One of the most important scenes that came out extremely subtly was where Maester Aemon and Samwell Tarly discuss Daenerys Targaryen and her conquest over Slaver’s Bay. The scene is important as Maester Aemon discusses the implications of what it means to be a lone Targaryen in the world, especially one like Daenerys who has no true mentor from her family who can help guide her. Yet there is one line that should not be missed.
Following his mourning over Daenerys’ state, he mentions that there are no known other family members beyond himself to aid her. In his case, his situation proves fruitless as he is both old and too distant to be of use. Yet just as he talks about this, we see the camera cut to Jon Snow entering. With the previous episode randomly discussing histories of both Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, the question becomes whether we are slowly seeing the confirmation of the popular R + L = J theory.
Right now, all evidence points to yes. However, it’s possible the situation can be a giant red herring as well. I doubt it though. This scene was very intentional and shows simple storytelling and film making devices without making things too obvious. Those who can pick up on the clues will and other people who are unfamiliar with the core story or theories can still perceive the allusion.
The more important aspect to this scene and theory in the scheme of things is the implications. Of course, Jon Snow learning of his parentage is of paramount importance to himself. Even then at this moment, outside of self-satisfaction that knowledge provides little else. The other popular theory is that Jon Snow potentially is Azor Ahai or the Prince that was Promised and that Rhaegar was obsessed with prophecy in order to create an heir.
It’s hard to say though whether being this so-called Prince that was Promised really mean much. The only thing we can assume is that Jon Snow does have limited powers of worging as does most of his family. Thus far in the TV series, we do not see any allusion towards these powers whereas in the books the evidence pretty much is there. Heck even at an Oxford talk, Dan and David (the producers of GoT) pretty much gave away this scenario when Kit Harrington seemingly in an accidental manner blurted out that he desired to become a dire wolf and the show producers cautioned him (and the audience) to wait for season 6.
Nonetheless, if there are any more powers that Jon Snow is meant to have, we have yet to see anything meaningful. Can he wield a magical sword to slay the White Walkers? Does he have the ability to tame dragons? And what about Daenerys or even Tyrion in all of this?