Game of Thrones' Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Are *Much* Younger Than We Thought

If you ever needed proof you've achieved nothing in life…

Remember when your English teacher dropped the bombshell that Romeo and Juliet were technically children, and you were totally freaked out? Prepare to feel that shock all over again, because we've just learned how young Game of Thrones' Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are meant to be.

*Spoiler alert*

As we now all know, Daenerys is Jon Snow's aunt (Ned Stark's sister ran away with Rhaegar Targaryen, Dany's much older brother, and, to cut a long story short, Jon was born) so we kind of suspected the Dragon Queen and her nephew might be around the same age—maybe their late 30s, at the very most.

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But according to Game of Thrones Wiki fan page, Jon was born in 281 AL (AL = Aegon's Landing) and Dany was born in 282 AL, so there's actually just one year in age difference between them. And since season 7 of the hit show is set in the year 304 AL, that makes Snow approximately 23 years old and Dany 22, give or take a few months.

I'm sorry, but what now?

These ragamuffins are strolling around beyond the wall, riding dragons, and fighting to take over Westeros, and they're the same age we were when we finally learned how to operate an iron.

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Sadly, we haven't acquired a dragon yet, but there's still time, right? Right?!

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