With the arrival of Game of Thrones Season 8, followers will lastly be taught the way in which the story ends. Despite what number of occasions the present has used the viewers’s expectations towards them to subvert fantasy tropes, it appears most viewers are performing on the belief the ending will probably be pretty conventional.
Jon Snow, the downtrodden bastard, will be taught his father did marry his mom, and even higher, was Crown Prince to the Seven Kingdoms, making him the respectable inheritor to the Iron Throne. Daenerys Targaryen, his present lover, will marry him and rule by his aspect, as Targaryens have executed for generations.
However, anybody who has been paying consideration needs to be suspicious of such an ending. This was the present, in any case, that killed off the main man whose face adorned each advert in Season 1. When followers switched allegiances from the hero Ned Stark to his son, Robb Stark, the end result was the Red Wedding. At each occasion, this story has flipped the narrative readers and viewers count on. Moreover, a cautious examine of the A Song of Ice & Fire novels suggests the reply has been staring us within the face the entire time.
Jon Snow hates ruling. He did not wish to be Lord Commander, however Sam nominated him, and he bought elected. Jon did not wish to be King within the North both, however Lyanna Stark named him thus, and subsequent factor you recognize he could not get out of it. Now he is about to be taught his title is Aegon Targaryen, the rightful King of Westeros, a duty he would not need in any respect. Meanwhile, Daenerys is true there. She’s been coaching for this function for years. Nearly every little thing she’s executed all through seven seasons was in preparation for when she would change into Queen of the Andals. Not the spouse of the King of the Andals, thoughts you. She was planning to run the joint herself.
Snow might step apart. But, as everybody is aware of by now, that is not how the Great Game is performed. Besides, the story has at this level maneuvered key characters so when Jon learns the reality about his heritage, nearly all of the Seven Kingdoms will mechanically line up behind him. Sansa guidelines Winterfell, controls Robyn Arryn (The Eyrie), and most certainly can persuade no matter Tully takes over The Riverlands to observe her lead as effectively.
With the Tyrells all useless, their stewards, the Tarlys, at the moment are the rulers of the Reach, and the oldest residing son is… Sam. Add within the probability Theon takes the Iron Islands, and there are 5 kingdoms in Jon’s nook, together with the 2 greatest landholders.
How does Jon get out of this? The reply has been in entrance of him because the very first e-book when Maester Aemon revealed he was a Targaryen.
The third son of King Maekar I Targaryen, Aemon was an unlikely candidate to rule Westeros, however a mix of madness and illness eliminated these forward of him. Aemon might have claimed the Iron Throne. However, he didn’t need the duty and felt his youthful brother, Aegon, was the higher candidate. What did he do? He joined the Night’s Watch, the one assured solution to take away himself from the sport, leaving Aegon the Unlikely to rule.
The essential query is, why is the subplot there in any respect, apart from as a foreshadowing of how you can untangle a future lineage downside? Nowadays, its comprehensible followers write off all Martin’s filling in of Targaryen historical past, as there is a new sequence of books. (Fire & Blood is great, by the way in which.)
But this subplot has been there because the very first novel, A Game of Thrones, when Aemon reveals his story in Chapter 60 (Jon VIII.) Martin did not casually throw it in there as a result of sooner or later he would possibly write a historical past of the Targaryens. Nothing within the early books is extraneous (besides possibly the meals passages) relating to main as much as the foremost beats of the story.
Jon already walked away from the Night’s Watch as soon as, however that was below one other title. As beautiful as Dolorous Edd is because the 999th Lord Commander, chances are high by the top of the sequence, the 1000th Lord Commander will probably be elected, and he’ll oversee the rebuilding of the Wall. How is a Stark-Targaryen not the right candidate for this undertaking?
Aemon and Aegon’s story of how you can take away oneself from the sport is part of the narrative that is been neglected and should maintain the reply to how the story ends. How a lot of a bittersweet ending would it not be the place each Jon Snow and Daenerys survive, however the one answer for who guidelines the Seven Kingdoms is for Jon to take himself off to the Night’s Watch, to allow them to by no means be collectively?
Aegon Targaryen turns into the 1000th Lord Commander, overseeing the rebuilding of the Wall, as his Stark ancestors did earlier than him whereas Daenerys oversees the rebuilding of Westeros. It’s not the comfortable ending followers would possibly need, however it’s the one we most likely deserve.