This One ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene Is Even More Heartbreaking Now, I Promise

Ned Stark may have , but he couldn’t keep his promise to Jon Snow. This heartbreaking promise to his was made back in Game of Thrones Season 1, Episode 2, ‘The King’s Road.’

Now that HBO have dismissed the ideas that (or even ) could be Jon’s real father and confirmed that , this conversation is all the more poignant. Any true Game of Thrones fan will feel the feels at the way Ned’s voice cracks when he says:

“The next time we see each other, we’ll talk about your mother. I promise.”

Now we know he’s not just talking about some random woman in a tavern sometime in his youth. Ned’s talking about his beloved sister Lyanna, who he saw die in his arms ( ).

Image: HBO / Quick Meme
Image: HBO / Quick Meme

During Season 1, I always wondered why Ned let Jon take the black so easily. It’s a massive thing to swear your life away to The Wall, and it felt like Ned had been swayed by Catelyn’s resentment of his ‘bastard son’ too quickly. However, knowing that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, The Wall was the safest place for Jon. Robert Baratheon, who loved Lyanna Stark, hated the dragon born so much he would have had little Jon Snow killed.

”I will kill every Targaryen I can get my hands on, until they are as dead as their dragons, and then I will piss on their graves” – Robert Baratheon

Even Targaryen-hating Robert never had Maester Aemon killed, however. True, he was an old man, but his lineage was known throughout the Seven Kingdoms. Yoren also attempts to take one of Robert’s , Gendry, to The Wall to escape Joffrey and Cersei’s culling of Robert’s illegitimate offspring in King’s Landing.

Maester Aemon: Not quite the Last Targaryen
Maester Aemon: Not quite the Last Targaryen

Now Bran knows about Jon’s true parentage, what will happen to Westeros’s biggest bastard, Jon Snow? Is Bran the only one who knows or ?

What is next for Jon Snow — or — now?

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