During the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale both new and long time fans of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series finally got confirmation as to who Jon Snow’s mother really is, but during the scene that confirmed this fan theory his Father’s identity remained a secret. Most fans who subscribe to the R+L=J theory, which stands for Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon, still expect the Targaryen Prince to be Jon’s Dad, but until it was revealed on the show there was a bit of doubt thanks to how Jon’s Mother was revealed.
Well, based on an infographic on the official HBO website, it appears that the formula above is exactly as fans predicted many, many years ago. The graphic clearly shows Jon being tied to Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and the color of the line signifies that they are his parents. I find this to be a very odd and anticlimactic way to pay off on this long standing fan theory, but I guess HBO felt like we all pretty much know the truth anyway, so why spend time on the show to confirm it when you can do it on the web?
The graphic must not be a mistake either, because it was posted yesterday and not edited or pulled down yet, so HBO must stand by its contents. So there you have it, R+L=J has officially been confirmed unless this graphic is all a ruse to keep us super-fans off of the trailer, but I doubt it because the connections between the three are just too obvious. I’m sure we will still get the reveal on the show during its final two seasons, but now it probably won’t be as exciting thanks to HBO’s spoilerific infographic.
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