Game of Thrones: Jon Snow, a Dragon and a Wolf

Game of Thrones: Jon Snow, a Dragon and a Wolf

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you can do with the Squarespace website. Jon Snow is the unlikely hero of Game of Thrones
– unlikely because he’s too heroic. When we first started watching the show, we
probably expected the honorable Jon to fall victim to his own noble antics. The show is all about subverting tropes like
the pure-hearted hero, and we saw how Westeros answered honor from
other characters. Yet over time Jon has become the enduring
moral compass of the story as well as a more complex and interesting
hero than we first thought. “This isn’t about living in harmony. It’s just about living.” Spoilers are coming beyond this point. If we look closer, his nuances as a character
can be tied to the revelation that he is, in fact, both a Stark and a Targaryen. His true name is Aegon Targaryen. We learned this long before he does, and many
of us suspected it long before that. “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Jon doesn’t immediately strike us as “Targaryen” “Where are my dragons?” But actually the core Targaryen qualities
are very much a part of him. When Jon speaks forgiving words to Theon Greyjoy, we get the sense that he’s also talking
about himself, without yet knowing it. “You don’t need to choose. You’re a Greyjoy, and you’re a Stark.” He, too, doesn’t have to choose between
his two natures. Jon’s power and nuance comes from this unique
blend of the Stark and Targaryen in him. He is the center of Game of Thrones, and his character reveals the values and messages
that are the heart of the whole story. “We’re all on the same side.” “How can we be?” “We’re all breathing.” As a bastard, Jon has always felt like an
outsider in the Stark household. “I’m not a Stark.” He was close to Robb and Arya, but notably distant from Catelyn and Sansa. “I was awful, just admit it.” “[Laughs] You were occasionally awful. I’m sure I can’t have been great fun always
sulking in the corner while the rest of you played.” Catelyn hated Jon because she believed him
to be her husband’s bastard. “I want you to leave.” And Ned never told his wife the truth, that
Jon was in fact his nephew, son of his sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar
Targaryen. Jon was constantly reminded of his illegitimate
status as a child. “You’re Ned Stark’s bastard, aren’t you?” So this set him apart, preparing him for the
loneliness of the later burdens he takes on as an adult. Given this childhood, Jon developed a solemn
and brooding personality. “You look a lot better brooding than I do.” And he also came of age without any pretenses
to power and glory. “Your Grace? Hear that?” Jon never expected to be more than a bastard
in the rigid social hierarchy of his world. His highest ambition was to devote himself
to the Night’s Watch and make something valuable of his life through service. “I’m ready to swear your oath.” “You don’t understand what you’d be giving
up.” But however much he felt different or less
than the siblings he grew up with, Jon’s lived experience still makes him above
all a Stark, shaped by the man he believed to be his father,
Ned Stark. “You are a Stark. You may not have my name, but you have my
blood.” Jon has inherited Ned’s sense of honor. He upholds the value of truthfulness, “I am true to my word, or I try to be. That is why I cannot give you what you asked.” even this is very politically inconvenient. “Have you ever considered learning how to
lie ever now and then? Just a bit?” He’s fiercely loyal to both House Stark
and the Night’s Watch, always putting his duty first, even if that means leaving behind Ygritte, “I know I love you. I know you love me. But I have to go home now!” facing her on the battlefield and watching
his lover die in his arms. “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” He’s courageous and selfless, leading his
troops into battle and constantly putting himself in danger. He believes in justice, and swings the blade
himself, again like his father. He’s also caring, compassionate and forgiving, “Do you forgive me?” “There’s nothing to forgive.” “Forgive me.” “Alright, alright, I forgive you.” All of these quintessentially Stark qualities
make Jon the obvious successor to the late Ned and Robb. “The North remembers!” and they elect Jon King because he is a Stark
through and through. “I put my trust in you, a stranger, because
I knew it was the best chance for my people, for all our people.” The season 6 finale confirmed the long-standing
fan theory “R+L=J.” The end of season 7 went even further to reveal
that Rhaegar’s earlier marriage was annulled. So Jon is not a bastard, but the legitimate
heir to the Targaryen line and the Iron Throne. Jon Snow — or Aegon Targaryen — has yet
to show his Targaryen heritage in obvious ways. He’s been spared the Targaryen madness and
the Targaryen looks like the platinum hair. But he seems to have a connection to dragons
and might end up riding one, putting him on equal footing with his nemesis,
the Night King. And his almost immediate, instinctive love
for Daenerys “I’ve noticed you staring at her good heart.” seems to signal a deeper connection to this
Targaryen nature within himself. So their attraction and merging symbolizes
that Jon is a Targaryen, even though he hasn’t really faced this
part of himself much yet. So let’s look at few of the deeper qualities
that we’ve identified in the Targaryens in past videos, and see if we observe them in Jon. Strong, unstoppable will – check. Inner vitality – check. Mythic power – Jon does come back from the
dead – so that’s a check. Action – check. Passion – check. Will to survive – check. And being a born leader – check. The Targaryens are all about power. Their ancestor Aegon the Conqueror forged
the symbol of power in Westeros, the Iron Throne, in dragon fire from his enemies’
swords. So Targaryen blood is pretty much equated
