R+L=J

by DumbledoresWhore on January 9, 2015
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R+L=J is a fan theory about Jon Snow’s parentage in George R.R. Martin’s novels, A Song of Ice and Fire which has been transcribed into HBO’s Game of Thrones.

The theory claims that Jon Snow is not the bastard son of Ned Stark and some random woman in King’s Landing, but rather, the son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.

There are a lot of blatant hints that support this theory. Some hints suggested in this video might be a bit reaching. Such as, the blue rose on the wall representing Jon Snow on the wall and the flower’s sweetness somehow tethered to Lyanna. Most of the other theories are too ominous to ignore. For examples, it is odd that Ned Stark’s morality comes into question with an affair. Ned is by far the most noble characters in Westeros and it is unlikely that he experienced a lapse of unfaithfulness. It is much more likely that Eddard, bound by honor, kept a promise to his sister to keep her son out of harms way. The book states that the tower where Lyanna Stark stayed was protected by the king’s guard and that Lyanna was found in a bed of blood. Obviously the bed of blood represents a recent childbirth. Also, one must ask what was the king’s guard protecting?

The video below suggests that Ned Stark chooses not to kill Targaryen children because of his familial connection. This is a doubtful reason, Ned just doesn’t strike me as the type to assassinate unborn children.

Stark has mentioned on occasion that he isn’t suffering from a secret that is weighing on him and that Jon is his “blood.” He also never directly mentions Jon as one of his children.

If Snow is indeed the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna. He is the manifestation of the books namesake because he is the incarnation of both ice and fire, since Targaryens are associated with dragon fire and Starks are associated with the icy north.

This theory clearly sets Jon up as a major player with a legitimate claim to the throne even though he has taken vows “to wear no crowns.” But hey, he also took a vow not to diddle around and we all know how that turned out.

Important character or not, George R.R. Martin has a nasty habit of killing off important characters. Only time will tell. In my own opinion, Jon Snow will be around for quite some time to come, so ladies feel free to continue your incessant swooning!

Brush up on your Dothraki because season 5 premiers on Sunday, April 12th at 9 p.m.

AUTHORED BY: JENNA FISHER

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  • January 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    First and foremost…SPOILER WARNING FOR WHAT LIES BELOW…and not just show spoilers, book spoilers…cant stress that enough!

    Last chance to turn back…

    Here we go…

    There are tons of fan theories out there from Daario=Benjen=Faceless Man to Jaime and Cerci not actually being siblings. Martin has already come out and stated that one of the wild fan theories about the endgame of the series IS correct, and I have to believe it is this it. It just adds up. We know Robert Baratheon wanted any and all Targaryen heirs GONE. Ned wasnt about to let his Nephew be added to that list. Especially since Robert loved Lyanna so much. Ned would much rather soil his perfect faithful image than let that happen.

    Jon undoubtedly has a huge role still yet to play, however if you are caught up in the books…the end of Dance of Dragons, ol’ Jonnyboy isnt doing so hot. Facedown in the snow with about a dozen knife wounds in the back courtesy of his fellow Brothers of the Knights Watch. Which leads me to the next theory which I also buy into which is that Jon will become a Wight and be brought into the fold with the Others. Another theory I find interesting is the one that the Others aren’t as bad as they are being set up to be. That Dany and her dragons are a far more destructive force in the world. There’s a reason the Doom of Valaria happened people! Dragons=bad for the world! The Others suddenly stirring up could be to balance the fact that dragons are ALSO returning. However I’m not sure if Dany will be at the helm of the fire side of this Ice and Fire war. I’m thinking its gonna be newly revealed Aegon Targaryen. While he claims to be young Aegon, we arent sure yet…but he wants the Iron Throne, and has the best claim to it. Dany has already fallen from grace (in the books) and he may just step in and take over the Targaryen movement while she is back with the Dothraki. Granted she has broken Drogon and thats a huge ace up her sleeve.

    Oh ASOIAF theories are fun! Maybe in 30 years when the last two books finally come out we will find out if we were right or not! Or at least when the show overshoots the books in a year or two.

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