A Game of Thrones theory touches on Ned Stark's relationship to Jon Snow and why he chose that name for his surrogate son. With only one season left of Game of Thrones -- and a short season at that -- fan theories are starting to kick into overdrive. From whether Jaime will kill Cersei to if Bran is the Night King there are fans discussing and arguing the possibilities all over the internet. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that one of the biggest fan theories turned out to be true. The theory about Jon Snow's parentage.
The first episode of the series introduced Jon Snow as Ned Stark's bastard son. Not one character has ever questioned that, not even Jon himself. But the season 6 finale showed that it was not the case. Jon was actually Ned's nephew, the son of his sister Lyanna. And the recent season 7 finale confirmed not only that Lyanna is Jon's true mother, but that his father was Rhaegar Targaryen. And since Rhaegar and Lyanna were lawfully married, Jon is not a bastard at all. His real name is Aegon Targaryen, and he is the true heir to the Iron Throne.
Clearly, Ned lied about Jon's parentage to everyone -- even his wife and children -- in order to protect him. And a part of that was changing the boy's name. Including his first name, as he was named after his paternal grandfather. Now BroBible is reporting that a Reddit user duh_metrius has a theory about why Ned chose the name Jon to call his nephew.
The theory comes from the names of Ned's three biological sons -- Robb, Bran, and Rickon. Each was named after a man who Ned cared about. Robb after Ned's best friend, Robert Baratheon. Bran was named after Ned's brother Brandon, and Rickon after Ned's father. If Ned chose to name his surrogate son after another man he loved, then the answer is clear -- Jon Arryn.
Jon Arryn raised Ned and Brandon Stark as his wards. Both Ned and Jon fought side by side during Robert's Rebellion. He eventually became Ned's brother-in-law and predecessor as Hand of the King. It was Jon's murder which started the chain of events that is the story of Game of Thrones.
duh_metrius later clarified that they have been aware of Jon Snow being named after Jon Arryn for awhile. But they brought it up recently because of the parallels in Ned's relationships with both men. Jon Arryn was not Ned's father, but he raised Ned as a son and loved him like one. And Jon Snow is not Ned's son, but Ned has raised and loved him like one as well. And Jon Snow's love for the man he still believes is his father has influenced most of his decisions and choices in life. Some Game of Thrones theories can be pretty out there. But this one seems obvious and clear. And with what the audience has recently learned, very beautiful.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019