Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones.
Jon Snow’s true parentage has been one of the worst kept secrets on Game of Thrones for years. Fans have touted the R + L = J theory for more than a decade. And at the end of last season, Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly unlocked the secrets hidden in the Tower of Joy—leaving fans a two full years to speculate how Jon himself would take the news.
In “Winterfell,” that reveal finally happened—and it didn’t go over so well. When Samwell (John Bradley) told Jon (Kit Harington) that he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, making him the true heir to the Iron Throne, he reacted with shock and anger.
“My father was the most honorable man I’ve ever met,” he told Sam, referring to Ned Stark. “You’re saying he lied to me all my life?” He then called Sam’s words “treason” against Queen Daenerys.
The news is devastating on multiple levels for Jon. Not only does it undermine his past relationship with the man he thought was his father, it potentially places him at odds with the woman who he has sworn to serve – and makes his current lover his aunt. In an interview with EW published following the episode, Harington opened up about Jon’s tortured reaction to the news, calling it “the most upsetting thing in the world.”
“He’s not hard to predict, Jon, he doesn’t do many unexpected things,” Harington told EW. “You mark the particularly tricky scenes that you’re going have to concentrate on and this was one. He finds out such a massive piece of information. Not only does he find out who his mother is but also that he’s related to the person he’s in love with. It’s hard …read more
Source:: Time – Entertainment