For everyone who wants to know about, Dany and Jon’s relation.
As a lot of people know by now, Daenerys Targaryen is almost certainly the aunt of Jon Snow.
But if you’re still a little confused by the whole thing, this post is for you. Here’s a refresher on the important backstory and how it connects to both Jon and Dany…
Let me take you back to the time Aerys II Targaryen-
As known, as the Mad King was on the Iron Throne.
Aerys II was married to his sister, Rhaella*, with whom he had three kids: Rhaegar, Viserys, and Daenerys.
*Yes, the Targaryens are huge fans of incest, believing it important to keep the bloodline “pure”. It’s why they look so ~unique~ and some of them have a tendency towards madness.
They also practiced polygamy – Aegon the Conqueror, Daenerys’ ancestor who invaded and united the Seven Kingdoms, married both his sisters.
In the books, Daenerys grew up believing she’d marry Viserys.
Rhaegar was a lot older than his siblings (he actually died before Daenerys was born).
He was married to Elia Martell, sister of Oberyn. Rhaegar and Elia had two kids: Rhaenys and Aegon. Elia nearly died having Aegon, and subsequently could no longer have kids. Elia apparently loved Rhaegar, and in the books he’s described as being “fond” of her.
Meanwhile, Lyanna Stark, sister of Ned, was betrothed to Robert Baratheon.
In the books, Lyanna doesn’t seem particularly happy about the engagement, which was arranged between her father and Robert. She is aware that Robert had already fathered a bastard, and didn’t believe he’d be faithful to her.
These characters collided at the Tourney of Harrenhal. This has only briefly been mentioned in the show, but here’s what we know from the books.
At Harrenhal, Howland Reed (father of Jojen and Meera) was bullied by some squires, and Lyanna Stark stood up for him, tended to his wounds, and took him to a feast. At the feast, Rhaegar – who was a talented musician – played a beautiful, melancholy song that made Lyanna cry.
During the tournament, a mysterious knight, known as the Knight of the Laughing Tree, challenged and defeated the three knights whose squires had bullied Howland.
Most people believe this knight was Lyanna in disguise. Aerys II was incredibly paranoid and believed the mystery knight was his enemy. He sent Rhaegar to find the knight, who had vanished. A popular theory is that Rhaegar actually discovered Lyanna and protected her identity – and perhaps fell in love with her at this point.
Rhaegar ultimately won the tournament, and crowned Lyanna the “queen of love and beauty” instead of his wife, Elia.
We saw Littlefinger talk about this incident on the show in Season 5. Many fans believe Rhaegar did this to honour Lyanna’s heroic actions as the Knight of the Laughing Tree (and also maybe because he was falling for her hard). To the people at the tourney, it was a shocking act, not only because he snubbed his wife, but also because Lyanna was betrothed to Robert.
The following year, Rhaegar and Lyanna ran off together. There are a few options for how this went down.
The ~official~ story – spread by Robert – is that Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna, held her prisoner, and raped her. But a lot of fans believe the pair were actually in love and ran away together. Some think Aerys found out Lyanna was the Knight of the Laughing Tree, and Rhaegar hid her away to protect her.
Lyanna’s family believing she’d been kidnapped.
Others suggest that Rhaegar, who was obsessed with prophecy, believed he needed to have one more child (“the dragon has three heads”), and kidnapped/eloped with Lyanna in order to fulfil the prophecy, since his wife Elia could no longer have children.Whatever the cause, the action was the same: Rhaegar and Lyanna disappeared together somewhere in Dorne.
Brandon Stark (Lyanna and Ned’s older brother) rode to King’s Landing and demanded Rhaegar’s death.
Aerys II accused Brandon of treason and arrested him. He then summoned Rickard Stark (Brandon, Ned, and Lyanna’s father), who was arrested when he arrived in the capital. Both Stark men were executed in a brutal way in the throne room – an event which has been referenced a few times this season.
Aerys II then demanded the heads of Robert and Ned from Jon Arryn, the Lord of the Vale who the pair had lived with for some time.
Jon Arryn, Ned, and Robert all called their banners, and Robert’s Rebellion began. (it was his death that Ned was investigating back in Season 1).
In order to forge alliances, Ned married Catelyn Tully, and Jon Arryn married Catelyn’s sister, Lysa.
Ned and Catelyn were together only briefly after their marriage before he went off to fight in the war. But they conceived Robb in that short period of time.
One of the major battles during Robert’s Rebellion was the Battle of the Trident-
Where Robert and Rhaegar met in one-on-one combat.
Rhaegar injured Robert, but Robert dealt Rhaegar a fatal blow with his war hammer. It’s said that Rhaegar died with Lyanna’s name on his lips.
Robert needed time to recover from his wounds, so he asked Ned to lead his army to King’s Landing.
So there you have it! Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen (NOT Robert Baratheon, as some people think – seriously, the timeline doesn’t add up).
Which makes Daenerys his aunt, even though she’s a little younger than him.
What does that mean for their relationship?
They seem to already be somewhat attracted to each other, and they definitely want to be allies. When they find out the truth – likely through Bran, but also potentially from Howland Reed. It could either drive them apart or bring them closer together. If it turns out Jon is a legitimate heir, Daenerys could see him as a threat – or an even stronger ally.