Knight of the Laughing Tree: how did Jon Snow's parents meet?

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  • Twenty years before Game of Thrones, the biggest party in Westeros was held at Harrenhal - with Starks, Targaryens and Daynes in attendance. Who was the mysterious knight who fought for a young crannogman?
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  • Vilkku
    Vilkku 2 năm trước +5182

    Me at the beginning: Such a random little tale, why make a video about it?
    Me at the end: Holy shit, this story started the events of Game of Thrones.

    • KeV B
      KeV B 5 ngày trước

      Mmm no, this story started roberts rebellion, Little finger started game of thrones. It was the north thinking the lannisters killed Jon Arynn and tried to kill Bran, Catelyn abducting tyrion causing the lannisters to have a reason to declare war. Ned saying Joffrey was a bastard to make all other kings go solo mode. LF started it all

    • Jorge Chávez
      Jorge Chávez 6 tháng trước

      bro...

    • The Green Baron
      The Green Baron 8 tháng trước

      Dude right! My thoughts exactly!

    • POWERFUL Furtive Pygmy
      POWERFUL Furtive Pygmy 11 tháng trước

      @Himanshu Singh such an edgy Narutard

    • books from Windblown
      books from Windblown Năm trước +1

      The Tourney of Harrenhall better make an appearance in trilogy or spinoff TV show.

  • Dev Last name
    Dev Last name 3 ngày trước

    You definitely have read the books to great detail but dont you understand in their world youre an adult at the age of 15? So it makes sense for people to be able to joust well at 15

  • BiasedGrunt1998
    BiasedGrunt1998 6 ngày trước

    I really really doubt Lyanna was strong enough to jousy and beat the other nights. The shield was found in a tree. Is it not possible the weirwoods made one of their one take a human avatar?

  • Matthew Brumley
    Matthew Brumley 6 ngày trước

    No way Jon is Lyanna’s son. That dude is now kicking butt with the golden company. Jon is Ned’s son, birthed from Ashara Daine who is alive and raised Lyanna’s son. Also Lyanna was the knight of the laughing tree. That is why the prince fell for her. Benjin knew everything and withholding that and their location after they run off is why Benjin was sent to the wall by Ned.

  • An Arsehole
    An Arsehole 13 ngày trước +1

    So, what you're telling me is that everything that happened is

    ALL HOWLAND REED'S FAULT

  • Ivan Renić
    Ivan Renić 19 ngày trước

    0:22 "...who hooked up with who, who is plotting to overthrow the goverment" you know, the usual.

  • Epic Sauce
    Epic Sauce Tháng trước

    The thought of Ned having his brother ask Ashara to dance because he was shy is so heartwarming

  • Emma Clarke
    Emma Clarke Tháng trước

    Brandon Stark - The Wild Wolf
    Ned Stark - The Quiet Wolf
    Lyanna Stark - The She Wolf
    Benjen Stark - The wolf pup, The Lone Wolf
    Catelyn Stark - The Mother Wolf
    Jon Snow - The White Wolf
    Robb Stark - The Young Wolf
    Sansa Stark - The Wise Wolf
    Arya Stark - The Wolf Girl
    Bran Stark - The Wolf King
    Rickon Stark - The Fierce Wolf

  • TheKingKookie
    TheKingKookie Tháng trước +1

    cool video and all, but why does the drawing of rhaegar look like Ryan Gosling lol

  • Anselm Carasco
    Anselm Carasco Tháng trước

    Wierd Shit😂

  • LJ_Redd
    LJ_Redd Tháng trước

    god i wish there was a show that showed 100 years leading up to the main show

  • Oscar Wind
    Oscar Wind 2 tháng trước

    Form now on I will plot overthrow the government during my party's
    Also I think the old gods would help someone win back there

  • Collin Lebzelter
    Collin Lebzelter 2 tháng trước +1

    "Ashumed"

  • Azur Velić
    Azur Velić 2 tháng trước

    Were Jo and Rhaegar lovers ? Was Rheagar bi ?

  • I am no one neither R you
    I am no one neither R you 2 tháng trước

    I really wanted this to be one of brans visions Thanks D&D you fucked up royally

  • KesselRunHero
    KesselRunHero 2 tháng trước

    I think its plausible that Lyanna is the knight of the laughing tree but some of the logic is just overthought and wrong headed. You say that ASOIF is not a fantasy where the weak can beat the strong but its a fantasy where a 15 year old girl can beat 3 seasoned knights, all grown men in a combat sport? You then say Benjen a 14 year old boy may be too young and therefore not strong enough to beat said knights but, Lyanna a year older and a girl is strong enough? Neither of those statements are logical.

