“Game of Thrones” (Season 7): Close Encounters

Since the very beginning of the long-running HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones – way back in April of 2011 – fans have, whether they wanted to or not, become accustomed [albeit grossed out for many of us] by the close encounters of characters who are related to each other.

Obviously, anyone who has watched the show knows all too well of the close relations between twin siblings Jamie and Cersei Lannister that brought about the births of sons Joffrey and Tommen and daughter Myrcella, all of whom were raised as the supposed children of Cersei’s legitimate husband the deceased King Robert Baratheon. Granted hers was an unhappy marriage; but she had to take her brother as a lover? Excuse me while I wretch once again over that!!

But in last night’s extended season finale of the most watched cable series on the air right now, I think the coupling of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen – while perhaps welcomed by many of the show’s loyal viewers – might be just as troubling: even if Jon and Dany have NO idea just how closely related they are to each other.

As was played out very clearly during the conversation between Three-Eyed Raven Bran Stark and the nearly-arrived-to-Winterfell Samwell Tarly, cementing what we all pretty much have known for a while now, Jon Snow is not the bastard son of Eddard “Ned” Stark. He is actually Aegon Targaryen, the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and the true heir to the Iron Throne.

For those of you (like me) who needed a little history lesson as to who is who within the Stark and Targaryen families here is the breakdown:

Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was the oldest son and heir to King Aerys II Targaryen. He was the older brother to Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen.

Lyanna Stark was the only daughter of Lord Richard Stark and only sister to Ned Stark [and their brothers Brandon and Benjen].

Jon Snow nee Aegon Targaryen is Rhaegar and Lyanna’s son, making him the nephew of Ned Stark – not the bastard son! – and nephew of Daenerys Targaryen, the woman he just bed in the season finale.

NOTE: Rhaegar and his younger siblings (Viserys and Daenerys) were the products of Aerys and his sister/wife Rhaella so it would seem that close encounters between family members is far too typical in that world no matter what generation.

Needless to say, while the chemistry between Jon and Dany has been strong since their first meeting, which finally took place a few episodes ago, and a lot of fans have been clamoring for their coupling, the fact that they are aunt and nephew – once that comes to light for them both – well – let’s just say that family reunions are going to be weird from here on out.

What are your thoughts on finally getting confirmation of who Jon really is? How do you think he and Dany will react to the revelation that they are closely related in more ways than just having sex with each other? How do you see this affecting their roles as King of the North and Queen of the Dragons [among all their other titles]? Please share your thoughts on the season finale of the show in our comments section below.

The 8th and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return to HBO until potentially sometime in 2019.