Oh what a tangled web we weave when we fuck, fight and illegitimately conceive.
It's not quite Shakespeare, but it could easily act as a description for HBO's Game of Thrones. And, as this week's season six finale teased, the lineage of some of the show's major players is going to have a big impact on the series' conclusion. Amazingly, it's HBO itself (through its Making Game of Thrones blog) that may have inadvertently confirmed the answer to one of the show's longest contested mysteries
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So, season six definitively revealed that Jon Snow is *not* Ned Stark's son, but instead his sister Lyanna's, who dies shortly after childbirth, leaving Ned to raise Jon as his own bastard. As we've stated before, this part wasn't necessarily that difficult to figure out. But we were still left with the question of who Snow's true father was. The HBO blog seems to answer that.
“The only daughter of Rickard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, Lyanna Stark was engaged to marry Robert Baratheon,” the post says.
“According to Littlefinger, eyebrows were raised at a tourney hosted at Harrenhal when Prince Rhaegar Targaryen rode past his own wife, Princess Elia Martel, and presented his winner’s crown of winter roses to Lyanna instead. Sometime after, news spread that Rhaegar had abducted Lyanna. When her brother Ned made his way to Dorne and found the Tower of Joy, he discovered his sister, Lyanna, drenched in blood and sweat on a bed.”
So, the blog definitely hints at Rhaegar fathering Jon. BUT! It's the infographic accompanying the post that seems to definitively answer the question – a family tree of key Game of Thrones houses, it draws a parentage line between Rhaegar, Lyanna and, you guessed it, Jon Snow.
Now, HBO have messed with us before – bringing Jon back to life, just for starters. So it's possible this is simply a plant to blow us off the scent. But it could just as easily be a hat tip of confirmation to hardcore theorists who've long speculated about this storyline.
And yet, it still doesn't give too much away about how the final story will end, which is why you've got to love Game of Thrones. Even a potentially leaked twist can't spoil its intrigue. With the Mother of Dragons his aunt, and Jon a male heir of two major houses, Jon Snow would have a pretty good claim to the Iron Throne himself. Season Seven can't come quickly enough.
Explore the full infographic below. [Making Game of Thrones]