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1) Jon Snow is not Ned Stark’s bastard
Jon Snow was introduced in Season 1 of the Game of Thrones, as the bastard son of Eddard “Ned” Stark, Lord of Winterfell in the north. In the North, it is customary for illegitimate children to have the surname “Snow”.
Jon has the strong features of the Stark family, and has good relationship with his “half-siblings”. However, Ned’s wife Catelyn despised him as it is a constant reminder of Ned’s infidelity. Ned Stark in contrast, treated Jon Snow as well as his other children.
Ned Stark refused to reveal to Jon about his mother. Jon decided to follow his uncle to the far north and serve in the Night’s Watch, as he realized his bastard status makes him an outsider and prevents him from owning lands or marrying into a good family.
In Season 6 of the Game of Throne finale, it was finally revealed that Jon Snow is the son of Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna Stark.
2) Jon Snow’s father is Rhaegar Targaryen
Following the revelation that Jon Snow is not Ned Stark’s bastard in the Season 6 finale, there were a lot of speculations of who is Jon’s father.
The mystery was quashed with the release of an infographic released by HBO. At a tourney held at Harrenhal in the rivelands, Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen of the Iron Throne, passed his winner’s crown of winter rose to Lyanna, instead of his wife. Unfortunately, Lyanna was engaged to marry Robert Baratheon.
Sometime later news spread that Rhaegar had abducted Lyanna. Her brother, Ned Stark came to Dorne, and found her at the Tower of Joy, drenched in blood and sweat on a bed. The abduction touched off Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion, in which Rhaegar was killed and the rebellion brought an end to Targaryen rule.
The subsequent infographic shows how key players were related to each other at the time of the Tower of Joy incident, with “parent” lines connecting Rhaegar and Lyanna to Jon, and an “abducted” line connecting Rhaegar to Lyanna. Read more..
So, Jon Snow’s father is Rhaegar Targaryen, who is the brother of Daenerys Targaryen.
3) Jon Snow’s owns a Valyrian steel sword, Longclaw
Where did Jon get his Valyrian sword? Longclaw is a Valyrian steel sword which was the ancestral weapon of House Mormont for five centuries. Longclaw is one of the few Valyrian steel blades in Westeros.
In Season 1, when Jon Snow joined the Night’s Watch, he was selected by the Lord Commander, Jeor Mormont as his personal steward with the intention of grooming Jon for command.
The Lord Commander rewarded Jon Snow the Longclaw sword when he saved the Lord Commander from a undead Wight – a recently deceased body that was give life by the White Walkers.
Another famous Valyrian steel sword is the Ice sword which is Eddard (Ned) Stark’s sword and the ancestral sword of House Stark.
Valyrian steel swords can remain sharp forever without the need for honing. Valyrian steel is stronger and lighter than normal steel, and one of the few known substances that can kill White Walkers.
4) Jon’s love is a warrior girl named Ygritte
In Season 2, in an assault of the Wildings outpost, a young and courageous warrior, Ygritte was captured by Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand (or The Halfhand). Qhorin ordered Jon to execute Ygritte but he hesitated and she managed to escape.
Jon and Qhorin are subsequently captured by the wildlings. Qhorin commands Jon pretend to defect to the wildlings and learn their plans, at any cost. To order to win the wildings’ trust, Qhorin provoke Jon to kill him. Jon then pretended to swear allegiance to Mance.
Although, Jon made a vow of celibacy when we was Night’s Watchmen, he broke it when he was with Ygritte in a cave near a hot spring.
Later, during an attack on a farm with the Wildings, Jon refused to kill a farmer and was attacked by the other Wildings. Jon killed a Wilding, escape and returned to Castle Black.
During the Wildings attack on the Wall, Ygritte aims her arrow at Jon, intending to kill him for his betrayal. She hesitated but was shot and killed by Olly. Jon holds her in his arms as she dies.
5) “You know nothing, Jon Snow”
The phrase, “You know nothing, Jon Snow” was quoted by Ygritte, 7 times from Season 2 to 4.
By repeating the phase, Ygritte seems to give to give the impression that she is “cocky” and always regarded Jon as a naive young man who still has a lot to learn.
Ygritte quoted her favorite phrase for the last time, when she was dying in Jon’s arms.
“Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall (#4.9)” (2014)
Ygritte: [as she’s dying] Jon Snow.
Jon Snow: Hush. Don’t talk.
Ygritte: Do you remember that cave? We should have stayed in that cave.
Jon Snow: We’ll go back there.
Ygritte: You know nothing, Jon Snow.
6) It’s a bad plan!
