- Posted: Tue, 01 May 2012 16:46:24 +0000
- Really. Discuss.
There's no way the father could have been Eddard. He may have fallen in love with another woman soon after marrying Catelyn, but he was such an honorable, righteous man, I just don't see him dishonoring himself, the woman he loved, and his new bride.
I think the mother is Lyanna. Not 100% sure who the father is, but I'm leaning towards Rhaegar. Could not have been Robert Baratheon: he was more admiring Lyanna from afar and wanted to make a proper woman out of her. The words, "Promise me." haunt Eddard to the end of his days. Why is that? Why does that promise weigh so heavily on him? The books also say that he remembers seeing Lyanna in a bed of blood--associated with child birth, when he finally rescued her. She was also surrounded by winter roses--a man who kidnapped her with the intent on killing her for no reason wouldn't bring her winter roses or give her every comfort. Could Rhaegar have killed her? Or have his kingsguard do it instead? Robert Baratheon seems to think so, but every one who knew Rhaegar described him as being honorable. Of course Robert is going to try to make Rhaegar out to be a monster: he stole the woman he loved. Rhaegar crowned Lyanna the most beautiful woman at the tourney, skipping over his wife. I highly doubt he would have taken her against her will and much less: have her killed during her rescue. Lyanna was a willful woman, good with a sword and possible tourney champion: Rhaegar couldn't take her quietly against her will.
And lastly: Arya and Jon look a lot alike. None of the other children look like them: Sansa, Robb, Bran, and Rickon all favor Catelyn and the Tully line. We know for a fact Arya came from Catelyn and Eddard. We also know that Arya strongly favors Lyanna, in looks and personality. Since Arya, a female, looking like another female in the Stark family isn't unheard of, there's no question there. But why would Jon, a male, look like his aunt and not his father? The End.