The eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones is only a few hours away, and fans are as worried as they are excited. Thrones is known for its thrilling and shocking plot twists, but it’s also renowned for being unafraid to kill off its most beloved characters. With this being the final season, we’re all worried about seeing our favourite heroes and heroines brutally murdered. And one of the characters on everyone’s mind is, of course, the King In The North, Jon Snow.
Jon Snow has had one of the most exciting, and certainly surprising, arcs of anyone on the series. He has gone from the bastard of Winterfell to man of the Night’s Watch. He temporarily joined the Wildlings only to lead the attack against them at Castle Black. He became Lord Commander, saved thousands of Wildlings from the White Walkers, only to be stabbed to death by his fellow brothers. And then, he was risen from the dead by the Red Priestess, Melisandre!
Since his return from the grave, Jon Snow has been reunited with Sansa, and together, they were able to defeat the Boltons and retake Winterfell. Jon has finally met the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys herself, and has since bent the knee. The two are now lovers, which, unbeknownst to them, is about to prove problematic. What neither Jon nor Dany know at this point in time is that Jon’s mother was Lyanna Stark. His father was Rhaegar Targaryen. This means that after Rhaegar’s death, Jon is next in line for the Iron Throne.
Some might be wondering why this is. Daenerys is, after all, Rhaegar’s brother. And if Rhaegar had never had a child, the Throne would be rightfully hers. But the line of succession changed the moment Lyanna Stark gave birth. As the two were married, Jon is the true-born son of Rhaegar Targaryen. Once Rhaegar died, Jon immediately became next in line. There are two ways the line of succession can change at this point in time. The first, which we pray does not happen, is if Jon dies. The Throne would be Daenerys’ by right. The second, however, is if Jon forfeits his right to the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms, and we believe that’s exactly what he’s going to do.
Jon has never expressed interest in ruling. He never even wanted to be Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. And though he was one of the finest Lord Commanders the Night’s Watch has ever seen, though he had the courage and wisdom to see that the Wildlings were not their enemies, he was betrayed by his own brothers. This didn’t exactly make him eager to command again.
He has been named the King In The North since that incident, it is true. But again, it’s a title that he never asked for. Jon is not a man to seek out power or influence. More often than not, it is thrust upon him. He’s a seasoned commander, an incredible warrior, but he has never been and will never be a good politician. He doesn’t have the heart or stomach for it. Which, in the end, is why he could never be a great ruler, especially in Westeros. He has no love for the game.
Jon knows this about himself. He has never wished for the Iron Throne. That will not change once he discovers his parentage. Birthright or not, Jon will forfeit his right to the Iron Throne as soon as he discovers it. He knows as well as we do that Daenerys would make a much better ruler. The knowledge of their relation may cause some tension, at first. Dany may even feel threatened. But that time will be short. As soon as Jon forfeits his claim, we have no doubt that the alliance between Jon and Dany will remain strong.
The Final Season Of Game Of Thrones Premieres Tonight On HBO.