Here we were, thinking Game of Thrones couldn’t outdo what happened in last week’s “Battle of the Bastards.” And then the finale happened, completely blowing everything wide open. The story moved forward in a (mostly) satisfying way on Sunday, doing what Game of Thrones does best: kill people—wow were there deaths. It should go without saying that if you haven’t seen the season finale of season six, you should probably get out.
So, did anyone expect Tommen to do what he did? After seeing the destruction of the Sept and believing those he loved were killed in the blast, poor Tommen decided to take his own life. What a tragic end for a character who was thoroughly taken advantage of and only wanted to do what was right. He was a scared, timid young man not ready for the Iron Throne.
But Tommen’s untimely death pales in comparison to what we saw in Bran’s flashback. After seeing the Tower of Joy teased in episode 3, we finally got to see Ned make a promise to Lyanna, which has been theorized about since the first book from George R.R. Martin was published. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you know all about R+L=J. Finally, the long-running theory has been 99.99 percent confirmed.
We don’t hear exactly what Lyanna tells Ned but it’s pretty much implied that Jon Snow, who we thought was Ned’s bastard son, is the “ice and fire” of the popular series of books. Born as the son to Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, that officially makes Jon Snow the show’s most important character; he has ties to the northern Starks and the dragon-riding Targaryens.
The show didn’t implicitly state, “Yes, he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen,” but it certainly implied as much. I’m sure a larger reveal is being saved for season 7, but, for now, Jon’s status just rose well above anyone else’s on the show. As a direct male descendant of the Mad King, he technically has the stronger claim to the Iron Throne over Daenerys’. Making him a Targaryen also might confirm him to be a dragon-rider, another thing people have theorized about.
Of course, Jon doesn’t know he’s not Ned’s son; only Bran does. It’s likely season 7 will continue to draw this out over a few episodes but, for now, we’re left to speculate what’s going to happen. How will Jon react to Bran’s vision? For now, Jon is King in the North with the White Walkers to go up against. But that should be cake after taking back Winterfell.