The 80-minute Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones was so jam-packed with twists and turns that we’re still trying to wrap our minds around everything that went down. All of the major players in Westeros came together at the Dragonpit in King’s Landing to seemingly call a truce — too bad Cersei Lannister is traitorous and murderous and only cares about herself.
The massive meeting wasn’t even the most mind-blowing event from “The Dragon and the Wolf.” The Wall came tumbling down, and the Night King led his fellow White Walkers and their Army of the Dead into Westeros. Sansa and Arya Stark also put aside their differences and came together as sisters (RIP Littlefinger). Meanwhile, the Lannister brothers may have switched sides, and finally, after major speculation, Jon Snow’s true lineage was revealed in a spectacular sequence that involved his little brother, Bran Stark aka the Three-Eyed Raven, and his BFF, Sam Tarley.
If you know anything about George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic, then you probably already knew about the infamous R+L=J theory. To break it down, Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna Stark. As one of our favorite Free Folk, Gilly, tried to tell us earlier in the season, Rhaegar annulled his first marriage to Elia Martell (Oberlin Martell’s sister) so that he could marry Lyanna, meaning Jon is legitimate and actually the rightful heir to the Iron Throne — ahead of his aunt and new love, Daenerys Targaryen. And yet, that’s not even the most important detail the season finale unveiled.
Jon’s given name — which we now know is Aegon Targaryen — is actually the one detail that reveals the biggest storyline of Season 8. Let’s get into the meat and potatoes, shall we?