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Game Of Thrones: Why Jon Snow Is The Rightful Ruler Of Westeros, Not Dany

Warning! SPOILERS ahead for the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere.


The Game of Thrones season 8 premiere finally sees Jon Snow learn the truth of his parentage, explaining to audiences in the process why he and not Daenerys is the true heir to the Iron Throne.

The truth of who Jon's parents really are has loomed over Game of Thrones for the entire show. Initially, those questions were about who is the woman who could make the honorable Ned Stark betray his vows and sire a bastard, but as the HBO series went on, it became apparent that the mystery of Jon's parentage was far more complicated. In season 6, Bran learned via his Three-Eyed Raven visions that Jon wasn't actually Ned's bastard at all, but rather his nephew - the son of Ned's younger sister, Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen.

The official reveal that Jon was the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark confirmed a popular and long-running fan theory (R+L=J), but Game of Thrones went one step further. While reading a passage in a book from the Citadel, Sam learns that Rhaegar and Lyanna didn't just run away together - Rhaegar had his first marriage annulled and married Lyanna before Jon was born. Meaning, Jon isn't a bastard at all, but the trueborn son of Rhaegar and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.


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