7 Lyanna Stark Fan Theories Just Crazy Enough To Be True


Who is Lyanna on ? Is she Jon Snow’s mama? For years (YEARS!) fans have waited to learn if R+L=J is true and in the Season 6 episode “Oathbreaker” fans nearly got the answers. Nearly. But that’s not the only theory fans have about Lyanna Stark, oh no.

The most popular of the Lyanna Stark theories is that Ned’s sister is Jon Snow’s mom. And that either she was into Rhaegar Targaryen or he kidnapped her, but the end result is that she gave birth to Jon and Ned covered it up so that 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 – perhaps they’ll inspire a theory of your own!

Lyanna Was Much More Than a Love Interest for Robert or Rhaegar
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.

Lyanna’s Story Mirrors the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon
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!’).”

L+R = J: A Fan’s Take
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.
If the Starks Are the Seven, Is Lyanna the Mother of the True God?
A popular fan theory is that the seven primary Starks reflect the aspects of the Faith of the Seven. Calluna makes this point in her video (above) and she does a bang-up job, too. She explains why Ned is the Father, Catelyn is the Mother, Robb is the Warrior, Sansa is the Maiden, Arya is the Stranger, Bran is the Crone, and Rickon is the Smith.

She also explains that fate has splintered and twisted back on the Starks. We see Ned caught in the snare surrounding the Iron Throne and ultimately beheaded. But was the fate of the Starks set off by Lyanna’s willing or unwilling coupling with Rhaegar? Is there something to the mixing of those bloodlines? Or does her presumed son, Jon Snow, embody ALL of the aspects of the Seven and is the true god/savior of this world? Maybe. Or maybe not. Tormund may disagree that Jon is a god, but just maybe he is, no matter the size of his package. Only time and George R.R. Martin will tell.

Was Lyanna Aware of the Events in Westeros?

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?


Lyanna Wasn’t All That
Redditor tsarita believes too much is made of Lyanna Stark and that she may have had a lot of qualities we see in Arya, but she was also a lot like the younger Sansa. “Let’s face the truth: a lot of people like to assume that she was smarter than anyone else her age (and I’m looking at other characters in the series), but do we really know that? No. It’s just an assumption. She ‘read’ Robert well, okay, but it isn’t a hard conclusion to come to. I get that it’s cool to imagine her like a perfect human being, but let’s face it: it’s ASOIAF, she probably wasn’t.

She was probably a selfish little girl in the end, who wanted the world at her feet. Ned himself says it: Robert only saw her beauty, not the iron underneath – and that is an extremely vague term, open to many interpretations. What Ned probably meant is that most people only knew one side of Lyanna, the charming willful child, not the ugly. We all have ugly inside. Yeah, it’s probable that at some point she regretted it – her choices. When things started falling apart, when words arrived of what happened. She might actually have been the one to push Rhaegar to come out of hiding and face Robert, in order to settle things once and for all.”

The Connection Between Lyanna and Hodor

Gbinasia also makes this point about Hodor and his connection to Lyanna. Young Wyllis had the ability to warg. This will be the young stable boy’s downfall. The Redditor makes two distinct observations: “Now, if Wyllis was a warg, what would he warg into? As a stable boy, it would make sense that his choice would be to warg into a horse since, like dogs, they are docile and are accustomed to his presence. And if the (possibly) only girl treating him nicely was Lyanna, it would make complete sense that this is the horse he would warg into. White is a symbol of purity, innocence, and Wyllis/Hodor is all that. He could warg into that horse so that he gets pet, brushed and generally receive attention no girls would give him. Since Rhaegar and Lyanna would eventually run away from everyone, it also makes sense that they would both be on horses while doing so and Wyllis/Hodor would have been witness to many events of that storyline. 

So why would Hodor lose his speaking abilities? My guess is that the horse was slain during battle while Hodor was warging into it, which would explain why he is a very much a simpleton now and is afraid of fighting and lightning. Would also explain why Bran is able to warg into a human, because the mind inside the human is an animal’s mind (or the remnant of a mind trapped into a horse).”

UPDATE: Interesting theory as it was, we now know Hodor’s true puprose and fate. So long, old friend.