  • Andres
    Andres 2 tháng trước +2

    Jon Connington was gay and loved Rhaegar? oh...excellent

  • Johnlocked the impala
    Johnlocked the impala 2 tháng trước

    I always wonder why the Tully's were never mwntioned at the tourney, I mean hardball is in the riverlands, you'd think they would be there..

  • Baku Bubble
    Baku Bubble 2 tháng trước

    1:58 Elie Martell's picture has a dick and balls tiara

  • Stoneryoda 937
    Stoneryoda 937 2 tháng trước

    N+A=J

  • Skollfire
    Skollfire 2 tháng trước

    Barristen selmy is the knight

  • Virrals
    Virrals 2 tháng trước +1

    it’s worth noting that Lyanna saves Howland from the squires by beating them with a wooden tourney sword.

  • yaboi skinibinis
    yaboi skinibinis 2 tháng trước

    2:20 PLAY THIS OUT LOUD NEAR A GOOGLE DEVICE, IT KEEPS TRIPPING UP MY GOOGLE MINI

  • Γρηγόρης Αράπης
    Γρηγόρης Αράπης 2 tháng trước

    Also lances and weapons in general compered to popular belief are not particularly heavy

  • Ana Molina
    Ana Molina 2 tháng trước +1

    1:28 Chris Hemsworth=Rhaegar Targaryen

  • Ethan Leveque
    Ethan Leveque 2 tháng trước

    What book is this from ?

  • TheFade
    TheFade 2 tháng trước

    I thought it was basically confirmed it was lyanna?

  • Noland Ryan
    Noland Ryan 2 tháng trước

    Dissapointing Bran doesnt show us a vision of this moment from the past. It would have made the final season a little more monumental.

  • Ó Slattarra
    Ó Slattarra 2 tháng trước

    Rhaegar and Lyanna are the two parts of Jon Snows stubbornly soft heart.

  • Jean-Ian Simard
    Jean-Ian Simard 2 tháng trước

    But what if...

  • Trvrr Zbsky
    Trvrr Zbsky 3 tháng trước

    it would make sense for the kinght to be a woman when covered to hide identity

  • OwO
    OwO 3 tháng trước

    "...first we're given an obvious answer"

    Like, when Roose Bolton died, stabbed by his bastard, but in reality he was poisoned by his enemies?

  • Splash University
    Splash University 3 tháng trước

    What about brian of Tarth???? Rewatch the episode where she bests the sir loras

  • shibbyxoxo
    shibbyxoxo 3 tháng trước

    MIND BLOWN. I LOVE THIS

  • Anna Castro
    Anna Castro 3 tháng trước

    I might be a suck, but I wish Rhaegar and Lyanna didn't die D: I know the story would obviously be completely different, but the story sounds so damn hot. Partly because Rhaegar looked like a cutie

  • Luqman Abdi
    Luqman Abdi 3 tháng trước

    This is the most incredible story of GOT ever amazing video

  • Roei Linzen
    Roei Linzen 3 tháng trước

    they gave strength to his arm
    bitch plz, i get my strength in my arm every evening

  • nathan brooks
    nathan brooks 3 tháng trước

    Fits well with what you mentioned at the start, foreshadowing what overthrew the Targaeryan reign, thats why the Mad King hated the knight. Perhaps whispers in his ear from Bran or Bloodraven.

  • Gindranis
    Gindranis 3 tháng trước

    Going full tinfoil hat here:
    Bran warged Lyanna to be the KotLT

  • Nehan Khan
    Nehan Khan 3 tháng trước

    I thought Aegon targereon was the son of lyanna and rhaegar? The one varys and Illyria want on the throne?

    • chitownboyz
      chitownboyz Tháng trước

      That possibly a fake aegon pretending to be the Elia Martell son.

  • idonotknowanynames
    idonotknowanynames 3 tháng trước +4

    Regardless of how the books play out, Bran will definitely do some time traveling to change big events (bran builder?). .... Quite unlike season 8

  • it's me
    it's me 3 tháng trước

    I think it should be Howland... Howland becomes pretty capable seeing as only him and Ned survived the battle against the Arthur Dayne, Oswell Whent, and Gerold Hightower. That is a feat greater than Jousting I think.

  • mearl anne
    mearl anne 3 tháng trước

    I love this.thank u.

  • JuicySnails
    JuicySnails 3 tháng trước

    Every single little thing started the game of thrones tbh

  • BicycleJoe LoFiSoundAndVision
    BicycleJoe LoFiSoundAndVision 3 tháng trước

    What kind of prescription medication do your doctors recommend most

  • Yoan Bousquet
    Yoan Bousquet 3 tháng trước

    great vid!

