Game of Thrones Season 8 is only two episodes in and the mystery is beginning to grow. With that being said, does the "Jenny of Oldstones" song from Season 8's episode 2 tease what's going to happen at the end of the series? The song, at least a few lines from it, are from A Storm of Swords, the third book in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series when Arya hears the song travelling with the Brotherhood Without Banners. Originally, Tom of Sevenstreams sings it as the Ghost of High Heart. There are SPOILERS for Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 2, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, below.
While Tom of Sevenstreams sings the song in the book, it is Podrick Payne who serenaded his new friends in HBO's Game of Thrones last night after a lot of wine. On the surface, the song is set to ease the team as they wait for impending death with the White Walkers on the way. Musical act Florence + The Machine take over on the song during the credits. The song is a popular one among the people of Westeros and there could be some strong clues as to how the series will close within the lyrics, with Jon Snow possibly taking over the Iron Throne. Only a few lines were from George R.R. Martin's source material, the rest of the lines were written specifically for the new episode.
"Jenny of Oldstones" is unsurprisingly about Jenny of Oldstones, who fell in love with Prince Duncan Targaryen (Daenerys' great-uncle). Duncan loved Jenny so much that he went against his father's (Aegon V. Aegon) wishes and forfeited his claim to the Iron Throne to marry Jenny instead. Aegon wanted his son to marry the daughter of Lord Lyonel Baratheon. As it turns out, Jenny's closest friend turns out to be the Ghost of High Heart. The story of struggle over love and kingdom is present in Game of Thrones at this point in time with Jon Snow and Daenerys.
Jon Snow knows his true parentage now and has told Daenerys. However, he was not able to go further because the battle is about to begin. Should he live and tell everybody the truth, the people of Westeros would more than likely gladly get behind him instead of Daenerys. "Jenny of Oldstones" could mean Snow is going to have to make some major decisions and that his rule was set from the beginning. In the original story, both Duncan and Jenny die in the dragon summoning-related fire of Summerhall, the Targaryen castle, which could also prove to be prophetic for the Game of Thrones conclusion.
Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff spoke about the decision to use the song in a behind-the-scenes video and says he knew they needed to use an original song. "The song I believe is in George's books - at least, the first verse is," Benioff says, which seems crazy he wouldn't know about that. However, he is more than likely trying to misdirect fans who already know about the song from the source material. You can watch a lyric video for "Jenny of Oldstones" below, thanks to the Game of Thrones YouTube channel and decide for yourself.