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Jon Snow’s Parents: Who Is Jon Snow’s Mother And Father?

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Game of Thrones third episode of it’s sixth season included one of the most revealing scenes in all of Game Of Thrones lore. This scene has a lot to do with Jon Snow’s true heritage.

At the end of the promo for the episode, Bran and the Three Eyed Raven are seen viewing another moment in time. This moment in time, is known as The Tower of Joy. The character who says “Now it begins” is Ned Stark.

So, The Tower of Joy is located in Dorne, and was the location for one of the last battles in Robert’s Rebellion. Ned was there in an effort to rescue his sister, Lyanna Stark, who was being held “captive”.

Ned, winning the fight, makes his way to the top of The Tower of Joy, only to find his sister, Lyanna, dying. Now, as all Game Of Thrones fans should know, before Lyanna died, she made her brother Ned promise her something.


Who is Jon Snow’s mother?

The theory is that Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow’s mother, and that Rhaegar Targaryen is his father.

As mentioned above, Ned made his sister a promise before she died. That promise, was to raise Jon Snow as his own, and never speak a word of his true parentage.

According to the books, Ned found Lyanna lying on a bed covered in blood and with her dying breath she said, “Promise me.” It was then that Ned came up with the story that Jon Snow is his bastard son, that he had with a prostitute known only as Wylla. However, knowing the honorable man that Ned Stark was, it has always been hard to imagine that Ned Stark would ever commit adultery on his beloved Catelyn.

The R + L = J theory speculates that she asked her brother to raise her son, Jon, as his own, protecting him from his Targaryen identity. If the theory proves to be true then that would make Jon a Targaryen and Stark by birth, or in other words, a son of ice and fire. The theory continues that Jon Snow is in fact the personification of the title of the novel, “A Song of Ice and Fire”. (Get your R+L=J shirts in our store below)

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