Jon Snow Knows Nothing About His Real Parents

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After a very long year of waiting, the best show on television is finally back. The Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere is here and since it’s been so long I think everyone could use a little bit of a refresher before you watch on Sunday night. Along with many many deaths, the Season 6 finale of Game of Thrones finally revealed who Jon Snow’s parents are, but he hasn’t learned the truth quite yet. If you’ll remember, Bran was doing his warg thing and watched his father storm into the Tower of Joy and see who really gave birth to our new King of The North. The theory of R+L=J was a widely discussed theory on the internet, and we finally got some answers last season. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what that information means just yet.

In case you forgot, Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapping Lyanna Stark is what caused the entire war to begin. Lyanna was betrothed to Robert Baratheon when Rhaegar, who was supposedly in love with her, took her away. The Starks teamed up with the Baratheons and went to war with the Targaryens. What Robert didn’t know was that Lyanna got pregnant with Rhaegar’s baby: Jon Snow.

During the flashback, Bran’s visions revealed Ned Stark running into the tower just in time to see his sister give birth to Jon Snow and pass away from complications. In the scene, Lyanna tells Ned that he must take the baby and raise him as his own. She says that if Robert ever found out about Jon, he would kill him, which makes sense considering Rhaegar’s child is the rightful heir to the iron throne.

It’s unclear at this point in the show who knows the big secret besides Bran and we don’t know what he will do with the information he knows. One thing is certain though, Jon Snow has no idea he was destined for the throne. Back in Season 1, Ned promises that he will tell Jon about his mother the next time they saw each other, which as you know, never happened.

In one early scene, Jon reiterates his unknown heritage, saying, "I never met my mother. My father wouldn't even tell me her name. I don't know if she's a noblewoman or a fisherman's wife or a whore…"

Will Jon end up on the Iron Throne? Will he give up his right to the throne and give it to his Aunt Daenerys? Let’s just hope this twist has some meaning at the end of all this — and that Jon will finally know more than nothing.