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7 Lyanna Stark Fan Theories Just Crazy Enough To Be True  

Lisa Waugh
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After seven long seasons, it was confirmed that Ned’s sister is Jon Snow’s mom, who secretly married Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned covered it up so his buddy and liege, Robert Baratheon, who was obsessed with Lyanna, wouldn’t kill the child. Ned took Jon back to Winterfell to raise him as his bastard much to the hatred of his wife, Catelyn.

If Rhaegar and Lyanna are Jon’s parents, the resurrected Jon is not only legitimate, he’s got some regal blood running through his reanimated veins. As he kicks rocks on the Night’s Watch, one can only hope he’ll make his way to Dany and Tyrion (who are probably his relatives) and ride Rhaegal, the dragon named after his possible pops.

Which of these Lyanna Stark theories makes the most sense? Ponder some popular Lyanna Stark-y fan theories - perhaps they'll inspire a theory of your own!

Lyanna Was Much More Than a Love Interest for Robert or Rhaegar
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There’s been a debate over whether Lyanna was really into Rhaegar or was truly kidnapped and raped. She cried at the tourney when he sang a song for her and dumped wine on Benjen’s head when he made fun of her for shedding tears. Lyanna has been described as being a lot like Arya, tomboyish, a warrior, and very much the embodiment of the North. She certainly seemed onto Robert’s penchant for bedding whomever and wasn’t convinced he’d ever be faithful.
Fans think there was way more substance to Lyanna and that she wasn’t in love with Rhaegar, or anyone for that matter. She had a future as a leader and circumstances beyond her control - or fate - killed that future.
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Lyanna’s Story Mirrors the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon
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Redditor gbinasia made an excellent point about several aspects regarding Lyanna. When we see Lyanna in Bran’s warg dream, she rides into Winterfell atop a white horse. This sparked some correlations. “In Celtic mythology, Rhiannon is the goddess riding a white horse. Interestingly enough, a big part of her myth is fleeing a marriage her father had arranged. She's eventually caught by a handsome admirer, who marries her and promptly they make a child together. That child ends up immediately kidnapped, and his lineage is only revealed much later in an event that finally allows his mother Rhiannon to be absolved of the accusations of infanticide she had faced.  
That's probably where the parallels end. Fun coincidence, though: in the Rhiannon legend, the kid disappears while in the care of his six sleepy maids, while in GoT Ned rides with six companions to the Tower of Joy. Rhiannon also wakes up in a pool of blood (from a slain puppy), while Lyanna lies in a pool of her own blood (presumably). Rhiannon is also often associated with Epona, which, you guessed it, is a Roman divinity associated with horses and/or a horse in Ocarina of Time. It would then completely make sense for the show to emphasize Lyanna's abilities on a horse ('stop showing off!’).”
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L+R = J: A Fan's Take
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Until Bran wargs up those steps and into the Tower of Joy, ccmrose put together this video depicting what may have happened between Lyanna and Rhaegar, and Ned's promise to his sister.
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Was Lyanna Aware of the Events in Westeros?
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Since the books and the series haven’t filled in this blank, fans are left to speculate on whether Lyanna knew about Aerys brutally torturing and murdering her father and brother and the spiraling war surrounding her abduction.

Some say absolutely. Others are not so sure. Either Rhaegar abducted her and raped her to fulfill a prophecy of Ice and Fire, or they simply fell in love and were horrified at the consequences of their union. Or she was horrified and he didn’t care. OR, once Jon was born, that’s all that mattered to Rhaegar. 
Even as we learn that Jon is indeed Lyanna's child, we don't quite hear what she tells Ned.  

Was the promise simply that Ned protect Jon from Robert's wrath? Or was there something else she asked of her brother? 


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