The love story of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen is an amazing one. It all started in Harrenhal.
How Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen Met?
In 281 AC, Lord Walter Whent organized a grand tourney at Harrenhal. Many noble houses from all over the Seven Kingdoms came to the Riverlands to take part in the tourney. Amongst them were Brandon Stark, and his younger siblings, Eddard aka Ned Stark, Lyanna Stark and Benjen Stark, heirs to Winterfell in the North.
King Aerys II Targaryen was also part of the festivities. The Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen won the final tilt. Rhaegar was supposed to crown the new queen of love and beauty. Instead of crowning his wife, the Dornish princess Elia Martell, Rhaegar rode past her and crowned Lyanna Stark of Winterfell instead. Ned Stark always recalled this moment as “the moment when all smiles died”.
Supposed abduction of Lyanna Stark
After a certain amount of unknown time, Rhaegar Targaryen supposedly abducts Lyanna Stark. At that time, Lyanna Stark is betrothed to Robert Baratheon. Brandon Stark and later on Rickard Stark go with their armies to the Red Keep thinking that Rhaegar took Lyanna to King’s Landing. However, Mad King executes both Brandon and Rickard. Robert is at a loss for losing Lyanna and with the help of Ned Stark, Robert and Ned declare a rebellion against House Targaryen.
Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen Were in Love
Today, in Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale, it was finally revealed that Lyanna was not abducted by Rhaegar. Robert’s rebellion was based on a lie. She and Rhaegar were in love since that tourney. Lyanna eloped with Rhaegar. High Septon Maynard annulled the marriage of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell and married Lyanna and Rhaegar in Dorne.
Robert kills Rhaegar in the battle of Trident. Lyanna gets pregnant with Rhaegar’s child and gives birth to Aegon Targaryen aka Jon Snow in the Tower of Joy. Ned Stark finds Lyanna all soaked in the blood due to complications from childbirth. Lyanna tells Ned the name of her child and takes a promise from Ned not to tell about Aegon to Robert and everyone else. She knows that Robert will kill that child if he comes to know that Aegon is Rhaegar’s and Lyanna’s child.
Lyanna dies and Ned brings Aegon home as his bastard son Jon Snow. Rhaegar and Lyanna died but their love in the form of Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen is still alive today. Jon Snow is unaware of his heritage. We will see how he reacts when he comes to know that he is not a bastard after all but a true heir to the Iron Throne.
Subscribe to my blog for Game of Thrones updates. Let me know what you think of this revelation today. It was exciting to see some Rhaegar Lyanna screen time finally in Game of Thrones.