Warning: Spoilers ahead
Honestly, this show should just be called “Game of Spoilers” at this point, after all the leaked episodes, scripts and plot information.
Now, Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) parentage has joined the list of spoilers HBO has let slip through its fingers, and this one is particularly embarrassing since it came from an official HBO blog called “Making Game of Thrones.”
The blog typically posts storyboards for major fight and CGI scenes, actor profiles and other details that go into creating each episode of the show, and after the Season 6 finale they obviously wanted to shed some light on the Lyanna Stark situation. Revealing that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark instead of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was a huge development, but the show cleverly left a few loose ends when it comes to his father.
“Making Game of Thrones” decided to tie those loose ends up — either with speculation or just straight up spoilers — with their newest post, which contains a diagram detailing how each major character relates to each other on “Game of Thrones.”
Prince Rhaegar Targaryen has an “abducted” line connecting him to Lyanna Stark, which is probably a given since the show did reveal that he’d kidnapped her earlier in the series and then again in Season 6.
What’s almost unbelievable is that Rhaegar also has a “parent” line connecting him to Jon Snow.
That’s about as blatant as it gets. Fans have had their R+L=J theories for years, so while it’s not a total surprise to finally have it confirmed, it is surprising that HBO would spill the beans on a blog when series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff obviously made the choice not to reveal that Rhaegar was Jon’s father in the Season 6 finale.
Even if it’s something we all knew was true, HBO usually plays these kinds of things pretty close to the veset. After all, no one actually believed Jon Snow was dead after the Season 5 finale, but we still put up with everyone on the cast, crew and promotion team sticking to the story like their lives depended on it.
We’ll have to wait and see if HBO comments on the blog post — or even worse, takes it down entirely — but for now, we’re taking this as the official word on Jon Snow’s secret identity.
Can we start calling him Jon Targaryen now?
“Game of Thrones” is set to return in 2017.