This week’s episode of Game of Thrones season 7, ‘Eastwatch’, finally saw the long-awaited return of Robert Baratheon’s bastard son and rowing enthusiast, Gendry.
Aside from referencing the long-running ‘Gendry rowing’ meme and heading off with the Westerosi answer to the Avengers to battle some White Walkers, there was one major point that fans might not realise – he could be related to Jon Snow.
While many fans were gushing about Gendry’s newfound bromance with Jon Snow – which strongly echoed the banter between their respective fathers at the start of the show – it turns out that their biological fathers were far from friends.
Elsewhere in the episode it was all-but confirmed that Jon Snow is a Targaryen. Firstly, we already know about Bran’s flashback last season which revealed that Jon Snow’s mother was Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna.
Then in ‘Eastwatch’, Jon managed to dragon-whisper Daenerys’s Drogon – who had just spent most of his day barbecuing men – better than the Khaleesi herself.
Plus Samwell Tarly’s better-half Gilly stumbled upon an annulment to Rhaegar Targaryen’s marriage, presumably to Princess Elia Martell. So assuming Jon was the son he went on to have with Lyanna, he’d be a full-blown, legitimate Targaryen. *Mic drop*.
So that means their actual fathers Robert Baratheon and Rhaegar Targaryen clashed at the Battle of the Trident.
Since Gendry’s comeback, some fans have dug out the family trees and aside from grossing us all out with the sheer amount of incest in the Targaryen family, it points out that the bastard Baratheon and Jon Snow are cousins, twice removed, as Rhaelle Targaryen was Robert’s grandmother.
The fact Jon is a Targaryen also means he has the most solid claim to the throne out of anyone in Westeros, as he’s the only surviving Targaryen male as far as we know.
Meanwhile, Gendry is a bastard, so doesn’t really have a stake on his father’s throne and Cersei Lannister’s children were all actually Jaime’s, so her claim died with Robert back in season 1.
Given Jon Snow’s reluctance to take on being King in the North, it seems unlikely he’ll be keen to rule, but perhaps with everyone’s refusal to help him fight the White Walkers, could he assume power just to get shit done?
However, if he does couple up with Daenerys Targaryen – who he is ALSO related to – then together they would have a rock solid claim to the Iron Throne. Just that pesky Cersei Lannister and army of the dead to tackle now, eh?
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