In Season 4, episode 9 after the failure of the Wildings assault on the Wall and Jon’s return, Jon Snow wants to go beyond the Wall to find and kill Mance Rayder. In a conversation with Sam, his good friend and fellow Night’s Watcher, Jon admitted that his plan to find Mance and kill him, is a bad plan ….
Samwell Tarly: Where are we going?
Jon Snow: Going to find Mance.
Samwell Tarly: You can’t do that. No one gave you any orders.
Jon Snow: Who’s left to give orders? The Wildling army’s only an army because of Mance. He united 100 warring tribes. Without Mance, they lose their leader. They lose their purpose. They go back to fighting each other. Scatter back to their home.
Samwell Tarly: Without Mance? You’re going to kill him?
Jon Snow: I’m gonna try.
Samwell Tarly: They’ll never let you within 100 yards of him. And even if they did, even if you managed to kill him…
Jon Snow: They’ll kill me? If I don’t go, they’ll kill me anyway. They’ll kill the rest of us, too.
Samwell Tarly: They won’t just kill you. They’ll boil you, they’ll flay you, they’ll make it last days.
Jon Snow: You’re right. It’s a bad plan… What’s your plan?
7) His sword was suppose to be Jorah’s Sword
Jon Snow’s sword, Longclaw was the ancestral sword of House Mormont, for five centuries. Jeor Mormont was once the Lord of Bear Island. He abdicated his seat to join the Night’s Watch, and later became the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
Joer Mormont’s son, Jorah succeeded him as the Lord of Bear Island, and the sword was passed to Jorah.
Unfortunately, Jorah left the sword behind when he fled into exile to Free Cities, to escape execution for trading in slaves.
Later Ser Joer Mormont’s sister returned the Longclaw sword to Joer at the Wall. Joer gifted the sword to Jon Snow the sword after Jon saved him from a Wight.
So, the sword was supposed to be Jorah’s.
8) Jon Snow is a warg
Wargs are people who has the ability to transfer their consciousness (or soul?) to animals and control their actions. A warg is a specific term for a skin changer who can enter the mind of a dog or wolf.
The Stark bloodline has this ability. Jon Snow (as well as the other Stark children) has the ability to enter the mind of his direwolf, Ghost.
This may be the reason why the Red Priestess, Melisandre is able to resurrects Jon Snow from the dead, by using magic spells. Jon may have warg into his direwolf, Ghost, just before he dies.
9) Jon Snow is the 998th Lord Commander
The Night’s Watch is a military order that guards the massive Wall on the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, against the Wildings, White Walkers and everything else. The Wall is reported to be about 700 feet tall and made of solid ice.
The commander in charge of the Wall and the Night’s Watch is the Lord Commander. Castle Black is the head-quarters of the commander. When Jon Snow joined the Night’s Watch, the Lord Commander is Jeor Mormont. Jeor Mormont is the 997th Lord Commander.
Joer Mormont was succeeded by Jon Snow, thus making him the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
10) Jon Snow is a contender for the Iron Throne
As mentioned earlier, Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen. Prince Rhaegar was the Crown Prince of the Iron Throne, before he was killed by Robert Baratheon, whose rebellion brought an end to Targaryen rule.
Jon Snow should be named Jon Targaryen, which puts him as a contender for the Iron Throne. In Seasson 7 of the Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen (sister of Rhaegar) is going to Westeros to regain the Iron Throne. Will Jon Targaryen ally with or eventually fight with Daenerys for the throne in Season 7?
11) Jon Snow is a teenager for much of the series
Jon Snow was 15 – 16 years old when he joined the Night’s Watch, in Season 1.
In Season 5, when Jon became the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, he was 19 years old.
12) Advice on leadership
Lord Commander Joer Mormont giving Jon Snow the following advice on leadership.
“You want to lead one day? Well, learn how to follow.”
13) Advice on how to be a hero
“Kill the boy, and let man be born” is the advice Maester Aemon give Jon to show him what a chosen hero needs to do to be successful.
What is a Maester?
The maesters are scholars, scientists, learned advisors to the nobility, and occasionally pseudo-religious researchers in the occult. Males of any age may begin training as a maester; females are not permitted to study or join the order. Noble families in Westeros sometimes send their younger sons to the Citadel. A bastard may study at the Citadel and become a maester. The maesters, like the brothers of the Night’s Watch, are considered to be servants of Westeros and all its people and in theory have no political allegiance.
Maester Aemon is the Lord Commander Joer Mormont most trusted adviser at Castle Black. He is the uncle of Daenerys, and his full name is Aemon Targaryen.