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Jon Snow went to costume party dressed as Jon Snow

Kit Harington has revealed how he recently went to a costume party dressed as his “Game of Thrones” character Jon Snow.

The actor claimed that fiancee Rose Leslie forced him to commit the faux pas.

Speaking to Heat Magazine, Harington explained: “Recently I went to a 30th birthday party and the theme was ‘bad taste.’ I was in Aberdeen, and I left it really late to get a costume.”

“So I went to the one costume shop that was open … and the woman who worked there said, ‘You know, you really look like the guy from ‘Game of Thrones,’ and I’ve got a ‘Game of Thrones’ outfit.”

“And she pulled out a Jon Snow costume, and Rose just whispered in my ear, ‘I won’t love you if you don’t wear it … You should do it.’”

Harington described the experience as “really embarrassing.”

He added: “The people bringing round canapes were looking at me, thinking, ‘You sad man! You’ve come dressed as your character.’ I think the woman in the shop realized who I was as I was leaving.”

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“But that’s even sadder – me going to a fancy dress shop and buying a Jon Snow costume.”

Harington recently revealed how he “blew his load early” when proposing to his fianceeand “Game of Thrones” co-star Rose Leslie.

The couple has been dating since they met on the set of the fantasy series in 2012 and confirmed their engagement with an announcement in The Times.

The proposal didn’t go exactly to plan, as the famous actor got so excited that he asked Leslie too early.

Appearing on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” Harington said: “We did a little announcement in The Times…”

“I did have some plans to do it, I was going to string up some lights in some trees and do all the romantic stuff but we were in the country and we were under this beautiful night sky and had a log fire burning and red wine and I blew my load early.”

Realising what he’d said, he laughed: “Sorry that’s a really bad expression.”

“I was meant to do it the day after with the lights. What I meant to say was, I popped my question a bit early. Not blew my load.”



Here’s How Daenerys Could Have Kids Again on ‘Game of Thrones’

Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons are the only children she can ever have on Game of Thrones, it is known. And yet, one fan theory that seems increasingly probable says that Jon Snow will get her pregnant.

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 makes not one, not two, but three references to Daenerys and Jon’s potential offspring. First Jorah mentions it, then Tyrion, and finally Daenerys herself. One interpretation suggests that their potential kid is the true “Song of Ice and Fire” from the book series title.

But go back a step. How would this happen? Daenerys believes she’s infertile because of the witch Mirri Maz Duur she enlisted to save Khal Drogo in Season 1. Of course this plan backfired horribly. Duur told her that “only death can pay for life,” and while Dany thought this only involves sacrificing his horse, it turned out to be the life of their unborn baby.

To make matters worse, after all that Drogo was alive but effectively brain-dead. The implication is that in one fell swoop, after trusting the wrong person and the wrong magic, Daenerys lost her husband, unborn child, and potential to ever have human kids.

But it’s the “only death can pay for life” part that fans are latching onto, because in Season 7, Dany’s dragon “child” Viserion has died. And she’s looking awfully cozy with Jon Snow.

“Only death can pay for life”

So perhaps the death of her dragon child will pay for a new life. Of course, some fans are also theorizing that this ominous prediction will mean that Dany pays for her child’s life with her own. After all, her own mother died in childbirth and Jon’s mother Lyanna Stark did too.

But for now, there are no indications about Daenerys’s death in the show. There are, however, several indications that she will have a child with Jon.



Game of Thrones Finale Trailer Teases an Insane Meeting of All Your Favorites

Starting with last season and really ramping up this year, Game of Throneshas been efficiently re-uniting the once-scattered cast of the HBO series. Arya briefly saw her direwolf; Sansa has found both Bran and Jon. A whole mess of characters who knew each other’s dads met up north of the Wall. But nothing we’ve seen yet can quite match the major meeting looming in the finale. Everyone will be down south for the big meeting of Kings, Queens, and zombies. Well, almost everyone.

You had your chance to go to the party, Sansa, but you (snottily) sent Brienne instead. Speaking of which, let’s take a full accounting of everyone we see gathered in one place for the finale.

We see (deep breath): Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) , Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)—or at least his fleet, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Pod (Daniel Portman), and just behind him Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), Varys (Conleth Hill), Theon (Alfie Allen), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Davos (Liam Cunningham), the Hound (Rory McCann) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie). We don’t see Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) she’s undoubtedly there as well as a few other familiar faces. Plus, you know, scores of armies spoiling for a fight.

