After that magnificent Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, the longstanding R+L=J theory finally came to fruition. Despite some bonkers theories that Jon Snow's father was Mad King Aerys (or even Ned Stark!), HBO has confirmed that Rhaegar is the daddy. Here's the vital scene again, as viewed by Bran in a green vision — or as Gay of Thrones call it, his ''TreeVo.''
Spoilers: #10 on this list is the most important one...
How Much Do We Know About Rhaegar Targaryen, Jon Snow's Father?
1. Born Under A Bad Sign
Prince Rhaegar was the eldest son of King Aerys II Targaryen and Queen Rhaella. Some say he was born with a melancholy in him, born as he was on the day of the great fire at Summerhall (259AC) that claimed the lives of his great-grandfather, Aegon V.
2. A Dearth Of Sister Wives
Rhaegar had a whole bunch of siblings that only lived for less than a year: Daeron, Aegon and Jaehaerys, and Shaena who was stillborn. Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, is his only surviving sibling since mad Viserys was killed by Khal Drogo.
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3. A Great Beauty
Rhaegar was the very image of the Targaryen genes, and very beautiful despite generations of compound incest. He is said to have been a tall, pale man with long silver hair and purple eyes.
4. A Lover And A Fighter
Rhaegar supposedly loved Ned Stark's sister, Lyanna Stark, but was ''fond of'' his wife, Elia Martell of Dorne. Perhaps because of his stunning Targaryen good looks, many others loved him during his lifetime. His fellow knight Jon Connington was in love with him, and Cersei Lannister was, at least, infatuated with him. Tywin planned to betroth Cersei to Rhaegar, and little Cersei secretly did a drawing of her Rhaegar riding a dragon because she was so crushed out. The Lannisters were gravely offended when Rhaegar's father, King Aerys II Targaryen, turned Tywin's offer of this betrothal down. Cersei always thought she was meant for Prince Rhaegar, which is why she asks Maggy the Frog ''Will I marry the prince?'' on the night her fateful prophecy was told.
5. Fire And Blood
The entire war of Robert's Rebellion was pretty much started by Rhaegar Targaryen. At the Tourney at Harrenhal (ca. 280AC) Rhaegar publicly gave his prize to Lyanna Stark rather than his wife, Elia Martell, an incident described by Ned Stark as the moment "when all the smiles died." The year after the Tourney, Rhaegar either eloped with or kidnapped and raped Lyanna Stark, depending on whose version of the story you believe.
6. The Kingslayer
It was Rhaegar who left Jaime Lannister to look after his family while he went to fight Robert Baratheon's forces. Whether this was an oversight or a deliberate move to eradicate Mad King Aerys, this led to Jaime killing Aerys, earning him the title "Kingslayer."
7. Rhaegar's Rubies
During the Battle of Trident, Rhaegar took on Robert Baratheon in an epic duel. Robert eventually won, smashing Rhaegar so hard that the rubies popped out of his Targaryen armor and scattered into the river. That spot became known as Ruby Ford.
8. A Vision Of Rhaegar
Dany has a vision of Rhaegar in Qarth's House of the Undying. She sees him hold his son, Aegon, and say of him:
''He has a song. He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire. There must be one more. The dragon has three heads''
Of course, Aegon's little brains were smashed out by Ser Armory Lorch during the Sack of King's Landing, so Rhaegar was wrong about that one! However, 'the prince that was promised' — doesn't that make you think of, say, MELISANDRE? The Targaryens are all a bit magic and vision-y in the Game of Thrones books, and it makes sense that Rhaegar had a vision just like the Red woman.
9. Dance Of Dragons
Daenerys's dragon, Rhaegal, is named after her brother, Rhaegar Targaryen. She had previously named her unborn human child Rhaego after her brother, but the boy was killed while still in the womb by Lhazareen maegi Mirri Maz Duur.
10. ...And Most Importantly of All: HE KNEW.
If you want to pop on your tinfoil hat and get deep, deep into Game of Thrones fan theory for a moment, there's one interesting point in Rhaegar's childhood that kick-started a lot of speculation.
Rhaegar was reportedly a bookish child who preferred the harp to the sword, until one day he read something in an unspecified scroll and suddenly decided to become a warrior. Did he see something that told him the future? There are theories that Rhaegar saw the White Walkers in a vision, saw that he had to fuse Stark and Targaryen blood together — which he did, in the form of Jon Snow.
If this is true, it's pretty exciting stuff. Rhaegar KNEW — he fucking knew! — but only in the way that Melisandre 'knows' things. Melisandre misread a vision and thought that Stannis would be the prince of the fire, but now she's come to the same conclusion as Rhaegar: Jon Snow is the answer.