How are Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen related? We get it, it's confusing. Since the show began, a thousand secrets have come out shedding light on all the incestuous messiness taking place in Westeros. It seems like with every season that passes, it gets harder to keep up. Their relationship, however, has never been more important. In Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 6, they held hands. The upcoming finale, "The Dragon and the Wolf," is titled specifically to indicate the progression of their courtship. It's going down, guys. Time to freshen up.
Until Season 6, Jon and Daenerys getting chummy wouldn't have been a problem. After Bran Stark had a vision of his father at the Tower of Joy, though, one major theory about Jon's mysterious parents was confirmed. Jon's mother is Lyanna Stark, Eddard Stark's sister, which is why Ned took Jon in and told the world he was his bastard. In truth, Jon's father was Rhaegar Targaryen, first son of "Mad" King Aerys II, and Daenerys' oldest brother.
Jon Snow is half-Stark, half-Targaryen, and yes indeed, Daenerys is Jon Snow's aunt... despite being younger than Jon in age.
Their relation became even more complicated, however, when Gilly inadvertently came across proof that Jon's parents had legally wed in a secret Dornish ceremony prior to his birth.
That's right: Not only is Jon Snow a legitimate Targaryen and Daenerys' nephew, but he is the first Targaryen in line for the throne.
Conveniently, there's no one around to confirm Jon's birth right other than Bran, who doesn't seem to do anything without changing the future in a thousand unknown ways. Gilly has no idea what she read, Lyanna died in child birth, Ned was beheaded early on thanks to the stupid Lannisters, and Rhaegar died during Robert Baratheon's rebellion. There may be some rando maester out there who knows the truth, but it's unlikely Jon and Dany will find out they're related any time soon.
That's cool, though. Someone's got to extend that Targaryen line.
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