This article contains SPOILERS from the latest episode, Eastwatch. Please turn back if you haven’t yet watched it. The latest Game Of Thrones episode was filled with reunions and a comeback but it also shared a massive piece of information about Jon Snow and if you weren’t paying attention, you might’ve easily missed it.
We are talking about the scene involving Samwell and Gilly. The scene began with Gilly bombarding Samwell with some boring facts about the Citadel and the Sept of Baelor that a High Septon named Maynard had recorded in a book and Samwell was visibly irritated with the facts but he was also trying his best to keep his temper under control. Just when we thought that it would be another random scene in Oldtown, Gilly asked Samwell the meaning of the word “annulment“. Samwell answered her query by letting her know that, “it’s when a man sets aside his lawful wife.”
Gilly then told Sam that Maynard had issued an annulment for a Prince Ragger and re-married him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne! That’s when Samwell lost his patience and went on a rant about how Archmaester Ebrose gave him the task of recording the annulments and bowel movements of a septon, while the secrets to defeat the Night King lie somewhere in the Citadel.
This is a massive bombshell as the show has finally cleared all the doubts regarding Jon Snow’s parents. We came to know in season 6 that Jon Snow was the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. However, there was one issue regarding his birth that was still unaddressed and the fans had a huge discussion regarding it as it still wasn’t clear whether Jon Snow was a bastard or not. Rhaegar Targaryen was married to Elia Martell and many people were of the opinion that even though Jon was Rhaegar’s son, he would still be a bastard.
The scene also made it clear that Rhaegar didn’t actually kidnap Lyanna Stark and that they loved each other and had eloped together. We have been hearing since the start of the series that Rhaegar had kidnapped Lyanna and finally, we know that it wasn’t true.
This also means that the secret wedding was the reason for the downfall of House Targaryen as the news of Rhaegar kidnapping Lyanna was the primary reason that gave rise to Robert’s Rebellion.
This also explains why the members of the Kingsguard were present outside the Tower of Joy, which is located in Dorne, rather than fighting against Robert Baratheon or being with Aerys Targaryen in King’s Landing. Here’s the passage from the books which tells us what happened at the Tower of Joy.
“I looked for you on the Trident,” Ned said to them.
“We were not there,” Ser Gerold answered.
“Woe to the Usurper if we had been,” said Ser Oswell.
“When King’s Landing fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were.”
“Far away,” Ser Gerold said, “or Aerys would yet sit the Iron Throne, and our false brother would burn in seven hells.”
“I came down on Storm’s End to lift the siege,” Ned told them, and the Lords Tyrell and Redwyne dipped their banners, and all their knights bent the knee to pledge us fealty. I was certain you would be among them.”
“Our knees do not bend easily,” said Ser Arthur Dayne.
“Ser Willem Darry is fled to Dragonstone, with your queen and Prince Viserys. I thought you might have sailed with him.”
“Ser Willem is a good man and true,” said Ser Oswell.
“But not of the Kingsguard,” Ser Gerold pointed out. “The Kingsguard does not flee.”
“Then or now,” said Ser Arthur. He donned his helm.
“We swore a vow,” explained old Ser Gerold.
Ned’s wraiths moved up beside him, with shadow swords in hand. They were seven against three.
“And now it begins,” said Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. He unsheathed Dawn and held it with both hands. The blade was pale as milkglass, alive with light.
“No,” Ned said with sadness in his voice. “Now it ends.”
With this reveal, we now know that Jon is the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and that makes him a Targaryen and makes his claim to the Iron Throne stronger than Daenerys’ claim. We have seen Daenerys claiming that she’s the rightful Queen of Westeros and it would be really interesting to see how she reacts when she finds out that Jon is the legitimate son of her brother, Rhaegar and has a stronger claim to the Iron Throne.
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