  • elwynbrooks
    elwynbrooks 3 tháng trước +1

    I mean "it's out of his character" is a better reason for the knight to be masked and mysterious than not. I don't think that discounts Ned

  • Ben Vincze
    Ben Vincze 3 tháng trước

    Your videos are like the Vsauce of ASOIAF

  • Manuel Cubilete
    Manuel Cubilete 3 tháng trước

    Just watching this now, but I’m sold on Lyanna being the knight. Assuming you put this together on your own, it was a well put together theory. It makes sense (to me) that a girl would be the mystery knight since there should be no other reason for the knight to hide their identity.

  • Tedesco
    Tedesco 3 tháng trước +5

    Turns out it was actually Quaithe, as usual

  • JediQueer
    JediQueer 3 tháng trước +1

    I mean... I feel like it was always implied that it was Lyanna who did it, from the start. Lyanna rescues him at the start, Lyanna wants him to stand up for himself, she's described as a "She-Wolf" and from what we know about her is a lot like Arya, and the idea of Rhaegar being sent after the night only to discover it was Lyanna Stark creates a nice start to their relationship. I never got the impression it was supposed to be Howland.

  • Sarah Robinson
    Sarah Robinson 3 tháng trước +1

    And here we are knowing what we know now! I have zero doubt that the Knight of the Laughing Tree was Lyanna Stark. She defended Howland Reed's honor and in return he kept the secret of Jon Snow's true identity all these years. It works out perfectly as he is the only living person that can confirm Jon Snow's identity. We also now have Arya, that like her Aunt Lyanna was a badass!! Now I want to see how Bran as the Three-Eyed Raven ties in to all of this. All of his visions that were shown to him by the original 3ER were very intentional! They showed him ways/lessons on how the truth/memories can be altered. Lyanna was amazing like Arya, but because they were women no one suspected them (to be the Knight of the Laughing Tree or to kill the Night King). Seeing what happened to Hodor was a lesson about how meddling in the present while in the past can still alter history. The Tower of Joy had a few lessons. One was how people remember things vs. how they really happen - Ned killing Dayne and becoming a legend, when it was actually Reed that saved him. Two being the part where Bran called out to his father and he paused and turned around. The second time Bran goes back to the vision he doesn't call out his father's name, but his father still stops and turns around. I think these lessons helped Bran/3ER learn how to put Arya in a position to be trained to become "No One" and to sneak up on the Night King without him seeing it coming. We were all distracted by prophesies that better fit other characters while Bran/3ER was manipulating Arya's destiny all along.

  • Oscar Wind
    Oscar Wind 3 tháng trước +1

    Yup all the partys i go to we talk about overthrowing the government

  • Oni das Alagoas
    Oni das Alagoas 3 tháng trước +2

    1/4 of the video in and I'm sure it is the She-Wolf Stark.

  • BezukaKing
    BezukaKing 3 tháng trước

    If AsoiaF happened "normally", do you think Bran would have married a Manderly girl?

  • spOwOky ・
    spOwOky ・ 3 tháng trước +2

    idk who’s edgier benjen or ned

  • Corruption Fighter
    Corruption Fighter 3 tháng trước

    i agree that the knight of the laughing tree could have been lyanna since she beat off those three squires on her own...bad to the bone.
    something just came to mind after watching a recap and i am wondering if drogon was pregnant or seeking out other dragons in asshai because there was a time that danearys hadnt seen him for quite some time when she was in mureen and the other two were pissed with her and wouldnt let her really come near them, so something happened that drogon was gone for such a long time
    also eddard knew that lyanna was a great warrior and when he saw arya as capable and even that look on his face when he saw her learning to fight with serio he may have thought about his sister at that moment

  • ZkyRock A
    ZkyRock A 3 tháng trước +3

    Howland Reed never told his child about the Robert rebellion because he feel he was the one responsible of Robert rebellion if he didnt bullied lyanna will not become the knight of the laughing tree and rhaegar will not fall in love with lyanna and entar rebellion will not happen

  • Danielle
    Danielle 4 tháng trước

    I still don’t understand how Bran was responsible for Hodor.

  • timeforringydingy
    timeforringydingy 4 tháng trước +3

    Howland Reed may be a better Knight of The North than we even have any idea of...

  • Caleb Mealer
    Caleb Mealer 4 tháng trước

    I’d say that Ned helped Lyanna put her plan into action. It explains why Howland likes Ned after the tourney, but also let’s Lyanna be the one who actually does it. Ned loved his sister, so would obviously help her in her quest.
    Ned and the brothers could’ve helped her gather the armor and shield and thus plan the seed for Robert’s Rebellion.

