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Aegon Targaryen: This is what Jon Snow's real name means for the end of "Game of Thrones"

After the first episode of the eighth season of "Game of Thrones", Jon Snow knows who he really is. But what does his ancestry from the Targaryens mean for the outcome of the series? We explain to you why Jon aka Aegon Targaryen is the rightful King of Westeros and what that means for his relationship with Daenerys.

- Warning, spoilers for the 1st episode of the 8th season -


The bomb burst in the 6th season. It was then that Bran Stark confirmed a theory that fans had had since the books were published. Jon Snow is not Ned Stark's bastard, but Aegon Targaryen, the legitimate child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaeger Targaryen, and thus the rightful heir to the throne of the Seven Kingdoms.

Jon can hardly believe this truth. Now he has to deal with the fact that his supposed father lied to him for years (even if Ned had noble motives). With that, Jon is once again forced into a leadership role that he never wanted. After he has been reluctantly appointed leader of the wildlings, head of the night watch and king of the north, should he also rule over Westeros? No wonder Jon is appalled by Sam's revelation.

To explain to you exactly why Jon aka Aegon Targaryen is the rightful King of Westeros, we have to go back a little in the history of Westeros.

Aegon Targaryen: Jons Snow's parentage explained

Jon's real mother Lyanna Stark was the sister of Ned Stark and engaged to Robert Baratheon. Jon's real father, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was the son of King Aerys II Targaryen (aka the Mad King), brother of Daenerys, and officially married to Elia Martell. Lyanna and Rhaeger fall in love at a fateful tournament in Harrenhal. The couple escape and marry in a secret ceremony. Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen is the result of this forbidden love. Here you can have a look at the family tree of the Targaryens in order to have a better view of the relationships.

Lyanna's alleged kidnapping ultimately triggers Robert's rebellion, with King Aerys II and Prince Rhaeger being killed and Lyanna dying in childbirth. The Targaryen dynasty ruled Westeros for a good 300 years. Now completely new houses like the Baratheons and Lannisters are coming to power. A few years later, the death of Robert Baratheon opened a new power vacuum. The bitter struggle for the Iron Throne begins and with it the plot of the series.

Will Daenerys give up her power for love?

This is where Jon Snow comes in. Daenerys thought that she was the last Targaryen and therefore has the greatest claim to the throne. However, since Jon is descended from Crown Prince Rhaeger, he is the real king. That brings some complications to Jon's and Daenerys' relationship. For one thing, Jon and Daenerys are related - more precisely, aunt and nephew. However, incest is their least of all problems. The Targaryen house is known for family marriage. That said, Jon and Daenerys could easily rule Westeros together.

If only it weren't for Daenerys hunger for power. Jon has no interest in ruling, though. Daenerys could still fear that he wants to dispute her throne. In the second episode, Jon told her the truth about his origins. Daenerys first reaction is to ask about the throne. Before the two can speak correctly, however, the battle against the undead begins. The two will have to postpone the question of power until afterwards. That is, when there is an after.

If the Azor-Ahai prophecy from the books is to be believed, only one of them will survive. No matter how you twist or turn it, Game of Thrones has never been known for its happy lovers. Jon and Daenerys are no exception.

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