Jon Snow is alive, but—as Ygritte was so fond of telling him—he knows nothing. Like, literally nothing at all. The poor guy is clueless about everything—from how to style his hair, to who his parents are—and he needs help. And also, probably a well-qualified therapist.
Thanks to hardcore Game of Thrones fans getting their sleuth on, there are several captivating Jon Snow theories (opens in new tab) that help answer some major questions. But which theories will come to pass, and which have already been shut down? That's where this extremely nerdy but totally necessary guide comes in. We got you.
Jon Snow will presumably catch up with the rest of the world and realize he's a Targaryen at some point, but the question is *how.* Game of Thrones audiences assume Bran will drop the bombshell, but Reddit user jamieandclaire (opens in new tab) theorizes that Jon will discover his own tombstone while trolling the Winterfell crypt next season. Inscribed on said tombstone? The names of his real parents, 'cause Ned Stark craftily wrote them there. The posthumous hijinks!
People were theorizing about Jon Snow's demise long before he was stabbed by his brothers in the Night's Watch—after all, GOT isn't exactly loyal to its characters (ahem, Red Wedding). But when Jon woke up naked and afraid (and wearing Ugg boots) that theory was shut down harder than his Valyrian steel sword. Which, to be fair, is not that hard due to it being made of rubber (opens in new tab).
A hero lives among us, and that hero is Reddit user Sparkledavisjr (opens in new tab). This lip-reading genius took it upon herself to figure out what Lyanna Stark whispered to Ned, saying "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."
Okay, so let's break this down: Jaehaerys I was the 4th Targaryen to own Iron Throne, and was known to be a pretty chill guy. Meanwhile, Jaehaerys II was Jon's great-grandfather, and was also pretty chill—despite his short reign. If Lyanna wanted to honor Jon's father, Rhaegar Targaryen, it makes sense that he'd be given a family moniker, right?
Fact: Jon and Daenerys are totally related. In fact, she's his aunt. But has that ever stopped love from blossoming on Game of Thrones? Hell no. Daenerys needs allies if she's going to sit on the Iron Throne, and nothing makes for allied kingdoms like an arranged marriage between a Stark and Targaryen. Westeros lore seemingly supports this theory (opens in new tab), as Daenerys's ancestor Queen Rhaenyra agreed that a Targaryen princess would one day marry a Stark. Plus, Sophie Turner says so (opens in new tab). No, really, she said "I think Jon and Daenerys are going to end up together, probably." See? SHE GETS IT.
Jon Snow *might* not be the only person in Westeros who knows nothing. Apparently, some corners of the internet (opens in new tab) (hi again, Reddit (opens in new tab)) seem to think Lyanna Stark had twins: Jon Snow and Meera Reed. Think about it: they're the same age(ish), and their hair is identical. Meera's dad was also there the day Lyanna gave birth, and it's possible that either she or Ned gave him one of her two babies to care for. Actress Ellie Kendrick's take (opens in new tab)? "Hey, I'd love it to be true because it would mean great things for my character, but I'm holding back on speculation for now. I think what's been going on in George RR Martin's brain is so much more a complex wormhole than we could possibly imagine."
According to Melisandre, Azor Ahai was a mythical figure who's due to be reborn any day now—and, as Rhaegar Targaryen says,"his is the song of ice and fire." There is dueling evidence (opens in new tab) as to whether Jon or Daenerys is the reincarnation of Azor, but now that we know he's part Targaryen, Jon has plenty of the hallmarks. Most importantly, being "the blood of the dragon."
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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