Will George RR Martin’s next novel reveal the mystery? And when will it come out?
Whether or not young Griff is Aegon Targaryen is one of the most important questions of The Winds of Winterdespite the series de Game of thrones avoided the issue completely.
George RR Martin has pulled off a major plot twist in his fifth book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dance with Dragons, revealing that Aegon Targaryen, eldest son of Rhaegar Targaryen, was actually still alive. Not only that, but he had trained his entire life to be king and now he was returning to Westeros with a great army behind him. The problem? It is not clear whether it really is.
Unfortunately, there was no room in the cast of Game of Thrones for young Griff/Aegon Targaryen. This was probably to streamline the plot and avoid confusion while Rhaegar’s secret second son was revealed, none other than Jon Snow (who even got the name Aegon Targaryen).
It final of Game of thrones, indeed the entire story, would have been changed by the inclusion of Young Griff, so it’s easy to see why it was avoided. The Winds of Winter will have to settle the debate one way or another.
Martin, when asked whether the children of Rhaegar and Elia Martel were truly dead, responded firmly: “All I can say is that there is absolutely no doubt that little Princess Rhaenys was dragged from under her bed. father and killed.”
It’s also worth noting that the only other person to deduce that young Griff is Aegon is Tyrion Lannister, who figures this out while traveling with him. Tyrion is one of Martin’s favorite characters and often proves to be among the most intelligent and cunning. It’s not impossible that he was completely deceived, of course, but it would be surprising that he was so wrong.
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Aegon could not be identified after the Mountain killed him, in stark contrast to his sister Rhaenys, so there is supposedly at least a real possibility that it was him.