George RR Martin’s Biggest Twist Yet

Now that the world knows Jon Snow is actually alive, we can start to look ahead at what’s to come from the character that won’t give in. We know that the TV series has caught up with the books. We also know that the creators of the TV series have been speaking closely with the creator of the books, George RR Martin, and what direction he wants the story to go in. But from here on in all anyone can do is speculate.

 

One mystery Martin has confirmed we will have answers for soon is the parentage of Jon Snow. So far it has been said that Ned Stark is the father. That’s been an accepted idea by many fans from day one. But why would Martin say that he’s going to reveal the parentage of Jon Snow if we already know who the father is? Surely all that needs to be revealed is his mother… right?

I’ve been scowling the internet looking for some of the best fan theories out there on what the big reveal could be. There are several popular theories circulating the internet at the moment, the two most popular saying that Jon’s mother is either Lady Ashara Dayne of Starfell, or Wylla, the wet nurse in service to House Dayne. Either way, both theories point to the mother being someone at Starfell. However, there’s a third theory gaining more and more momentum that’s come about through the power of observation.

R+L=J.

This is my favourite theory by far and would provide the huge game changer to the whole series.

 

Everyone knows how fond George RR Martin is of a few twists and game changers, and he’s a very clever man. I think he was well aware of his wording when he said the parentage would be revealed instead of just the mother, meaning that the famously honourable Ned Stark was lying for someone.

Who would Ned Stark tell such a massive lie for, especially for all these years? It would have to be someone he was close to, a family member whose reputation could be ruined with honesty, and it would have to be someone who is no longer around to tell the truth.

It would have to be his dead sister, Lyanna Stark. The woman who was betrothed to Ned’s best friend and future king, Robert Baratheon.

There we have the L and the J in the equation – R + Lyanna = Jon.

Initially I thought the R could be Robert, but then why would Ned need to lie to everyone? Because Robert isn’t the father, and the real R was someone from the family Robert hated most of all.

Rhaegar Targaryen.

If Ned had told Robert Rhaegar was Jon’s father, Rob would have murdered the baby in his sleep without thinking twice, and Ned couldn’t allow that since Jon was his nephew.

 

Here’s a brief account of the theory:

Rhaegar married Elia Martell in a political move, however he never loved truly loved her. In the year of the false spring, Rhaegar and Lyanna met at the Harrenhal tourney. Rhaegar won the jousting contest and, as per tradition, the winner got to crown any woman there the queen of love and beauty. While making his choice, Rhaegar rode straight past where his wife was sat, and instead laid the crown of winter roses down on Lyanna’s lap.

Sometime after this, the pair ran away together to the Tower of Joy in Dorne and Jon Snow was conceived. When war broke out, Rhaegar had to go back to King’s Landing to fight by his brother’s side. No one thought that Lyanna had gone with Rhaegar by choice, and so when Ned learnt where she was, he took some of his trusted men and went to rescue his beloved sister.

In the books it’s explained that Ned got to his sister as she was in her last few minutes of life, and he found her in a room that smelt like a mixture of her favourite flower and blood. The blood would explain the story widely accepted by the people of Westeros, that Lyanna had been held captive by the Targaryen’s and when Ned and his men got close they had her killed.

But why would a hostage be in a room surrounded by her favourite flowers?

Unless she had just given birth.

The book also describes the last conversation between the siblings, where Lyanna asks Ned to promise that her body will be buried in the family crypt in Winterfell, and he does as she wishes. But at various points, years after the war ended, Ned kept recalling making a promise to his sister saying how it was a promise he needed to keep. I don’t believe for one second that he’s on about the promise to have her buried in Winterfell, especially when he had already buried her there. Ned was referring to something much deeper than her burial wishes.

 

The fan site towerofthehand.com is able to provide a complete guide of the theory, including page numbers to back up the various bits of speculation.

http://towerofthehand.com/essays/chrisholden/jon_snows_parents.html

 

I really like the idea that Jon Snow is part Stark and part Targaryen. It could end up meaning that he is the rightful heir to not only Winterfell, but all of Westeros. If it works out, it could be Martin’s biggest twist yet.