  • Ali. Ali.
    Ali. Ali. 4 tháng trước

    One thing I really don't like is that, producers always pick "little, fragile girl" and try to make her "warrior kind". Be reasonable. If Lyana was kind of "strong and boyish", her body should follow it.
    The only "character" I would tell is "correct" is Lady Brian, where she was really shown as "strong" woman.
    And I don't tell, Lyana should be the "bodybuilder", but her body should follow basic physic rights: no muscles = no strength.

  • Olajumoke Olaniyan
    Olajumoke Olaniyan 4 tháng trước +1

    Listening to you is oddly satisfying.

  • alluvermin
    alluvermin 4 tháng trước +11

    Well now I feel super bad for Ashara ):

  • Lynianore
    Lynianore 4 tháng trước

    i swear hodor was walder, not willis

  • Tawfiq Ahmed
    Tawfiq Ahmed 4 tháng trước

    2 years later you couldn't be more right

  • Salamander Man
    Salamander Man 4 tháng trước +1

    I think GOT producers are looking at your theories

  • Haleem Awlia
    Haleem Awlia 4 tháng trước

    “Mmmaggic!” Love how you say the word lol

  • William Richards
    William Richards 4 tháng trước +2

    If they were going to do a spin off series, a Roberts rebellion tale starting with these events could be really great.

  • sweetpea
    sweetpea 4 tháng trước

    I REALLY hope we get the Knight of the Laughing Tree vision in Season 8!!!!! Do u think we will??? (And I 100% agree it’s lyanna & how she met Rhaegar)❤️

  • YEZ
    YEZ 4 tháng trước +3

    12:19 damn man you’re psychic I swear

  • vickram aditya
    vickram aditya 4 tháng trước

    The pup? 😂

  • M LG
    M LG 4 tháng trước

    I’d love a new series centered around those four Starks siblings.

  • Benjamin Raskin
    Benjamin Raskin 4 tháng trước

    I hope bran has a vision of this story

  • TWSTF 8
    TWSTF 8 4 tháng trước +1

    Shouldn't it be; "R+L=A"?
    (As opposed to; "R+L=J"?)
    I'm just sayin'.
    If it's some big, "truth," that Rhaegar and Lyanna were actually in love, doesn't it make more sense to continue the whole, "truth," concept, by being accurate about the real name of their child?!
    I mean, Everyone was told, so they thought that his name was Jon.
    And everyone was told, so they thought that he was Ned Stark's bastard, and so the, "common wisdom," was that his name was Jon Snow.
    But, Everyone was also told, and so they thought, that Rhaegar abducted and raped Lyanna.
    But, if it's actually been proven true that he is the child of Rhaegar and Lyanna, and that his name is really Aegon Targaryen, shouldn't we all be saying;
    R+L=A?

    • Wizard Summoner
      Wizard Summoner 3 tháng trước

      No, just no. The name for the theory was coined when we had no info on Jon's parents. There's not a point to change the name now, it only adds more confusion. And the show is just fanfiction at this point, so I wouldn't take Jon's name for granted yet.

  • Liam Mckenna
    Liam Mckenna 4 tháng trước

    Lol the strongest 15 year old girl in history wouldn’t be able to even hold a lance

  • K.james Carters
    K.james Carters 4 tháng trước +3

    In the books this is fantastic...in the show it may get a one minute flashback. Not many hours left and a lot of questions to answer

  • dankie poo
    dankie poo 5 tháng trước

    the knight of the laughing tree is actually Ryan Gosling from the future who warged into Rhaegar Targaryen and then wanted to try out his jousting skills on three snotty brats. Ryan won that, but what people don't know is that Heath Ledger actually warged into Rhaegar for the real tourney. he ended up winning it all and today we have a movie that is loosely based on Heath warging into the past - A Knight's Tale.

  • Bobby The Blizzard
    Bobby The Blizzard 5 tháng trước

    I’m hungry.

  • Isaac lopez
    Isaac lopez 5 tháng trước +1

    I’ll be waiting every single day to see Lyanna saving Howlan Reeds ass and then riding a dragon in the same day!!!

  • NOimTaty
    NOimTaty 5 tháng trước

    Did anyone fucking realize he basically predicted Season 7 ending before it happened.... Just me??? Oh okay

  • nicci penn
    nicci penn 5 tháng trước +1

    Lyana is the laughing knight. That's how she met the Prince. He fell in love with her and that why he gave he the 💐.

