So far, most of the major fan theories about Game of Thrones have turned out to be true. At the end of Season Six, we learned that Jon Snow is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen and given to Ned Stark to raise as his own—confirming the R+L=J theory fans have had for years. In the final scene of the season, she whispers Jon’s real name into Ned’s ear, which fans have also speculated for some time is Jaehaerys Targaryen.
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Now, Reddit users have found a leaked page from Empire Magazine, which appears to confirm Jon Snow’s name is really Jaehaerys Targaryen. As the page reads:
As we saw in the last episode of season 6, Bran’s psychic time-traveling ‘green sight’ revealed the true nature of Jon’s birth heritage and his real name: Jaehaerys Targaryen. “Bran’s now in this precarious situation in which it’s just him and Meera, and he has all of this information that could change the entire story,” said [Bran actor] Isaac Hempstead Wright. And it’s not just about Jon. “He knows all about the White Walkers too.”
Amateur Game of Thrones investigators have some compelling theories behind why this must be Jon Snow’s name. It’s also possible that this Empire writer is just speculating about his real name. But since HBO hasn’t confirmed anything yet, this is still just conjecture at this point. But, to their credit, Game of Thrones fans are very good at figuring this shit out.