Finally after years of speculation and waiting, Game of Thrones gave the fans a big reason to celebrate as we were shown what actually happened inside the Tower of Joy. Game of Thrones fans know that Ned Stark had found Lyanna Stark dying inside the Tower of Joy and she made him promise something but nothing was revealed about the promise. Naturally the fans speculated about what the promise might be about and many of them reached to the conclusion that it might be about Jon Snow and his real parents.
The Tower of Joy scene in The Winds of Winter episode has finally made it clear that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. In the episode we weren’t given any information about Jon Snow’s father but if you take a look at this fan theory, it becomes clear that it has to be Rhaegar Targaryen. Afterall the most popular Game of Thrones theory is R+L=J and the R belongs to Rhaegar Targaryen. So we don’t feel that there is any suspense regarding the identity of Jon Snow’s father.
At the start of the season we were taken to the Tower of Joy through Bran’s vision but before we could go inside the tower with Ned, the Three-Eyed Raven cut short the vision. However, the situation had changed by the end of the season and now Bran Stark himself was the Three-Eyed Raven and this time he followed Ned Stark inside the Tower of Joy and saw Lyanna Stark covered in blood and she was in pain. Ned tried to make sure that she received some help but she refused that and introduced him to her son and then whispered something into his ears. All we could hear was, “If Robert finds out, he will kill him. You know he will kill him. You have to protect him. Promise me Ned. Promise me.”
We were then introduced to the baby who would go on to be named as Jon Snow by Ned Stark. While the show hasn’t directly stated that the baby is Jon Snow but we were shown a close-up shot of the baby, which was followed by a close-up shot of Jon Snow and that’s enough to confirm that Jon Snow is Lyanna Stark’s son and not Ned Stark’s bastard as everyone was made to believe all these years.
This reveal might have come as a surprise for some fans but for many people, it was the confirmation that they had been waiting since a long time and in some cases, the wait has been as long as 20 long years!
Reddit user YzermanToLidstrom did some digging around and came across a discussion about Jon Snow’s parents (scroll down to the bottom of the page) and it is from 1998! Here’s what Richard M. Boye had to say:
“Remember what happened to the other Targaryen children. Ned’s good friend, King Robert, swore to kill *all* Targaryens. What better way to hide the parentage of your nephew then to claim that he’s your bastard son? Robert has dozens of bastards and would not think it stange that Ned has one. Also think of Lyanna’s voice constantly echoing in Ned’s head “promise me”, always in an ambigous context.”
There have been many more discussions about the topic on various discussion boards across the internet over the years and it’s not just the fans who though about this theory. When Game of Thrones show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff met George R.R. Martin for the first time way back in 2006 to convince him to let them convert his books into a TV series, Martin had a small test for them. Here’s what D.B Weiss had to say about that meeting.
“He asked us – should I say the question? I guess I can say the question. He asked us who is Jon Snow’s mother. And we had discussed this before. And we gave an answer – a shocking answer, and George at that point didn’t actually say whether or not we were right or wrong. But the smile on his face – his smile was a tell and we knew we had passed the “Wonka” test at that point, I think.”
So there you have it, even the showrunners had guessed who Jon Snow’s mother was way back in 2006 and that’s how they managed to bag the rights to turn the book series into the popular HBO show which we love so much.
7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer
HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.
1. We have a Dragon in the trailer
The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.
We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen. Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.
3. Dark Sister
The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.
4. Catspaw dagger
The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer. The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.
5. Tourney at Horn Hill
We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.
One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.
We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.
6. Stark sigil
This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.
7. New Iron Throne
It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.
As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.
What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.
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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon
Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.
Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.
Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:
“The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”
This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.
What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!
Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer
Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.
Season 3 Episode 14
Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”
Season 4 Episode 8
Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.”
Season 5 Episode 9
God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.
Season 5 Episode 16
Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?”
Season 5 Episode 16
Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.
Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!
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