So, who has figured out who Jon's mother is? I love that -pop- in the eyes of a friend when it finally clicks for them.
My theory was always Rhaegar+Lyanna, and it makes more and more sense with further readings.
My working theory when reading A Game of Thrones was Ned
and Lyanna (what? he seemed a little close to his sister). He's described as having very strong Stark features, after all, and none of the Targaryen stuff.
But then, Eddard's honour requiring him to protect his sister's son by claiming him as his own bastard (because Robert Baratheon isn't known for loving Targaryen babies) also makes sense.
Yep, assumed that was the pairing right there. Lord Snow being more than bit ironic, as Jon would be rightful king of Westeros and all...
Rhaegar was married to Elia of Dorne though, right?
In that case Jon's true identity would simply be (drumroll) Jon Waters
, not King Jon Targaryen.