When fans jump back in for the long-awaited Season 7 of Game of Thrones, they will have a new King in the North — and his name is Jon Snow. Although I am extremely pleased to see a member of the Stark clan (ahem, or Targaryen) taking their rightful place as leader of the North, I am still heavily mourning the loss of the original King in the North, Robb. But how did Jon Snow become king on Game of Thrones anyway?
First of all, you have to admit that Jon really did earn the title, but Sansa and her scheming ways surely had a hand in his victory. You see, it was looking like Ramsay was going to take over the North for a while there and he certainly had the army to back it up. Jon took Ser Davos and Sansa to rally whoever they could scrounge up to help him fight against Ramsay's men to regain the Starks' rightful home. But, unfortunately, a lot of the houses that were once allied with House Stark had turned on them because of Robb's minor indiscretion that led to the Red Wedding. What they ended up with was a mismatched group of soldiers and giants and mammoths that were outnumbered by Ramsay's men by about a billion to one (hyperbole, but still).
Naturally, it was looking like Jon and his army would be easily defeated. Right when it looked like it was really over, horns sounded and the Knights of the Vale shockingly came riding in to save the day, thanks to Sansa's risky alliance with Littlefinger. So, to be clear here, Sansa and her wiles saved her brother's booty at the last second and she is rightfully the Lady of Winterfell. This isn't to take away anything from Jon because he is a badass in his own right, but Sansa really made some risky chess moves that paid off.
Once the dust had settled and all of the houses were gathered together, the Knights of the Vale and most of the Northern houses began complaining that they would not willingly hang with Wildlings. It was getting real nit-picky until the greatest character that ever existed, Lyanna Mormont, stood up and laid this harsh blanket of realness onto all of the giant, grown men who surrounded her.
"Your son was butchered at the Red Wedding, Lord Manderly, but you refused the call. You swore allegiance to House Stark, Lord Glover, but in their hour of greatest need, you refused the call. And you, Lord Kerwin, your father was skinned alive by Ramsay Bolton. Still, you refused the call. But House Mormont remembers. The North remembers. We know no King but the King in the North whose name is Stark. I don't care if he's a bastard. Ned Stark's blood runs through his veins. He's my king from this day until his last day."
After Lady Mormont confronted all of the cowardly houses with their hypocrisy, she sat back down and watched as each of them apologized to Jon Snow for failing to come to his aid. Then, in a scene that was an emotionally charged parallel to his brother Robb's "coronation," each house took out their sword and bent a knee to declare Jon Snow, King of the North.
Of course, Littlefinger and Sansa did share a highly suspicious look during this whole thing. Since Littlefinger already made it clear that he sees her as Queen with him by her side, I am sure nothing good will come out of this. Regardless, it was really nice to see Jon become king in much the same way that his brother did, and to be declared King in the North by Lyanna Mormont who was named after his real mother. So many feels. All hail the King in the North.