The R+L=J Theory may have been teased by Game of Thrones producers

Jon Snow on the Iron Throne with Ghost (Game of Thrones)

If you are a fan of George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based (I know…I know, there were actual books well established years before the show ever aired. SHOCKER!), then you probably have an opinion as to who Jon Snow’s actual birth parents are.

Warning, MAJOR SPOILERS below the jump for both

the books and the show

The R+L = J Theory may be the most popular theory in the ASOIAF and Game of Thrones universe. For avid book readers, the theory first began to take shape in the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones. And for the Unsullied (non-book readers), the questions about Jon Snow’s mother began to form, after Season 1, Episode 2.

Jon asks Eddard about his mother (Game of Thrones)

It is known that when Benioff and Weiss sat down to talk with GRRM about turning his books into a show that he asked them who Jon’s parents were in order to test their engagement with the story, and that they answered well enough.

Now that we’re all caught up, an article by may have uncovered a HUGE tease from said Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, that quite honestly, I’ve never seen before. In the article, certain Easter Eggs are discussed from the Game of Thrones series, including Littlefinger’s foreshadowing of deaths from Season 4.

But what caught my eye, and nearly made my head explode, was this picture:

R+L=J in Game of Thrones


Yep…that’s “R L” carved into the wooden beam behind/beside Jon Snow. That by itself is really nothing. I mean, it doesn’t actually say “R+L”, there is not a plus sign between the two letters. But when you notice that Jon is standing to the right of the beam, then it all starts to come together, and your head begins the countdown to nuclear explosion…at least it did for me.

Now, it’s important to say that I have never seen this picture before, and in today’s age of Photoshop wizardry, the photo definitely could be doctored. But I don’t think so, it looks real to me.

For those of you who need a refresher course on R+L=J, I’ll just leave this incredibly helpful guide from Alt Shift X right here:

What do you think about this photo? Is it legit? Would D&D actually tease such a huge theory? Let’s talk about it, in the comments below.