The Game of Thrones Season 6 finale episode, “The Winds of Winter,” had lots of great moments. But arguably the most anticipated of them was Bran’s second vision of the Raid on the Tower of Joy. An outstanding moment in the history of Westeros that occurred at the end of Robert’s Rebellion.
The other flashback took place after the battle was over. Bran saw Ned Stark enter the Tower of Joy and find his sister, already dying. Lyanna whispered something to Ned. And also drew a promise from him concerning her newborn child, and a hard cut to Jon Snow’s face gradually implied the child was Jon.
Since “The Winds of Winter” aired there’s been some debate among fans about what Lyanna said to Ned, “”His name is … If Robert finds out, he will kill him. You know he will. You have to protect him. Promise me, Ned. Promise me.”
The missing piece of dialogue following “His name is” is also blank in the episode’s subtitles, lending a bit of secret to the scene. Claire Williams, a Game of Thrones fan and web designer who uses Reddit under the handle sparkledavisjr, watched the scene at least 50 times to try to figure out what Lyanna said in that moment. The answer she has come up with is “Jaehaerys.”
Jaeherys would make a special amount of sense. Many fans do not believe that Lyanna was abducted, contrary to the most widespread story of Robert’s Rebellion. Those fans believe that Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen were really in love and that they ran away together, maybe even marrying at a Godswood in the Riverlands. If this is true, it would make sense that Lyanna would give her son a Targaryen name that matched his half-siblings – Aegon and Rhaenys. Jaehaerys is a specially good Targaryen name since two previous and well-remembered Targaryen kings shared the same name.
However, Targaryen names tend to be unique, as the House comes from Valyria, a distinct culture from Westeros. If Ned Stark was going to protect newborn Jaehaerys from Robert Baratheon, who was set to wipe out the entire Targaryen line, then the child would need to go by a less famous name. Jon is a traditional northern name. A Stark family name, and the name of Jon Arryn, who was a father to Ned, meaning it’s precisely the kind of name nobody would think twice about.
Jaehearys is still just a theory. Clair Williams admits that she is not a big lip reader and she tells Refinery29. “I’ve seen some comments from people who are deaf or hard of hearing suggesting that Lyanna is saying ‘His name and house is,’ which could very well be the correct answer.” Still, a Targaryen name for a Targaryen prince seems like a viable opportunity as well.