbecued, that is.
Dany vs. Jon.
Sure, the Night King and the wights are bummers, and sure, we have literally no idea what Cersei is planning, but what if both of them are red herrings and the true conflict is between Jon and Daenerys? After all, the themes of this show have always been about power and what it does to people, and the moral grey areas of war. As Redditor nosefouratoo says, what encompasses the themes of the show better than “ a bitter estrangement and eventual military conflict between two lovers that found out they were actually related, and were torn apart through their advisors choosing sides and their diametrically opposed views on power and what it should mean to wield it?”