'Game of Thrones' Promo Seemingly Confirms a Fan Theory About Jon Snow's True Name

Friday, 16 June 2017 - 10:59AM
Game of Thrones
Friday, 16 June 2017 - 10:59AM
'Game of Thrones' Promo Seemingly Confirms a Fan Theory About Jon Snow's True Name
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It's been a long year for Game of Thrones fans. It was June of last year that saw the release of season six's final episode, and now, with weeks left before the show's return, it feels like the seventh season will never actually arrive. But while the past twelve months have been filled with nothing but speculation, there's growing evidence to support one particular fan theory that gained prominence immediately after the season six finale.

The episode shows a flashback to the death of Jon Snow's mother, Lyanna Stark, who whispers into Ned Stark's ear the name of her new baby boy. This name is deliberately inaudible in the episode in order to build intrigue, but fans used the wonders of lip-reading and Ice and Fire lore to suggest that Lyanna had originally named Jon "Jaehaerys", a Targaryen name to match his father's ancestry.

Debate raged for a while as to the symbolism of this name, before the whole matter quieted down. A new article from Empire Magazine, though, seems to confirm this fan theory. According to the publication:

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"As we saw in the last episode of season six, Bran's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) psychic time-traveling "greensight" revealed the true nature of Jon's birth heritage and his real name: Jaehaerys Targaryen."
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Well, score one for the fan theorists! It seems that the Jaehaerys speculation was correct all along. That is, unless Empire's article is based on the fan speculation itself. There's a real danger of getting caught in an echo chamber with fan speculation like this, where everyone reinforces each other's opinions to the point that they seem like facts.

That said, if this does prove accurate, it suggests that Game of Thrones is going to conclude in a very prophetic way. In A Song of Ice and Fire mythology, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen was the first to learn of the prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised, an important savior figure who will deliver the world from darkness.

The use of this name, not to mention the fact that Jon Snow is both a Stark and a Targaryen by birth, hints at how HBO's writers intend to tie a neat little bow around the whole saga when things wrap up. We know that in the upcoming season, Jon will be traveling around Westeros meeting with various influential characters, so it's possible that he'll be a unifying force for the region, helping to reconcile differences and prepare against the oncoming White Walker hoards. This may all be speculation, but it does seem fairly compelling.
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