Sean Bean Confirms ĎGame Of Thronesí Fan Theory About The Lineage Of Jon Snow

In an interview with Vulture yesterday, Sean Bean dropped a Game of Thrones spoiler that has the Internet in a tizzy this morning, only ITíS NOT ACTUALLY A SPOILER. Itís an opinion. Based on a fan theory. Granted, itís a fan theory that happens to have a lot of support, and there is evidence in the book that supports that theory. It would also be a very cool theory. But, itís JUST A THEORY.

What is that theory? Itís the R+J=L theory, and if you really want to know, then watch the video. The long-and-short of it is this (SPECULATIVE SPOILERS HERE ON OUT): Ned Stark is not Jon Snowís father. Someone else is Jon Snowís father, and that someone else makes Jon Snow a much more interesting character than he is at the moment (and it potentially gives him a claim to the Iron Throne). In the interview with Vulture, Sean Bean ó discussing how it might be cool if he could be brought back ó seemed to confirm the theory, only ITíS JUST A THEORY.

Hereís the relevant exchange from Vulture:

Since youíre almost done shooting Legends, that might mean you have a window in your schedule if Game of Thrones needs you back. There are flashbacks that they could be doing for season five Ö

[Excited] Are they? Really?

I could be wrong, but I think they might show flashbacks via Branís connection to the heart trees.

Oh, yeah, yeah! And Iím his father, so that would be great fun! Just to go back to that for a while, it would be such fun to do. It would be great! It would be bizarre, but it would be great! So I guess if theyíre going to do flashbacks, then yeah!

Well, itís just my theory Ö

But itís a good theory! And that should happen, shouldnít it? Iíve definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there. Iím obviously not Jon Snowís dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, donít you? So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things? You never know what those guys are going to do with that. Itís got to be something special. But Iím into that. I certainly would be into that. Print that! Give them a nudge. [Laughs.] Hopefully Iíll get a call soon.

Well, ďobviousĒ is a strong word there, Sean Bean. More like, ďthere is a very strong possibility that Ned Stark is not the father.Ē

Interestingly, itís not the first time that Sean Bean has thrown his support behind this theory. In fact, itís not even the first time heís thrown it behind this theory on Vulture. Back in 2011, he said something similar:

Ned really knows who [Jonís parents are], but he canít let on. Thatís why itís such a moving moment, those poignant scenes I have with Kit Harington [who plays Jon], because I couldnít say what I really thought. There are so many things I could have said, because there is a love there between the two of them, but I canít express it as overtly as I can with the other children, who I can hold and kiss. Even if I were his true father, I canít talk about it for fear of offending my wife, whoís really bitter about this. So itís really a cruel situation. Through no fault of his own, Ned took on a lot by taking Jon in.

Or hell, maybe Sean Bean DOES know. Even though it hasnít been explicitly stated in the books, maybe George R.R. Martin told him. Or else Sean Bean just really, really believes it. Itís a good theory. Itís probably true. But itís not fact. Yet.
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