It’s been a long time coming, but the stars are finally aligning for Jon Snow in a big way. He is now firmly on a collision course for the Iron Throne having been named King of the North completely independent of the fact that he will certainly know before long what his true parentage is. That gives him two completely different paths to the Iron Throne that will certainly come into play sooner rather than later.
So will Jon actually win the Iron Throne? This is Game of Thrones after all, where nothing seems to ever go as planned. But if he does actually make it, these are the reasons why.
1. He has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne
Book readers, TV viewers, and a mix of the two finally had the long-believed theory of “R + L = J” proven correct in the final episode of Game of Thrones’ sixth season. Now that we know that Jon is in fact the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, we can safely put him on the short list of characters with a direct link to the Iron Throne. The revelation means that Jon is the nephew of Daenerys Targaryen, but the heir apparent to the throne since kingship travels through male heirs.
There are some caveats of course. For one, it’s still unclear what the nature of Rhaegar and Lyanna’s relationship was. In a best case scenario, Rhaegar and Lyanna’s relationship was based in love — not a kidnapping and rape as Robert Baratheon insists — and the two could have been wed as Targaryen’s sometimes had more than one wife. Worst case scenario is that Jon is, again, a bastard with no claim to the throne. That being said, the final episode also showed that bastards can be legitimized in this world and if Jon is already King of the North, imagine how people might stand behind him if they were to find out his true heritage.