The mystery behind Jon Snow’s identity has raged on since the very first episodes of Game of Thrones. From the moment Ned Stark promised Jon they’d talk about his mother the next time they met, fans have been actively forming their own theories. Season 6 finally put most of those theories to rest, while proving some of the more popular ones to be unequivocally true. Jon’s true lineage could very well end up deciding the fate of Westeros, and now that we know exactly what it is, it’s easier to see the Game of Thrones endgame.
So what exactly is it that makes Jon Snow so integral to the GoT story? The answer is “so god damn much,” marked by the host of information we now know about his parents, relatives, and prophesied fate.
1. The son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark
The Westeros history books tell a wildly different story than what actually happened when it comes to Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. The common story is that Rhaegar kidnapped and raped Lyanna (Ned’s sister), later leading to her death (and single-handedly sparking Robert’s Rebellion in the process). The way it actually went down though is far more friendly to the Targaryens. Rhaegar and Lyanna were actually in love and ran away together, before Lyanna died giving birth to, you guessed it, Jon freaking Snow. As of now, Jon still doesn’t know his true heritage, but we imagine it’ll come into play at some point down the line.