with power itself. The Targaryen identity is consumed with navigating
how to hold and use power, the question of its boundaries, and the best
and right way to rule. A key part of Jon’s destiny is that he doesn’t
know he’s a Targaryen, and likewise, he doesn’t actually seek or
seem to like having power. “I never wanted it. I never asked for it.” Nonetheless, power comes to him. “The King in the North!” “King in the North!” “The King in the North!” He becomes King in the North against his own
wishes, and now he’s the Targaryen heir, which is somewhat inconvenient and not likely
to please him given his relationship with Dany and his discomfort
with power. Jon doesn’t expect or want to be a leader,
but he also can’t help that he is, just as he can’t resist that he is also
a Targaryen, which makes him a born ruler. I don’t need your permission. I am a king.” So — as the title “A Song of Ice and Fire”
tells us — Jon Snow will not have to choose. He’s ice, and he’s fire. He’s a Targaryen, and he’s a Stark. And it’s precisely this union of Stark and
Targaryen characteristics that’s exactly what’s needed to lead Westeros
through troubling times. “The people who follow you know that you made
something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can
make other impossible things happen. Build a world that’s different from the shit
one they’ve always known.” The Season 7 Finale is titled “The Dragon
and the Wolf,” which has two meanings. We finally get the romantic union of Jon and
Daenerys, the White Wolf and the Mother of Dragons. But we also learn in even more definitive
terms that Jon is equal parts Dragon and Wolf, so
the title refers to his identity as well. “I transcribed the High Septon’s diary. He annulled Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia.” In his own way, Jon is a dragon, too. If we look back, his story isn’t worlds
away from Dany’s. He begins as a bastard, never thinking he
will have a high-profile life. She begins in exile, hardly imagining that
she’s going to be vying to rule all of Westeros. She’s far away from King’s Landing, gets
married off to a Dothraki, and believes that on the off chance a Targaryen
could return to power it would be her brother, Viserys. But — like Jon — she adapts to the cards
she’s dealt, finds the opportunity in every seemingly hopeless
situation, and grows stronger with each obstacle. Jon has survived even death itself, and we can see from Dany’s questions about
his scars “Taking a knife in the heart for his people?” that this intrigues and attracts her to her
fellow dragon. When Viserys dies, Dany says “He was no
dragon.” To her, being a true dragon means that you
are strong enough to survive fire — not just in the literal sense, but in the broader sense of life’s fires
as well. And Jon and Dany both have emerged stronger
from the fires in their lives. And they’ve also grappled with the Targaryen
question of how to rule. “You are a dragon. Be a dragon.” Dany tries to become an enlightened ruler,
freeing slaves and vowing to serve her people. Jon repeatedly sacrifices his safety for his
people and always does what he believes is best for them, even when they don’t understand or approve
of the actions he takes to serve them. “I trust the eyes of an honest man more than
I trust what everybody knows.” The rarely black-and-white Westeros needs
a moral center, “When enough people make false promises, words
stop meaning anything.” an inspiring figure. The audience may painfully used to the grey
zone and cynical tone of most storylines, but we still yearn for someone we can genuinely
root for. For the characters within Westeros, Jon is
also a moral guide. Like us, they sometime find him too stupidly
heroic. “Heroes do stupid things and they die. Even this Jon Snow. They all try to outdo each other.” And yet they love him and respect him for
that. More importantly, they’re inspired to serve
his cause. Despite being a man of honor and a “basically
good” character, Jon actually shows an exception ability to
adapt. He forms an alliance with the free folk, bends
the knee to Daenerys Targaryen, and even strikes a bargain with Cersei Lannister. His adaptability might be why he hasn’t
encountered death like his father and brother. Jon only ever adapts so far though. His evolving strategy reflects his growing
awareness of the bigger fight and the greatest threat. So he’s ever unyielding in his determination
to help his people survive, but he becomes flexible, assessing each situation
and updating what he knows. Now that Jon knows that the White Walkers
require everyone’s immediate and undivided attention, Jon is the bulwark against Westeros’ primary
existential threat. He won’t get bogged down in smaller fights
or squabbling for power because he keeps his eye on the big game – and
this makes him a visionary. “But if you use them to melt castles and burn
cities, you’re not different.” He embodies the ultimate message of the story:
you must adapt to survive in a brutal, morally grey world, but don’t let that make forget what’s
most important and what you truly hold dear. George R.R. Martin has said that William Faulkner
is one of his great inspirations, and especially Faulkner’s assertion that
“the human heart in conflict with the self was the only thing worth writing about.” It seems at times from the outside like Jon
is a straightforward noble hero, “You’ve always known what was right.” “That might seem that way from the outside,
but I promise you it’s not true.” Jon always has to balance his instinctive
sense of honor with the painful awareness that too much of that honor is likely to get
him and others murdered. He has regrets, makes difficult decisions
and has to live with the consequences. Within him, the inner Stark will have to reconcile
with the Targaryen. But ultimately, the union of the two is the
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14 thoughts on “Game of Thrones: Jon Snow, a Dragon and a Wolf

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  2. I wonder how many people fell in love with Jon Snow? Well, tell me, what is NOT TO LOVE? He is every single fabulous thing The Take has described. And OH YEAH…He is just luscious to look at. So Jon is a slam dunk! You just have to fall in love – TOO STUPIDLY HEROIC! A man of honor and exceptionally adaptable with growing awareness. YUMMY!

  3. Jonhn Snow was most importantly,An Inspiration to All to be like-wise, always,unto the end of the "here" –and ,like in Snows Era,in our own Era, his words remain true–"The North Never Forgets."😊👍💖

  4. And ,as in Snows Era, The World is at War–the deadliest Greatest World War. Peace and Love to All.🙏🏋😊

  5. And he is also quite terrible at battle strategy and tactics. For all the pre-battle "planning" they go through, they can't even execute any positioning and formation that gives them an advantage. Moronic head-on charges and confrontation.

  6. And then the showrunners had some Star Wars in their future and decided to fuck GoT over sideways which results in Jon's heritage amounting to nothing more than a wet fart. Woohoo.

  7. The only thing I disagree with is the idea that they emerged from the fires of their lives stronger. It's quite the opposite. Dany is so broken by her hardships that she kills a million civilians. Jon's journey leads him to find his father's only living relative (in the show) and then have to kill her before he ever gets to know more about that side of him. Also Jon absolutely does have to choose either dragon or wolf. In the end he chooses to be a Stark and protect the wolf pack by slaying the dragon. He symbolically kills the conquering dragon in himself when he drives the blade into Dany's heart. Jon chooses to be a lone wolf in the end instead of being a dragon. He actively rejects the fire and embraces the ice. I think the whole point of fire vs ice is to show the uncontrollable and destructive nature of fire. Ultimately Jon rejects being reactionary and quick to bloodshed and this sets him apart from other Targaryen rulers. Inlike the rest of the dragons, his inner icy nature is what stays his hand and finally quells the fire of old Valyria.

  8. Also, even the mottos predict that Jon will be the savior of westeros. 'Winter is Coming' + 'Fire and Blood'= Fire and bloodshed will the save the people from winter. I think.

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