There’s no doubt as to which scene provided the biggest reveal during the “Game of Thrones” season six finale.
After last Sunday’s show,we know for certainJon Snow is not Ned Stark’s bastard, rather he is the son of Lyanna Stark and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.
But there’s one question for which the answer is still, technically, unclear. Why didn’t Ned Stark tell his wife, Catelyn Stark, this whole time? Simple logic would lead one to believe Ned Stark was committed to keeping a secret, and the most stubborn of commitments mandates he not tell anyone.
Still, a little “Game of Thrones” history lesson shows how Ned’s relationship with Lady Catelyn conditioned the amount, or lack, of trust he had with her.
As Catelyn mentions on numerous occasions in the show — and, for what it’s worth, in a recounting of the history of Robert’s Rebellion in the video below — she and Ned barely knew each other when they married.
Catelyn Tully was initially betrothed to Brandon Stark, Ned’s older brother. But after Brandon and Rickard Stark, Ned’s father, were killed by the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, a marriage was arranged between Catelyn and Ned to preserve the alliance of House Tully and House Stark.
Those are just some of the details that informed one fan’s theory that asserts the real reason Ned never told Catelyn whoJon Snow’s real parents are.
There are two important tenants of this mini-theory of sorts.