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Season 6 of Game of Thrones was pretty damn crazy. After watching the HBO fantasy series for six years, we were finally given a ton of payoffs as the team behind the series began wrapping up plot lines and setting us up for the final two (short) seasons. And no plot line was quite as anticipated and exciting to see played out as Jon Snow's parentage. Bran found out the truth about Jon because of his time traveling as the Three Eyed Raven, the most popular fan theory was confirmed, and nergasms happened everywhere.
And since we finally have confirmation that Jon is the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, we can look back at the past 6 seasons of Game of Thrones and see all of the hints that were dropped throughout the show's long run. In fact, one youtuber has done just that, and edited a supercut of Jon/Lyanna/Rhaegar moments. Check it out below.
Pretty stunning, right? While hardcore fans have long been theorizing that Jon wasn't actually Ned's bastard, it's fun to go back and see the moments where it was hinted at, starting with the very first episode of Game of Thrones.
Almost all of the hints regarding Jon's true parentage revolved around Lyanna Stark. While we only recently saw her on screen for the first time, she was referenced quite a few times throughout the earlier seasons. Robert Baratheon starts this in episode one when he visits the crypts underneath Winterfell. He laments Lyanna's death, as she was originally supposed to be his wife. This scene is now even more interesting, as we can watch Ned's reactions and imagine the thoughts going through his head. Another scene between Ned and Robert happens later where they discuss Jon's very existence. Robert pleads with his friend to reveal something about the woman that he impregnated during the war, but Ned refuses. Now we finally know why.
Watching the above video made me really want to rewatch the earlier seasons of Game of Thrones. Being able to see Ned in Season 1 skirt around the issue of Jon's lineage and his fake unfaithfulness to Catelyn will be a whole new experience after knowing the truth behind his actions.
Are you glad that we finally know who Jon's parents are, or do you think that the show is giving up a bit too much lately? Sound off in the comments below.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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