It’s been just over two weeks since the Game of Thrones season six finale, which means we’re already well into the annual drought of quality HBO programming centered around incest and dragons (thankfully, we’ve got Pokemon GO to distract us for the time being). For some fans, the only way to fill the void is by discussing theories for next season, as we’ve already seen ones crop up about Varys and Bran being a time-travelling demigod.
Of course, the majority of fan theories are centered around Jon Snow and the finale’s confirmation that Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen are his real parents. Only a few characters knew the truth of this (Ned, Lyanna, and Howland Reed being the only three that come to mind) but as Reddit user sakhini suggests (and backs up with photo “evidence”), there may have been another character who knew about this secret since the start of the first season.
According to sakhini, the now-deceased former maester of Castle Black, Aemon Targaryen, dropped hints early in the show’s run that he knew the identity of Jon’s parents. It all stems from the conversation Aemon (who would be Jon’s great-great-great uncle … we think) has with Jon after the latter learns about Ned’s beheading in King’s Landing and wants to leave the Night’s Watch to join his brother Robb in waging war against the Lannisters. Specifically, when you juxtapose this scene with shots from the Tower of Joy scene in the season six finale, it sure seems as if Aemon may know more than he’s letting on:
Considering Aemon’s age and status as one of the wisest men in Westeros, it’s well within the realm of possibility that he had figured out the truth about Jon Snow’s parents. It also helps that he and Jon are related by blood, so perhaps he was even able to sense who Jon was? It sure would explain why Aemon took such a liking to him and backed him up at almost every turn. And they say the blind can’t see …