If you thought, that you had figured what GRRM has in mind for ASOIAF/GOT, think again.. There is another fan theory which changes things a bit and it is related to our most favorite topic – Jon Snow’s parentage.
Most of the fans out there are expecting R + L = J to be true i.e., Jon Snow is the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. There has been several hints and easter eggs in the show, which has led us to believe this theory. Even Sean Bean (Ned Stark) has confirmed that he is not Jon Snow’s father.
Now, here’s an altered version of the above theory, which if true, might shake up things in upcoming seasons and novels:
Part 1: Lyanna Stark had twins:
Yes, you read it right! Redditor ghostchief has proposed an interesting theory which could be opening scene of Season 6 featuring a flashback of Ned and Lyanna as she passes away giving birth. Castillo de Zafra in Spain is confirmed as a shooting location and is widely believed to be the Tower of Joy, where Lyanna was found dead.
Here is the Redditor’s interpretation of Lyanna’s last moments:
The dialogue swells and clarifies to [Lyanna’s] voice, “Promise me, Ned.”
Her eyes slowly close.
Ned begins to sob.
He raises his head to sound another high pitch noise coming from the foot of the bed.
A baby girl.
So R + L = J + ?
Considering Jon to be one of the twin, the big question is who’s the other twin? Daenerys? Umm, considering her birth is a well known story with her mother dying during a greater storm, this seems unlikely. Someone who is yet to be introduced? Maybe. But there is an existing character who is perfect for the role.
Part 2: R + L = J + M
Now who is this Ms. M? Ned Stark and 6 others fought 3 Kingsguard who were guarding the Tower of Joy. Only 2 of them survived the fight: Ned Stark and Meera Reed’s father Howland Reed. So, if Lyanna did have twins, safest bet would be to take one each. So, Ned went back home with Jon and Howland took home Meera Reed.
First Evidence: Looks.
The hair seems to be very similar. Plus, Meera’s description in books, brown hair and slim build matches Arya, whose looks have been compared to Lyanna in the books.
Second Evidence: Age
As per Wiki of Ice and Fire, Jon and Meera are the exact same age i.e. both were born in 283 AC, same year Lyanna died.
Also, in A Clash of Kings, it is implied that the Starks and Reeds have maintained their distance since Lyanna’s death:
Sir Rodrick tells Bran, “Howland Reed was a great friend to your father,” but later, Bran recalls that his father did send letters to Howland, but no one from House Reed “had ever called at Winterfell.” Could this be because, Howland was staying away from Ned for a reason.. perhaps, to keep Lyanna’s secret that Meera Reed is Jon Snow’s sister.
What do you think about this? Could Meera be the prophesied third head of Dragon or, though unlikely, could be Azor Ahai reborn, a figure Melisandre believes will save the people from the White Walkers? Do let us know in comments.