Please don’t ask me how Grey Worm and the Unsullied escaped from Casterly Rock. Just be glad our second favorite eunuch (behind Varys but in front of Theon) is safe and sound. As for the dazzling location itself, this is the much-anticipated Dragonpit.

News first broke back in August that Game of Thrones was using the picturesque Italica ruins near Seville, Spain, to stand in for the Dragonpit—a cavernous ruin perched atop of the hills of King’s Landing. This is what that evocative location looks like in the books, and here’s what the ruins look like in real life.

This is why we think by Daenerys, will likely be there. What’s a Dragonpit without dragons? This as-yet-unamed episode will be directed by Jeremy Podeswa. Controversial though he may be, Podeswa has directed some truly impressive and beautifully filmed action for Thrones in the past, including Jorah and Tyrion’s confrontation with the Stone Men, Brienne and Pod’s heroic rescue of Sansa and Theon from the Bolton soldiers, and Tyrion’s dramatic unchaining of Viserion and Rhaegal.


So whatever happens at the end of this dustup between so many main characters, it’s promising to be a lovely war.



Game of Thrones Fans Noticed Jon Snow Has a Powerful Ally He Hasn’t Used Yet

Game of Thrones has made a point this season to—among the dragon battles and sex scenes—include some long, boring scenes between Cersei and Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank. I know, I know, it’s not much fun to watch Cersei discuss her credit score while an army of undead is marching South, but the Iron Bank has a huge role to play in all this. Many fans believe that money could be Cersei’s ultimate downfall once the Iron Bank sees a better business opportunity in Daenerys than Cersei.

But the bank could also be another potential ally in the north, with a vested interest in Jon Snow’s cause as well. As one Reddit user explains:

I believe Jon should also be prioritizing proving to the Iron Bank that the Wights exists. I’ve thought for a while about how the White Walkers only seem to plague Westeros, while the rest of the ASOIAF World is so enormous and would remain seemingly unscathed by Westeros’ complete and utter fall in the coming Winter. Shouldn’t there be some army or ally in the Eastern Lands that would have a vested interest in ensuring the entire continent of Westeros wasn’t turned into an army of the dead? Seems to make sense that the Iron Bank would be exactly those people. They have a major interest in ensuring the Westeros economy stays intact and continues to funnel gold into their banks across The Narrow Sea. Upon learning of the coming threat to a major interest of theirs, wouldn’t the Iron Bank be motivated to provide sell-sword armies and resources to help man The Wall and defeat the White Walkers?

This is assuming Jon Snow is able to pull off his dumbest plan yet and secretly kidnap a single wight from the White Walker army. But, should the Iron Bank be convinced of the White Walker threat, their best investment would be in the salvation of the human race. That’s a pretty sound business model. The White Walkers probably aren’t going to pay taxes! Plus, since Cersei has mistakenly already paid back the Lannister debts in full, the Iron Bank has no more use for her—especially if she’s going to burn down all of King’s Landing to keep her crown.


The only problem? Another would-be king has tried to sway the Iron Bank to his side before, as the Redditor points out:

Davos and Stannis weren’t successful with the Iron Bank the last time around, but this situation seems different enough and with an enormous plus side, that it should have prompted Davos to have at least thought of and suggested the idea of recruiting them to the North’s cause!

That’s true. Davos and Stannis couldn’t get the bank on their side. But Jon Snow has a far more lucrative business opportunity for the bankers. Humans will make more money alive than dead! And money right now would be a huge help for Jon. He needs to manufacture a bunch of dragonglass weapons, and the only way to do that is with some expensive industry. He also needs to ensure the support of the Northern and Southern lords, and that’s a whole lot easier with the bank on his side. Maybe this will come into play as part of the super Game of Thrones theory. Sure, a bank swooping in to save the day isn’t necessarily an exciting twist, but George R.R. Martin has gone through incredible lengths to create a functioning fantasy world, which includes its own important economy. Our guess? We haven’t seen the last of the Iron Bank.



New ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Leaks

For the second time in two weeks, the network has seen an upcoming episode of Game of Thronesleak ahead of its scheduled premiere. A HBO Europe spokesperson acknowledged the leak, which was described as “brief.”

“We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms,” the spokesperson said. “The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the U.S.”

A Reddit forum dedicated to Game of Thrones, however, was discussing the quality of the episode titled “Death Is the Enemy” that has hit torrent sites (it was described as high quality and only missing the closing credits). The episode appears to have spread quickly on the Internet early Wednesday.

