Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” Season 6.
The Game of Thrones finale dropped a major hint about who Jon Snow’s real father really is. However, the episode didn’t confirm it. The “R + L = J.” fan theory suggests that Jon Snow’s parents are Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
This would explain why it was imperative that Ned Stark kept Jon Snow’s parentage a secret, as Robert Baratheon felt that every Targaryen was a threat to his rule. In Game of Thrones Season 1, Robert reveals to Ned that he intends on assassinating Daenerys as she is a threat to his kingdom. Any Targaryen is a threat; therefore, this includes Jon Snow.
So, you are probably wondering how Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark conceived Jon Snow? Robert was engaged to marry Ned’s sister Lyanna, whom he loved dearly. Rhaegar then abducted Lyanna and hid her away in Dorne. This was one of the events that inspired Robert’s Rebellion.
Sometime during her abduction, Rhaegar Targaryen got her pregnant, and she eventually gave birth to Jon Snow. Lyanna knew the consequences of this and warned Ned Stark before she died.
Ned raised Jon Snow as his own and concocted the story of conceiving his nephew through adultery.
The HBO Making of Game of Thrones blog confirms beyond all doubt that Jon Snow’s parents are Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark with an infographic of a family tree.
How this revelation plays into the show is yet to be determined. Bran Stark is the only person alive that has this information. When he makes it beyond the wall and tells Jon Snow who his parents are, it will play a major role in the show’s politics.
Daenerys has set sail to Westeros with a formidable army and three dragons. If she is successful in her quest for the Iron Throne she will cross paths with Jon Snow one way or another.
With her brother Rhaegar being Jon Snow’s father, Daenerys is Jon Snow’s aunt, but blood relations have never gotten in the way of romance in Game of Thrones.
Daenerys have revealed her plans on having a political marriage to secure her dominance. If she marries Jon Snow she has an invaluable ally in the North. Tyrion Lannister is also a vital character witness for Jon Snow who shares a similar moral code to the mother of dragons.
Speaking of dragons, perhaps Jon Snow’s Targaryen bloodline will give him the ability to ride one of Daenerys’s dragons.
Jon Snow’s parentage reveals that he is much more than a bastard. Rather, his bloodline belongs to two powerful houses in Westeros. His King’s blood may also explain why his resurrection was successful despite Melisandre’s lack of experience in performing such a powerful ritual.
Game of Thrones producers recently revealed that the show will have only two seasons left. The last two seasons may only have about six or seven episodes left, according to a BBC report. “It’s not just trying not to outstay your welcome. We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” states David Benioff.
“Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them.”
“The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game,” Benioff reveals to Deadline.
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