Jon Snow Wasn't Even in House of the Dragon and Still Mucked Everything Up

Jon Snow Wasn't Even in House of the Dragon and Still Mucked Everything Up
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When House of the Dragon first hit our screens, only a fool would have predicted that Jon Snow would make a mess of things. After all, the show is set hundreds of years before Jon was even born. And the prequel is all about how the civil war started.

And yet, there is a pivotal moment when King Viserys is on his deathbed in HotD that (sort of) mucks everything up – with the blame laid at Jon Snow's door.

As fans of House of the Dragon will know, King Viserys was a great believer in the prophecy about the "prince who was promised". This prophetic prince, a descendant of the Targaryen dynasty, was destined to save Westeros from the White Walkers.

Having already seen Game of Thrones, viewers were aware that this was a nod to the epic battle from that series in which Jon Snow was instrumental in defending humanity from the undead army.

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Just before drawing his last breath, Viserys mentions a secret he heard many years ago about said prince.

However, Viserys thought he was talking to Rhaenyra when he repeated that Prince Aegon is the prince who was promised. But he was actually talking to Alicent. He can't really be blamed for this error, of course, owing to the fact that he was far from in good health at the time.

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Naturally, Alicent believed that the Prince Aegon that Viserys was referring to was their son. And why wouldn't she?

But Viserys was referring to a future Prince Aegon – the one that we know as Jon Snow – leading one fan to tweet that this plot twist made them "even more pissed about how Jon Snow's story ended".

So somewhat ironically, the future battle that will see Jon Snow (Prince Aegon Targaryen) defeat the White Walkers was in some respects a result of this misunderstanding between a dying king and his power-hungry wife (who started a civil war because of it).

And that's why we can say with some conviction that, despite Kit Harrington's character having absolutely no part in House of the Dragon, he was still responsible for "still f***ing everything up".

Not that we should complain, of course. Because let's face it, none of us wanted (or expected) to see centuries of peace and civility followed by a small falling out that threatened the future of mankind.

So, we should be thankful that Jon Snow, King Viserys and Queen Alicent conspired to create this shambolic – and exciting – miscommunication.