Game of Thrones viewers were amazed by the news of Jon Snow’s actual legacy, as it made him the legal inheritor to the throne – however from that point forward viewers have been guessing who could have known from the very beginning. However, clues from the first episode may have pointed to Jon’s uncle, Benjen Stark, knowing about his ancestry all along.
Game of Thrones brought fans to their knees during season 7, as the backstory of Jon Snow (played by Kit Harrington) was outed by Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) whilst he was travelling through time. Bran saw Jon’s birth by his supposed aunt, Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi).
It was ultimately disclosed Jon was actually the nephew of Ned Stark (Sean Bean), and was the child of Lyanna, and Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding). With this set of parents, Jon was actually the legal inheritor to the throne, as the last remaining male Targaryen.
Unfortunately for Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) this implied she was no longer the best alternative for the throne. Since Jon’s legacy was disclosed, fans have been speculating many of his nearest-and-dearest knew about his parents all along.
The first episode of Game of Thrones saw Jon being left out of the royal proceedings as the Lannisters arrived at Winterfell. And during the episode Jon could be seen speaking to his uncle, Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) about the future.
Jon admitted he wanted to be part of the Night’s Watch, and yearned for his uncle to take him back to The Wall with him. Benjen resolutely replied: “The Wall isn’t going anywhere,” prompting Jon to say: “I’m ready to swear your oath.”
Benjen’s following answer sounded as if he knew something deeper about Jon’s legacy, as he explained: “You don’t understand what you’d be giving up. We have no families. None of us will ever father sons.” Jon soberly replied: “I don’t care about that.”
But Benjen wasn’t taking no for an answer, as he continued: “You might, if you knew what it meant. I’d better get inside. Rescue your father from his guests. We’ll talk later.”
Benjen’s unwillingness to let Jon run away to the Wall could be a clue towards his secret knowledge of Jon’s life. But as the show progressed, it looked as if Ned hadn’t told anyone.
With this in mind, though, Ned and Benjen were intensely close brothers – so could he have been the only person he ever told? In the meantime, screenwriter Dave Hill recently spoke about a dead character he wanted around at the end of the show.
He said: “For a long time we wanted Ser Jorah to be there at The Wall in the end. The three coming out of the tunnel would be Jon and Jorah and Tormund.” He went on to add: “But the amount of logic we’d have to bend to get Jorah up to The Wall and get him to leave Dany’s side right before [the events in the finale]… there’s no way to do that blithely.”