HBO has released a graphic which shows the identity of Jon Snow’s real father after last season’s finale showed he was not sired by Ned Stark.
The chart, which shows the relationship of many of the major players in the hit series, shows his mother, as revealed last week, was Lyanna Stark, sister of Ned.
However the new graphic shows his father is Rhaegar Targaryen, meaning he is the nephew of Daenerys, Queen of Dragons.
The revelation of Snow’s parentage, who spent part of last season dead, will set up intriguing new options for the new series.
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Jon Snow’s father according to this HBO chart is Rhaegar Targaryen – meaning his aunt is Daenerys
During Season Six’s finale, one of the scenes features Jon Snow’s birth and Ned Stark’s vow to protect him.
This gives the newly crowned King of the North a direct claim on the Iron Throne.
For while his aunt Daenerys is sailing to Westeros with a massive navy, army and three dragons, the new King In The North is the sole surviving son of the man who had been first in line to the Iron Throne.
In fact his claim is far stronger than it is to being the Lord Of Winterfell, for not only are there multiple children of Eddard Stark still alive, while he is really a member of House Targaryen.
It remains to be seen how his aunt will respond to discovering she is not truly the last of her house.
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But she could be rather pleased, as Targaryens traditionally married another member of their family, though such inbreeding was arguably the cause of some of their woes.
Smoothing the way for such a union, which has the potential to firmly unite the North with their enemies in the south, is the fact Daenerys gave her lover Daario the flick on the season finale before heading out to Westeros.
She even told him he was being dumped due to the fact she wanted to make a diplomatically advantageous marriage to the lord of a great house across the sea.
Rhaegar, who was the older brother of Viserys and Daenerys, was killed in single combat with Lyanna’s betrothed Robert Baratheon at the Battle Of The Trident, the decisive clash during the latter’s rebellion.
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He died after being hit by a massive blow from his opponent’s warhammer, the rubies in his armour being scattered under the water of a nearby river, which was named the Ruby Ford thereafter.
It remains to be seen whether this will be the plotline followed by creator George RR Martin in his A Song Of Ice And Fire novels however.
Multiple theories abound about his parentage in the literature, with other potential parents being Ned Stark and Ashara Dayne, the sister of the famous knight Ser Arthur Dayne, who was the finest swordsman in the whole of Westeros before being slain at the Tower Of Joy by Ned and his men.
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