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No, A ‘Game of Thrones’ Article Didn’t Leak Jon Snow’s Real Name

Game of Thrones Jon Snow Jaehaerys Debunked
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The burden’s mostly off Game of Thrones with regard to Jon Snow’s secret origin, though Season 6’s “Tower of Joy” flashbacks admittedly left some questions. One recent report seemed to accidentally confirm a major detail of Jon’s past, though it appears now to be just that – an accident.

You’re warned of potential spoilers for Game of Thrones Seasons 6 and 7 from here on out, but Season 6 finale “The Winds of Winter” only went so far as to confirm Lyanna Stark as Jon Snow’s mother. External sources cemented Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany’s brother) as the father, though we never quite learned if Jon had a given name.

A Reddit theory with traction proposed that a close-reading of Lyanna’s promise to Ned revealed the name “Jaehaerys,” making Jon Snow’s true name Jaehaerys Targaryen. The idea resurfaced with a recent Empire Magazine article that definitively identified “Jaehaerys” as canon, though the writer subsequently admitted over Twitter he’d based his piece on the theory, not inside fact:

Considering the efforts Game of Thrones has put toward keeping Season 7 under wraps, it wouldn’t seem likely of them to spoil any major details in print. Even then – we’ve no guarantee Season 7 will go any farther than alerting Jon to the details we already know, let alone if Lyanna gave him an alternate name at all.

We’re less than one month out from the Season 7 premiere, so check out the trailers below, and stay tuned in the meantime.

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