Warning: This post will contain spoiler’s for last night’s Game of Thrones episode.
The sixth season of Game of Thrones is already living up to its promise when it comes to Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven’s storyline this time around, as we’ve already been shown two key moments of the history of Westeros, and we’re only three episodes in. Last night’s flashback/vision of the past was something entirely different though, and was a moment that fans of the novels have been speculating about for years now.
Shown early on in George R. R. Martin’s novels, the scene takes place twenty years before the events of Thrones, at the end of Robert’s rebellion and finds Ned Stark accompanied by Howland Reed and five other Northern companions outside of the Tower of Joy, where his sister, Lyanna, had been taken and abducted by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, while she had been betrothed to Robert Baratheon.
Guarding the tower were two of the Kingsguard, including Ser Arthur Dayne, the best swordsman in the realm who wielded a sword named Dawn that was said to be have been crafted from a meteor. They dueled Ned and his men to protect Lyanna, leaving only Ned and Howland alive. In the books, when Ned reaches Lyanna, all we ever hear her say is, “Promise me, Ned,” before dying of undisclosed causes, though we know she died in a puddle of blood.
It was a scene that fans had been waiting quite a while to see onscreen for the first time, and a new after-the-episode featurette for “Oathbreaker” dives even deeper into the scene in the episode itself. Check it out below:
Ned remembers the moment several times in the first book, and aside from giving even more context into this fascinating era in the Thrones world, it’s also a component in one of the biggest fan theories of Thrones, probably even the biggest: R + L = J. Which theorizes that Lyanna gave birth to a son fathered by Rhaegar Targaryen, made Ned promise to take care of and protect him before she died, and he grew up to be Jon Snow, who Ned had said was his bastard son, though the character’s heavy sense of honor never quite made that lie add up.
Unfortunately, the scene in the episode was cut short right before Ned climbed the tower’s steps to meet Lyanna, meaning showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss want to string this theory out just a little bit longer. With all of the references to Lyanna already this season though, as well as Jon coming back to life, it seems like just one of many scenes and seeds being planted in the series, that all connect back to the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.
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