There are similarities between Jon Snow from Game of Thrones and Jacaerys and Lucerys Velaryon in House of the Dragon as it is well known that they are bastards.
There are five main similarities between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) from Game of Thrones and the sons of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) in House of the Dragon. Aemond Targaryen (Leo Ashton), the second son of Queen Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke), and Rhaenyra’s lads, the daughters of the late Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell) and Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), engaged in a horrifying battle in House of the Dragon episode 7. Even if it’s true, Aemond lost an eye when he claimed that Jacaerys (Leo Hart) and Lucerys (Harvey Sadler) are the ungrateful sons of the late Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr).
Rhaenyra’s three sons are obviously bastards, as shown in House of the Dragon. All of them have the black hair of Harwin Strong, their real father. Jace and Luke do not resemble the dark-skinned, blond Ser Laenor Velaryon (John Macmillan), who is their presumed father, nor do they possess the distinctive physical characteristics of the Targaryens. This is quite similar to how Jon Snow from Game of Thrones physically resembled the dark-haired Starks and had no signs of his Targaryen ancestry.
And thus nobody doubted that Jon was a bastard, not even “Lord Snow” himself. Jon thought he was the bastard son of Winterfell’s Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), but he later found out that Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister Lyanna Stark were really his real parents. Realizing that his actual name was Aegon Targaryen, he had a better claim to the Iron Throne via primogeniture than Jon’s girlfriend, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who happened to be his aunt.
By the time Game of Thrones concluded, Jon had killed Daenerys when she turned into the Mad Queen, and he had been sent to dwell with the Wildlings north of the Wall. With the bastard Velaryon princes, House of the Dragon is about to bring about its own terrible and unhappy chain of events, and Westeros’ history will turn out to be even less kind toward Jacaerys and Lucerys than it would be toward Jon Snow over two centuries later. In the meanwhile, House of the Dragon is telling many of Jon Snow’s stories with intriguing turns and variances.
“I Don’t Want It” by Lucerys Repeats a Key Jon Snow Theme
In the seventh episode of House of the Dragon, after Laena’s burial, Steve Toussaint’s character, Lord Corlys Velaryon, approached Lucerys and reminded him that he is the Driftmark heir. Luke, the second born son, will take over House Velaryon’s throne as King of Westeros once Jacaerys succeeds Rhaenyra in the line of succession. The child in grief said, “I don’t want it,” realizing that his dear family members would need to pass away before he could collect his fortune.
The inheritances and promotions that Jon Snow was given during Game of Thrones were also something he didn’t desire. When no one else was left to command the Night’s Watch against the White Walkers, Snow reluctantly accepted the position of Lord Commander of the Watch. Jon reluctantly took up the title of King in the North, and he did not lose any time in submitting to Daenerys, turning the North into a vassal state under the Targaryen Queen. Nevertheless, Jon took this action to get her dragons and army in order to battle the Night King. Ultimately, Jon chose to accept exile rather than take the Iron Throne as Aegon Targaryen because to his remorse over Daenerys’ death.
The Story of Jacaerys Velaryon Reverses Jon Snow’s Arc
Unlike Jon Snow’s lineage, which remained a mystery for the most of Game of Thrones’ existence, the real father of Jacaerys and Lucerys is known. However, Jacaerys, Rhaenyra’s eldest son and heir to the Iron Throne, also deftly flips Jon Snow’s storyline. Because King Viserys (Paddy Considine) knowingly continued Rhaenyra’s deception, Jace—a bastard—is destined to rule as king. On the other hand, everyone believed that Jon Snow was a bastard, even though he had the greatest claim to be King of Westeros. Before Sam Tarly (John Bradley) and Brandon Stark (Isaac Hemstead-Wright) discovered the truth about Jon Snow, Jon was never seen as a possible or legitimate king.
There Are Similar Bloodlines Between Jon Snow And Rhaenyra’s Children
Although Jon Snow and Rhaenyra Targaryen’s kids are of mixed lineage, the Targaryens and Velaryons have a history of using incest to maintain the purity of their families’ bloodlines. Jon’s mother’s side is Stark, while his father’s side is Targaryen. On their father’s side, Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey are half-Strong and half-Targaryen. Because of Jon’s Stark ancestry and the Strong side of the Velaryon brothers’ bloodlines, Jace, Luke, Joffrey, and Jon all share the blood of the dragon and the First Men. Meanwhile, there is not a trace of Velaryon blood in Rhaenyra’s lads, despite assertions to the contrary and their surnames.
Being Bastards Is Significant To Jon Snow And Rhaenyra’s Children’s Stories
Big element of Jon Snow’s identity was being a bastard. It was one of the main secrets of Game of Thrones that determined how the show concluded and it shaped his personality, his worldview, and his actual identity. Although Rhaenyra’s sons are officially recognized as trueborn Targaryens/Velaryons, everyone knows they are liars—Jacaerys even acknowledges this. Similar to Jon Snow, the Velaryon brothers’ treatment by their aunt, Queen Alicent, and their own cousins—who were also given the truth by their mother—is influenced by the fact that they are seen as Harwin Strong’s bastards, or at least by the public.
For the majority of his life, Ned’s wife Caitlyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) hated Jon because, while untrue, she saw him as a live example of her husband’s adultery. Jon was also mocked for being a bastard. The hatred that Jacaerys and Lucerys (and subsequently, Joffrey) feel from Alicent’s group, the Greens, and her family stems from the fact that they are bastards. In order to preclude any challenge to her bastard sons’ claims to the Iron Throne, Alicent fears that if she becomes Queen, Rhaenyra would execute her trueborn Targaryen sons.
Jon Snow And The Children Of Rhaenyra Possess Prince Who Was Promised Potential
Theoretically, Rhaenyra’s sons in House of the Dragon are subject to Aegon the Conqueror’s prophesy of the Long Night, which Jon Snow battled and assisted in winning in Game of Thrones. Nobody in Rhaenrya’s day could have predicted what would transpire over two centuries later in Game of Thrones, but the Princess’s father, King Viserys, informed her of Aegon’s prophesy in order to uphold Targaryen reign, which would ultimately prevent the Night King from capturing Westeros. In Aegon’s prophesy, Jon Snow (together with Daenerys) may be seen as the Prince That Was Promised; nevertheless, Jacaerys and Lucerys possess equal potential.
In House of the Dragon episode 7, Rhaenyra notices the Prince That Was Promised prophesy in Aegon’s blade, suggesting the Princess could recognize Jacaerys as that mythical hero. In fact, because of their Targaryen ancestry and First Men blood, Jace, Luke, and Jon all grow up to be dragon riders. In Game of Thrones, Jon was a true warrior hero, but the same cannot be said about Lucerys and Jacaerys. As House of the Dragon progresses, Rhaenyra’s sons will experience tragedy in quite different ways than Jon Snow did.