'Game of Thrones' season 8 reveals Jon Snow and Daenerys' future through Podrick's song

'Game of Thrones' season 8 reveals Jon Snow and Daenerys' future through Podrick's song

This article contains spoilers for Season 8 episode 2

'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 2's biggest revelation was Jon Snow telling Daenerys Targaryen about the fact that he is Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark's son, Aegon Targaryen. This revelation had left Dany stunned as it occurred to her that Jon is now the last living male heir of house Targaryen and hence he has a true claim to the throne. While this would be enough to crack their relationship wide open, there is also the fact that Sansa Stark is hell-bent on the North not having to bow to anyone else in the future, especially after what has happened in the past. 



This too is apparent when Sansa and Dany have a conversation about keeping their differences aside. They do succeed, but only until Sansa doesn't speak of the North after the war. Sansa asks Dany, what about after the war after they defeat the white walkers' army and Cersei? Dany states "I will take the Iron Throne". Sansa doesn't seem perturbed about the Iron Throne though, she is more worried about the North. When she says so to Dany and explains that the Northerners have vowed not to be ruled by the Iron Throne and the two face other and it is an impasse. Seeing as how Sansa, Jon, and Arya are rooted in the North, this also could prove problematic to Jon and Dany's budding relationship. 

A still of Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones' season 8 episode 2. (Source: HBO)

So when we heard 'Jenny's Song', first sung by Podrick after Brienne is knighted and then when the closing credits ran, we realized that it is an easter egg that indicates what direction Dany and Jon's relationship might take after all.

“High in the halls of the kings who are gone,” Podrick sings. “Jenny would dance with her ghosts. The ones she had lost and the ones she had found. The ones who had loved her the most.”

The song is referenced in the book as 'Jenny's Song' too and is a tale about a king who gives up his throne for the woman that he loved. This results in his family's wrath as they had planned a political marriage to help the man succeed to the Iron Throne. The woman in question is Jenny of Oldstones, and the man who gave up his throne is Duncan Targaryen, who is Dany's uncle. It was not Dany's father Aerys II Targaryen who was in succession for the throne, but Duncan got married to Jenny.  Also, the two did not have a happy ending as Duncan died in a great fire that occurred at Summerhall. Also note that Duncan is Aerys II's brother in the show, while in the book, he is his uncle. 


Daenerys and Jon in episode 1 of 'Game of Thrones' season 8. (Source: HBO)

Duncan and Jenny parallel what’s happening to Jon and Daenerys at the end of “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms".

So this song, performed by Florence + The Machine in the episode's end credits, is possibly an indication that Jon Snow might give up the claim to the throne for his love for Dany, and also because he knows how much she wants to sit on the Iron Throne. We also know, Dany is not really good when it comes to her claim to the throne being threatened; her volatile temper has seen her commit many rash acts. Jon could be at the risk of losing his head for love/the throne if Dany's ruthless side prevails. Or who knows she might actually tame her famous temper for love. 

However, Podrick's ballad hints that it might not mean a happy ending since the song also portrays the death of the prince. Jenny's song tells us 'The love of Jenny’s life, Duncan, is dead'.  Of course, this theory also requires that Dany and Jon win not only the War of Winterfell but also a war against Cersei. 

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