More foreshadowing that Jon Snow was destined to become king in ‘Game of Thrones’ from the very beginning.
11) Remember where Jon was seated during the Winterfell feast:
A singer was playing the high harp and reciting a ballad, but down at this end of the hall his voice could scarcely be heard above the roar of the fire, the clangor of pewter plates and cups, and the low mutter of a hundred drunken conversations.
His brothers and sisters had not been permitted to bring their wolves to the banquet, but there were more curs than Jon could count at this end of the hall, and no one had said a word about his pup.
His uncle glanced over his shoulder at the raised table at the far end of the hall. (Jon I, AGOT)
Compared to where Khal Drogo tells Viserys to sit:
Khal Drogo rose, spat out a dozen words in Dothraki, faster than Dany could understand, and pointed. “Khal Drogo says your place is not on the high bench,” Ser Jorah translated for her brother. “Khal Drogo says your place is there.”
Viserys glanced where the khal was pointing. At the back of the long hall, in a corner by the wall, deep in shadow so better men would not need to look on them, sat the lowest of the low; raw unblooded boys, old men with clouded eyes and stiff joints, the dim-witted and the maimed. Far from the meat, and farther from honor. “That is no place for a king,” her brother declared. (Daenerys V, AGOT)
12) When Alys Karstark appeals for Jon’s help:
“Marriages and inheritance are matters for the king, my lady. I will write to Stannis on your behalf, but–”
“Arnolf is rushing to Winterfell, ’tis true, but only so he might put his dagger in your king’s back. He cast his lot with Roose Bolton long ago … for gold, the promise of a pardon, and poor Harry’s head. Lord Stannis is marching to a slaughter. So he cannot help me, and would not even if he could.” Alys knelt before him, clutching the black cloak. “You are my only hope, Lord Snow. In your father’s name, I beg you. Protect me.” (Jon IX, ADWD)
“Marriages and inheritance are matters for the king,” Jon protests. And then he helps her anyway by arranging her marriage to Sigorn:
“Will my lord be feasting with us?” Mully asked Jon Snow.
“Shortly.” Sigorn might take it as a slight if he did not appear. And this marriage is mine own work, after all. (Jon X, ADWD)
13) A nice little bit of wordplay:
“I didn’t catch anything,” Bran said, “but Jon gave me his fish on the way back to Winterfell. Will we ever see Jon again?”
“We saw Uncle Benjen when the king came to visit,” Robb pointed out. “Jon will visit too, you’ll see.” (Bran V, AGOT)
Dany and Jon
16) They both feel alone even while sleeping beside their respective lovers:
Jon wondered where Ghost was now. Had he gone to Castle Black, or was he was running with some wolfpack in the woods? He had no sense of the direwolf, not even in his dreams. It made him feel as if part of himself had been cut off. Even with Ygritte sleeping beside him, he felt alone. (Jon V, ASOS)
Beneath her coverlets she tossed and turned, dreaming that Hizdahr was kissing her … but his lips were blue and bruised, and when he thrust himself inside her, his manhood was cold as ice. She sat up with her hair disheveled and the bedclothes atangle. Her captain slept beside her, yet she was alone. (Daenerys VII, ADWD)
They won’t feel alone once they sleep with each other, though.
