Spoiler Alert: This article relies heavily on information in the books and speculates on the future of the series. Tread lightly.
I love conspiracy theories. Roswell, Area 51, Bigfoot, the Lochness monster. But there are theories I love even more than aliens… book theories. I know, call me a nerd, but I love a good fan theory about book characters. One recently that has grabbed my attention is the questionable parentage of Jon Snow. Which has been flying around the internet like a pissed off dragon.
The theory itself isn’t new, but it’s been gaining attention as the series becomes more and more popular. So while longtime readers are probably thinking, “Um yeah, we know!”, the new tv viewers are going, “OMG guys, no way!” Because any GoT spoiler or theory is just an accidental google click away…
Jon Snow knows nothing, including who his mother is. There are several theories around on who might be his long lost momma. What we are told in the beginning is that Ned Stark had an extramarital affair, literally right after he had gotten married. I understand the need for sex, but seriously bro? However, fans of the books have dissected some information left throughout the series and come up with R + L = J. Meaning Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark created our dear Jon. Now, if this is the case, what does it mean for the story ahead?
Jon could perhaps not be merely a bastard, but instead have a decent claim to rule Westeros and some political power in the North. He would suddenly inherit a big sister, Dany, who you know, has freaking dragons. If the two were to realize the connection and meet up (difficult as that is in Westeros, the most deadly place to live because your author likes to kill his characters), it could mean a new power couple (Targaryens are known for that). With her dragons and his warg powers, it would be an unstoppable combo. It would also mean the Targaryens have a new target on their backs.
Is it possible that George R.R. Martin is going to drop a paternity test bomb in this next book? Was Ned promising to keep Lyanna’s Targaryen child safe because she knew that they have some unusual marriage practices (cough incest cough) and that during that point in Westeros basically everyone hated Targaryens? Is it possible that the dark Stark hair comes from Lyanna and not Ned?
Or is Jon really just a bastard? Did Ned Stark, may he rest in peace, stray from the marriage bed that quickly? Given his portrayal as one of the moral paragons in the series, I tend to doubt it.
Could Jon be the Ice to Daenerys Fire? Or the product of ice (Lyanna) and fire (Rhaegar)? I think so…
Oh and there was that time Sean Bean said this in his Reddit AMA:
R + L = J? What do you say?