OBLIGATORY WARNING: STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS OR SEEN THE CURRENT SEASON! THIS RUMOR DEALS IN FAN THEORY AND MAY OR MAY NOT BE TRUE.
Okay now that they’re all gone, Sean Bean did an AMA on Reddit recently and sent /r/gameofthrones ablaze with speculation with one simple statement…
Wait...did Sean Bean confirm that Jon Snow was not Ned Stark’s son?! No, he wouldn’t have any way of knowing that….would he? Surely it’s just confusion on his part.
For those still scratching their heads, there has been long spread speculation that Jon Snow is not the love child of an affair Ned had...but rather a Targaryen. Fan theory goes that Jon Snow is actually a love child of Ned’s sister, Lyanna and the slain Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned lied to protect the child of his sister, and raised the bastard Targaryen as his own. Big whoop right? Lyanna was not Rhaegar’s official wife and has no bearing to the throne, so why would that be relevant now?
This goes back to something that wasn’t addressed in the television series that’s kind of important to the rest of the series. When Daenerys is in the house of the undying, she sees the birth of Aegon Targaryen and it is proclaimed, “The Dragon has three heads,” meaning there must be three children to ride the past dragons of legend. See where this is going now?
Fan speculation is that there will be an eventual “team” of dragon riders. Daenerys will helm one, her “cousin” Jon Snow the second, and an unnamed third — fans say Tyrion. Honestly, to me I think at one point it could have been true, but now that George R.R. Martin is undoubtedly aware of this theory he could switch it up just to mess with people.
The biggest question is, why would Sean Bean know any of this? Most likely he has no clue one way or another. MAYBE though, he filmed a sequence in which the Jon Snow origin was explained near the beginning of the show considering he’s only been on one season. That way in case he died, or aged considerably near the series end he wouldn’t look any different in the flashbacks. That’s just wishful thinking though, as I’m 90% sure Bean is either confused or f****** with us.