On Aug. 3, the fourth episode of Game of Thrones‘ Season 7 leaked online and made its way onto torrent sites nearly three days ahead of its scheduled bow. That breach was attributed to theft at Star India, which distributes the series in that country. Four arrests have been made in that case, which police say was carried out by current and former employees of Prime Focus Technologies, the company contracted by Star India to manage the data.

The two cases come at a time when HBO has been dealing with anonymous hackers who claim to have taken 1.5 terabytes of data and plan to release it slowly if their ransom demands are not met. So far, the hackers have released a mix of video content, including episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s highly anticipated upcoming season, as well as Game of Thrones script summaries and one executive’s emails that spanned a 30-day period.

The Aug. 3 leak as well as the hacker disruptions have had no effect on Game of Thrones ratings. The Aug. 6 episode, titled “Spoils of War,” posted record-breaking numbers for HBO’s crown jewel series. Those numbers were topped by the Aug. 13 episode Eastwatch.



‘Game Of Thrones’ Just Changed Everything You Know About Jon Snow

Episode 5 of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, “Eastwatch,” featured some moments fans have been waiting for, and other surprises No One saw coming (yeah, we’re talking about Arya).


Jon Snow (Kit Harington) touched a dragon; Gendry (Joe Dempsie) finally returned; Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) reunited with Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to talk about joining the fight against the White Walkers; Cersei (Lena Headey) revealed she’s pregnant; Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) fooled Arya (Maisie Williams) by planting a mysterious scroll written by Sansa (Sophie Turner) in his chambers; and Dany (Emilia Clarke) took a slightly evil turn, burning Randyll (James Faulkner) and Dickon Tarly (Tom Hopper) for not bending the knee. (But it is a war after all, what is she supposed to do?)

And with all that going on, the show quietly seemed to confirm the missing piece to the Jon Snow puzzle.


Remember those documents that Archmaester Ebrose (Jim Broadbent) gave Sam (John Bradley) to preserve earlier in Season 7?


Well, while Sam is working on them, Gilly (Hannah Murray) comes across a passage from a High Septon Maynard saying someone named “Prince Ragger,” aka Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, had his marriage annulled and was remarried in a secret ceremony in Dorne.

This is finally some proof that Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi), the parents of Jon Snow, were married, making Jon a legitimate Targaryen heir.



Like the former mystery of Jon Snow’s real parents, the legitimacy of Jon is something that’s been theorized about for years. The fact that Rhaegar left some of his Kingsguard to protect Lyanna in the Tower of Joy raised fans’ suspicions, but proof has been lacking.

Up until now, we’ve been expected to believe Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna, who was already betrothed to Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), and this led to the events that started Robert’s Rebellion and removed the Targaryens from the Iron Throne, thus setting up everything that’s happened on “Game of Thrones.”


With the reveal that Rhaegar had his marriage annulled, likely his marriage to wife Elia Martell, it seems more likely that the prince and Lyanna actually ran away together, got married and welcomed baby Jon Snow.


In George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings, Dany seemingly sees Rhaegar talking about this in one of her visions in the House of the Undying (these events were changed in the on-screen version):

The man had her brother’s hair, but he was taller, and his eyes were a dark indigo rather than lilac. “Aegon,” he said to a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. “What better name for a king?”

“Will you make a song for him?” the woman asked.

“He has a song,” the man replied. “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” He looked up when he said it and his eyes met Dany’s, and it seemed as if he saw her standing there beyond the door. “There must be one more,” he said, though whether he was speaking to her or the woman in the bed she could not say. “The dragon has three heads.”

There is a lot of speculation about this prophecy and what it actually means, but many believe it’s because of this that Rhaegar wanted a third child. (The third head of the dragon.)


We know Lyanna was that third baby’s mama. Now, we can assume Rhaegar was her husband, too.

More evidence: after Gilly reads the passage about the annulment, an annoyed Sam complains that while he’s preserving Maynard’s documents, the secret to defeating the Night King could be sitting on some shelf somewhere.


Uh, hello, Sam. This could be a nod that Jon Snow is the secret.


Also, he likely isn’t actually named Jon Snow, since that’s a bastard name. A theory last year predicted Snow’s real name would be Jaehaerys, but it could also be something like Aegon, since that’s the name used in the vision Dany has about Rhaegar.


All praise Jon Snow, King in the North, possibly rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and the secret to defeating the White Walkers.

