This article contains spoilers and theories for Game of Thrones Season 6.
Thanks to an extremely high level of secrecy surrounding the sixth season of the HBO hit show Game of Thrones, this summer has been particularly ripe for rumors and speculation.
The latest rumor involves the much speculated parentage of Jon Snow, but with an added twist. As reported by CNET and numerous other outlets, speculation emerged recently that Jon Snow may have a twin sister. The confirmation that the battle at the Tower of Joy will appear in Game of Thrones Season 6 led one fan to speculate that the scene won’t just give vindication to fans who believe that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, but will also reveal that Jon Snow was one of two children born to the couple. According to the theory, the second child was a girl, and the most popular theory is that fans know her as Meera Reed. While the theory sounds farfetched, CNET references a 2012 article in which Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) claimed that George R.R. Martin told him the identity of Jon Snow’s parents and said that it “involves a bit of a Luke Skywalker situation.”
Which either means Jon Snow has killed his father at some point, or he has a twin sister.
While Game of Thrones fans spent the weekend scouring the show and the source novels for evidence to confirm or debunk the theory, fan site Watchers on the Wall discovered the answer to a different set of questions.
When casting notices for Game of Thrones Season 6 leaked, fans noted that two unnamed Northern Lords were listed. Speculation on the identity of the lords ranged from Wyman Manderley (who exacted revenge for the Red Wedding by baking two Freys into a meatpie) to Howlen Reed, father of Meera and Jojen Reed. Watchers on the Wall has confirmed that the unnamed lords are Small Jon Umber and the new Lord Karstark.
The previous Lord Karstark was executed by Robb Stark in Game of Thrones Season 3, which suggests that the new Lord Karstark is his son. Scheduling issues have reportedly kept Great Jon Umber from appearing on screen since Game of Thrones Season 2, but in the source material, Great Jon wasn’t at the Red Wedding, though Small Jon attended and was murdered with the rest of the Stark bannermen. It’s not clear Great Jon Umber will appear or his subsequent role in A Song of Ice and Fire will be taken over by Small Jon Umber.
Game of Thrones Season 6 is currently in production. It is expected to air in April 2016 on HBO.
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