This Insane Game Of Thrones Fan Theory Will Blow Your Mind With How Much It Explains

Ygritte from Game of Thrones saying 'you know nothing, Jon Snow' GIFI think ‘mind-blowing’ is an overused phrase, but it is 100% applicable to this Game Of Thrones theory that’s making the rounds right now. Seriously.

Before you start reading, I should let you know that it’s full of spoilers. Even if you’re all the way caught up on the books and the HBO series, if this theory is right, it potentially spoils things about the series that haven’t even been written yet. So really, seriously, read at your own risk.

This is the last time I’m going to warn you.

Okay. So it’s called the R+L=J theory, and it attempts to explain who Jon Snow‘s parents are. That’s right — parents. Plural. We all think that Jon is the bastard son of Eddard Stark, fathered out of wedlock during his marriage to Catelyn, but this theory calls that into question. It instead asks us to consider that Eddard’s sister Lyanna Stark is his mother, while Rhaegar Targaryen is his father, and it brings up several excellent points as evidence:

  • When alive, Ned Stark was the definition of steadfast and dutiful, so it’s always been hard to imagine him being unfaithful to his wife, Catelyn.
  • Perhaps instead, Ned found Jon when he came upon his sister Lyanna dying in her ‘bed of blood’ in the Tower of Joy. The wording is particular in that it leaves it open to the possibility that it could have been blood from childbirth that surrounded her. The theory posits that the theory that Lyanna extracted from Ned on her death bed was to raise her and Rhaegar’s son as his own, to keep him safe.
  • It would have been painful to him to lie to Catelyn about the provenance of the child, but harder still to break his promise to his dying sister without putting Jon in grave danger.
  • Along those same lines, during a chapter from Ned’s point of view, he mentions that he’s lived a lie for fourteen years, which happens to be Jon’s age at the time.
  • At one point Ned mentally lists his own children and includes only the names of Robb, Arya, Bran, and Rickon.
  • It’s often been said that Jon looks like Arya, and separately that Arya looks like Lyanna.
  • Daenerys has a vision in Qarth of blue roses growing in a wall of ice…and since blue roses have often been used as a symbol for Lyanna, it suggests that something to do with Lyanna is atop a wall of ice — Jon on The Wall.

There are a ton more facets and pieces of evidence, but it all comes down to the fact that Jon is very important, and may even be the reason behind the name of the series: fire from Targaryen + ice from Stark = a song of Ice and Fire.

GAHHHHHH so much excitement and potential, I’m obsessed. Write faster, George R. R. Martin!

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    • Alana Vincenza

      Yesssss I have always loved this theory! It really works.

    • Lily Savage

      Totally on board with this. Come one, Rhaegar crowned Lyanna the queen of love and beauty over his wife, they had to have something on the side! Hoping for a Dany/Jon Snow hookup to continue the Targaryen tradition.

      • JenH1986

        I’d say him hooking up with his aunt is gross…but Jamie and Cersei pretty much make that hook up totally acceptable.

      • Lily Savage

        Hahah there’s already so much gross stuff on GoT, why not pepper in a little more incest?

    • The Chadburn

      This makes a lot of sense. Wasn’t there another Targaryen prince on the wall? The Maester (Spelling)? He explained to Jon Snow in one of the books that he was also a prince, would he have not known that John Snow may have been a Targaryen prince?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Aemon Targaryan, yup! But I don’t know how he would’ve known Jon was Targaryen, when not even his own family did.

    • Ananya Subramani

      This is such a popular theory…too popular for it to be true I’m afraid

    • Danica

      Makes a whole lot of sense *but the theory name sucks*

      • minha1234

        Ehh, it was invented like a decade ago.

        In any case, I’m frustrated at people suddenly buzzing about this everywhere. It was there since about 8 years ago.

      • JenH1986

        Since the show is so popular and working its way through the books, I think it’s going to be very common for the things the readers of the books “already know”. That’s the downside to book series getting popular.

    • Sri

      Like I said on that article about pilots months ago, everyone is secret Targaryens. (And by everyone, I mean Jon, Jaime, and Cersei.)

      The Mad King had a mad crush on the twins’ mother, and it would also explain Joffrey’s behavior, since Targaryens are supposedly either gallant or mad. This ones a lot less supported by the text, though, only breadcrumbs here and there.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Ooooh interesting!

    • john

      if jon is so very important why is he killed?

      • Re-read last book

        We don’t know if he is alive or dead. Don’t make so quick asumptions.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Also we’ve seen multiple people brought back to life…

    • TUMBLR

      I just want Sansa to be queen and live happily ever after with a nice prince

      <sobs and eats lemoncakes

      • JenH1986

        I find Sansa totally unlikeable, in both the books and the show.

    • Valentia

      Ah come on. Readers have been talking about this for years. Yes i’m suffering from acute reader’s disdain :) my problem right now is that POTENTIAL SPOILER AHEAD anyone who knows for sure is dead, specifically Ned and his brother.

      I’ll be so disappointed if this turns out false. It fits so well! It must be a trap…

      • JenH1986

        isn’t Jojen’s father alive? Wouldn’t he know because wasn’t he at the Tower of Joy with Ned?

      • Valentia

        Ooooooh yes, genius! And let us remember, there are 3 dragons. George Martin has to give them all riders some way or another :)

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        There’s a theory that Howland is the High Septon, too! So he’d be in great position to get his butt on a dragon!

    • bambi

      This theory is OLD. You know nothing, Alexis,

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s what I’ve been hearing, but it was making the rounds of the internet yesterday, so I gotta cover it!

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    • fantasymother

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t someone from the south tell one of Jon’s brothers that his mother was a highborn southern lady who committed suicide right after his birth? It was assumed she killed herself because Eddard left her for his wife, right?

      Have I finally gone crazy?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        No you’re right! I had that vaguely in my mind as well, but I can’t remember now. Maybe it was one of the wildlings? Had some word for what they were, for sharing a mother. Milk brothers?

      • fantasymother

        Right! Milk brothers – sharing a wet nurse.

        But I can’t remember exactly who he was… just that it was one of those frustrating, “so close yet so far” moments. There was no way Jon was going to learn about it until he reunited with Brandon.

        Even worse, was this the HBO script or the book? My mind is aflame with shimmering *insert balance of Blazing Saddles line here*

      • Merce Moon

        It was Edric Dayne squire to Lord Beric, he told Arya about a wet nurse named Wylla that served in his household when the Brotherhood Without Banners is taking her to Riverrun

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