'Game of Thrones' Confirms One Major Fan Theory About Jon Snow — Sort of
Could there be more to this theory than we thought?
[Warning: The following article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season 6, episode 10 "The Winds of Winter."]
"The Winds of Winter" was a fitting title for the Game of Thrones season 6 finale. While we have yet to witness the White Walker rage party that's on the horizon, John Snow has taken his rightful place as King of the North, and Sansa, Arya, and Bran are well on their path back to glory.
Speaking of Bran, it's thanks to the newly minted Three-Eyed Raven that we know one widely-held fan theory is legitimate: Jon Snow is Lyanna Stark's son.
It's one half of "L+R=J," the suspicion that Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen came together to bring Jon Snow life. While half of that theory was proven on Sunday, the other half remains ambiguous.
In "The Winds of Winter," Bran places his hand on a tree and is catapulted back to his original vision of Ned Stark fighting Ser Dayne. Ned finishes with Dayne, ascends the Tower of Joy, and discovers Lyanna at the top. She is bloody and barely breathing, but she is alive, which is when she whispers the most important words of the episode into Ned's ear:
"If Robert finds out, he'll — you know he will," she says.
Robert Baratheon, it's suggested, is not Jon's father.
According to lore, it was Rhaegar who kidnapped Lyanna and raped her, resulting in Jon's birth. However, there have been compelling arguments that this theory is not entirely accurate: Lyanna easily could have loved Rhaegar over Robert — maybe her "kidnapping" was voluntary, making Jon a product of love. Maybe the "R" in question truly was Robert. Or maybe there's someone else in the picture.
It was a conscious effort from show-runners to leave the name of Lyanna's suitor unspoken; it was explicit that because Bran failed to hear half of what Lyanna whispered, we failed to hear the whole story. In truth, Lyanna's mate could have been anyone who was close to her. So while we assume Jon's biological father is Rhaegar Targaryen, the fact has not been 100 percent confirmed.