Warning: This article is dark and it is definitely full of spoilers! DO NOT read on if you are not caught up with Season 7 of Game of Thrones!
If you’ve watched Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones (and we hope you have if you are reading this. We warned you! Spoilers ahead!) you may have missed a super important detail regarding Jon Snow’s lineage which was revealed during the episode.
The big reveal came during the scene where Gilly is helping Sam duplicate some records. While reading the diary of High Septon Maynard, Gilly makes note of how detailed her records are. He recorded details such as how many steps and windows there are in the Citadel and Great Sept and how many bowel movements he had. While reading further, Gilly then asks Sam, “What does annulment mean?” Sam, who has become a big agitated at this point, snaps back, “it’s when a man sets aside his lawful wife.”
Gilly goes on to explain further that Maynard wrote that he issued an annulment for a “Prince Ragger” and also remarried him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne. Sam was too frustrated to actually hear what Gilly had just said but, we heard her loud and clear! “Prince Ragger” is almost certainly meant to be Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenery’s brother, and Jon Snow’s father.
You remember the Tower of Joy scene from season 6, right? In the Season 6 finale, during Bran Stark’s vision quest back to the Tower of Joy, Ned Stark discovered his sister, Lyanna, in bed covered in blood. She had just given birth and knowing she does not have much time left, she whispered to him, “If Robert finds out, he’ll kill him. You have to protect him, promise me, Ned. Promise me.” Ned is handed a crying baby and, as the camera zooms to a close up of the baby’s face. The screen then quickly cuts to a close up of Jon Snow confirming that baby was, in fact, Jon Snow and that Lyanna is his biological mother.
Initially, it was believed that Rhaegar had kidnapped Lyanna against her will thus causing Robert’s Rebellion, however, as Gilly’s astute reading suggests, could it be that Rhaegar and Lyanna were actually deeply in love? If Rhaegar did not kidnap Lyanna, is it possible that they were officially married during that documented secret ceremony?
If that’s the case, then Jon Snow is not a bastard child at all. If Rhaegar and Lyanna were legitimately married, that means that Jon Snow is actually a legitimate Targaryen! This might explain why Drogon felt so comfortable with Jon petting him. If this is all true, then Jon is the rightful and true heir to the Iron Throne!
We’ll have to wait and see how this all comes together (if it comes together) but the evidence is pretty clear. We have just 2 episodes left in season 7 and we cannot wait to see what happens next!
What do you think of this theory? Did Gilly confirm that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen? Is he the rightful heir to the throne? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9 pm EST on HBO.