S8 Ep 2: A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms


The episode’s musical Easter egg, “Jenny’s Song,” could be foreshadowing the kết thúc of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.

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Podrick’s tuy vậy could be foreshadowing Daenerys’s future. HBO/Helen Sloan
The second episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth và final season, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” contains a big Easter egg from the books the show is based on (fitting, since it aired on Easter Sunday), & it could be major foreshadowing regarding what the future holds for Jon Snow và Daenerys Targaryen, và which one may take the Iron Throne.

Toward the end of the episode, several knights — Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth (who was knighted in this episode), Podrichồng (Brienne’s squire), Davos Seaworth, and Tormund Giantsbane — are drinking together when Tyrion asks the group to sing a tuy nhiên. They all decline except for Podrichồng, who begins khổng lồ sing a somber tune.

“High in the halls of the kings who are gone,” Podrichồng 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.”

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The song also plays during the episode’s closing credits, where it is performed by Florence + The Machine.

In George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice và Fire novels, the song is known as “Jenny’s Song”; it’s about a woman named Jenny of Oldstones và her prince, Duncan Targaryen, who was Daenerys Targaryen’s great uncle. And it’s particularly pertinent to lớn Dany’s current lãng mạn situation with Jon Snow & her sights on the Iron Throne.

Duncan Targaryen gave up the Iron Throne for love — will Dany or Jon vì chưng the same?

The key khổng lồ understanding “Jenny’s Song” lies within the Targaryen family tree. Daenerys had two brothers who are now deceased: Viserys was killed in season one’s “A Golden Crown,” and Rhaegar — who was also Jon Snow’s dad — died prior to lớn the start of the series.

Their father was Aerys II Targaryen, a.k.a. the Mad King who was killed by Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister. The curious thing though is Aerys II wasn’t actually the first in line in succession.

That would be Duncan Targaryen.

The TV show simplified và changed the Targaryen family line; Duncan is Aerys II’s brother on the show, và his uncle in the books. But essentially, all you need lớn know is that Duncan Targaryen gave up his clayên khổng lồ the Iron Throne.

He did so by marrying a woman named Jenny of Oldstones. This angered his family, who had planned a political marriage. On the TV show, Aerys II was next in the line of succession after Duncan was out of the picture (in the books, it was Aerys II’s father and then Aerys II). So if it wasn’t for Duncan putting Jenny above sầu his clayên khổng lồ the Iron Throne, Aerys II may never have sầu ascended to lớn it.

At any rate, the tuy nhiên that Podriông chồng sings about Jenny is not about the joy of Duncan & Jenny’s love sầu. Instead it’s about love sầu that was lost. Here are the lyrics, some of which are original lớn the show (in an “Inside the Episode” segment, showrunners David Benioff & Dan Weiss said additional lyrics were added):

High in the halls of the kings who are goneJenny would dance with her ghosts. The ones she had lost và the ones she had found. And the ones who had loved her the most.The ones who’d been gone for so very longShe couldn’t rethành viên their namesThey spun her around on the damp, cold stoneSpun away her sorrow và painAnd she never wanted lớn leave

In the tuy nhiên, Jenny is khiêu vũ with ghosts — specifically, the ghosts “who had loved her the most” in the “halls of the kings who were gone.”

This is a reference to lớn what’s known in Martin’s books as Summerhall, a Targaryen castle và the site of a great a fire that, among others, killed Aegon V Targaryen alongside Jenny’s Prince Duncan — two of the ghosts that Jenny is presumably khiêu vũ with.

trò chơi of Thrones has completely diverged from its source material at this point; the books spent a lot of time weaving “Jenny’s Song” inlớn Rhaegar Targaryen’s (Dany’s brother và Jon’s dad) story and a prophecy (one that involves Rhaegar) about a savior, The Prince That Was Promised. And while the show has referenced that prophecy, it hasn’t really fleshed out Rhaegar’s story the way the books have.

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But “Jenny’s Song” does still represent something important lớn the show.

Duncan & Jenny parallel what’s happening lớn Jon and Daenerys. At the kết thúc of “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Jon tells Daenerys what he learned from Sam last week: He’s actually a Targaryen, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanmãng cầu Stark. She acknowledges that if this is true, then he is the last male heir fo the Targaryen family, và heir to lớn the Iron Throne. Thus, in order for either Jon or Dany lớn claim the Iron Throne, the other would theoretically have lớn give sầu it up, perhaps out of love.

Looking ahead, it’s much easier lớn imagine Jon taking Duncan’s route than Dany, since Dany has long believed the Iron Throne is part of her destiny, while Jon sort of stumbled inkhổng lồ his circumstances.

But we might be getting ahead of ourselves here.

To clalặng the Iron Throne means the Iron Throne must exist, something that will not be the case if Jon & Dany’s forces bởi not defeat the Night King, as well as Cersei Lannister, who’s waiting in the wings to lớn swoop in with her army, the Golden Company. That’s where the sad part of “Jenny’s Song” comes in. The love sầu of Jenny’s life, Duncan, is dead; even though he gave up his clayên ổn to lớn the Iron Throne for her, (though his sacrifice is theoretically moot since he ultimately died alongside his father).

While either Dany & Jon may kết thúc up giving up their destiny for love, there’s no guarantee that they’ll both make it to the over of Game of Thrones alive sầu. And if only one of survives, whatever sacrifices one or both of them make will be haunted by what was lost.

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