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Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones season 7 finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf”

In the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have sex, after a few episodes of smoldering glances and tentative hand-holding. But just as they come together, there’s news brewing on the horizon that might tear them apart. Jon is the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne, and he’s also Daenerys’ nephew. That has all kinds of political consequences.

Viewers who have been paying attention already saw this coming; Jon Snow’s parentage has been a fan theory for years, and the show confirmed it before any major characters connected the dots themselves. In the penultimate episode, Samwell Tarly’s partner, Gilly, stumbled across a record of R…

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