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Game of Thrones: Do we now know who Jon Snow's father is?

The revelation of the identity of Jon Snow's mother in the season six finale upset the relationship on Game of Thrones. But who is the biological father of the newly crowned king of the north was left more or less open. Until now.

Warning, spoilers! As always, only read this article if you really want to know how "Game of Thrones" continues.

"Game of Thrones" fans knew for a long time that Jon Snow couldn't simply be the result of a reckless brothel visit by the otherwise so honest Ned Stark. In the finale of the sixth season, the popular fan theory "R + L = J" was confirmed in a flashback.

Ned Stark is therefore not Jon Snow's father, but his uncle. Because the boy was not born by a nameless prostitute, but by Ned's sister Lyanna Stark. And before she died in childbed, she made her brother promise to protect the baby. So far so good. However, who Jon Snow's biological father is is not explicitly revealed in the episode "The Winds of Winter".

Instead of leaving the fans puzzled for a year as in the alleged death of Jon Snow in the finale of the fifth season, HBO has now apparently revealed the paternity secret in advance and quite incidentally. An official infographic, in which the admittedly very confused family relationships in "Game of Thrones" are to be illustrated, sheds light on the darkness:

Jon Snow's sire is therefore Rhaegar Targaryen, the eldest son of the "Mad King" Aerys II Targaryen. If you are confused now, We will provide you with a brief overview of the current state of the facts based on the graphic at this point:

  • Lyanna Stark was originally engaged to Robert Baratheon.
  • Before the wedding could take place, Lyanna was kidnapped by Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and taken to the Tower of Joy.
  • Lyanna became Not impregnated by her fiancĂ© Robert before the kidnapping, but by Rhaegar.
  • In the Tower of Joy, Lyanna gave birth to Jon Snow and died as a result of childbirth.
  • When Ned Stark stormed into the Tower of Joy to free his sister, she was already dying and entrusted the baby to him.
  • Lyanna's kidnapping was the decisive factor in Robert Baratheon's rebellion against the Targaryen royal family, in the course of which he killed Rhaegar, ascended the Iron Throne and had all of the Targaryens murdered (except for Rhaegars little siblings Daenerys and Viserys, who escaped).
  • In order to keep his promise and to prevent Robert from killing the baby too, Ned Stark passed the child off as his own.
  • Daenerys Targaryen is Jon Snow's aunt, given these facts.

However, according to the current status and the HBO graphics, Jon Snow does not have a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne. Because Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was not married to Lyanna Stark, but to Elia Martell.

So at least one fact of Jon Snow's origins has not changed: As an illegitimate child, he would be considered a bastard by "Game of Thrones" standards. On the other hand, Game of Thrones is always good for a surprise. Season seven can come!

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