Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones‘ season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’.
A few Game of Thrones episodes back, an integral plot point that could decide the future of the Iron Throne was seemingly brushed aside by Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West).
In a scene at the Citadel, Gilly (Hannah Murray) seems to discover through reading texts that Rhaegar Targaryen annulled his marriage to Elia Martell, thus legitimately being able to marry Lyanna Stark.
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However, Sam seemed more concerned with ranting about how miserable his job at the Citadel was and completely ignored Gilly’s bombshell. C’mon Sam!
Yet it turns out he was listening after all, as he recalled this crucial piece of information to Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in last night’s (August 27) season finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’. Phew.
Fans were largely relieved that Sam managed to keep focused in the end, though were not pleased at him seemingly taking undue credit from Gilly:
This week’s episode saw Sam arrive at Winterfell, and during a conversation with Bran they both managed to piece together Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) heritage by way of the latter’s warging and Sam’s reading.
Together, they were able to confirm what fans had long suspected – Jon is the legitimate son of Rhaegar and Lyanna and is not a bastard but the actual heir to the Iron Throne, his actual name being Aegon Targaryen.
This may complicate things down the line, especially as Jon and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) grew rather close during the episode by having sex, unware that they are aunt and nephew (ew ew ew). Plus, there’s Jon’s now-potentially stronger claim to the throne.
In the meantime, we will have to wait two years or so until Game of Thrones returns to see how the consequences of Sam and Bran’s bombshell unfold – should it reach the ears of Jon and Dany, that is.
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