If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, chances are you've already read about the R+L=J fan theory. Although it's all but confirmed at this point, there are still some naysayers who took Jon Snow's death at the end of Season 5 as a reason to shut down the theory once and for all. But true believers of the fascinating argument aren't going down without a fight.
Recently, YouTuber Robbie McD created a supercut of all the scenes from the last five seasons of Game of Thrones that help prove the R+L=J theory is true. If you already know about the theory, please ignore the next portion and just enjoy Robbie McD's video. If not, I'll very, very briefly outline R+L=J.
**WARNING: If you consider fan theories to be spoilers then proceed with caution!**
Let's Break Down The R+L=J Theory
R+L=J is a pretty simple rationale used to make sense of a pretty complicated and secretive family history. The theory posits Jon Snow is not really the bastard son of Ned Stark and an unnamed server girl, but actually the product of the illicit relationship between Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, heir to the Mad King, and Ned's sister Lyanna Stark.
Robert Baratheon's rebellion against the Targaryens was sparked after Lyanna, whom he loved dearly, was abducted by Rhaegar. The theory suggests that she ran away with the blond prince of her own free will after the two fell in love, which Robert never knew.
After Rhaegar was murdered by Robert Baratheon during the Battle of the Trident, Lyanna passed away under questionable circumstances. Fans of the theory believe she died giving birth Jon, to her son with Rhaegar. On Lyanna's deathbed, Ned Stark promised his sister he would look after her son and keep him safe, knowing that Robert would try to kill the product of her illicit relationship.
There are far more detailed explanations of the theory on the internet, so I apologize for the abridged version. Anyway, on with the video evidence.
Now Let's Watch This Video!
If you didn't already think this argument was plausible, Robbie McD's video might just be enough to finally convince you.
Now I'm not saying with any certainty that this is the case, but it definitely makes sense. Last year George R.R. Martin spoke to The Telegraph about fan theories and admitted that one camp has come pretty close to cracking the code of what's to come:
"So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bulls--- and creative, some of the theories are right.
"At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I'd planted in the books and came to the right solution."
In a 2014 interview with Vulture, Sean Bean spoke about how his character Ned Stark wasn't actually Jon Snow's dad:
"I've definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there. I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you?"
There's no way to totally confirm the R+L=J theory at the moment unless George R.R. Martin suddenly decides to drop a massive bomb on his fans. But is seems pretty set in stone. I guess we'll just have to wait to see if anything is revealed in the coming episodes of Game of Thrones to find out more.
'Game of Thrones' will return next Sunday night, May 8, on HBO.