The Atlantic

Game of Thrones: Jon Snow Finally Learns the Truth

And in the process, he—and the show that has shaped him—reckons once again with the totalizing power of lies.
Source: HBO

This story contains spoilers through Season 8, Episode 1 of Game of Thrones.

It was Sam who shared the news. Reeling from the discovery that Daenerys had summarily executed his father and brother after they had refused to pledge their loyalty to her, ’ resident intellectual finds Jon in the crypt of Winterfell, where the bodies are buried and the myths of the dead live on. Sam, his voice cracking with rage, relays the political consequences of his family’s tragedy: that the queen who has portrayed herself as an agent of justice might be, also, the opposite. Had Jon been in Daenerys’s position, Sam insists, pivoting to the reason he has sought Jon among the tombs, Jon

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic3 min readPolitics
The Amazon Fires Are More Dangerous Than WMDs
One person shouldn’t have the power to set policies that doom the rest of humanity’s shot at mitigating rising temperatures.
The Atlantic3 min readPolitics
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Tariffraff
China said it plans to slap more retaliatory tariffs on American products, and Trump said the U.S. would slap black. Plus: the American hostages America forgot.
The Atlantic8 min readPolitics
‘You Cannot Forbid Love’: A Kremlin Critic’s Struggle
Lyubov Sobol has been an anti-corruption activist for years. Now, she is trying to win a seat on Moscow’s city council.