For years, fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series have speculated on the true parentage of the character Jon Snow. Neither Martin’s books or the Game of Thrones TV adaptation have divulged the answer to this mystery.
Many readers subscribe to a popular theory known as “R+L=J.” Follow this link to watch a video that explains this theory in detail. During a Reddit AMA session, actor Sean Bean (who portrayed Eddard “Ned” Stark on the HBO series’ first season) gave up a revealing clue when he responded to the question: “Why did you not teach Jon Snow anything?”
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Bean’s reply: “HAHAHAHAH! Because he’s not mine! Little bastard!” Shocking though this may be, it is not the first time Bean publicly shared his opinion about whether or not Ned Stark is Jon Snow’s biological father.
Last month, Bean sat for an interview with Vulture and talked about whether or not he would appear on Game of Thrones some time in the near future. In his response, he offered up this guess: “I’m obviously not Jon Snow’s dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don’t you? So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things?” What do you think?