In the record-breaking Game of Thrones season six finale, “The Winds of Winter,” Bran Stark, the Poochie of Three-Eyed Ravens, took a vision trip to the Tower of Joy, where Ned Stark saw his sister, Lyanna, moments away from death after giving birth to her son. The baby’s name? Jon, or maybe Jaehaerys. Now, to be fair to Isaac Hempstead Wright, we don’t actually hear Lyanna’s whisper — all we get is, “His name is…” and “If Robert finds out, he’ll…” — but HBO still went ahead and made Jon Snow’s father official.
The following infographic was uploaded to the Making Game of Thrones blog.
Jon Snow’s “Parent” line connects to none other than Rhaegar Targaryen, “the last dragon,” according to Jorah Mormont. The Mad King’s son has never appeared on the HBO show, but he’s been mentioned many times, including when Littlefinger tells Sansa what happened between Rhaegar and Lyanna.
“I remember the girls laughing when he took off his helmet and saw that silver hair. How handsome he was,” he said. “Until he rode right past his wife Elia Martell, and all the smiles died. I’ve never seen so many people so quiet. He rode past his wife and he lay a crown of winter roses in Lyanna’s lap. Blue with frost. How many tens of thousands had to die because Rhaegar chose your aunt?” Sansa’s response: “Yes, he chose her. And then he kidnapped her and raped her.” That part is up for debate — many book readers believe that Lyanna was a willing accomplice in her so-called kidnapping. We may never find out what actually happened, but at least we know R + L = J is official.