Thanks to Bran Stark?s time-traveling abilities, Game of Thrones was able to set one important record straight: Jon Snow is not Ned Stark?s bastard and is in fact the child of Lyanna Stark, and quite possibly, Rhaegar Targaryen, brother of Daenerys Targaryen.
But there?s one fan theory that suggests that Bran Stark may not be the only one who knows about Lyanna Stark?s love child.
According to Movie Pilot writer, Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger seems to know more about Lyanna and Ned Stark?s secret. The clue to Littlefinger?s knowledge of this secret can be seen in the Season 5 episode ?Sons of Harpy.?
In one scene, Sansa Stark and Littlefinger talk about Lyanna in the dark crypts of Winterfell.
?Father never talked about her. Sometimes I?d find him down here lighting the candles. He says she was beautiful,? Sansa says.
Littlefinger then speaks about the time he saw Lyanna when he was a little boy at the Great Tourney of Harrenhal, which was held by Lord Whent. ?Everyone was there. The mad king, your father, Robert Baratheon. And Lyanna? she was already promised to Robert.?
Littlefinger goes on to say that the last two riders at the jousting lists were Rhaegar Targaryen and Ser Barristan Selmy, who were best friends.
?When Rhaegar won, everyone cheered for their prince. Remember the girls laughing when he took off his helmet and they saw that silver hair. How handsome he was!?
Littlefinger then recalls the awkward atmosphere when Rhaegar offered flowers to Lyanna, instead of his wife, Elia Martell. Lyanna, in the story, is already betrothed to marry Robert Baratheon, who later on married Cersei Lannister.
?Until he rode right past his wife, Elia Martell, and all the smiles died. I?ve never seen so many people so quiet. He rode past his wife and then he laid a crown of winter roses on Lyanna?s lap, blue as frost.
?How many tens of thousands had to die because Rhaegar chose your aunt??
Sansa then reminds Littlefinger that Rhaegar kidnapped and raped her aunt Lyanna. It?s the story that Sansa and the rest of Westeros know. Rhaegar supposedly abducted Lyanna, which caused Robert Baratheon to launch a rebellion against the Targaryens.
?Yes, he chose her. And then he kidnapped her and raped her.?
Littlefinger then gives this knowing, disappointed look on his face?a smirk actually?that eagled-eyed viewers took as a sign that he was supposed to say something to counter Sansa?s story but decided against it at the last minute.
Why? Maybe because Littlefinger, the cunning tactician that he is, sees this piece of information as a weapon to safeguard and support his ulterior motives? With his network of spies in and around Westeros, Littlefinger may be keeping the secret to himself because he knows that he can use it to his advantage one day.
This theory actually holds water, even before Bran Stark finally learned what happened in the Tower of Joy. Remember the time Ser Barristan Selmy talked to Daenerys about Rhaegar? Well turns out, Ser Barristan spoke about how good a man Rhaegar was twice in the series.
In Season 3?s ?Walk of Punishment? episode, Daenerys asks Ser Barristan about her brother Rhaegar, ?Did you know him well Ser Barristan?? Ser Barristan answers, ?I did, Your Grace. The finest man I?ve ever met.?
In Season 5, Ser Barristan recalls the days he and Rhaegar would walk among the commoners and sing with them:
These old scenes went by unnoticed to viewers when they came on the show. But after that Tower of Joy scene where the show?s biggest secret was finally answered, many now think that Rhaegar could actually be a good man and that he didn?t kidnap Lyanna after all.
It?s possible that Rhaegar and Lyanna were actually in love. Many were led to believe that Rhaegar abducted Lyanna, when it?s now likely that Lyanna eloped with Rhaegar.
Perhaps it is the sole reason why Robert Baratheon harbored so much hate for the Targaryens.
It?s because Lyanna didn?t choose Robert. She chose Rhaegar. And it broke Robert?s heart into a million little pieces.