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Who are Jon Snow's Parents and What is His Targaryen Name?

**Warning – Spoilers ahead for House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones**

One of the greatest twists from Game of Thrones revealed the series-long mystery of who Jon Snow’s parents were and where his true heritage lay.

Formerly known as the bastard, we provide a recap on who Jon Snow’s parents are and remind you of his rightful name and heir to the throne.

Created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal for HBO, House of the Dragon will serve as a prequel to Game of Thrones starring Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, and more, following the beginning of the end for House Targaryen including the family’s war known as the Dance of Dragons.

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Who are Jon Snow’s Parents?

In the final episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, it was revealed that Jon Snow’s parents were Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.

As we were reminded in House of the Dragon Episode 1, Rhaegar is the son of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, and older brother to Daenerys – making Jon Snow her nephew.

Viewers were exposed to the revelation during Bran Stark’s foresight into the past, where he watched Lyanna reveal Jon’s true father to Ned Stark.

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Jon Snow’s Real Name is Aegon Targaryen

Season 7 also revealed that Jon’s real name was actually Aegon Targaryen and he was the rightful heir to the throne.

Before Lyanna’s passing, she asked Ned to protect Aegon/Jon at all costs, as news of his true ancestry would cause Robert Baratheon to hunt him down.

There was also a chance that Aegon/Jon could have been used as collateral damage by pro Targaryens and a political pawn to move the house closer to the Iron Throne, despite Aegon/Jon’s disinterest in ruling the Seven Kingdoms.

House of the Dragon Episode Guide

House of the Dragon has ten episodes to air within its first season and will settle into the release pattern of airing every Sunday at 9 pm ET, 6 pm PT, and 2 am GMT until the end of October.

Going by the release schedule outlined below, the House of the Dragon finale will air on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Below we have included the release dates of the show to mark in your calendar alongside the episode titles that we know so far:

  • Episode 1: The Heirs of the Dragon – Sunday, August 21, 2022
  • Episode 2: The Rogue Prince – Sunday, August 28, 2022
  • Episode 3: TBA – Sunday, September 4, 2022
  • Episode 4: TBA – Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • Episode 5: TBA – Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • Episode 6: TBA – Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • Episode 7: TBA – Sunday, October 2, 2022
  • Episode 8: TBA – Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • Episode 9: TBA – Sunday, October 16, 2022
  • Episode 10:TBA – Sunday, October 23, 2022

By Jo Craig – [email protected]

House of the Dragon is now streaming on HBO Max.

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Jo Craig
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Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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