The title of Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6 is “Blood of My Blood,” and fans are hoping it’s a clue that a popular theory related to Jon Snow is going to play out soon. There have been other hints that it will at least be explored at some point this season. Perhaps that point will be next week.
Game of Thrones fan theories and spoilers follow. Stop reading now if you don’t want to read spoilers.
There are many Game of Thrones fan theories, many of them related to one character — Jon Snow. One of those is related to the true identity of his parents and is known as the R+L=J theory. The title of next week’s episode, “Blood of My Blood,” suggests that this theory may be revealed as true.
In short, the Game of Thrones R+L=J theory says that Jon Snow’s parents are not Ned Stark and his mistress, but Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark (Ned’s sister). There have been at least two scenes this season that suggest that HBO may play out this idea in Season 6. One was the appearance of Lyanna Stark in Episode 2 of this season — “Home.” This was obviously laying the groundwork for a later development, perhaps the revelation of her as Jon Snow’s mother.
Two weeks ago, in the Game of Thrones episode titled “Oathbreaker,” another scene appeared that many see as a lead-up to the revelation of Lyanna Stark as Snow’s mother and Rhaegar Targaryen as his father. That was Bran’s flashback to his father’s battle near the Tower of Joy.
In what is believed to be a pivotal scene in Game of Thrones, near the end, Ned hears a scream from the Tower of Joy. How does this fit into the R+L=J theory? Well, the theory is that, contrary to what everyone has been led to believe, Rhaegar did not kidnap and rape Lyanna. Rather, they were in love, and she was pregnant with his child. If the plot of HBO‘s Game of Thrones follows this through, Ned will run to his sister in the Tower of Joy and find her dying following the birth of Rhaegar’s child — Jon Snow. She makes him promise to care for her child. He agrees but knows that any child identified as the child of Rhaegar would face certain death, so he lies and says that the child is his, the result of his extra-marital affair.
Throughout all six seasons of Game of Thrones, there have been hints that Rhaegar was not the monster we have been led to believe he was. In addition, multiple Game of Thrones characters have questioned that the honorable Ned Stark would have an affair. There have also been subtle suggestions that Jon Snow is part Targaryen. Could “Blood of My Blood” be the episode in which we find out if this is the truth? Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, recently told Entertainment Weekly this about his character in Season 6.
“It’s the biggest season for him so far. There’s one episode this season, which is Jon’s story, that’s the most epic episode we’ve done.”
Is “Blood of My Blood” the episode he’s referring to?
If Jon Snow is, in fact, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, it will change everything in Game of Thrones. It will mean that he is related to Daenerys Targaryen. It will mean that, as a male, he will be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Daenerys has proven to be one of Game of Thrones‘ strongest characters. She would not take lightly to a challenge to the throne. She would require proof, and who knows what else. This would make Season 6 of Game of Thrones a game-changer. It would be a great premise on which to build the last two seasons of the HBO program.
Game of Thrones airs on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m.
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