– by Seth McDonald

In the end, R+L=J turned out to be true. A theory long held by fans of the novels and then show watchers, the lineage of Jon Snow was confirmed at the end of the show’s seventh season. Contrary to what fans were led to believe for the majority of the show, Jon Snow is not the bastard son of Ned Stark, he is the son of Ned’s sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Jon’s half brother Bran Stark, and is now the Three-Eyed-Raven, recently spoke with CinemaBlend and talked about why Bran didn’t confirm Jon Snow’s lineage sooner. It all had to do with Bran’s abilities.

“I think it wasn’t quite fully explained how Bran’s power works. It’s not that he knows absolutely everything already, it’s like he has a dictionary in front of him, or an encyclopedia with all of history, and he can look anything up. Like at the end when Samwell says ‘Oh, is this something you can see?’ Bran can go back and look at it and say ‘Oh yeah, that happened.’ He hasn’t been the Three-Eyed Raven long enough to look through all of history in the way that Max von Sydow’s Three-Eyed Raven had to be in that cave for thousands of years and had been able to spend every single day exploring different parts of history, whereas Bran Stark is still only kind of looking at the important bits. It was more the fact that he didn’t know where to look, not that he was withholding. That’s officially how Bran’s power works.”

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I really like the analogy used by Hempstead-Wright in better explaining Bran’s powers. While it took seven seasons for the show to officially confirm Jon’s true lineage, such is the nature of the show. Excluding the accelerated pace of Season 7, the show has always been about waiting, and it appears as if we are in for another Game of Thrones related wait with news coming today that Season 8 won’t premiere until 2019.

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Source: CinemaBlend