Ready to Hear a Compelling Theory About Jon Snow’s Mother?

ALERT: This theory spoils a few things from the first season of Game of Thrones/the first A Song of Ice and Fire book. And if it’s correct — which it totally might be! — it’ll spoil books and seasons still to come. Proceed with caution/reckless abandon/glory.

So. Jon Snow is Ned Stark’s bastard; it is known. The identity of his mother, meanwhile, is a giant mystery. But what if Jon isn’t Ned’s son at all — what if his mother were actually Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark, and his father were Rhaegar Targaryen, the deceased brother of Daenerys and Viserys, slain by Robert Baratheon? Well, it would explain a lot, and it would implicate a lot. Check out this clip and have your mind explosed:

(I know you wanna know what Grantland’s Maester thinks, so here: “If you’re brave enough to have clicked on this, my dear Thronie, then, welcome to the theory at the center of everything,” netw3rk says. “A few things: This theory is old. Like 1998 old. So, I have mixed feelings about it being suddenly reported as A THEORY THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. I, and many, many book readers, subscribe to this theory. It just makes too much sense. However, it is not the only theory on Jon’s parentage.”)

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