And Jon Snow’s true name on Game of Thrones is…


On tonight’s Game of Thrones season 7 finale, we finally learned the true name of Jon Snow.

Jon Snow, the King in the North, finally had his true identity revealed tonight and it isn’t Stark. Although his mother was Lyanna Stark, his father was Rhaegar Targaryen — the former heir to the Iron Throne when the Targaryens still ruled the Seven Kingdoms.

As was mentioned by Gilly in “Eastwatch,” Rhaegar Targaryen had his marriage to Elia of Dorne annulled and then was secretly married to Lyanna Stark. This makes Jon a legitimate Targaryen with a stronger claim to the Iron Throne than Dany’s own.

Let’s set the scene: Samwell Tarly arrives at Winterfell where he is reunited with Bran Stark. Bran says he knows Jon’s true parentage and that he isn’t a Snow at all, but a Sand, thinking Jon was born a bastard in Dorne.

Sam reveals that he has proof Rhaegar Targaryen married Lyanna, making him of the royal line. Bran then journeys back through his visions to find the moment the two were married. Bran also goes back to the Tower of Joy and listens as Lyanna whispers to Ned Jon’s true name — Aegon Targaryen.

Obviously, that name holds a deeply honorable and proud name among House Targaryen, as Aegon the Conqueror was the one who brought the Seven Kingdoms under one rule with his massive dragon Balerion the Black Dread, and his sisters and their dragons.

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Now that we know Jon is really Aegon Targaryen, how will this change his story on the show? I guess we wait for season 8 to find out.