A fireside song performed in Sunday night’s Game Of Thrones may have hinted that Jon Snow will give up his claim to the Iron Throne for love in the finale of the HBO fantasy drama.
Near the end of the second episode, several characters – Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Davos Seaworth, Podrick Payne and Tormund Giantsbane – are drinking around a fire when Tyrion asks the group for a song.
Most of them decline, happy to enjoy their final moments of peace before the arrival of the Night King and the Battle of Winterfell in silence.
But Brienne’s squire Podrick (Daniel Portman) agrees to indulge the royal and begins to sing a melancholic tune known as Jenny’s Song.
The story behind the song may have revealed who will sit on the Iron Throne if Jon (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) survive the upcoming Battle of Winterfell.
He sings: ‘High in the halls of the kings who are gone. Jenny would dance with her ghosts.
‘The ones she had lost and the ones she had found. And the ones who had loved her the most. The ones who’d been gone for so very long she couldn’t remember their names.
‘They spun her around on the damp cold stone, spun away all her sorrow and pain’.
The tale, which features in George R. R. Martin’s novels, tells the story of Jenny of Oldstones – the wife of the Prince of Dragonflies Duncan Targaryen.
According to the series’ history, Prince Duncan loved Jenny so much he married her against the wishes of his father and broke his betrothal to the daughter of Lord Lyonel Baratheon.
Duncan refused to give up his wife, despite the efforts of King Aegon to break up the pair – and he crucially gave up his claim to the throne.
The prince later died in the Tragedy at Summerhall – when King Aegon tried to hatch dragon eggs with sorcery and burned down the castle – hence the somber note of the song.
The tune is heard moments before Jon Snow reveals his own Targaryen heritage to Daenerys.
Jon, who was born Aegon Targaryen, is the son of Daenerys’ brother Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark – though the couple married in secret and he was brought up as the bastard son of Lyanna’s brother Eddard Stark.
It could be that the song being played at this critical moment hints that Jon will also give up his claim for love – for, as the last living male Targaryen, he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
Jenny of Oldstones is also the name of a track performed by Florence and the Machine in the second episode’s closing credits.
The episode, which aired on Sunday night, continued the show’s stream of emotional reunions as Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) arrived at Winterfell and was reunited with Sansa.
Tensions were also rising between the Starks and Daenerys as the would-be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms discovered her lover, Jon, is her nephew.
The eighth season of Game of Thrones is said to be the most expensive season of television ever shot, with a budget of £11 million per episode ($15 million.)
Game of Thrones continues on Sunday at 9pm EST on HBO and 2am on Sky Atlantic in the UK.