OK, we all know the famous fan theory that R+L=JS. Just about everyone subscribes to the fact that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark had a fling and she gave birth to Jon Snow at the Tower of Joy and told Ned to “promise me” something. Personally, I believe that the true father of Jon Snow is also R, but in this case, Robert Baratheon.
However, let’s put that aside and look at some details.
The Tournament at Harenhal was held and Rhaegar won the joust and crowned Lyanna Stark as his “Queen of Beauty” even though his wife was also there. He gave her a blue rose, which was also the same flower as seen in dreams and was the flower that a Stark ancestor received to be taken off by a Wilding bard.
OK. So, let’s say that was all true and Rhaegar did have his fling with Lyanna, helping to start Robert’s Rebellion. There was more going on at the Tourney than just this story.
Ashara Dayne, a Dornish woman and sister of the Kingsguard, Ser Arthur Dayne, was also there. Ashara was a handmaiden to Elia Targaryen, Rhaegar’s wife. She caught the eye of Howland Reed, Eddard Stark, and Brandon Stark.
It is rumored that Ned and Ashara gave birth to Jon Snow, which caused her to kill herself from shame after Ned killed her brother with the help of Howland Reed. With me so far?
Back at the Tourney, Ned and his siblings befriended Howland Reed who had picked on and bullied by three squires. Howland ended up bunking at Ned’s tent that night and that left Brandon to woo Ashara.
Brandon got Ashara pregnant and they had Jon Snow!
So what happened to Lyanna, the bed of blood, and “promise me”? Why were three Kingsguard out not protecting the king, but guarding a Tower? Why weren’t they in a tower and why didn’t they try to negotiate with the uncle of the newborn baby Jon Snow? Because Lyanna didn’t give birth to Jon Snow. He was already born and his mother, Ashara Dayne killed herself.
No, the baby they were guarding was Lyanna and Rhaegar’s child, but it was Daenerys Targaryen.
Ned took Jon Snow and passed him off as three months younger than he was. Daenerys was whisked off to Dragonstorm. We know she was told about all of the things of her birth by her brother, Viserys. However, one of these “memories” was about Lemon Trees at the home in Braavos – and lemon trees don’t grow in Braavos. Additionally, she is warned by Quaithe, to “remember your past”.
Looking back at Lawful Good, Ned, he is haunted by dreams of his sister and failing at something. Was it that he failed to protect his niece, Daenerys? He’s the only one on the small council that disobeyed Robert and decided to head home. Then something stopped him and he came back. This was after Daenerys had escaped the poison and was known to be pregnant.
So…what do you think?