In A Clash of Kings, we witness Jon warging into Ghost and getting attacked by the eagle. As far as I can recall, he doesn't warg in the show after that point.

My questions are the following:

  1. Is Jon aware of his ability as a warg? I've read that all Stark children possessed the ability, such as Arya with Nymeria.
  2. If Jon is a warg, would that mean Bran as the Three Eyed Raven could possibly Warg (time travel?) with Jon and show him the scene of the reveal of his parentage? Or does that ability lie with the Greenseers like the Three Eyed Raven?

With regards to the related question, I was more asking on whether Jon was aware that he was able to warg, not whether he was able to control or choose what he wargs into, although the latter ties into the former.

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    You have added the books tag does that mean you are willing to accept answers from the books? Even if they spoil the books ahead?
    – Aegon
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 11:15
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    “As far as I remember, he doesn't warg in the show after that point.” As far as I remember, he doesn’t warg in the TV show at all. Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 15:26
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    I thought we witness him accidentally warg into Ghost at some point. Although my comment was more about the fact I'd now reached that stage of the books, and witnessed that and after that stage my knowledge is restricted to show canon and I can't recall him warging after that point in the show canon
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 15:31
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Jon's Capability

All Stark Children show the gift of Skin Changing as GRRM confirmed.

Jon and Bran are described as particularly powerful Skinchangers. Bran is even more special because he is the Winged-wolf while his siblings aren't.

Jon has shown his abilities (Unintentionally) as a warg on following occasions:

  1. In controlling his wolf. There is no such thing as a tame direwolf.
  2. Spying on Wildling Army in Frost Fangs while on a ranging with Qhorin Halfhand. Jon was asleep and Ghost was miles away, yet Jon managed to slip into the skin of his wolf and see what was waiting ahead of them.
  3. He slipped into Ghost's skin after the Battle of Castle Black when he was standing beyond the wall and Ghost came back from the wild.

Jon warged into his wolf to scout the Wildling army albeit unintentionally.

And suddenly he was back in the mountains, his paws sunk deep in a drift of snow as he stood upon the edge of a great precipice. Before him the Skirling Pass opened up into airy emptiness, and a long vee-shaped valley lay spread beneath him like a quilt, awash in all the colors of an autumn afternoon.

A vast blue-white wall plugged one end of the vale, squeezing between the mountains as if it had shouldered them aside, and for a moment he thought he had dreamed himself back to Castle Black. Then he realized he was looking at a river of ice several thousand feet high. Under that glittering cold cliff was a great lake, its deep cobalt waters reflecting the snowcapped peaks that ringed it. There were men down in the valley, he saw now; many men, thousands, a huge host.
A Clash Of Kings: Chapter 53

Jon's comrades when scouting the Skirling Pass were the first to realize Jon was a warg after he told them about his "dream".

It made him feel half a fool to talk of such things to Qhorin and the other rangers, but he did as he was commanded. None of the black brothers laughed at him, however. By the time he was done, even Squire Dalbridge was no longer smiling.

“Skinchanger?” said Ebben grimly, looking at the Halfhand. Does he mean the eagle? Jon wondered. Or me? Skinchangers and wargs belonged in Old Nan’s stories, not in the world he had lived in all his life. Yet here, in this strange bleak wilderness of rock and ice, it was not hard to believe.

“The cold winds are rising. Mormont feared as much. Benjen Stark felt it as well. Dead men walk and the trees have eyes again. Why should we balk at wargs and giants?
A Clash Of Kings: Chapter 53

Later Jon accepted it as well and started to understand it.

it was a hunger inside him, sharp as a dragonglass blade. A hunger... he could feel it. It was food he needed, prey, a red deer that stank of fear or a great elk proud and defiant. He needed to kill and fill his belly with fresh meat and hot dark blood. His mouth began to water with the thought.

It was a long moment before he understood what was happening. When he did, he bolted to his feet. “Ghost?” He turned toward the wood, and there he came, padding silently out of the green dusk, the breath coming warm and white from his open jaws. “Ghost!” he shouted, and the direwolf broke into a run.
A Storm Of Swords: Chapter 79

Is Jon aware of his power?

Jon is aware that he is a Warg. He was told that by the Wildlings when he went beyond the Wall with the Old Bear and the rest of the Night's Watch on the Great Ranging. Later he was taunted as "Beast boy" and "Warg" by Night's Watch Men who wished him ill. But Jon is untrained in the art, unlike Bran who is trained by the Three Eyed Raven himself.

