Finally after years of speculation and waiting, Game of Thrones gave the fans a big reason to celebrate as we were shown what actually happened inside the Tower of Joy. Game of Thrones fans know that Ned Stark had found Lyanna Stark dying inside the Tower of Joy and she made him promise something but nothing was revealed about the promise. Naturally the fans speculated about what the promise might be about and many of them reached to the conclusion that it might be about Jon Snow and his real parents.
The Tower of Joy scene in The Winds of Winter episode has finally made it clear that Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. In the episode we weren’t given any information about Jon Snow’s father but if you take a look at this fan theory, it becomes clear that it has to be Rhaegar Targaryen. Afterall the most popular Game of Thrones theory is R+L=J and the R belongs to Rhaegar Targaryen. So we don’t feel that there is any suspense regarding the identity of Jon Snow’s father.
At the start of the season we were taken to the Tower of Joy through Bran’s vision but before we could go inside the tower with Ned, the Three-Eyed Raven cut short the vision. However, the situation had changed by the end of the season and now Bran Stark himself was the Three-Eyed Raven and this time he followed Ned Stark inside the Tower of Joy and saw Lyanna Stark covered in blood and she was in pain. Ned tried to make sure that she received some help but she refused that and introduced him to her son and then whispered something into his ears. All we could hear was, “If Robert finds out, he will kill him. You know he will kill him. You have to protect him. Promise me Ned. Promise me.”
We were then introduced to the baby who would go on to be named as Jon Snow by Ned Stark. While the show hasn’t directly stated that the baby is Jon Snow but we were shown a close-up shot of the baby, which was followed by a close-up shot of Jon Snow and that’s enough to confirm that Jon Snow is Lyanna Stark’s son and not Ned Stark’s bastard as everyone was made to believe all these years.
This reveal might have come as a surprise for some fans but for many people, it was the confirmation that they had been waiting since a long time and in some cases, the wait has been as long as 20 long years!
Reddit user YzermanToLidstrom did some digging around and came across a discussion about Jon Snow’s parents (scroll down to the bottom of the page) and it is from 1998! Here’s what Richard M. Boye had to say:
“Remember what happened to the other Targaryen children. Ned’s good friend, King Robert, swore to kill *all* Targaryens. What better way to hide the parentage of your nephew then to claim that he’s your bastard son? Robert has dozens of bastards and would not think it stange that Ned has one. Also think of Lyanna’s voice constantly echoing in Ned’s head “promise me”, always in an ambigous context.”
There have been many more discussions about the topic on various discussion boards across the internet over the years and it’s not just the fans who though about this theory. When Game of Thrones show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff met George R.R. Martin for the first time way back in 2006 to convince him to let them convert his books into a TV series, Martin had a small test for them. Here’s what D.B Weiss had to say about that meeting.
“He asked us – should I say the question? I guess I can say the question. He asked us who is Jon Snow’s mother. And we had discussed this before. And we gave an answer – a shocking answer, and George at that point didn’t actually say whether or not we were right or wrong. But the smile on his face – his smile was a tell and we knew we had passed the “Wonka” test at that point, I think.”
So there you have it, even the showrunners had guessed who Jon Snow’s mother was way back in 2006 and that’s how they managed to bag the rights to turn the book series into the popular HBO show which we love so much.