Spoilers, obvs., for the Game of Thrones season finale, “Winds of Winter.”
This week, someone over on Reddit who claims to have watched the scene between Ned Stark and his sister, Lyanna, around 50 times, says the repeat viewing has apparently given him magical-lip reading abilities. Here’s what he thinks that Lyanna tells Ned.
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.
OK, first of all: I have watched that scene 47 fewer times than the Redditer, but I can still safely say that there’s no way he read Lyanna Starks lips. However, if he actually did watch it 50 times, there’s a chance that he hallucinated it. Seriously, she could be whispering the “Star Spangled Banner,” and no one would know the difference. HBO provided no closed captions, because it didn’t want us to know, so why even risk enunciating a phrase in such a way that it could be read by lip readers?
Besides, who the hell is Jaehaerys anyway, smug book readers? And why does that reveal who Jon Snow’s real father is?
If Lyanna was in love with Rhaegar (as seems likely), it makes sense for their son to have a Targaryen traditional name like his siblings Aegon and Rhaenys. Jaehaerys would be a good pick as the name isn’t associated with any real negative connotations, like Aerys, Maegor, etc. Not only is Jaehaerys the great-grandfather of Jon, he was the King who received the ORIGINAL PROPHECY about the prince who was promised from the woods witch with Jenny of Oldstones.
This prophecy is what caused Jaehaerys to force his children Aerys and Rhaella to marry, because it was prophesied that the [Prince That Was Promised] would be born of their line. Rhaegar was aware of this prophecy, and while he originally thought that he was the PTWP, he realized later he was not and that it would be one of his children. That is why he took/seduced Lyanna in the first place. His wife Elia could not have any more children, and he knew there must be a third child (The dragon must have three heads).
Oh, well, then there you go. Rhaegar seduced Lyanna because his wife was barren, she had a child and while dying, whispered to Ned that the boy’s real name is the guy who received the ORIGINAL PROPHECY about Jenny from the Oldstones block.
Of course, the lip reader may be right about Jon Snow’s real name. Or he could have used his powers of deduction, surmised this theory and worked backwards to what he thought he saw Lyanna saying. He’s almost certainly correct, because Rhaegar is Jon Snow’s father. You know how I know? Because Steven Wilson told me, like, three years ago. And Joanna told me, like, a half a dozen times, and also (via Joanna), the show has apparently been telling us all for six seasons.