The biggest reveal on tonight’s Game of Thrones was designed to make the audience scream at the screen

Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5, had a massive reveal for fans, but it wasn’t brought to you by dragons, or by Cersei’s insane battle tactics. Instead, it comes when Samwell Tarly is sitting frustrated in his library, and his partner Gilly starts practicing her reading on a book of records by the High Septon Maynard. “What’s an annulment?” she asks Sam. Her line of questioning starts out innocently enough, and then she mentions a Prince “Ragger” who had a secret ceremony in Dorne, where he set aside his lawful wife and married someone else. Sam interrupts Gilly to go off on another frustrated-about-work rant before the audience can learn any more. Poor Gilly, everyone who has friends who love their work-rants can relate to you trying to get a word in edgewise.

“Prince Ragger” is likely Jon Snow’s secret true father, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, and it can be assumed that he secretly married Jon’s mother, Lyanna Stark. R+L=J is confirmed yet again, but now, it looks like Jon may have been conceived under legally binding marital oaths. This would make Jon Snow the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, and probably the prince who was promised in the prophecy Melisandre believes in. It gives him a better claim to the throne than Daenerys Targaryen, who is Rhaegar’s younger sister, and also, weirdly, Jon’s aunt. Any legitimate child of Rhaegar, who was the crown prince and heir after the Mad King, would have a better claim than Daenerys.

This also explains why during Robert’s Rebellion, Rhaegar’s Kingsguard was stationed outside the Tower of Joy, guarding Lyanna, who was pregnant with Jon. As his legal wife, she might have been higher on the Kingsguard priority list, though it also might simply be true that he loved her more than his first wife and the two children he had with her. Both of those children, Rhaenys and Aegon, were killed by Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane during Robert’s Rebellion, so while they might have had legitimate claims to the throne even after the annulment (presuming it wasn’t on the basis of non-consummation or unfaithfulness), they’re no longer an issue.


This episode hinted at these connections in another scene as well. Jon bravely touches Daenerys’ snarling dragon Drogon, making him the only other person besides Daenerys and Tyrion to successfully do so on camera. Even Dany looks on in awe and trepidation at Jon’s courage. If she were ever to sic her dragons on Jon, perhaps he could withstand the heat and gain the title of the Unburnt as well. But there’s no telling for sure — Targaryens certainly aren’t all fireproof and heat-proof, given how Daenerys’ brother died. For the moment, it’s just worth knowing that Jon’s claim on the throne just become one step more legitimate — and that the information was revealed in an offhanded, low-key way, such that no one actually in the scene understood its significance or is planning on doing anything about it. It’s yet another reveal aimed strictly at the fans watching the series and tracking people’s claims on the Iron Throne — and probably screaming in frustration as the characters miss the clues the viewers are obsessing over.



The next ‘Game of Thrones’ episode will feature a Jon Snow moment fans are dying to see

The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” has been packed with reunions and meetings between characters, and we’re about to get another highly anticipated encounter — Jon Snow and Drogon.

Jon was surprised by Drogon flying overhead when he first arrived on Dragonstone, but so far we haven’t seen Jon get an actual face-to-face encounter with one of Daenerys’ dragons. All that is about to change with the upcoming episode Sunday.

In the preview for “Eastwatch” released by HBO, we see Daenerys atop Drogon and Jon Snow standing in front of them:

Daenerys Drogon JOn SNowDrogon roars in Jon’s face, but is Daenerys really trying to intimidate him? HBO

Drogon is looking ferocious as usual. Jon was literally floored the first time he saw Drogon, but this time he appears to be standing his ground.

Jon Snow S7E5 preview Game of ThronesJon looks slightly concerned, but he doesn’t seem to be flinching. HBO

This is a huge moment for many “Game of Thrones” fans. More than anything, Jon interacting with Drogon will be thrilling for viewers at home who know the truth of his parentage. Jon’s real father is Rhaegar Targaryen (the now-deceased older brother of Daenerys). 

Since Targaryens are known to have a type of “connection” with dragons, seeing the half-Targaryen Jon Snow get some personal time with Drogon could be really special. 

Some people even wonder if Jon will ride one of Daenerys’ dragons before the end of the series. One of her dragons, Rhaegal, is named after Jon’s father. 

Anytime a character meets a dragon for the first time, you know it’s going to be great. Tyrion’s scene with the dragons was one of the most surprisingly touching scenes of the sixth season. 

Tyrion Lannister and Dragon Game of ThronesTyrion’s meeting with Rhaegal and Viserion was incredible. HBO

This is also bound to be another Jon and Daenerys scene with a lot of emotional charge. Their cave scene on “Spoils of War” was full of subtle sexual tension, and we can expect that electricity to ramp up more as the series continues.

