It's a particularly exciting week for the droves of Game of Thrones fans out there. Because after waiting a full year since the last finale, Season 7 will finally premiere this Sunday. And with just two short season left before the tale of Westeros concludes forever, there's plenty of big moments to look forward to. One of the longest standing mysteries on Game is the true lineage of Jon Snow, and while we learned that Lyanna Stark was his mother through Bran's flashback in the finale, his father's identity has yet to be confirmed. But actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might have let slip the most obvious secret out there: that Jon is part Targaryen.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote Game of Thrones' upcoming seventh season. When he was called out for lying last year about Jon Snow's resurrection (they all did), he tried to get out of it, and revealed a bit too much.
Ruh roh. Jaime Lannister got a bit too chatty, and most likely revealed the plot point that fans had long theorized over: that Jon is actually related to Dany, and has Targaryen blood running through his veins.
This revelation is a long time coming, as Game of Thrones fans have long theorized that Jon was the daughter of Lyanna Stark and Danys' brother Rhaegar Targaryen. Spoken through code as R + L = J, most of the hardcore fandom never believed that Ned would cheat on Catelyn, because he was the most honorable dude in all of Westeros. Furthermore, he refused to ever speak about the alleged whore that he slept with to conceive Jon, probably because she never existed. And in last season's finale, we were shown how Ned eventually reconnected with his sister Lyanna right before her death, and promised to take care of her newborn child.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's confession on Jimmy Kimmel certainly felt accidental, and you could feel both he and Kimmel attempt to backtrack and make it all a joke. But there isn't any motivation for the actor to give a false statement about Jon's parentage, especially since the audience already knows about Lyanna.
You can check out the deliciously awkward moment below.
Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and say that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau slipped up and revealed the truth about Jon's lineage. It's essentially a secret that everyone already knows, so he probably let his guard down and revealed it when riffing with Jimmy Kimmel. I wonder how HBO felt about it.
Game of Thrones will return for Season 7 this Sunday, July 16th. In the meantime, check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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