You’ve got to admit Game of Thrones fans really know how to entertain themselves during the show’s hiatuses (…hiatusi?). We’ll take any little speck of information, and work it into any possible theory. Imagine if we put as much effort into things that really matter? Anyway, even if by now most of you already know about the R + L = J theory, I’ll throw in the obligatory ***Spoiler/Possible Spoilers Warnings — Book and Show — discussion below. Turn tail and run if you can’t handle the possible truth!
As you may recall, one of the Season 6 location shooting sites bears resemblance to Dorne’s Tower of Joy; that combined with some of the series’ casting calls have given rise to speculation we’ll be seeing flashbacks that may pertain to the R + L = J theory. In A Song of Ice and Fire, the Tower of Joy is where Ned Stark and six others went to rescue his kidnapped (by Rhaegar Targaryen) sister Lyanna, found her dying in “a bed of blood,” and where she begged Ned to keep a promise. The theory goes that his promise was to raise her baby (assuming bed of blood means she died in childbirth) as his own; that baby is Jon Snow, whose real parents are Lyanna and Rhaegar. Now here’s the part you’ve not heard before; redditor Ghostchief suggests that Lyanna didn’t only give birth to one child, and — like Luke Skywalker — Jon Snow has a secret twin sister. DUN DUN DUN. Lest you think this theory is completely whacked out, Alfie Allen aka Theon Greyjoy (aka poor Reek) once said that Jon’s parentage “involves a bit of a Luke Skywalker situation.” DUN DUN DUN.
Ghoschief posits that Game of Thrones’ sixth season will open with a Tower of Joy flashback, thusly:
“A baby’s cry rings out as the septa raises a boy and walks him over to the man and woman. The dialogue swells and clarifies to her 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.”
If Jon does have a twin sister, where is she, and who raised her? Of Ned’s six companions who went to the Tower of Joy, only Ned and one other survived — Howland Reed. And who is Reed father to? Oh, just someone who looks an awful lot like Jon Snow:
And is born the same year as Jon (283 AC), which is the same year Lyanna died.
So, did Ned take one twin baby home, and Howland took the other baby (Meera) home, and why should we even give a shit? This is getting confusing, no? Theories spin into other theories, which turn and twist into still more theories. But according to a dream/prophecy Daenerys had in the House of the Undying, “the dragon has three heads,” alluding to three dragon riders who will defeat the Others. Fans have already speculated that Daenerys and Jon are two of the three heads (so to speak), and many people would like the third to be Tyrion Lannister, but could this new theory point to Meera Reed?
I don’t know about y’all, but my head hurts now. And sometimes visual cues can help, so maybe watch Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot wave her sword-pointer around:
Yeah, she’s a goofball, but I kinda like her. Sometimes.
So there you have it, people;
rip it to shreds do with this latest theory what you will.