The Huge Significance Of Robert’s Rebellion Being Built On A Lie


Warning: Potential Spoilers For Game of Thrones Ahead!

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We did it guys, the penultimate season of Game of Thrones is over, which means it’s time to look ahead to the final season.

But before we do that, let’s ruminate on all that has come before, back before Robert’s Rebellion, back before events in season 1 had even taken place.

That’s precisely what the good folks over at Reddit have been doing while us normies have been too busy obsessing over Jon and Daenerys’ incestuous sex scene.

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While the two Targaryens were getting it on, we had a weird voice over from Bran explaining the whole unorthodox nature of the two getting down and dirty.

In doing so, Bran exclaimed that Robert’s rebellion was built on a lie.

That’s because of the revelation that Rhaegar and Lyanna were actually in love and happily married, which was unknown to the then would-be king.

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Robert Baratheon started the rebellion against the Mad King largely because he had been told that Lyanna had been kidnapped by Rhaegar.

He went to war and killed the Mad King, planting himself on the throne in the process, which is where the Lannisters came in.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Reddit user SonOfTheNK had explained:

Robert was not taking the Throne for 100% righteous reasons. And he was the same boorish, abusive, unfaithful, idiotic, over-spending (put the Throne into debt), drunk guy he was in season 1. Lyanna most likely didn’t want to marry him…and for good reasons.

Here comes Rhaegar, who’s no angel (left his wife for Lyanna), and they fall in love, have a real marriage. Robert flies off the handle (believing whatever spy/politician told him about Lyanna being “kidnapped”), the mad King torches a few Starks and goes mad, the Lannisters see a way to grab some power, now we have war.


I just love that [showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff], in this scene with Bran, have perfectly framed the “grayness” of GOT that has become its hallmark. The entire reason the GOT plotline exists (the Rebellion) wasn’t completely justified, but it wasn’t completely wrong.

Rhaegar’s “kidnapping” of Lyanna wasn’t completely right, but it also wasn’t wrong.

When it’s put in those terms, the fact that Jon’s parents were married not only places him top of the line when it comes to a claim to the throne, it has repercussions that mean basically everything that has happened since is part of one great lie.

What a bombshell to end the season on. Well done Weiss and Benioff.