It’d help if more people here actually watched the show but unfortunately the only ones that do seem to be from the video team, and they couldn’t write a coherent sentence if their life depended on it.
So it’s up to me to somehow rummage through all the crap while somehow keeping my sanity amidst this cascade of GoT content. For the next six weeks, just see me as I’m a vessel of Thrones information as I scrape the juiciest deets from across the web and bring them to you in easily-digestible articles.
The second episode of the latest season is creeping ever closer and things are heating up. Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, and the Night King seem to be the four major players in this here game of thrones, and I imagine that the majority of people would love nothing more than for J+D to defeat both, have a kid and end up on the Iron Throne together.
Well, it’s not going to happen like that, at least according to this new detailed theory.
One Redditor is anticipating a much more tragic ending to the show, and I have to say their musings are very interesting. They explain that the stage is set for a rift between Jon and Dany, beginning with Varys and Tyrion who have been expressing their doubts about Dany lately:
‘Right now, these two are two of Dany’s top advisors, but they have expressed genuine concerns about her leadership before. Tyrion and Varys spoke in worried tones about her possibly becoming more like her father after what happened with the Tarlys. Tyrion also brought up his concern to Dany’s face while Jon and Co. were beyond the wall last season. He was received with vitriol and an implication from Dany that Tyrion was a traitor. In fact, almost every time Tyrion has questioned Dany in their entire time together, she has either implicitly or explicitly accused him of still being in cahoots with the Lannisters. Tyrion is aware of what Dany’s worst impulses are; he even brought them up to his mortal enemy Cersei. These events and worries from last season will come to a head with Dany’s treatment of Jaime when he stands before the council in Winterfell. In the “Next on GOT” segment for S8E2, we hear Dany bringing up Jaime killing her father. Dany also says, “He [Tyrion] should’ve never trusted Cersei” and we see a shot of Dany walking away angrily from Tyrion while he looks dejected. If Dany decides to imprison Jaime, or intends to execute him but is talked out of it, this may very well be the last straw for Tyrion in being able to think Dany is a just ruler. He will undoubtedly learn of Jon’s heritage sooner than later, and possibly decide to switch to his side because of his better claim and temperament. Varys will surely follow suit.’
‘Sam now has a vendetta against Dany for killing his brother. Think back to the episode in season 5 when the Night’s Watch held an election to see who would become the next Lord Commander. Sam was the one who nominated Jon. Spoke for him even though Jon didn’t want the job, because he knew that the Watch would suffer under Thorne and prosper under Jon. In the books, he set even more machinations into motion in order to ensure Jon’s victory. Sam’s story this season may be a very similar scenario to that scene only on a bigger, higher stakes scale. He could reveal this information to Sansa, who already seems to despise Dany, and work with her to get the lords of the North behind Jon as the One True King. Sam has already planted the idea in Jon’s head that he is far more fit to rule than Dany, precisely because he was willing to give up his ability to rule at all for the safety of his people. Sam is Jon’s best friend and probably most trusted advisor. If Sam thinks Dany isn’t fit to rule, Jon will begin to have serious doubts about her as well, even if he does love her.’
‘How Dany reacts to Jon’s true heritage could be the death knell of their love and alliance. If she reacts with anger and calls him a traitor or something to that effect, this will prove everything he has been hearing from all of his loved ones to be true. He will pull away from her, and make a claim on the throne in an effort to save the realm from another monarch who puts power lust in front of all else. I think there may be some kind of inciting event during or right before the battle for Winterfell that will truly sour Jon against Dany enough to go to war or at least to redact his proclamation that she is his Queen. That piece I haven’t figured out yet, but I think it may be essential to the believability of Jon waging war against Dany. At that point, he will reluctantly become Aegon Targaryen in earnest, and a military conflict between the two Targaryens may be on the horizon.’
‘I think there was more to the dragon riding scene in the premiere than meets the eye. Jon has now ridden Rhaegal while Dany never has. Could it be possible that now Rhaegal could be more partial to Jon than he is to Dany? Could he decide to bind himself to Jon? Has he already done so? It seems very possible to me. We had the Field of Fire Part II in season 7. What if we end with the Dance of Dragons Part II in season 8? Jon, Rhaegal and his army vs. Dany, Drogon, and her army.’
Now we know there’s a strong possibility that the Night King is a Targaryen, but there’s also the fact that once a person of Targaryen bloodline bonds with a dragon, they are bound for life.
So Rhaegal and Jon really could go off on their own. This would certainly give credence to the Three-Headed Dragon theory – Viserion and the Night King, Dany and Drogon, Jon and Rhaegal.
The Reddit user also explains George R.R. Martin’s outlook on fiction and that it should be about a conflict of the human heart. Would there be a greater conflict of the human heart than one between Jon and Dany?
I highly doubt it.
Please don’t make them enemies. Pretty please?
Five more episodes, people.
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public humiliation to his family's good name.