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Is Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar & Elia) still alive?

Here's a link talking about the character

It states here that

"Aegon has been shaped for rule before he could walk. He has been trained in arms, as befits a knight to be, but that was not the end of his education. He reads and writes, he speaks several tongues, he has studied history and law and poetry. A septa has instructed him in the mysteries of the Faith since he was old enough to understand them. He has lived with fisherfolk, worked with his hands, swum in rivers and mended nets and learned to wash his own clothes at need. He can fish and cook and bind up a wound, he knows what it is like to be hungry, to be hunted, to be afraid. Tommen has been taught that kingship is his right. Aegon knows kingship is his duty, that a king must put his people first, and live and rule for them"

As we all know recently it was revealed in the show that

Jon Snow's real name is Aegon Targaryen

Since it states that Varys has been protecting this character since he was a baby. (It's possible he knew about Jon).

So it makes you wonder if he was talking about Jon or the other Aegon. Also I know it says that Gregor Clegane smashed his head in...but maybe that was to cover up identifying the boy?

Is there any proof? Or is this just another "not enough details"?

  • He's proven to be alive in the books, and he was killed in the TV series. In fact, he never became a character in the TV series. Sep 14, 2017 at 6:51
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    @cairdcoinheringaahing - But is that the real Aegon in the books?
    – Adamant
    Sep 14, 2017 at 6:54
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    I suggest you try and make your title more meaningful (but try to keep it spoiler free). Titles with this charcter or this thing are highly discouraged as they are bad titles.
    – Edlothiad
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:02
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    Relevant: Aegon or fAegon .... Heavy Spoilers for book readers....Do not click if you are not aware of the term fAegon.
    – Aegon
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:27
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    Also see: Is Jon Snow show-equivalent of Books' Aegon?
    – Aegon
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:29

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There are two Aegon Targaryens (Show)

Much to the dismay of many book fans, it was revealed that Jon Snow's name is Aegon Targaryen (as many were hoping for him to be called Jaehaerys or something similar), possible as Aegon (son of Rhaegar and Elia) is dead in the show (as far as we are concerned). The issue arises because in the books, Aegon (son of Rhaegar and Elia) is supposedly still alive, and having two sons with the same name is... strange (If Jon's plot in the book follows recent developments in the show).

A Song of Ice and Fire

Aegon Targaryen (?)

What we know from the book verse is that we are being lead to believe that Aegon Targaryen is still alive, although there is a theory going around that he's a fake [WARNING: Major spoilers for those who don't know about fAegon]. Aegon grew up in the free cities as mentioned above under the pseudonym "Young Griff", and acts as the son of Griff (who is actually Lord Jon Connington, exiled after the rebellion. Although the initial plan is to marry Daenerys, Tyrion convinces them to take Westeros while the War of the Five Kings remains ongoing. And so after joining the Golden Company, they sail across the Narrow Sea to begin taking Westeros. Lord Connington re-takes Griffin's Roost his ancestral home and the rest of the Golden Company besiege Crow's Nest and Rain House.

In The Winds Of Winter

It is revealed that Aegon has taken Storm's End from Stannis Baratheon

Jon Snow

Jon however dies at the end of A Dance with Dragons after being stabbed by his Black Brothers.

Game of Thrones

Aegon Targaryen

As far as the show is concerned, we have no reason to believe Aegon, son of Rhaegar and Elia survived the sack of King's Landing, reasoning him to have been killed along with his sister and Mother.

Jon Snow

After re-taking the Night's Watch, getting the Wildlings south of the Wall, re-taking Winterfell, being crowned King in the North and subsequently swearing fealty to Daenerys, we learn that Jon is in fact the trueborn (somehow) son of Rhaegar and Lyanna, and that his real name his Aegon Targaryen.

Whether the show-runners intended to have the two characters merge or simply have Jon replace Aegon is unclear and has not been mentioned.

TL;DR In the books Aegon Targaryen is alive and well, and Jon is... not so well. Jon's mother still remains unconfirmed. In the show, Aegon never seemed to survive past the sack of King's Landing and Jon Snow is the confirmed son of Rhaegar and Lyanna, also named Aegon.

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    Book Aegon is fake because so many of the Aegons are fake.
    – Adamant
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:38
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    @Adamant good canon source material.
    – Edlothiad
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:39
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    @Adamant You wound me
    – Aegon
    Sep 14, 2017 at 7:40
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    @djsmiley2k There is an Aegon son of Elia in the show, and the show states that both the kids were laid out in the throne room, although Aegon's face had been crushed and was unrecognizeable. So maybe in season 8 Aegon will suddenly appear and say it was a fake baby, but probably not. Two Aegon's existed in the show. Jon cannot be the one from the Throne room because Elia had two kids.
    – Edlothiad
    Sep 14, 2017 at 12:13
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    @djsmiley2k Thoros of Myr, Season 3 Episode 5: "House Clegane was built upon dead children. I saw them lay Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaenys before the Iron Throne."
    – Edlothiad
    Sep 14, 2017 at 12:29

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