  • Matt Sleeter
    Matt Sleeter 5 tháng trước

    One other piece of evidence that points to it being Lyanna: the Reeds are surprised that Ned never mentioned the story to Bran. Ned knows it was Lyanna but buries all the memories of her deep to protect the promise he made to her: keep Jon Snow safe. Also, to Howland Reed it was just a cool thing that happened to him, but to Ned it was the start of a tragedy that would end in the deaths of basically his entire family.

  • Tommy Tomorrow
    Tommy Tomorrow 6 tháng trước

    It was Brynden Rivers the Bloodraven. Reed prayed to the old gods, to the laughing tree and Bloodraven responded warging into Reed and creating the circumstances which would bring Bran to him and Jon Snow into the world. That could be at least one reason Aerys II was afraid of the mysterious knight (besides being crazy).

  • Jorge Chávez
    Jorge Chávez 6 tháng trước

    But how was Benjen too young to compete and Lyanna wasnt? Benjen was 14 (almost a man grown) and Lyanna 15, and that makes her strong enough to compete and unhorse 3 full grown knights? I dont think so. And what about the booming voice?

  • - Blackemperor-
    - Blackemperor- 6 tháng trước

    Bran or Brynden don't need to see through the eyes of a Weirwood, they're just sorta like training wheels.

  • kendalf 2
    kendalf 2 6 tháng trước

    its obviously hot pie

  • Oscar Fernandez
    Oscar Fernandez 6 tháng trước

    it was true

  • Garl Jo'ens
    Garl Jo'ens 7 tháng trước

    Of all the people making these theory videos, yours are the best. Very good, precise and multi-faceted analysis! Thank you!

  • ¿ Paperthinreality ?
    ¿ Paperthinreality ? 7 tháng trước

    Ahh, the good ol’ days of highschool house parties... Discussing overthrowing governments over games of beer pong

  • Elfie Phillips Long
    Elfie Phillips Long 7 tháng trước

    I've only just discovered all of these amazing videos (and I'm in love), but I'm starting to realise how incredible the fans of GoT are... In the video, you mention a theory some fans came up with about how Lyanna and Rhaegar could have gotten married on the conveniently close Isle of Faces, all so that Bran would be able to have a vision about it in the future etc. etc., and now, after finished all of GoT up until S07, I know that's ACTUALLY WHAT HAPPENED. Similar things have happened in other videos where you talk about or mention fan theories and they end up being relatively, if not almost completely, accurate. GoT fans are SO GODDAMN SMART!!

  • *xai*
    *xai* 7 tháng trước

    It was Lyanna.

  • GoldenBadger
    GoldenBadger 7 tháng trước

    Basically Tournament of Harrenhaal was the final moment of serenity before massive piles of dragon shit hit the fans.

  • The Double Nickel
    The Double Nickel 7 tháng trước

    Agree about Lyanna; but, the Bran theory? There’s no evidence I can think of that would allow Bran to use Old Magic to enhance his physical skills when he wargs. If I remember correctly he can only use the physical traits present: Summer’s wolf-senses, Hodor’s strength, etc. However, Bran can only use them to HIS ability/experience. I would argue that because he never grew to learn and be proficient at riding and jousting, using Howland’s past-self aaa the Laughing Knight would be moot.

  • Alisdair Reid
    Alisdair Reid 7 tháng trước

    "You never heard this tale from your father?" "Your lord father never told it to you?"
    Ned has been consistently taciturn with all matters Lyanna. Why not with this tale too?

  • C3- KO
    C3- KO 8 tháng trước +1

    ... and howland was small
    “he was small”

  • Beatorama
    Beatorama 8 tháng trước

    Tbh even though I was giving my dibs off to Lyanna being the knight, the future theory is pretty convincing too.

  • Ben Agaran
    Ben Agaran 8 tháng trước

    Jon's parents, Benjen and Lyanna Stark met at Winterfell where they grew up together.

  • Jakeshapedworld
    Jakeshapedworld 8 tháng trước

    Lyanna sounds like the coolest character in the series but she’s not even...IN the series

  • Corey Knight
    Corey Knight 8 tháng trước

    I personally think there was something between Rhaegar and Lyanna before this tournament. I think the two were seriously bummed because Aerys had now hooked Rhaegar up with the Martell babe and that the song he sings was secretly an ode to the forbidden love between Rhaegar and Lyanna. That would explain why Lyanna cried when she heard it. I think Rhaegar might have guessed who the knight of the laughing tree was and maybe he actually volunteered for the search to keep Lyanna safe from his father or just to spend some time alone together.