I am here to explain to the best of my ability the theory, which has now be confirmed, of Jon Snow’s Parents. Fans have taken to this theory and called it R+L=J. The reason the it is called that is Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow. Since the Family Tree was shown we now know that this theory is correct and has been confirmed.
This is the family Tree now, as you can see we get a Key at the bottom in black, saying Parent. The two strands coming of Jon Snow that are black are leading to Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, a third strand comes off Jon which is blue connecting to Eddard Stark. This alone confirms that Jon is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna and that Eddard was only looking after him. Time to go in detail about this theory.
Lyanna Stark was engaged to Robert Baratheon, Robert loved Lyanna, now we don’t know if Lyanna actually loved Robert, but they were engaged. Lyanna was abducted by Rhaegar, this caused Robert to rebel against the Targaryen’s, prompting Eddard Stark to help, since his sister was taken and he was good friends with Robert.
We skip ahead a little bit and Eddard Stark is looking for his sister, who is being protected/held against her will by Arthur Dayne. Eddard meets Arthur and says “The mad king is dead” so just from this we know that Jamie Lannister has killed the Mad King, he then says “Rhaegar lays beneath the ground, why weren’t you there to protect your prince?” This shows us that Jon’s father is dead by this point and this prompts Arthur to reply with “our prince wanted us here.” This to me shows that before Rhaegar died he said to Arthur to protect/keep Lyanna because she is pregnant with his child. Hence why Arthur is there and wasn’t with his prince.
Eddard goes to find his sister after killing Arthur and he sees his sister covered in blood after giving birth to her son. Eddard and Lyanna speak but when I listen very carefully and loudly, she says “his name is …” she then says “If Robert finds out he’ll kill him, you know he will. You have to protect him. Promise me Ned.”
Now lets break this down piece by piece, firstly “his name is …” then silence is just to keep up suspense for the fans who haven’t figured it out yet, we will see next season that she says his name is Jon Targaryen. Next she says “If Robert finds out he’ll kill him, you know he will.” This means that because Jon’s father is Rhaegar Targaryen, meaning that Jon is a Targaryen, Robert would kill Jon without thinking. Just remember back to season one when he found that Daenerys was still alive, he sent assassins to kill her because he wanted every single Targaryen killed. Now next is very important, she says “You have to protect him. Promise me Ned.” You may not think this is very important but it is just the confirmation that we needed that Jon isn’t his son. He promises to his sister that he will look after the child and to do that he knows that he has to say that he had an affair and that Jon is his bastard. He even lies to his wife, making her think that he cheated on her. I mean it is obvious just go back to season one, every time someone mentions that Eddard had a bastard he gives them a look, like he just wants to say, I never.
You see Eddard never had a bastard, he just kept to his promise to his sister, he would protect Jon since he knew if Robert found out that Jon was Rhaegar’s son he would have him killed.
Now where does this lead us? That is the question, Jon is now the King of the North, we don’t know if Jon is named leader of the Stark family because Robb wrote a will and we haven’t seen it since. But what does Jon do next? I think he isn’t too bothered about much right now apart from the incoming threat of the White Walkers. Quick recap, Lyanna is Jon’s mother and Rhaegar is his father, Eddard is in fact his uncle and Daenerys is his aunt.
Now thinking about the family tree and the line, now that we know that Jon is son of Rhaegar Targaryen, this means that Jon is the rightful heir to the throne. Follow me on this. The mad king was Rhaegar’s father, Rhaegar is Jon’s father and Daenerys is Rhaegar’s sister. Now you may be thinking, well Daenerys is the next line since she is the daughter of the last true king even though he was mad but in matter of fact the throne should go to the next living male heir and that is Jon Snow since there is no other living male Targaryen’s (as far as we know, that is another theory for another time.) So in matter of fact Jon Snow is not only the king of the North and has their backing but he is also the rightful heir to the throne. Tell me what you thought of the theory, Tweet me, go to my Facebook page or comment below, thanks.