Is Jon Snow About to Learn the Truth of His Lineage on Game of Thrones?

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Warning: This post contains spoilers about "The Spoils of War," Game of Thrones's fourth episode in season 7, plus predictions about future episodes. If you’re not caught up, stop reading now.

Game of Thrones's Jon Snow, a man tragically incapable of knowing anything, may be on the verge of finally learning something about himself: the secret of his lineage. A brief moment in the teaser trailer for "Eastwatch," the fifth episode of season seven, hints that Jon could begin to piece together the truth about his Targaryen ancestry as soon as next week.

The season six finale confirmed the long debated R + L = J fan theory for the audience. Jon is not Ned Stark’s bastard, but the illegitimate child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. That makes him a Targaryen by blood—and Daenerys's nephew. Neither of them know this, of course, and Daenerys told Jon she was the last Targaryen as recently as last week’s episode.

But, in a snippet of the episode 5 teaser, HBO hints at a moment in next week’s show that could put the pair on the path to enlightenment. About 15 seconds into the trailer, Jon comes face to face with a dragon for the first time.

It’s possible that Drogon, the dragon Daenerys rode into battle in epic fashion in "The Spoils of War," will recognize Jon's Targaryen blood. Drogon may behave differently around him, showing the same kind of deference that is usually only reserved for Daenerys. If the queen realizes Jon and Drogon have a connection, she may offer to let him ride another dragon—perhaps Rhaegal, the one named after his father. That would move us one step closer to the completion of the Three-Headed Dragon theory, which predicts a rider for each of Daenerys’s three dragons.

Jon’s discovery of his lineage wouldn't come a moment too soon. With Jon riding into battle on a dragon’s back, the Night King’s army wouldn't seem nearly so unstoppable. It might also put the brakes on the force of attraction that appears to be pulling Jon and Daenerys together since their jaunt through the caves of Dragonstone. It’s unclear if this series has room for another incestuous main character couple, but Kit Harington has confirmed that the King in the North is definitely crushing on his aunt.

Isaac Hempstead Wright Explains Bran Stark's Intense Staring in Game of Thrones

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Helen Sloan, HBO

There's always been something off with Brandon Stark's empty stare that we see so often in Game of Thrones. This week, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright explained exactly how he pulls it off.

The 20-year-old went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared a few of his experiences from working on the show, including accidentally dropping a spoiler in his math class and the interesting sex ed talk he was forced to have with his mom given his tender age when he began filming the show.

He also talked about his "intense stare"—and his preparation for the role may not be as deep as you think.

"I'm kind of getting good at this sort of intense stare," the star began. "But it's actually aided by the fact that I'm completely blind when I'm on set. I don't have my glasses, and I don't have contact lenses."

"How thick are the glasses?" Kimmel asks him, to which Hempstead Wright replies, "They're not that thick, but I need them to see."

He recalled another time when his vision problems aided his character. In season 7, while filming a scene with Sophie Turner (a.k.a. Sansa Stark), he recalled Turner making a comment along the lines of "Isaac, your stare is like—you're staring into my soul!" to which the actor replied "I can't see you!"

Actors—they're just like us.

Richard Madden Shared a Hilarious Throwback Photo With Game of Thrones Co-Stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen

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Charley Gallay, Getty Images for Netflix

Richard Madden may not have held the title of King in the North for long on Game of Thrones, but his memories of his time on the series—and the lasting friendships he forged—live on. Madden, who played Robb Stark, was famously killed off in season 3’s penultimate episode, “The Rains of Castamere” (a.k.a. The Red Wedding episode). But he has continued to champion the series, and his former colleagues, in the years since his premature demise. People spotted his latest tribute to his Game of Thrones days: a #TBT Instagram post that serves as a stark (no pun intended) reminder of just how long we’ve all been watching the epic HBO series.

The image features Madden with co-stars Kit Harington and Alfie Allen—each of whom is almost recognizable—after taking a ride on the Wheel of Belfast following their first read-through of Game of Thrones’s pilot episode. Which means that Madden’s caption that the photo is about 10 years old is pretty spot-on; the original pilot episode filmed in Northern Ireland in 2009, which would make all three of the actors about 22 years old at the time.

The show's actors have remained tight even after Madden’s brutal on-screen murder. In June 2018, Madden was a guest at Harington and fellow Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie’s wedding. Just a few months later, the 32-year-old actor—who won a Golden Globe earlier this year for his Netflix series The Bodyguard—was there to support his on-screen little sister Maisie Williams when she made her stage debut in I and You at London’s Hampstead Theatre. Which means that Madden might know more than any of us do in terms of how Game of Thrones will end, and could have been on to something when he predicted that ultimately, "[I]t’s just going to be three dragons flying around and everyone else is dead.” Hey, it could happen!

[h/t People]

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