Did Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Confirm Who Jon Snow's Parents Are on 'Game of Thrones'?
Did Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Confirm Who Jon Snow's Parents Are on 'Game of Thrones'?
Robin Lempel
Robin Lempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau may have confirmed a huge Game of Thrones fan theory while on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night.


When Kimmel grilled Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, on him saying Jon Snow was dead after the Season 5 cliffhanger, Coster-Waldau explained away his deception by saying, "Well Jon Snow is dead. Jon Stark-Targaryen has risen from the dead."

That's right. Jon Stark-Targaryen. Fans have been talking about the R+L=J theory forever. The theory is that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are Jon Snow's true parents and that Ned Stark raised Jon Snow as his bastard to protect him. This would mean that Jon Snow's a Stark and a Targaryen and is Daenerys' nephew. Because of the Targaryens' ties to dragons, Jon Snow being a Targaryen could also mean that Melisandre is right and he is the Prince that was promised. The Prince that was promised is a hero with the "blood of the dragon" who will defeat the White Walkers.


Game of Thrones seemed to confirm at least part of this theory during a flashback at the end of Season 6. The flashback showed Ned fight his way into the Tower of Joy at the end of Robert's Rebellion. He finally got in to find his sister Lyanna covered in blood after just delivering a baby. She whispered to Ned that if Robert ever found out, he'd kill the baby. So Ned agreed to take the baby. Why would Robert kill the baby? Well, while the show hasn't confirmed it yet, it's assumed that Rhaegar is Jon Snow's father and Robert Baratheon had ordered all of the Targaryens be killed. Plus, Lyanna was supposed to marry Robert.

For now, Jon Snow's father's identity is just a theory (though it really does seem to be right.) But Coster-Waldau may have dropped a massive spoiler and confirmed that Rhaegar Targaryen is, indeed, Jon Snow's dad.

Of course, he could also just be playing with Game of Thrones fans. "I mean, I'm just making that up," he slyly told Kimmel right after saying Jon Stark-Targaryen had risen from the dead.

This is far from the first time Coster-Waldau has messed with fans' minds. As Vanity Fair notes, Coster-Waldau admitted to pranking fans when he held up a duck and said, "It's a spoiler for the book readers. I won't give anything away. Think about it." So we'll just have to wait and see if Coster-Waldau is telling the truth this time. But the R+L=J theory certainly seems true to me.

Do you think Rhaegar Targaryen's Jon Snow's father? And what do you think this means for Jon Snow if it's true? Leave your comments below!

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