Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has had a lot of screen time in Season 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” As a result, many have begun to seriously wonder who the character’s real parents are, particularly who his former father figure was.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Sean Bean, who plays Ned Stark, reiterated some previous comments about Snow’s true lineage. For those unfamiliar with Snow’s back-story, Ned Stark told him that he fathered him with a lowborn woman while he was away at war. This led a lot of fans to assume that the mystery of his mother’s identity will hold some significance for the series.

“He’s not my child. He isn’t. That’s what I suspected all along,” Bean told the outlet at the Turner upfronts. While the identity of Snow’s mother has always been a mystery, many savvy fans believe they’ve figured the answer out in the very popular R+L=J theory.


Fans have determined that Jon Snow is actually the son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark and her captor, Rhaegar Targaryen. As the theory goes, Lyanna was kidnapped by the Targaryen prince, which sparked Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and Ned’s successful rebellion. However, before they could take King’s Landing and dethrone the Mad King, Ned found his sister dying in a bed of blood. With her last breath, she made him promise her something unknown. From there, fans took the reigns and came to the conclusion that the promise was to pretend Snow was his illegitimate child so that he wouldn’t be murdered by Robert. The Baratheon leader was going on a killing spree of all Targaryens to finish off the last of the bloodline.

If fans are correct, that would give Snow claim to the Iron Throne by birthright. When asked how Jon Snow might react to the news that he’s gone from an illegitimate on the Wall to the most important man in Westeros, Bean responded:

“Probably a bit psychologically confused, I would imagine! I think that’s probably an interesting journey for Jon Snow as a character and for [Kit Harington] as the actor. He’s been very fortunate in being one of the characters that had a very meaty, substantial, very complex story to be able to discover for himself. He’s been lucky to survive!"