***Spoiler Warning: This post discusses Game of Thrones events through Season 6, Episode 10, and A Song of Ice and Fire book events and theories. Spoilers***
Looks like any plans David Benioff and Dan Weiss might have had to keep Jon Snow’s true father a mystery…
can be thrown out the proverbial tower window (sorry, Bran!). And, poor Isaac Hempstead Wright — who seems to be the only person still questioning who his former brother, now cousin was fathered by — won’t have to lose any more sleep; HBO has definitively confirmed Jon’s lineage. In an infographic posted to the series’ official Making Of diary page, there is a clear parentage line connecting Snow to Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, with Ned Stark listed as Guardian.
Now, can we all rest easily? Apparently not. Like many fans, I spent quite a bit of time (to no avail) trying to read Lyanna’s lips to find out what she whispered Jon’s name is. One redditor claims to have figured it out:
Lyanna starts by whispering ‘His name is’, and then what follows appears to be a three syllable word that appears to start with a J. I’m not a great lip-reader, but I’m fairly certain what she says is Jaehaerys.
…If Lyanna was in love with Rhaegar (as seems likely), it makes sense for their son to have a Targaryen traditional name like his siblings Aegon and Rhaenys. Jaehaerys would be a good pick as the name isn’t associated with any real negative connotations, like Aerys, Maegor, etc. Not only is Jaehaerys the great-grandfather of Jon, he was the King who received the ORIGINAL PROPHECY about the prince who was promised from the woods witch with Jenny of Oldstones.
This prophecy is what caused Jaehaerys to force his children Aerys and Rhaella to marry, because it was prophesied that the PTWP would be born of their line. Rhaegar was aware of this prophecy, and while he originally thought that he was the PTWP, he realized later he was not and that it would be one of his children. That is why he took/seduced Lyanna in the first place. His wife Elia could not have any more children, and he knew there must be a third child (The dragon must have three heads).”
Sounds good to me. Listen, I don’t particularly care what his name is — won’t we just call him the prince who was promised? — he’ll always be (you know nothing) Jon Snow to me.
p.s. Don’t forget to ask Siri who Jon’s father is.