Good morning Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
It’s International Star Wars Day, and May the Fourth be with you! I’m probably gonna watch the Empire Strikes Back with my kids tonight. If my wife will let us.
But I don’t have a super special Star Wars video planned. Instead I want to talk to you about last night’s Game of Thrones episode.
Now we’re not gonna do a recap and commentary like we normally do, because last night’s episode had an event…of special significance.
Spoiler ahead for last night’s episode, and it’s a doozy.
If you watch the Game of Thrones show but you DON’T read the books, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard the phrase, “R+L=J.”
But last night, it was trumpeted on the show with blaring horns and much fanfare…though you might not have noticed it.
Didja notice how more than one person last night was talking about a guy named Rhaegar Targaryen?
When Littlefinger and Sansa were in the family crypts of Winterfell, Littlefinger told the story of how Rhaegar won a knight’s tournament back before the civil war happened.
When a knight wins a tournament, they get a little crown of roses and they’re supposed to bestow it upon the fairest lady in the fair. Now, if a knight is courting a woman then of course he’s going to bring the crown to her, and if he’s married, he’s going to give it to his wife unless he wants a really, really uncomfortable situation at home.
Now Rhaegar WAS already married, to Elia Martell of Dorne, SISTER to Prince Oberon.
You remember, the guy whose head was crushed last season?
But in the tournament, Rhaegar rode right past his wife Elia, and gave the crown of flowers to…Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark’s sister.
So the two of them obviously had a thing. And then, as Sansa said in the show, Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna and raped her.
But later, old man Selmy tells Daenerys a story about Rhaegar and he sounds like a pretty cool guy. And even more importantly, in the books, Daenerys has several visions about her brother.
One of those visions involves him standing over a woman nursing a baby, looking at them both fondly, and he says, “He is the prince that was promised.”
Then the rebellion happened, because Lyanna Stark was supposed to marry Robert Baratheon, and he was a bit pissed off.
And Robert Baratheon conquered King’s Landing and killed all the Targaryens he could get his hands on.
If you don’t remember, Robert Baratheon was the king in the first season, and Cersei’s husband, and he died.
And he decreed in written law that ANY Targaryen or descendant of a Targaryen was to be put to death.
So if, theoretically, Rhaegar Targaryan and Lyanna Stark were to have a child, it would be Ned Stark’s nephew, but also a Targaryen, and the nephew of Daenerys, Rhaegar’s brother.
So if Ned Stark, while trying to rescue his sister, found her dying with a child that he knew was a Targaryen, what would he do?
Would he tell his friend Robert Baratheon about the baby, knowing that Robert would order it to be put to death because it was half Targaryen?
Or would he keep the baby a secret, and bring it home after the war, and tell everyone that IT WAS HIS BASTARD SON JON SNOW!!!
They hinted at this even MORE broadly in last night’s show, when Stannis Baratheon was talking to his wife, and she called Jon Snow a bastard, birthed by Ned Stark with some tavern wench.
And Stannis says, “Maybe…but that wasn’t Ned Stark’s way.”
IT TOTALLY WASN’T Ned Stark’s way. WE know that! EVERYBODY knows that!
Jon Snow ISN’T Ned Stark’s bastard son, he’s Ned Stark’s NEPHEW, a hidden Targaryen and, according to the rules of succession, THE ACTUAL TRUE HIGH KING OF WESTEROS!
THAT…is R+L=J. Rhaegar Targaryen plus Lyanna Stark equals Jon Snow. And you have now been thrust face-first into a conspiracy theory that book readers have been freaking out about for 17 years.
So pardon us if we seem just a LITTLE bit excited about this, because by featuring all these details in the show last night, George R. R. Martin is all but walking up and knocking on our doors and saying, “Hey, you know that whole fan theory you guys have been cooking up? You were right all along.”
That’s this week’s Game of Thrones, everybody. Bunch of other stuff happened—too excited to talk about it.
Thank you so much for watching, an extra special shout out to my supporters on Patreon, I hope you liked your exclusive weekend videos, and I will see you tomorrow. Byyye.