Time to resume the game of thrones…

 

Valar Morghulis, all men must die – but not all spoilers must be revealed, so be careful, this article contains information you might not be ready to read.

You were warned!

Fans were welcomed back to Westeros in true Game of Thrones style on Monday night.  After 10 months of waiting, episode one ‘The Red Woman’ picked up almost exactly where season five left off, as a sweeping camera moved low over Castle Black until it found the lifeless body of Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

The shock, disbelief, and complete lack of colour on Ser Davos’ face (Liam Cunningham) when he discovered the Bastard of Winterfell lying in the snow mimicked what viewers everywhere felt.

He couldn’t be dead… could he?

We won’t believe it!

After months of conspiracy theories, all desperate to find a way in which Jon Snow might have survived multiple stabbings and getting left in sub zero conditions, fans finally had to face acceptance – Jon Snow is dead.

Really, who else is qualified to lead the campaign against the White Walkers?! Snow basically led the defence of the Wall from the Wildling attack, has killed several of the mysterious ice zombies, and became the youngest Lord Commander in the history of the Knight’s Watch.

One thing confusing some fans though, is why wasn’t Snow’s body burnt? Given how the White Walkers are able to raise the dead to form their own army, why was his body left lying on the table? Maybe we aren’t quite finished with Jon Snow after all.

At least things promise to get interesting at Castle Black from here on in, what with an obvious division among the ranks and a coo building beneath the wall.

Melisandre’s tone dropped significantly as she spent most of the episode questioning the visions she sees in the flames as the death of Snow saw yet another of her premonitions extinguished. It was the Red Woman herself (Carice van Houten) who left audiences with the biggest shock since the Red Wedding. Removing her clothes and jewellery layer by layer Melisandre transformed from a young, red-haired beauty, to a frail and unrecognisable old lady.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) survived the jump off of the walls of Winterfell and were running for their lives from the malicious men and hounds of Ramsey Bolton. When the men caught up with the pair, the perfectly timed appearance of Lady Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) left her able to finally fulfil her promise to Catelyn Stark all those seasons ago.

There’s been a distinct tone of disappoint among fans though, who feel there should have been more answers given and less new questions raised. It was a busy episode, but overall it felt slow and uneventful. Perhaps it just felt slow because of the explosive end to season five.

Now that the television series has caught up with George RR Martin’s books, there’s no real way of knowing where the show will take its audience. The writers of the series have said they are working with Martin, and know which direction the books will be going, but all fans are truly in the dark now about what is yet to come.

Better the Daredevil you know from March 18

A blind, Catholic lawyer by day, who can see things better than anyone else, dresses up like the devil and acts as a vigilante by night. Talk about contrasts.

As the first Marvel series aired on Netflix, Daredevil: Season One hit audiences with impact. It received widespread critical acclaim and Marvel renewed the show for season two within a fortnight of season one premiering.

Like the 2003 film, Daredevil follows blind lawyer Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox; Stardust, The Theory of Everything) and his plan to deliver justice in Hell’s Kitchen to those let down by the system. Season one saw Murdoch taking on crime boss, and the future Kingpin, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio; Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Full Metal Jacket), as well as what is arguably one of the best fight scenes to ever appear on film or television. Fans will know the one.

But what can we expect from season two?

Information about villains and storylines for season two is limited. Fisk is behind bars, so he won’t be a central character in this season but that’s not to say he won’t make the occasional appearance. Plus, he’s still yet to become the Kingpin, so he’ll definitely be back.

It’s been known since Marvel announced season two in April last year that Elektra (Elodie Yung: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will be making an appearance, but the new character on the roster getting fans excited is Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher (Jon Bernthal: The Walking Dead, Fury). It’s thought that The Punisher will be Daredevil’s main adversary, what with their different work methods and outlooks on killing the bad guys, but who knows.

Season one favourites Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Stick, and Claire Temple will also be returning for season 2, and if fans weren’t excited enough already, Cox has teased a fight scene that could rival the stunning hallway scene from season one.

All episodes of season 2 will be available on Netflix from Friday March 18.