Jon advised Daenerys against using her dragons to burn “cities and castles,” and she decided to ride Drogon to meet the Lannister army in the fields outside King’s Landing instead. His reaction to this choice will be interesting to see, given how he’d rather she rode Drogon north to help him fight the White Walkers.



Two Game of Thrones Theories Point Toward an Important Meeting for Jon Snow

Although Jon Snow has been spending plenty of time getting to know their mother, he’s yet to come face to face with one of Daenerys’ dragons. But judging by the promo for next week’s episode, that’s all about to change.


Despite the fact that Drogon was wounded while laying waste to the Lannister forces, it looks as though he’s still going to be able to fly Dany back to Dragonstone in time to catch Jon before he heads north. Some fans believe this meeting will be the first step on the road to Jon discovering his true parentage — i.e., that he is not the illegitimate son of Ned Stark but rather the child of Ned’s sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen.

“I feel like that will be the first big moment where Dany realises something is up with Jon,” wrote Reddit user LtRavs. “Drogon perhaps acting submissive or something like that to indicate he’s special in some way.”

Not to mention this detail from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series — the books on which Thrones is based — that seems to support the theory that dragons will always know a Targaryen. After Quaithe — the shadowbinder from Asshai who made a brief appearance in season two — shares a prophecy for Daenerys in A Dance With Dragons, she leaves with some memorable parting words. “Remember who you are, Daenerys,” she says. “The dragons know. Do you?”


If Drogon does seem to recognize Jon as a Targaryen, it would also lend credence to the theory that Jon is one of the prophesied figures known as the three heads of the dragon: one of three people who will eventually ride Dany’s three dragons. (Thanks to Tyrion’s friendly introduction to Rhaegal and Viserion last season, some think he will complete the trio.)

And what better time to realize you have the ability to ride a dragon than when you’re racing to beat an army of the undead to a castle thousands of miles away?

“Eastwatch,” the fifth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season, airs Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. on HBO.



Will Jon Snow Ride A Dragon In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7? His Dragonstone Greeting Hinted At His True Heritage

Season 7 of Game of Thrones has been all about payoff. After tiptoeing around Jon Snow’s parentage for six seasons, the revelation that he is half-Targaryen is making viewers look at Jon Snow in a different way. If he had landed on Dragonstone as a Stark, fans likely would’ve reacted to the wonder and confusion that Jon Snow felt seeing dragons for the first time. Because of his lineage, however, the only way to react to that scene is to ask, “When is Jon Snow going to ride a dragon on Game of Thrones?”

When Jon Snow went to meet with Daenerys Targaryen, he was aware that she had dragons. Despite that, Jon was still in awe of the flying beasts when he landed on Dragonstone. This is mostly due to the fact that dragons are giant flying lizards and there is no way that you wouldn’t freak out upon seeing them. Tyrion Lannister even admitted that you “never really get used to them.” While Jon may feel foreign to the them, fans know that being a Targaryen gives him a special relationship to the dragons that could prove incredibly useful in the coming war against the dead. Jon Snow is one of the few living people in Westeros who could gain the trust of a dragon, saddle up, and fly into battle.

Dany believes herself to be the last Targaryen, and thus the only person in Westeros, Essos, or the known world capable of raising, training, and commanding dragons. What Dany doesn’t know is that Jon Snow’s blood may open himself up to the same skills. When discussing a retaliation against Cersei and Euron Greyjoy for destroying a great deal of her naval fleet, Dany suggests riding in on Drogon and raining dragonfire upon them. Her counsel suggests that she not, as one arrow to her heart could put a stop to everything they’ve worked for. But what if Daenerys didn’t have to ride the dragons? What if Jon Snow could?

While Jon Snow probably wouldn’t look nearly as cool as Dany while riding dragons into battle, putting Jon Snow on the back of a dragon could solve a major problem for Dany’s counsel. This could allow Jon to lead the dragons to battle while Dany and her army are focused on defending Dragonstone or attacking a Lannister army somewhere else in the world. Of course, the largest obstacles here are convincing Daenerys to separate from her dragons, and the fact that no one other than Bran knows that Jon Snow is a Targaryen.

It seems that even though there are road blocks standing between Jon Snow and Dany’s dragons, the dragons themselves seem to want Jon Snow to climb upon them. When Jon landed at Dragonstone, they seemed to be especially playful and constantly trying to get his attention. Perhaps if she was able to listen to her dragons, Dany would learn that Jon Snow is truly her nephew and that renting him a dragon could have some major benefits for everyone involved. Until then, fans will just have to settle for Jon Snow sailing back to Winterfell instead of rolling up on a dragon like he clearly deserves to.



‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 4 — ‘The Spoils of War

‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington says Jon Snow is a ‘psychopath’

Jon Snow has survived battles with White Walkers, been resurrected, returned to his childhood home, and was declared King in the North. But despite all of this, actor Kit Harington isn’t convinced Jon can be happy.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the upcoming season seven premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Harington said his character is basically a “psychopath.” 

“I actually think secretly deep down, he’s a bit of a psychopath, weirdly,” he said. “He looks for violence. In a strange way, and I said this to [director Miguel Sapochnik] during ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ I think that in a weird way this could be Jon’s natural home, on this battlefield, where he comes to life. For all of his good, he’s a violent man.”

And the battlefield is probably where Jon is going to spend much of the series’ final two seasons. At the end of season six, Jon was given the responsibility to lead the North in a fight for survival after being declared to lead Winterfell. Cersei sits on the Iron Throne in the South, Daenerys and her dragons are crossing the Narrow Sea to Westeros, and the threat of White Walkers lies to the North. 

Harington thinks it’s going to be hard for Jon to find his own version of “happiness.”


“I think happiness is a very strange term to associate with Jon,” he said. “He has a very odd sense of what ‘happy’ is. It might not be everybody else’s ‘happy.’ I don’t know what happiness is for Jon.”

Though he has come so far since joining the Night’s Watch on season one, Jon still has much to learn about the threats he and his army face, as well as the truth about his own lineage. 

“He seems to be the one person who’s gotten to leadership without actually asking for it,” Harington told The Hollywood Reporter. “He started the series as an illegitimate black sheep in the family who’s just going up to this, back and beyond, to achieve nothing. And now he’s the King in the North. He never aimed for that. He never expected it. He never asked for it. I think he’s proud of it, but I think he’s going to have about 10 seconds to be proud of it before he’s right back in the proverbial poop.”



Game of Thrones: What is the R+L=J theory?

If you’ve been fighting your way through the thickets of Game Of Thrones internet fandom for the past few years, you’ll probably have come across the R+L=J theory already. 

If, on the other hand, you know nothing (Jon Snow) then allow us to explain: the theory is a plausible bit of speculation about past and future events of the series, and after the season six finale, well, shit just got a whole lot more real.


What we’re about to explain could very well spoil a surprise or two in the coming series, so tread carefully if you want to stay pure.

R+L=J: what is it?

Let’s start at the end: J is for Jon. The theory aims to explain who Jon’s real parents are. From the start of the show (and the books) it’s been obvious to everyone except the characters that Ned Stark is a really unlikely person to have fathered a bastard. Given that his honesty, nobility and integrity got him executed, how likely is it that he sired a boy on a random wench while out warring with Robert Baratheon under the reign of the Mad King Aerys II?

Ned promised Jon that when he returned from King’s Landing he’d tell him the truth about his mother, but sadly Ned never came back and Jon never found out.

But Bran did.

In his visions of the past, Bran saw the young Ned (and Howland Reed, father of Meera and Jojen Reed, the brother and sister who helped Bran get to the Three-Eyed Raven) slay the legendary Sir Arthur Dayne and enter the Tower Of Joy. Inside the tower he finds his sister, Lyanna, who, we know from series one, was kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen, Aerys’ eldest son, precipitating Robert Baratheon’s war on Aerys.

In the tower, the dying Lyanna hands over a baby to Ned, muttering words about someone wanting to kill him. 

Ned and Lyanna in Game of Thrones

While the show is coy about it – Rhaegar rarely gets a mention – book-readers will be under no illusion that the baby is Rhaegar’s. R+L=J, QED. OMG. WTF. LOL.

R+L=J: so what?

If Rhaegar and Lyanna are Jon’s parents, then Jon is a Targaryen. The Targaryens ruled Westeros for centuries. Not only does Jon have a strong claim to the Iron Throne, being the Mad King’s illegitimate grandson, but he’s also Daenerys’ nephew. (She was Rhaegar’s baby sister).


Targaryens, as we all know, share an affinity with dragons. They also practice marriage between siblings, though whether that flexibility extends to aunts and nephews remains to be seen. Dany is looking for a husband in Westeros, after all, and Jon is King In The North…

And on that point, let’s not forget that Jon is not only a Targaryen but a Stark as well, which makes him the living embodiment of a united Westeros.

Seems like that would be important, no?