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Did You Know Jon Snow’s True Name Was Sneakily Revealed Four Years Ago?

For years it’s been an open secret that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen. When Game of Thrones 100%, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt confirmed this at the end of last season, fans just had the inevitable verified. But Jon’s actual name remained a mystery to even the most devout R + L = J theorists.


But it turns out the series’ co-creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, have been hinting at Aegon Targaryen since as early as season three. Redditor tyjhort noticed that, when Shireen was teaching Davos to read, the first word she seems to have taught him was ‘Aegon.’



“This word is Aegon,” Shireen says. “When you see A, E, and G together like that, it sounds like egg.” Yes, it does. It also sounds like Jon Snow’s real name. It seems, in the context of the scene, this may be the first word Davos consciously learned to read. That’s just me reading into things, though, because it would be really poetic if the first word he learned to read was the name of…his future king?


Davos actor Liam Cunningham spoke to HuffPost regarding the theory, saying, “Yeah, they’re very good at that sort of thing. David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] plant little Easter eggs there if you want to see them.”


When asked if he was aware the magnitude of foreshadowing that scene contained, Cunningham said:


No, are you kidding me? I don’t know what the hell’s gonna happen from one episode to the next. That’s testament to how good the writing is on that, too. After seven seasons, people are still asking the same question they asked in Season 1. ‘Who do you think is gonna end up on the throne?’


It’s strangely nice that Davos has a special place in his heart for the name Aegon since he’s now one of Jon Snow’s most trusty confidants. But the most mysterious part of this Easter egg is Shireen. Poor Shireen. Did she just happen to teach Davos the true name of Jon Snow or did she know what she was doing? I always felt there was something mildly mystical about Shireen’s presence. What I really hope is she did have some sort of supernatural powers…powers that could bring her back into our lives.




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