Well, here we are. After eight years; 67 episodes; countless deaths - actually, make that 2,339 deaths; approximately that many fan theories and predictions; and enough content to keep the entire Internet full, we've made it to the home stretch. These are the last six Sunday nights we get to spend with "Game of Thrones" and like the Unsullied marching toward Winterfell, we have a lot of ground to cover.
So let's take inspiration from both the straightforward fact-recitation style of Samwell Tarly and the sarcastic quip style of Euron Greyjoy and look back at the episode titled, simply, "Winterfell." (I will also point you, as always, to the complementary recap from our pals over in Opinions, this week with Drew Goins pinch-hitting for Alyssa Rosenberg.)
- Jon Snow finds out that he is Aegon Targaryen: Last season we (the viewers) found out that the most popular fan theory was, in fact, true: Jon Snow was not Ned Stark's bastard son, but was the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. And not just that, but he was the legitimate son of those two, which makes him the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne.
And now Jon Snow knows the truth about his heritage as well, thanks to a visit in the Winterfell crypt from an old pal. While Jon is paying respects to his not-dad, Ned, he hears the sound of a bumbling man that could only be one person, Samwell Tarly. He is there to deliver the news to Jon that he's not who he thinks he is. Why is Sam the one to deliver this news? Because Three-Eyed Raven Bran, who has taken to just chilling in the middle of the Winterfell town square like a weirdo, told Sam that he's the one Jon trusts most. Sam tried to convince Bran that since he was Jon's brother the news would best be delivered coming from him. But, of course, Bran actually isn't his brother.
Jon is pleasantly surprised to see Sam in the hard-to-access crypts of Winterfell, even though Sam is supposed to be hundreds (thousands? The geography of the Seven Kingdoms has always been tough to figure out) of miles away at the Citadel. In the interest of time, they decide not to dwell on the unlikely nature of their meeting and soon enough Sam drops the bomb on Jon. He read a Septon's diary and confirmed with Bran and . . . whatever he's got going on . . . that Jon's parentage makes him true "king of the bloody Seven Kingdoms."