This post contains spoilers from Game Of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5. It's been a full minute since we last checked in with Samwell Tarly and his Scroll-Copying Of Doom assignment, as punishment for saving a man's life. But we've finally returned to the Citadel this week, just in time to find out that Sam has had just about enough of these Maesters and their "do nothing" ways. But while he's packing the cart and rolling on out of Oldtown for good, Gilly is being industrious and reading up about how Jon is a Targaryen on Game Of Thrones.
It's been a cute little running side plot, this "Sam teaching his wildling wife to read" business. And Gilly has taken to it like a duck to water, even if her skills are still only at a second grade reading level. History, it turns out, is fascinating! It's a little like the bookworm's version of Dany in the Dragonstone caves, overawed as she stared at the drawings left behind by The Children of the Forest. People lived and died and had lives. They loved and they married and it's all there, right on the page, in the records. Their stories, for the telling.
Like the one she's reading about this week, Ragger! This Ragger guy, he was so in love with this lady that he had his marriage secretly annulled and he was then wed in Dorne to his new lady love during the War of The Usurper.
If only Gilly had a better teacher to give her pronunciation lessons of Targaryen given names. Sam would have realized that the man Gilly was talking about was none other than Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, who as Gilly reads, had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled, long before the Mountain came and smashed her children to bits and raped and murdered her.
And then he went down to Dorne, to the Tower of Joy, where Lyanna Stark was waiting, pregnant with his son-to-be.
Reader, he married her.
Jon's not a Stark. And moreover, he's not even a bastard. His entire life and name are a lie. He's the legitimate true-born son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, and because male born children outrank female ones, he, and not Dany, is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. AWK. Ward.
(Man, the Northerners are going to KICK themselves when they find out they appointed a Targaryen to be King in the North. How embarrassing.)
Now, the race against time is really on. How long before this knowledge gets to Jon? Or will he already be a wight following the Army of the Dead before anyone even knows?