Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are the will-they-won’t-they that we’re not so sure we want to see. But after the King of the North and Khaleesi hooked up in the final episode of season seven, we’re left with one very important and possibly game-changing question: Is Dany pregnant?
While they would easily have the best-looking baby in all of Westeros (assuming the whole inbreeding thing doesn’t come into play, but we’ll get to that later), there are a couple things we need to answer first, like can Dany even get pregnant?
The Mother of Dragons is adamant that she’ll never give birth to a human child, thanks to a prophecy given to her by the witch Mirri Maz Duur in season one. When the blood-magic witch takes the life of Dany and Drogo’s unborn son to revive Drogo, he comes back in a vegetative state. Dany asks when he will “be as he was,” and the witch replies, “When the sun rises in the west, sets in the east. When the seas go dry. When the mountains blow in the wind like leaves.”
But the show left out a majorly important part of the prophecy from the books that adds, “When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before.” Now, even though these lines didn’t make it into the show, seemingly leaving the door open for Dany to get pregnant, it seems that Dany somehow still understands this to be true and refers to it throughout the series. In season two, when the weird AF warlocks of Qarth steal her dragons, Dany says to Sir Jorah, “They are my children. And they are the only children I will ever have.”
Jump to the most recent season—in the final few episodes, Dany really drives home this idea that she can’t have children, bringing it up at least three different times. Chill, girl, we get it. But this has led some fans to believe that the show writers are setting the scene for a surprise (but really not so surprising at this point) Dany/Jon pregnancy.
Book readers might know that George R. R. Martin dropped one subtle hint in the fifth book that Dany can still get pregnant. The author implies that Dany might have unknowingly had a miscarriage.
“She was bleeding, but it was only woman’s blood. The moon is still a crescent though. How can that be? She tried to remember the last time she had bled. The last full moon? The one before? The one before that? No, it cannot have been so long as that.”
Specifically pointing out that she got her period after months of not having it? Seems a bit suspect if you ask me. Martin also goes on to write that her visit from Aunt Flo was much heavier than usual, which we know is typical of a miscarriage, putting the idea of a future Jonerys baby right back on the table.
Now this brings us to the issue of Jon and Dany’s relationship...or should we just say relations. They might have shared a bed, but they also share some DNA. It was confirmed in the last episode of season seven that Jon’s parents are really Lyanna Stark (Ned Stark’s sister) and Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany’s brother), making Dany Jon’s aunt. If Dany does get pregnant, the baby will simultaneously be Jon’s child and cousin. There is one fan theory that Jon and Dany’s baby will be the Prince That Was Promised, and with two boss parents like that, it’s not hard to see why. But with only a few episodes left in the series, it seems doubtful that they would be able to have a baby and see it grow up, then become the savior of the world.
As of the end of season seven, Bran and Sam are the only two who know the truth about Jon’s parents. And assuming Dany CAN get pregnant (which it’s looking like she can), the beginning of next season is going to be a mad-stressful waiting game to see if Sam or Bran can enlighten Jon before he puts a bun in his aunt’s oven.
Whatever ends up happening, there is one thing we can always be sure of in the GoT universe: It’s not going to have a happy ending.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.