In Game of Thrones, Jon Snow has to decide if Daenerys is a worthy queen – The Verge

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Spoilers ahead for “Winterfell, ” episode 1 of Game of Thrones, season 8. In the premiere of Game of Thrones’ season 8, the audience finally got the payoff from a secret fans have wondered about for years, which was confirmed in season 7: Jon Snow isn’t illegitimate. He’s the descendant of a Targaryen king and the true heir to the Iron Throne of Westeros. (That’s if you discount the Baratheons’ takeover of the throne and the Lannisters’ subsequent rule.) Last season, Sam and Bran pieced together the truth about Jon’s parents, but Jon still has no clue and has been inadvertently engaging in incest by sleeping with Daenerys Targaryen (who is his aunt). While it was extremely satisfying to hear Sam tell Jon the truth about his heritage, Jon’s immediate response to that truth raises some questions. His first reaction is to reject his right to rule, saying he gave up being a king when he bent the knee. As the good, law-abiding citizen he has always been, Jon considers it treason to think anything different. Sam’s response to that is fairly epic: “It’s the truth. You gave up your crown to save your people. .

Would she do the same?” This revelation comes just after Sam tells Jon that Daenerys executed Sam’s father Randyll Tarly and brother Dickon Tarly for not bending the knee. She lacked the mercy Jon has displayed several times in the past when he was put in the position of deciding whether to execute people or spare them. Jon apparently had no idea Daenerys was capable of such ruthlessness. Image: HBO Jon must now decide whether he should continue to obey Daenerys or announce his heritage and have his people follow him as king and heir to the Iron Throne. A lot of his decision may boil down to whether he thinks Daenerys would be a worthy ruler and whether she would be selfless enough to sacrifice for her people or if she values power above all. In an eight-season show, Jon has spent less than a full season with Daenerys, and he’s missed a lot of her most dramatic and serious choices — murdering the Khals of the Dothraki, crucifying slavers, and burning a witch to death for betraying her, just to name a few. So what does Jon even know about Daenerys? Before he sailed to meet ....

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