‘Game of Thrones’ has been teasing Jon Snow’s parentage since the beginning of the series. But with this week’s episode 6 titled “Blood of My Blood” are we headed for the the long awaited reveal?
Each week, we have a discussion about the next episode of Game of Thrones. But after Season 6, episode 5, we had more things to talk about than ever! So we split up the more prominent ideas to better focus each discussion!
Just like those discussions, I’ve brought my colleague Erin Qualey here to assist in all the speculating goodness!
This week, with “Blood of My Blood” heavily focusing on families, we couldn’t help but hope that we were finally getting canon clarification on Jon’s (Kit Harington) parentage. We were reminded of the title of “Ned Stark’s bastard” that he has carried around with him since the start of the series just last week. It’s Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) claim to Winterfell that will help them gain support from the Northerners.Robert Aramayo as young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: dreamofspring via Tumblr
The big Tower of Joy scene fell short a few moments, but with Bran still in the past there is every possibility that we finally make our way up those tower steps right behind young Ned (Robert Aramayo).
We’re so excited about the big reveal that could be in store that we’ve dedicated and entire feature to talk about all the possibility. Warning: pure, unadultered fangirling in its most professional form below!
Erin: R + L = JJJJJJJJJJJJ!!!! It’s SO happening.
(Readers take note, if you’re an R + L = J theory virgin, you can peruse this link for the full story, or check out the video below for a tease of events thus far in the series from which you’ll be able to draw your own conclusions…)
After that blue balls Tower of Joy tease (and on Mother’s Day, no less) book readers and GoT theory stalkers have been awaiting the final reveal on that highly anticipated moment. The episode title “Blood of My Blood” certainly foreshadows a big reveal about parentage of some sort, and my bet is definitely on Jon.
Julie: I have been waiting for Jon’s story! In the little bit you can see of Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) in the trailer, Bran is still in the past. After the Tower of Joy scene, I don’t trust the episode to give us what we want point blank, but it’s definitely happening!
I want to know how Jon will find out! It really puts an a great spin on the whole Bastard Bowl plotline. It makes Jon’s bloodline that much more dangerous for him. But it gives him something a little more tangible to fight for in the war against Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). Winterfell is as much his home as Ned (Sean Bean) is his father, no matter what. How beautiful would it be for Jon to go down to the crypts to look at the statue of Lyanna and see his mother?!Cordelia Hill as Lyanna Stark in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: gameofthronesdaily via Tumblr
Erin: Aww I didn’t even think of that. Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) immediately visited the statue of Lyanna upon his arrival at Winterfell back in S1E1, and it would be a very interesting compliment if Jon did the very same thing once he and Sansa take back their home.
It’s of note that Jon really hasn’t had too much to do since the big “Jon Snow is Alive” reveal a few weeks ago. Since Stark Reunion 2016, Sansa has mainly been in charge of the talking. Given how important Jon is to the upcoming wars, he’s due a big scene. Even if Jon doesn’t actually find out who his mommy is, I’m hoping that Bran’s visions might finally and truly confirm what most GoT fans already know to be true.
Or, could this be the week for a big Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) reveal? As you pointed out to me previously, “blood of my blood” is actually a Dothraki saying, and there are rumors floating around that Tyrion and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) might just be connected in some way. Since Daenerys is now the undisputed leader of the Dothraki, it would make sense that she would invoke those words if she found out she had a bond with the imp.
Come to think of it, there are many ways that a Daenerys / Tyrion connection could be revealed. Those Red Priestesses are good at sniffing out secrets, and Varys (Conleth Hill) rivals Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) for the best scandal keeper in all the TV lands. And, oh yeah, there’s the dragons and their Targaryen-dar, too. If there was any question as to Tyrion’s parentage, this might just be the time to bring it up…Conleth Hill as Varys in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: iheartgot via Tumblr
Julie: If Jon’s parentage is the worst kept secret in the Seven Kingdoms than Tyrion’s true parentage is the best. That’s not to say I don’t buy the theory that King Aerys took “liberties” with Tywin’s (Charles Dance) wife Joanna. But more that Tyrion has always been more the son that Tywin never wanted. Whether that’s to be taken literally remains to be seen.
But Tyrion is a dyed in the wool Lannister. And in many cases he has been told that he is both the least and most Lannister-y of Tywin’s children.
I think Jon would just be satisfied to be given the Stark name, whereas all of Tyrion’s hopes and dreams would come true if he were to discover he was a Targaryen. Nothing would make him happier.
You’re right though. At face value, the “blood of my blood” line is spoken between khals and their bloodriders who live and die by their leaders. They’re people who aren’t directly blood related that are welcomed into the fold of the family to serve and protect. That definitely describes Jon!
Erin: Very true. The only other possibility this week would be the literal sense of “blood of my blood.” Perhaps it isn’t Jon who finally finds out about his origins in the Tower of Joy, but Bran’s companion, Meera Reed.Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock. Photo: NBC / Gif: Giphy
It’s definitely possible that in the reveal of Jon’s birth, we also get a little extra something something. As I’m sure you know, there’s a theory that Meera Reed and Jon Snow are actually twins. The “blood of my blood” quote would work here, as Bran could potentially find out that his friend Meera was actually his cousin all along. Woah. Blood of my blood, indeed.
A Tower of Joy twin situation would provide the requisite shocker for big Jon Snow parentage reveal without having to actually loop Jon himself in quite yet.
The only way I can foresee Jon learning about his mommy this week is if Bran reaches Castle Black just as Jon is leaving. Possible? Yes. Probable? No.Robert Aramayo as young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: iheartgot via Tumblr
Julie: This theory gets a consistent chuckle from me. I mean I’m pretty sure the first time I read it I launched into a small tirade about how silly and reaching it sounded. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that and really what’s the fun if every theory that makes it’s way into the mainstream pans out? I just find it funny because Bran is in love with Meera in the books. I can’t recall the show ever depicting their relationship that way aside from her ability to reach him in his visions.
It’s not really pursued. Once Bran reaches the Three-Eyed Raven he realizes that his destiny is to be alone inside a tree and that’s not a fair life for someone wild like Meera. It’s actually a really mature realization and one that’s very upsetting for Bran. So to learn that she’s his cousin would put a really interesting spin on his own feelings.
I don’t think Jon will find out just yet either. Although, I’m still trying to decide if Bran had a vision of him when we went to Winterfell. I think we, with Bran, will find out the truth long before Jon. But the show has a knack for finding ways for adjacent plotlines to mirror each other. And we can bet that while Bran is getting the full story of what comes to pass inside the Tower of Joy, Jon will be doing something Stark and/or Targaryen-like.
Considering, the debate on who is the real Azhor Ahai/Prince Who Was Promised amongst the Red Priests I’m waiting for Jon to get that sword of his going. Of course there’s room for Jon and Dany to both be the saviors (though I still suspect that they’re actually on opposite sides of this battle) but there’s something particularly magical about Jon’s parentage. R+L=J makes him literally Ice and Fire.
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