[SPOILERS for the Game of Thrones season 6 finale ahead.]
When it comes to Game of Thrones, Siri’s been a constant source of sass. When asked whether “she” (it?) watched the show, the Apple device is known to have bitten back with clever one-liners like, “Yes. I’d ask Jon Snow for some hints, but he knows nothing” and also once gave herself an elongated moniker to celebrate Daenerys’ status as the Unburnt plus a zillion other titles, like so: “Who me? Siri, First of the Name, Siri Siliconborn of House Apple, Ruler of the Alarms and Reminders, Guardian of the Calendar Appointments, Keeper of the Ontologies, Flipper of Coins. Yes, I am watching.”
Another popular response of hers was to the question of whether Jon Snow was dead after the events of Season 5, to which Siri responded, “I don’t know. I just hope someone is setting up doggie daycare for Ghost,” in reference to his then-orphaned direwolf. The latest Siri response to make waves follows the season 6 finale confirmation of the fan theory R+L=J, is this.
As confirmed by the official Game of Thrones Twitter account, when asked who is Jon Snow’s father, Siri replies, “Let’s just say, there’s some fire in this Snow.” Siri is giving a nod to the fact that the season 6 finale confirmed that Jon Snow, who was raised as the bastard son of Ned Stark, was actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, son of the “Mad King” Aerys II. In a much-anticipated flashback scene shown from the perspective of Bran Stark and his time-hopping work as the newest Three-Eyed-Raven, a young Eddard Stark was shown finding his sister at the Tower of Joy dying from childbirth and asking him to protect her newborn child from Robert Baratheon - who was her embittered, betrothed and made it his own personal mission to rid the world of Targaryens.
The Targaryens, of course, are known for their relationship to dragons and their immunity to fire, so since Jon Snow is the now-confirmed grandson of the Mad King, he is Daenerys’ biological nephew and might also be able to play with fire and still walk away unscathed the way she has done on multiple occasions throughout the series. In other words, he’s got some fire in his blood, too, just as Siri cheekily said here. Well played (again), Siri. It’ll be exciting to watch this space as seasons 7 and 8 develop as well.
As of the end of the latest season, Jon Snow has now taken the place of his late brother (adoptive, at least) Robb Stark as the new King in the North. But as the show’s executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hinted in a behind-the-scenes look at the fiery finale, his crowded coronation bore a purposefully ominous similarity to the moment when Robb began his ill-fated reign. As Benioff put it:
“In some ways, the evocation of the first [ceremony] is meant to be a bit worrisome because it was a very triumphant moment when Robb was named King of the North. It didn’t go so well for the previous King of the North, so we have to be a little bit worried for Jon.”
Then again, as Siri has now inadvertently reminded us, Robb Stark didn’t have the benefit of dragon’s blood coursing through his veins, either.
Game of Thrones will return for season 7 in spring 2017 on HBO.