Could Dany + Jon = Baby On 'GoT'?

by Caroline Gerdes
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Ever since Jon Snow rolled up in Dragonstone on Game of Thrones, fans have been 'shipping a Daenerys and Jon romance more than ever. Said fans are likely also feeling at least a little bit conflicted about 'shipping the relationship because Dany is Jon's aunt — though Jon and Dany don't know that. But hey, this is Game Of Thrones, the audience has seen worse (*coughs twincest*). While rooting for Jon and Dany — Jonerys? — is ethically debatable, there is no denying that cave drawing scene had some heat to it. With a potential power couple on the rise in Westeros, it's time for a refresher on Dany's ability to produce heirs, especially if she's potentially going to be having them with her nephew (ew). Can Daenerys even have a child on Game of Thrones? Maybe this is something fans of the couple don't have to worry about.

Her fertility is in question because of the prophecy Mirri Maz Duur laid out when she killed Dany's unborn child and caused Khal Drogo's downfall. Mirri Maz Duur said:

"When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before."

Is this cryptic? Yes. Does it mean Dany is infertile? Not necessarily. Just like every other prophecy in Game Of Thrones, the meaning is yet to be revealed. And, fans have spent hours online unpacking potential explanations. One reddit user, kaiokenx4, broke down Mirri Maz Duur's prophecy and theorized that Daenerys will get pregnant. It seems, according to this Redditor, that the prophecy could be an analogy for the end of winter.

Kaiokenx4 said, "When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east" refers to the Long Night ending and the dawn of summer. "When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves" likely means winter and the seas turning to ice. So, Dany could get pregnant when the war is over and summer begins. But the "he will return, and not before" is ambiguous as it could mean Azor Ahai, another prophecy that has not been revealed yet. Is it Jon? Dany? Khal Drogo? Or someone else?

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Another indicator of Dany's fertility is that at the end of A Dance With Dragons she either suffers a miscarriage or gets her period again — fans have debated the text. Either, however, would be an indicator of fertility. And, this has given fans hope that Dany and Jon could conceive a child.

So, can Daenerys have babies? To be clear, human babies — not dragons. When looking at the foreshadowing in A Dance With Dragons and the potential meaning behind Mirri Maz Duur's prophecy, it seems likely. As for Jon Snow as baby daddy, this also seems likely. The Targaryen family has a history of intermarriage and Dany's dragons approve of Jon. While this could offend the faint of heart, I'll remind you that the Lannister twins just announced baby number four. On Game Of Thrones, it's all relative.