Not only did Jon know it, the Wildings knew it, many people in the Watch knew it and so do some Northern aristocrats such as Cregan Karstark:

Cregan: I see what you are, Snow. Half a wolf and half a wildling, baseborn get of a traitor and a whore. You would deliver a highborn maid to the bed of some stinking savage. Did you sample her yourself first? If you mean to kill me, do it and be damned for a kinslayer. Stark and Karstark are one blood.

As Jon notes in ASOS, Men of the NW call him a warg:

“What everyone knows is that Ser Alliser is a knight from a noble line, and trueborn, while I’m the bastard who killed Qhorin Halfhand and bedded with a spearwife. The warg, I’ve heard them call me. How can I be a warg without a wolf, I ask you?” His mouth twisted. “I don’t even dream of Ghost anymore. All my dreams are of the crypts, of the stone kings on their thrones.

Also, Janos Slynt declared him for a Warg in front of everyone in the Night's Watch elections for the new Lord Commander.

Lord Janos started sputtering again. “This, this is an outrage. We ought to hang this boy. Yes! Hang him, I say, hang him for a turncloak and a warg, along with his friend Mance Rayder. Lord Commander? I will not have it, I will not suffer it!”
A Storm Of Swords

Slynt also said:

Lord Janos was red-faced and quivering. “The beast,” he gasped. “Look! The beast that tore the life from Halfhand. A warg walks among us, brothers. A WARG! This... this creature is not fit to lead us! This beastling is not fit to live!”

Wildling Skinchanger, Varamyr, knew it as well.

He had known what Snow was the moment he saw that great white direwolf stalking silent at his side. One skinchanger can always sense another. Mance should have let me take the direwolf. There would be a second life worthy of a king. He could have done it, he did not doubt. The gift was strong in Snow, but the youth was untaught, still fighting his nature when he should have gloried in it.
A Dance With Dragons: Prologue

Wildlings who saw Jon kill Qhorin also said this in front of him:

The lad’s a warg, or close enough,” put in Ragwyle, the big spearwife. “His wolf took a piece o’ Halfhand’s leg.”

The Weeper’s red rheumy eyes gave Jon another look. “Aye? Well, he has a wolfish cast to him, now as I look close. Bring him to Mance, might be he’ll keep him.” He wheeled his horse around and galloped off, his riders hard behind him.

Later Rattleshirt said this in front of Jon and the council of Wildling chiefs:

“The black bastard what gutted Orell,” said Rattleshirt, “and a bloody warg as well.

Can Bran take Jon with him?

Difference between Bran and Jon is that Jon is a skinchanger but Bran is a Greenseer. The Three Eyed Raven chose him as his successor and the Children of The Forest hinted that they were waiting for Bran for a long time. Which means Bran is either some sort of a prophesied Messiah or he is exceptionally talented. While we have seen that two Greenseers can tag along in visions but it has never been disclosed if a Greenseer can take a normal human or a common warg with him in visions.

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    Is Jon really aware of his power? Varamyr suggests otherwise: "The gift was strong in Snow, but the youth was untaught, still fighting his nature when he should have glorified in it." Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 11:43
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    @TheMathemagician How does that say Jon was not aware? Jon became aware of that in ACOK. Varamyr only notes that Jon is untaught in the art and is still fighting his nature instead of accepting it. All of which is true. It does not say Varamyr thought Jon did not know he had the gift
    – Aegon
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 11:44
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    @NikaG. Yup go and read this interview of GRRM . Sansa and Rickon simply show their ability by controlling their wolves and influencing their behaviors. Sansa's is graceful and trusting like herself, Rickon's is wild like himself. Wargs and wolves both change each other's beahviors and mindset.
    – Aegon
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 15:22
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    @TheMathemagician Do you have any evidence to show that Jon is unaware? Or any reasons to counter the quotes Aegon has provided which seem in my opinion to strongly show that they informed Jon of his ability. As a disclaimer, I was more asking on whether Jon was away that he was able to do it, not whether he was able to control or choose what he wargs into.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 15:36
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    @Paul Ah yes sorry about that. I misunderstood the question there "Do any other stark children show ability to control anything else other than wolves?" I thought he was talking about their ability to control multiple animals together and I had forgotten about Arya's cat episode. Cheers for pointing it out
    – Aegon
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 19:30

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