After watching the Tower of Joy scene from the season six finale close to 50 times, one fan possibly figured out Jon Snow’s real name. Be warned: Possible spoilers ahead!
In the episode, we see the Tower of Joy in a Bran flashback, which confirms the Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon theory. In the scene, Lyanna starts telling Ned the baby’s name that starts with J and contains three syllables. Using Game of Thrones history, Reddit user and general GoT lover, sparkledavisjr figured that Jon’s real name might be…
Jon Snow doesn’t even know his real name…
Here is sparkledavisjr’s explanation about Jon’s real name:
Jaehaerys I was the 4th Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne. He was known as “the Wise”, “The Conciliator”, and “the Old King”. His long rule was prosperous and he was aided by his sister-wife Alysanne, who convinced Jaehaerys to expand the Night’s Watch and granted them the land now known as the New Gift.
Jaehaerys II was Jon’s great-grandfather. His reign was short due to his ill-health (only 3 years), but still a good one. Jaehaerys restored stability to the realm, ended the Blackfyre threat during the war of the Ninepenny kings, and improved relations with the major houses who were unhappy during his father’s rule (Aegon V – Egg, the brother of Maester Aemon).
If Lyanna was in love with Rhaegar (as seems likely), it makes sense for their son to have a Targaryen traditional name like his siblings Aegon and Rhaenys. Jaehaerys would be a good pick as the name isn’t associated with any real negative connotations, like Aerys, Maegor, etc. Not only is Jaehaerys the great-grandfather of Jon, he was the King who received the ORIGINAL PROPHECY about the prince who was promised from the woods witch with Jenny of Oldstones.
This prophecy is what caused Jaehaerys to force his children Aerys and Rhaella to marry, because it was prophesied that the PTWP would be born of their line. Rhaegar was aware of this prophecy, and while he originally thought that he was the PTWP, he realized later he was not and that it would be one of his children. That is why he took/seduced Lyanna in the first place. His wife Elia could not have any more children, and he knew there must be a third child (The dragon must have three heads).
There are hundreds of theories about Game of Thrones. Unlike most, this one actually makes sense. If Jon’s great-grandfather, Jaehaerys, had not received the prince that was promised prophecy then Rhaegar would never have bedded Lyanna. He may have loved her but their relationship was mainly so he can have another child, to have the third child, the Prince that was Promised.
Obviously, Ned had to hide Jon’s true lineage. He just fought in a war to overtake the Targaryens; if Robert Baratheon would have known Jon’s true family line then the baby would have been another Targaryen casualty. Ned most likely chose the name after his mentor, Jon Arryn.
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Arryn fostered both Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark when they were young and joined them in the rebellion against the Mad King. His efforts in the war led Robert to award him as hand of the king. Arryn essentially ran the kingdom as Robert’s desire to lead waned as the war ended. He was made for the battle but not for the throne. Beyond learning to fight from Jon, Ned also took influence from Jon’s peaceful nature and leadership, so he took it as an honor to follow him as Hand of the King.
So it makes sense that Lyanna would not say ‘Jon’ but rather that came from Ned’s influence.
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