HBO's Game of Thrones may have already teased THAT popular book theory

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Jan 19, 2015, 3:00 PM EST (Updated)

One of the most popular theories of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire saga (and there are A LOT of those) concerns Jon Snow’s (played by Kit Harington in the HBO series) true parentage.


You’ve been warned! All right, on with it.

The theory is that Jon is not, in fact, Lord Eddard Stark’s bastard son, but the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Ned’s dead sister, which would actually make him both a Targaryen and Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke, the Mother of Dragons) nephew. Meaning also that, unbeknownst to him, Jon is another true contender for the Iron Throne. This highly popular theory is affectionately called the R+L = J theory by Martin’s book fans, and is widely accepted as just about certainly true (unless Martin is pulling a fast one on us, the trickster).

This began to take shape in the very first book of the series, A Game of Thrones. The question of who was Jon’s mother was raised on the show in the second episode of the first season when Jon asked Ned (Sean Bean) about his mom.

Now, it is widely known that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss both met with Martin when they pitched the idea for the show to the fantasy writer, that Martin asked them if they knew who Jon Snow’s parents were, and that Benioff and Weiss apparently guessed correctly.

Even though we have yet to know for sure who Jon’s real mom and dad were, Benioff and Weiss have actually added a pretty huge Easter egg (via Movie Pilot) in the series that teases the R+L = J theory big time.

And here it is:

Yep. That looks pretty much like an R and an L carved right there on the beam. OK, so maybe we’re grasping at straws here, and perhaps that means absolutely nothing. BUT the fact that Jon is RIGHT THERE BESIDE IT may actually mean something. There was some question as to the image's validity (Photoshop can do anything), but repeat viewings seem to have confirmed it. Were the Game of Thrones producers already hinting at something even back then? 

If you wanna know more about the R+L = J theory, have a look at the video below:

What do you guys think? Are you one of those that support the R+L = J theory? Do you think Benioff and Weiss have actually teased Jon’s true parentage on the show?

(via Winter Is Coming)