HBO confirms Jon Snow’s parents in Game of Thrones

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If you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones then you should just stop reading now and check out some of our other articles. That out of the way, HBO has released an infographic that shows the major relationships in Game of Thrones and confirms what was alluded to in the season 6 finale episode, “The Winds of Winter” — who Jon Snow’s parents are.

As you can see from the infographic below, the relationships in Game of Thrones are indeed a tangled mess. Long a fan theory, many readers of the book series by George R. R. Martin have suspected that Jon Snow was not the son of Ned Stark. In “The Winds of Winter,” we find out that Lyanna Stark — Ned’s sister — is in fact Jon Snow’s mother, and it is basically implied that his father is none other than Rhaegar Targaryen. Implications and assumptions aside, the infographic below confirms this is indeed the case: R+L=J.


HBO Infographic showing key Game of Thrones relationships.

Here’s the recap of how these events came to be as HBO explains it:

The only daughter of Rickard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, Lyanna Stark was engaged to marry Robert Baratheon. According to Littlefinger, eyebrows were raised at a tourney hosted at Harrenhal when Prince Rhaegar Targaryen rode past his own wife, Princess Elia Martel, and presented his winner’s crown of winter roses to Lyanna instead.

Sometime after, news spread that Rhaegar had abducted Lyanna. When her brother Ned made his way to Dorne and found the Tower of Joy, he discovered his sister, Lyanna, drenched in blood and sweat on a bed. “Promise me, Ned,” she whispered as a brown-eyed newborn was placed into her brother’s arms.

If you look at the infographic carefully, you’ll notice that means that Jon Snow is the nephew of Daenerys Targaryen — Khaleesi, Mhysa, Breaker of Chains, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, yadda yadda. Given Jon’s recent retaking of Winterfell with the assistance of his “sister” (who we now know is his cousin) Sansa Stark and the Knights of the Vale, and subsequent “crowning” as the King of the North, this definitely sets up an interesting dynamic and potential conflict between Jon and Daenerys.

What do you think about who Jon Snow’s parents are now that it has been confirmed by HBO? How do you think it will impact next season? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: HBO
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