How are Jon Snow and Dany related?

How Daenerys and Jon Snow Are Related

Daenerys Targaryen (Dany) is the youngest living child of the Mad King, Aerys II. He was the last Targaryen king of Westeros (aka the seven kingdoms), stabbed in the back by his bodyguard Jaime Lannister and replaced by King Robert Baratheon.

Aerys father to three kids- Rhaegar, Viserys and DaenerysAerys father to three kids- Rhaegar, Viserys and Daenerys

Despite being married (to Elia Martell, Prince Oberyn’s sister), Rhaegar stole away Robert’s beloved, Lyanna Stark, and kept her captive in the Tower Of Joy. You’ll remember that as the place young Ned visited in Bran’s time-travel vision. He ended up being killed by Robert in a battle on the Trident river.

Jon Snow is half-Stark, half-Targaryen, and yes indeed, Daenerys is Jon Snow’s aunt… despite being younger than Jon in age.

Their relation became even more complicated, however, when Gilly inadvertently came across proof that Jon’s parents had legally wed in a secret Dornish ceremony prior to his birth.

That’s right: Not only is Jon Snow a legitimate Targaryen and Daenerys’ nephew, but he is the first Targaryen in line for the throne.

Jon Snow and Dany

Conveniently, there’s no one around to confirm Jon’s birth right. Gilly has no idea what she read, Lyanna died in child birth, Ned was beheaded early on thanks to the stupid Lannisters, and Rhaegar died during Robert Baratheon’s rebellion. There may be some rando maester out there who knows the truth, but it’s unlikely Jon and Dany will find out they’re related any time soon.