There’s one person that every ‘Game of Thrones’ fan keeps thinking about, and that’s Rhaegar Targaryen. After the big reveal on the season 6 finale, everyone wants to know more about the mysterious character. Here’s 5 things you need to know!
Rhaegar Targaryen has never been seen on Game of Thrones, but everyone knows his name. So, who is Rhaegar Targaryen? His character is more important than ever after the show confirmed that game-changing theory on the season 6 finale. HollywoodLife.com has rounded up key facts to know about him.
1. He’s Jon Snow’s father! (Or we’re 99.99% sure he is.)
The season 6 finale confirmed the show’s biggest fan theory about Jon Snow’s parents. Yes, R+L=J has been confirmed. Bran flashed back to the Tower of Joy, where young Ned Stark discovered his sister, Lyanna, dying in her bed.
She made him promise not to tell anyone her secret — that she had given birth to a baby boy. Jon Snow was that baby boy, and the show revealed he’s the son of Lyanna and presumably Rhaegar. Ned made good on his promise to his beloved and raised Jon Snow as his own child.
2. He’s Daenerys’ older brother.
Rhaegar was the eldest son of King Aerys II Targaryen and Queen Rhaella. Daenerys is his younger sister. Rhaegar was the heir apparent to the Iron Throne before his death.
3. He was supposed to marry Cersei Lannister.
Tywin Lannister wanted Rhaegar and Cersei to marry. As book readers learned in A Feast for Crows, Cersei was infatuated with Rhaegar, calling him a “beautiful” man. King Aerys refused Tywin’s offer of marriage at a tournament.
4. Many believed he kidnapped Lyanna Stark, while others say they eloped.
Rhaegar first became interested in Lyanna at the tournament of Harrenhal, when he placed the he winter rose crown in Lyanna’s lap instead of Elia’s. He later kidnapped Lyanna, and Robert accused him of raping her. Many have long suspected that the love between Rhaegar and Lyanna was real. But Rhaegar’s actions ultimately led to Robert’s Rebellion.
5. He was killed by Robert Baratheon.
Robert and Rhaegar came face-to-face at the Battle of the Trident. Robert, who was betrothed to Lyanna, killed Rhaegar with one swing of his warhammer.
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