All hail Jon, First of his Name, of House Targaryen and House Stark, the White Wolf, the Prince that was Promised, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, the First Men and the North, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm. The Song of Ice and Fire. Long may he reign.
Most of us had some inkling that Jon Snow was not Eddard Stark’s son. Now on 6x10, we have confirmation. Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.
We read the scene in the books, learned how the Tower of Joy went, knew Lyanna made him promise her something, knew she died in a bed of blood with her brother beside her. We knew it pained Ned to think of it.
But to have it acted out, to see Ned’s raw emotion play out on his face, holding his sister’s child, watching her as she plead with her dying breath for her brother to protect her baby…it’s powerful.
He lost his sister after just getting her back, and gained a child all within a few short moments.
He took a child that was not his, and loved it, and raised it as his own. He chose to become Jon’s father. He protected him and defended him and loved him fiercely, even at the expense of his own honor, reputation and even, for a time, his own marriage.
He lied to the man who he considered a brother, risked his life to commit treason against the king he fought to crown. He lied to his own wife, even though he probably knew he could trust her. He lied to everyone. Because he made a promise to his sister, and wouldn’t let Jon come to harm, not for anyone.
Because Eddard Stark was a good man, a man who loved his family selflessly. And this episode made me remember how good of a man he was, and how revolting his death was.
1. Holocene - Bon Iver
2. Wash - Bon Iver
3. Arsonists Lullaby - Hozier
4. Breezeblocks- Alt J
5. Mess is Mine - Vance Joy
6. Bloodstream (acoustic) - Ed Sheeran
7. Work Song - Hozier
8. Warm Water - Banks
9. Exit (music for a film) - Radiohead
10. Talk Show Host - Radiohead
11. Youth - Daughter
12. I See Fire - Ed Sheeran
13. Video Games - Lana Del Ray
14. Lion’s Roar - First Aid Kit
15. Stay Gold - First Aid Kit
Harry was so close to the mirror now that his nose was nearly touching that of his reflection.
“Mum?” he whispered. “Dad?”
They just looked at him, smiling. And slowly, Harry looked into the faces of the other people in the mirror and saw other pairs of green eyes like his, other noses like his, even a little old man who looked as though he had Harry’s knobbly knees – Harry was looking at his family, for the first time in his life.
The Potters smiled and waved at Harry and he stared hungrily back at them, his hands pressed flat against the glass as though he was hoping to fall right through it and reach them. He had a powerful kind of ache inside of him, half joy, half terrible sadness.
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone