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Jon Snow will not be proud…

Posted in Television with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2017 by Mj Rains

WARNING: SPOILERS IN THIS POST. Season 7 – 8 Game of Thrones

What can I say? I’m a little disappointed. Though I will wait with high anticipation for the final season of Game of Thrones, and though I enjoyed this past season, mostly, I am disappointed that the writers (George R.R. Martin included) went this way with our two main characters. Not only did they make Jon Snow, one of the best written self-less heroes ever written, a Targaryen, the also wrote a love scene for him in which he innocently fucks a close relative. The whole idea of bringing Daenerys and Jon together seems like giving in to the sixteen year old fan base who love Kit Harington (and want to see him naked) and Emilia Clarke and wanted to see them hook up. We are deeper than this, true fans of the story and show. Though their coupling will cause inevitable friction in season 8, and extra extra drama (which I for one do not need), it will in some ways make the decisions of our hero change in profound ways. Our hero is Jon, and don’t for second think it is Daenerys.

Which brings me to my second disappointment: The hero who does nothing for himself but only things to save those around him, who never asks for position, or property or a crown, yet gets it because he simply does “the right thing,” Jon Snow, is written as a Targaryen. He’s been a bastard born guy who never knew his true parentage. If you look into the history of all the families in the Game of Thrones books and series, the Targaryens are far from pleasurable to know. They were power hungry, ruthless people, who interbred with each other in incestuous relationships to keep their blood lines pure, who blew away with their fiery dragon’s breath towns, cities and anyone who stood in their way to achieve their ultimate power. It’s no wonder in the books and series they were destroyed long ago, for bad karma breeds a result, and they got theirs, yet here we are, fair fans of Game of Thrones, rooting for two of them, though it is true, Jon and Daenerys are not as fucked up as their ancestors.

And to add one more fucked up thing, that we are supposed to “love” :  So Jon will eventually find out that he’s a Stark through his mother, Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister who died after giving birth to  him, and he will learn that his dad is Daenerys’s brother, Rhaegar Targaryen. We will be told that they were in love, how sweet, and that he was born of that love. Cut me a break. Rhaegar was no “sweetheart” and did what all his ancestors seemed to do, which is take whatever they want, whenever they want because they can. Jon’s “wonderful” dad was married and had two children at the time he met Jon’s mother (in Season 4, Prince Oberon tells the unhappy story of his sister, who was married to Rhaegar). Rhaegar ditches his wife and kids, gets an annulment, and secretly marries Lyanna. Are we supposed to admire that? Knowing Jon’s character, which we love, and I’m sure the writers won’t even mention this, Jon Snow will not be proud of his real father.

Nor will he be thrilled at the prospect that he is the rightful King of Westeros. Dany is going to have small fits of displeasure (and might be pregnant as well) and this little unnecessary soap opera will be our side-line, while the long night comes…and the dead with it. Somehow, it all disappoints me. Just a bit.

What do you, my fellow fans of Game of Thrones, think?

Image: Game of Thrones Season 7

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