Daenerys Targaryen/Jon Snow

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Pairing
Pairing: Daenerys Targaryen/Jon Snow
Alternative name(s): Jonerys
Gender category: Het, Incest (characters not aware of incest)
Fandom: Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
Canonical?: Yes
Prevalence: Common
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Daenerys Targaryen/Jon Snow, also known as Jonerys, is the het and incestuous pairing of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen in the A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones fandoms. They have a canonical relationship.

Canon

Jon and Daenerys first meet in Season 7 when Jon travels south seeking Daenerys' help in the war against the White Walkers. Daenerys wants him to bend the knee, but Jon refuses. They come to a compromise and Daenerys learns to trust Jon's advice. Jon and a group travel north of the wall to capture a wight, they are trapped and send for help. When Daenerys comes to their aid one of her dragons is killed. Afterwards Jon bends the knee to Daenerys. At the end of season 7 Jon and Daenerys begin a sexual relationship.

In Season 9, the character become aware that they are related - Jon is Daenerys's nephew. They are generally more concerned that this gives Jon claim to the throne and puts the two at odds.

Fandom

Reaction

Jon/Daenerys had a small following in fandom from the beginning of the series with many believing they would eventually be endgame, but their popularity grew exponentially when they went canon in Season 7.

Statistics

  • In 2014, Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen was ranked 19th out of 25 Game of Thrones pairings on Archive of Our Own.[1]
  • In 2017, Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen was the 6th most popular Game of Thrones pairing on Archive of Our Own,[2] and 16th of the overall top 30 ships on Tumblr.[3]
  • In 2018, Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen ranked 66th on Tumblr's Top 100 Ships of 2018, dropping fifty places from the previous year.[4]
  • In 2018, Jon Snow/Daenerys Targaryen was the most popular ship for Jon in a survey of FanFiction.net, accounting for 45% of sampled fics.[5]
  • In 2019, during the final season, Jonerys was the most popular Game of Thrones ship on Tumblr.[6]

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Canon Divergence AU: Varies. A relatively common scenario is for Jon to be raised as a Targaryen alongside Daenerys. Some fics also have them meet at different points in the series.
  • Fix-it: Fans displeased with how the Jon and Daenerys story ended on the show may write stories giving the pair an alternate ending. These fics may feature happily ever after scenarios in which Jon and Daenerys marry and rule together, or may involve some sort of tragic ending that's more favourable to the ship, e.g. one or both of the pair dying in the fight against the Night King. Some fics follow canon events, but have Daenerys resurrected by some means after Jon kills her, typically by having Drogon fly her body to the Red Temple in Volantis (a possibility implied by in-episode dialogue stating Drogon was last seen flying toward this city).
  • First Meeting: Writers would often explore ways in which they would meet before their canonical first encounter on the show.
  • High School AU or College AU: A common scenario given that they are both teens at the start of the series (early teens in the books, mid-teens on the show).
  • Modern AU: Modern setting, involves them meeting and beginning a relationship.
  • Soulmates/Destiny: Some fics explore the theory that Jon and Daenerys are the "ice and fire" of A Song of Ice and Fire, and are fated to meet and come together to fulfill an important, prophecized role.

Terminology

  • Boatsex: The love scene between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, so named because it happens while they are on a ship.
  • Boatbaby or boatie: The child previously theorized to have been conceived during the above-mentioned sexual encounter.

Ship War

Main article: Jonsa vs Jonerys

Some fans of this pairing have engaged in a ship war with fans of the pairing Jon Snow/Sansa Stark

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