17) Jon is symbolically represented in Dany’s “bride of fire” visions in the House of the Undying, along with Drogo, Dany’s first husband and lover:
Her silver was trotting through the grass, to a darkling stream beneath a sea of stars [wedding night with Drogo]. A corpse stood at the prow of a ship, eyes bright in his dead face, grey lips smiling sadly. A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice, and filled the air with sweetness. . . . mother of dragons, bride of fire . . . (Daenerys IV, ACOK)
18) Another link between Jon and Drogo:
The boy absorbed that all in silence. He had the Stark face if not the name: long, solemn, guarded, a face that gave nothing away. (Tyrion II, AGOT)
Toward the end, Dany thought she glimpsed a fierce pride in his dark, almond-shaped eyes, but she could not be sure. The khal’s face did not often betray the thoughts within. (Daenerys V, AGOT)
19) Speaking of Jon’s face:
What Dany wanted she could not begin to say, but Jorah’s kiss had woken something in her, something that had been sleeping since Khal Drogo died. Lying abed in her narrow bunk, she found herself wondering how it would be to have a man squeezed in beside her in place of her handmaid, and the thought was more exciting than it should have been. Sometimes she would close her eyes and dream of him, but it was never Jorah Mormont she dreamed of; her lover was always younger and more comely, though his face remained a shifting shadow. (Daenerys II, ASOS)
The flames crackled softly, and in their crackling she heard the whispered name Jon Snow. His long face floated before her, limned in tongues of red and orange, appearing and disappearing again, a shadow half-seen behind a fluttering curtain. (Melisandre I, ADWD)
20) Val is a “princess” who Jon is attracted to and thought about marrying. On one occasion her hair looked pale silver:
When they emerged north of the Wall, through a thick door made of freshly hewn green wood, the wildling princess paused for a moment to gaze out across the snow-covered field where King Stannis had won his battle. Beyond, the haunted forest waited, dark and silent. The light of the half-moon turned Val’s honey-blond hair a pale silver and left her cheeks as white as snow. She took a deep breath. “The air tastes sweet.” (Jon VIII, ADWD)
The same color as Dany’s:
The old woman washed her long, silver-pale hair and gently combed out the snags, all in silence. (Daenerys I, AGOT)
In the same passage Val says “the air tastes sweet” while standing next to Jon near the Wall, which brings to mind Dany’s House of the Undying vision mentioned above: “A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice, and filled the air with sweetness.”
21) Dany thought about marrying “her brother’s son”:
Five Aegons had ruled the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. There would have been a sixth, but the Usurper’s dogs had murdered her brother’s son when he was still a babe at the breast. If he had lived, I might have married him. Aegon would have been closer to my age than Viserys. (Daenerys I, ADWD)
And Jon is even closer to her age.
22) One chapter after Jon is stabbed, Dany hears a wolf howl in the distance and feels lonely:
Jon fell to his knees. He found the dagger’s hilt and wrenched it free. In the cold night air the wound was smoking. “Ghost,” he whispered. Pain washed over him. Stick them with the pointy end. When the third dagger took him between the shoulder blades, he gave a grunt and fell face-first into the snow. He never felt the fourth knife. Only the cold … (Jon XIII, ADWD 69)
Off in the distance, a wolf howled. The sound made her feel sad and lonely, but no less hungry. (Daenerys X, ADWD 71)
23) Finally, a couple relevant interviews:
Shaw: As the novels unfold, Jon becomes increasingly identified with the northern cold and ice, just as Dany is closely tied to the southern heat and fire. Will these two ultimately embody the central image of the series, Ice and Fire?
Martin: That’s certainly one way to interpret it. That’s for my readers to argue out. That may be one possible meaning. There may be a secondary meaning, or a tertiary meaning as well.
– Interview with the Dragon
[Taylor:] We were in Malta shooting episode ten of the first season, and the show wasn’t a big deal yet and we weren’t being very secretive because nobody cared yet, and [Martin] just sort of mentioned in passing, “Oh well it’s all about Dany and Jon Snow” and at the time I thought, “Really? I thought it was about Sean Bean and Robb Stark?”
But he knew from the very beginning where he was driving and now we’re starting to see that come to fruition. We know that it’s circling tighter and tighter on Dany and Jon and their partnership is starting to form, you know, “fire and ice.”
Renfro: Do you know if he was specific back then about them becoming romantically involved, since that’s really only just become “official” in this latest season seven episode?
Taylor: I think it’s become more official but it’s been coming for awhile, so much so that it’s not only starting to happen but Tyrion sees it coming enough that he’s making fun of her for it. He can see what’s brewing.
I can’t say much more about what [Martin] said about where we’re going with Dany and Jon because that leaps ahead into the next season, but to me the revelation was that, at the time, we had a hundred characters and yet he knew it’s about these two.
-‘Game of Thrones’ director on what George R.R. Martin told him years ago – INSIDER