The biggest secret in Game of Thrones is out. In the Season 8 premiere, Jon Snow’s best friend, Samwell Tarly, told the former King in the North who he really is – not a bastard, but Aegon Targaryen, sixth of his name and the true heir to the Iron Throne.
But should that matter?
To Samwell Tarly, the answer in Sunday night’s episode was yes. Sam (who’d just learned that Dany had his father and brother killed for refusing to bend the knee) reminded Jon that he gave up his crown for his people, and then asked if Dany would do the same. It’s worth noting that when Jon, who never expected power in his life, bent the knee, he did so only after getting to know Dany and after she saved the men who went on the mission to capture the wight.
Since Dany’s arrival, things have been frosty up in Winterfell. The people up North offered a polite, but somewhat cold reception to Dany’s Unsullied and Dothraki. But this is a queen who has won people’s love, loyalty and respect, and thousands of them traveled with her to the Stark’s ancestral home.
With the show seemingly prompting us to again consider the question of who deserves the Throne – an heir, a formerly exiled princess who became a khaleesi and then a queen, a queen who took the throne after her children died, or someone else – let’s look back at Dany’s ruling resume (we’ll be looking into Jon’s too, in the days ahead; Plus, check out this piece on why Sansa should rule Westeros). Cc: Samwell Tarly and the Northerners