SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE “GAME OF THRONES” SEASON 6 FINALE
There are many moments within the sixth season finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” that people are still talking about, one of them being Bran’s flashback.
In the scene, a young Ned Stark reaches the top of a tower where his sister Lyanna has given birth to a baby – the boy who would become Jon Snow. It’s made clear Jon is not actually the bastard son of Eddard Stark, but rather his legitimate nephew. Yet the identity of Jon’s actual father isn’t said outloud, rather Lyanna says something in hushed words to Ned – the sound mix deliberately masking most of them.
Leave it to fans to take the scene and play with the audio to find out what she said. Games Radar has done just that, their audio enhancements revealing that the character utters the following line: “His name is …. If Robert finds out, he’ll kill him. You know he will. You have to protect him. Promise me Ned. Promise me.”
Robert refers to Robert Baratheon, Mark Addy’s king of Westeros in the first season. What Jon’s actual name is however was too low to hear. One Reddit user claims to have done it and says it’s actually Jaehaerys.
The long held theory, one that the show seems to be confirming albeit slowly, is that Jon Snow is in fact the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, eldest son of the Mad King and Daenerys’ older brother who died before she was born. Today, HBO seemed to confirm that with a new infographic posted on MakingOfGameOfThrones.com which makes the connection clear.
Finally, Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman have all been confirmed as directors of episodes within the seventh season. This would seem to confirm a shortened season as usually there are five or six helmers announced for the usual ten episode seasons.