The episode’s musical Easter egg, “Jenny’s Song,” could be foreshadowing the end 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 & 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), and it could be major foreshadowing regarding what the future holds for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, và which one may take the Iron Throne.

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

“High in the halls of the kings who are gone,” Podriông xã sings. “Jenny would dance with her ghosts. The ones she had lost & the ones she had found. The ones who had loved her the most.”

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The tuy nhiên 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 tuy nhiên 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 khổng lồ Dany’s current thắm thiết situation with Jon Snow & her sights on the Iron Throne.

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

The key lớn 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,” và Rhaegar — who was also Jon Snow’s dad — died prior 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 & 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 khổng lồ know is that Duncan Targaryen gave up his clalặng 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 & then Aerys II). So if it wasn’t for Duncan putting Jenny above sầu his clayên lớn the Iron Throne, Aerys II may never have ascended to it.

At any rate, the tuy vậy that Podriông chồng sings about Jenny is not about the joy of Duncan & Jenny’s love. Instead it’s about love sầu that was lost. Here are the lyrics, some of which are original to 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 & 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 remember 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 nhảy đầm with ghosts — specifically, the ghosts “who had loved her the most” in the “halls of the kings who were gone.”

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

Game 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 & 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 sầu.

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

Duncan và Jenny parallel what’s happening lớn Jon & Daenerys. At the end 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 to clayên the Iron Throne, the other would theoretically have to lớn give sầu it up, perhaps out of love sầu.

Looking ahead, it’s much easier to 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 into his circumstances.

But we might be getting ahead of ourselves here.

To clayên ổn the Iron Throne means the Iron Throne must exist, something that will not be the case if Jon và Dany’s forces vày 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 of Jenny’s life, Duncan, is dead; even though he gave sầu up his clayên ổn lớn the Iron Throne for her, (though his sacrifice is theoretically moot since he ultimately died alongside his father).

While either Dany và Jon may over up giving up their destiny for love, there’s no guarantee that they’ll both make it to the over of trò chơi 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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