'Game of Thrones' season 7 spoilers, cast news: HBO series may have found their Rhaegar Targaryen


Viewers are going to be seeing a blast from the past if the latest rumors surrounding “Game of Thrones” season 7 are true. Last week, I See Stars singer Devin Oliver posted a photo on his Instagram page, saying, “I may or may not have made an appearance in Game Of Thrones season 7.”

As the photo shows, Oliver is sporting a Jon Snow-like (Kit Harington) bun while holding a bow and arrow. The color of his hair? Platinum blond, very Targaryen-like indeed. Is the often mentioned but yet to be introduced Rhaegar Targaryen going to make his first appearance this season?

Fans of the series went into a frenzy after they saw the photo. Many even noted that it made sense to cast a musician for the role since Rhaegar was a musician himself who prefers the harp to the lance.

For the uninitiated, Rhaegar was the eldest son of King Aerys II and Rhaella, which makes him Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) brother. So, here’s the interesting part. While Rhaegar was married to Elia Martell, he also had an affair with Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi), although some say she was kidnapped against her will. This act actually brought about the rebellion that ended Targaryen rule, and Rhaegar was eventually killed by Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) in the Battle of the Trident.

Before he died, Rhaegar took Lyanna to the Tower of Joy in Dorne. Viewers who have seen the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” already know what happened there as Lyanna gave birth to a baby. A baby that would one day become Jon Snow. So, who is Jon’s father? Rhaegar.

Sources say Rhaegar will probably appear in flashbacks, so don’t expect him to say things like “Jon, I am your father,” since the two may not meet. Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) ability to look into the past may also come in handy in these flashbacks.

Is Oliver really portraying Rhaegar or is this simply an elaborate ruse? HBO has yet to confirm his casting, so take this one with a grain of salt for now.