R+L=J? A Game Of Thrones Fan Theory

April 12th  marked the beginning of the 5 th season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. It also happens that the first 4 episodes showed up on P2P file sharing sites the night before. Somehow I have now managed to see these four episodes and there is a whirlwind of things going on.

I’m not here to spoil anything but rather bring in more information. At the end of Episode Four, Little Finger and Sansa are talking in front of a statue of Lyanna Stark and discuss her relationship with Rhegar Targaryan. I would chalk this up to simple lore, but I have read the books that the show is based on. Now there are people who paid more attention to the books than I did and they have come to a consensus: R+L=J. Put simply: Rhegar Targeryan plus Liana Stark equals Jon Snow.

In the show and in the books, Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark, Lyanna’s brother, and an unnamed woman, presumably conceived and birthed during the rebellion of Robert Baratheon - the very war that made him king when Rhegar and his father The Mad King died.

The math checks out in the sense that Rhegar had kidnaped Lyanna who, during this time, was betrothed to Robert Baratheon, and had taken her to the Tower of Joy. When the war was over, Eddard went to the Tower of Joy to retrieve his sister. Once there he found her in a bed of blood and she had asked him to “make her a promise,” presuming that the bed is bloody from child birth then we can guess the promise was to keep Jon a secret and pretend the baby was his. This is so Robert would not have Jon killed like he did Rhegar’s other children.

The evidence of this fan theory may lie most in Eddard’s character; he is honorable to a fault and on many occasions goes to great lengths to keep his vows. In ‘A Game of Thrones’ he calls Jon his blood, but not directly his son, also in that same book he names all his children in order but omits Jon’s name until a separate line. Jon also looks a lot like Arya who is said to look very much like Lyanna.

In ‘A Clash of Kings’ while Daenerys is in inside the warlock’s tower she sees “a blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice.” Blue flowers are directly linked with Lyanna on many different occasions including on the statue in Season Five, Episode Four, and suggest that something important involving Lyanna and a great wall of ice. This is very likely Jon.

So if Jon Snow is really the son of Rhegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark then that means he is not only the half-brother of Daenerys, but also what people are calling “a song of ice and fire” personified. With the Targaryen’s known for their connection to dragons and the Stark’s connection to warging, then the combination of the two could be quite interesting.

Keep in mind that just because this is the most popular fan theory and has the most evidence doesn’t mean it will happen in the show, but with the way it was brought up in the show there is a chance we might see more about this fan theory come to light. When they announced that Season Five is going to be vastly different than the books I was worried that it might hurt the show, but almost half way into the season and I could not be happier.

If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones I highly recommended it. The author still has two more books to finish so I guess we must remember one thing over all: “valar morghulis.”

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