Jon Snow is both one of the toughest and most beloved characters on “Game of Thrones,” but that doesn’t make him a great dinner guest. In a recent segment for “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the talk show host invites the Night’s Watch brother over for some not-so-casual conversation with friends.
In the clip, posted below, Snow (Kit Harington) is trying really hard to make small talk with Meyers' guests, but all of the anecdotes in his life qualify as big talk. For example, it’s awkward to interrupt a group of people talking about the nice weather by warning them that “winter is coming” -- no matter how true it is. You also can’t tell a flirty redhead that she reminds you of your first love, who shot you with arrows and was then murdered by a child.
The hilarious video culminates with Snow winning the guests over by telling them the entire plot of “Game of Thrones” so far, in his own abridged way of course. What’s most interesting about the hilarious video is, when he’s finished with his recap, someone asks him who he thinks his mother is.
“Well I’ve thought about it a lot, and I’m 100 percent certain…”
Unfortunately that’s all we get out of Snow before someone interrupts him to play charades, which he’s also shockingly terrible at. The joke was a clear nod to the “R+L=J” fan theory that’s gained viral traction amongst fans. The theory claims that Snow has one of the biggest claims to the Iron Throne of anyone on the show, even Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
For those unfamiliar, the theory states that Snow is not in fact the bastard son of Ned Stark (Sean Bean), but really the child of Ned’s sister Lyanna Stark and her captor/suitor, Rhaegar Targaryen. If that ends up being true, it would mean that not only is Snow of noble birth, but the throne is his right by blood. Obviously you’d have to throw Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and Ned Stark’s rebellion out the window, but this is Westeros we’re talking about, and things change all the time.
Author George R.R. Martin has even commented on the prominence of some of his fans' theories, arguing that some diehards have already put the clues together.
“Many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories, and while some of those theories were amusing bulls--- and creative, some of the theories are right,” the 66-year-old author told Radio Times. “At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution.”
It’s unclear if he’s actually talking about the R+L=J theory, but it certainly sounds like it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harington’s co-star, and possibly Jon Snow’s sister if the rumor is true, Emilia Clarke commented on the rumor. She didn’t know about the theory until recently, but she’s totally on board if it means a potential romance with Harington. As she mentions, the Targaryens have a habit of trying to “keep the bloodline pure.”
If this big reveal is on the horizon, Martin is still sitting pretty on it as he rapidly hunts and pecks his way through book 6 in his “Song of Ice and Fire” series. Fans will simply have to wait until the books and show wrap up to get final closure on the R+L=J theory.