Rhaegar, Jon’s father who might actually be the biggest hero of Game of Thrones
Rhaegar Targaryen died around 15 years before the main story in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, but his actions directly affected the plot. There is a complicated relationship between him, Elia Martell, and Lyanna Stark, which started Robert’s Rebellion. He might be the most important character in the saga in general. Let’s find out why.
THE HEIR TO THE IRON THRONE
Season six of ‘Game of Thrones’ confirmed a huge theory regarding Jon Snow’s lineage as he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Season seven revealed that they got married, which means that Jon was never a bastard, contrary to what everyone else believed. Rhaegar's actions led to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King.
King Aerys II ruled the Seven Kingdoms years before the main story of the show began. His firstborn son, Rhaegar, was married to Elia Martell. Viserys came later and Daenerys was just a baby when Aerys fell. Elia Martell was the sister of Oberyn and Doran Martell from Dorne. She gave Rhaegar two kids, Rhaenys and Aegon.
However, after the Tourney at Harrenhal, Rhaegar crowned Lyanna Stark instead of his wife as his “Queen of Love and Beauty”. At the time, Lyanna was promised to Robert Baratheon at the time. Therefore, the Martells and the Baratheons were upset at the prince’s actions. The following year, Rhaegar ran off with Lyanna, and everyone said she had been kidnapped.
So, Robert started a war over his lost love. King Aerys II was killed by Jaime Lannister, whose family had decided to join forces with the Baratheons. He was nicknamed the Kingslayer after that. Daenerys and Viserys fled to Essos, but Elia and her children were brutally killed by Ser Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain.
Lyanna died giving birth to Jon Snow, while Rhaegar died fighting against Robert. For the first time in hundreds of years, the Targaryens were no longer in control of Westeros. Robert Baratheon was named king, and fifteen years later, the story picks up. However, the events are still a bit muddy as no one really understands what happened between Rhaegar and Lyanna.
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