‘Game of Thrones’ Finally Confirms Popular Theory In Season 6 Finale
When A Game of Thrones was published twenty years ago, attentive readers picked up on some hints about Jon Snow’s true parentage, giving birth to one of the most popular theories in all of A Song of Ice and Fire fandom: R+L=J. In the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, the show finally confirmed what many fans had already taken as canon.
In the climactic scene, Bran completes the vision of The Tower of Joy, following his father up the stairs to the sight of a bloody, dying Lyanna Stark. In her dying moments, she makes Ned promise her that he’ll look after the baby she’s just brought into this world. While the name of the baby is never spoken, the quick transition from the child’s face to the fully-grown Jon Snow seems to tell us all we need to know about the baby’s identity (unless this is some sort of needlessly cruel editing misdirect).
Jon is eventually declared King In the North by his Northern lords, yet he remains completely unaware that he’s the love child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, the late brother of Daenerys Targaryen whom we’ve been hearing about off-and-on throughout the series. If Jon discovers the truth, it might not matter to him. He might simply prefer to be a Stark anyway. However, if Bran somehow discovers that Rhaegar married Lyanna (since Targaryens were known to be polygamous), then Jon would be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, since Jon’s claim, as son of Rhaegar Targaryen, would be stronger than Dany’s, as the Mad King’s daughter. Of course, with the Others coming down from Beyond the Wall, there are likely to be bigger problems than who gets to sit the Iron Throne. I guess we’ll see when Season 7 premieres next Spring. It’s already going to be an excruciating wait.
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