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'''Wylla''' is an unseen character in ''[[Game of Thrones]]''.<ref name="House Stark">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/stark/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Stark entry]</ref> "Wylla" is pronounced "Why-luh," not "Will-uh."<ref>"[[The Kingsroad]]"</ref>
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'''Wylla''' is an unseen character in ''[[Game of Thrones]]''.<ref name="House Stark">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/stark/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Stark entry]</ref>
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Jon Snow says Ned Stark never told him what his mother's name was and if his mother is alive or dead.<ref>"[[The Kingsroad]]"</ref> The HBO Viewer's Guide for the TV series lists "Wylla" (name in quotation marks) as Jon Snow's mother and deceased.<ref name="House Stark"/>
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"Wylla" is pronounced "Why-luh," not "Will-uh."<ref>"[[The Kingsroad]]"</ref>
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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==Behind the scenes==
Jon Snow says Ned Stark never told him what his mother's name was and if his mother is alive or dead although the HBO Viewer's Guide for the TV series lists "Wylla" (name in quotation marks) as Jon Snow's mother and deceased.<ref name="House Stark"/>
 
   
Author George R.R. Martin has stated the he does know who Jon's mother is, though he hasn't revealed it yet (he insists he isn't making it up as he goes along but does indeed have her identity planned out). Martin has told some of the cast members on the TV series secrets about their characters which haven't been revealed in the books yet, however, he has only revealed things which their characters would logically know already (i.e. he didn't tell them if they'll die in a future book).
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Author [[George R.R. Martin]] has stated the he does know who Jon's mother is, though he hasn't revealed it yet (he insists he isn't making it up as he goes along but does indeed have her identity planned out). Martin has told some of the cast members on the TV series secrets about their characters which haven't been revealed in the books yet, however, he has only revealed things which their characters would logically know already (i.e. he didn't tell them if they'll die in a future book).
   
 
Actor [[Kit Harington]], who plays Jon Snow, has stated that Martin therefore ''did not'' tell him who Jon Snow's mother is, because logically Jon himself doesn't know.
 
Actor [[Kit Harington]], who plays Jon Snow, has stated that Martin therefore ''did not'' tell him who Jon Snow's mother is, because logically Jon himself doesn't know.
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Robert Baratheon recalls that Ned had told him once that Jon Snow's mother was Wylla, a common girl he had an extramarital liasion with during [[Robert's Rebellion]], though Ned refuses to revisit the subject nor discuss it any further since it was his dishonor towards [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]].
 
Robert Baratheon recalls that Ned had told him once that Jon Snow's mother was Wylla, a common girl he had an extramarital liasion with during [[Robert's Rebellion]], though Ned refuses to revisit the subject nor discuss it any further since it was his dishonor towards [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]].
   
Wylla was a serving girl in the retinue of Lady Ashara Dayne of [[Starfall]] in [[Dorne]], whom Eddard met seventeen years before the events of the series, on the occasion of a great [[tournament]] at [[Harrenhal]]. [[Catelyn Stark]] once heard a rumor in [[Winterfell]] that Ashara Dayne herself was Jon Snow's mother, a rumor Eddard refused to comment on at all.
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At first it wasn't clear if "Wylla" was even a real person: allegedly Wylla was a serving girl in the retinue of Lady Ashara Dayne of [[Starfall]] in [[Dorne]], whom Eddard met seventeen years before the events of the series, on the occasion of a great [[tournament]] at [[Harrenhal]]. [[Catelyn Stark]] once heard a rumor in [[Winterfell]] that Ashara Dayne herself was Jon Snow's mother, a rumor Eddard refused to comment on at all. Later on, Arya meets a member of House Dayne, who confirms that Lady Ashara did indeed have a serving girl named Wylla, though he couldn't confirm if she had a child with Eddard.
   
 
These conflicting rumors suggest that Eddard himself may have been spreading misinformation, perhaps to protect the true identity of Jon's mother and prevent reprisals against himself or Jon.
 
These conflicting rumors suggest that Eddard himself may have been spreading misinformation, perhaps to protect the true identity of Jon's mother and prevent reprisals against himself or Jon.

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Wylla is an unseen character in Game of Thrones.[1]

Jon Snow says Ned Stark never told him what his mother's name was and if his mother is alive or dead.[2] The HBO Viewer's Guide for the TV series lists "Wylla" (name in quotation marks) as Jon Snow's mother and deceased.[1]

"Wylla" is pronounced "Why-luh," not "Will-uh."[3]

Biography

Season 1

During a conversation between Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark, they recall the names of several women they knew when they were younger. Robert recalls one woman whom he believes to be the mother of Eddard's bastard son Jon Snow, and Eddard confirms her name was "Wylla". He refuses to discuss the matter any further, even refusing to tell Robert what she looked like. Robert tells Eddard not to be too hard on himself (for betraying his wedding vows) as they were at war and could have died at any time. Eddard had earlier told Jon that he would tell him more about his mother the next time they met,[4] although due to Eddard's later death this was not possible.[5]

Behind the scenes

Author George R.R. Martin has stated the he does know who Jon's mother is, though he hasn't revealed it yet (he insists he isn't making it up as he goes along but does indeed have her identity planned out). Martin has told some of the cast members on the TV series secrets about their characters which haven't been revealed in the books yet, however, he has only revealed things which their characters would logically know already (i.e. he didn't tell them if they'll die in a future book).

Actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, has stated that Martin therefore did not tell him who Jon Snow's mother is, because logically Jon himself doesn't know.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, it is a mystery if Wylla is still alive, and more importantly, if she was Jon Snow's mother at all. Jon Snow is universally acknowledged to be a House Stark descendant because he bears a striking resemblance to Ned at a young age, more so than any of Ned's trueborn sons, each of whom display a mix of Stark and Tully features.

Robert Baratheon recalls that Ned had told him once that Jon Snow's mother was Wylla, a common girl he had an extramarital liasion with during Robert's Rebellion, though Ned refuses to revisit the subject nor discuss it any further since it was his dishonor towards Catelyn.

At first it wasn't clear if "Wylla" was even a real person: allegedly Wylla was a serving girl in the retinue of Lady Ashara Dayne of Starfall in Dorne, whom Eddard met seventeen years before the events of the series, on the occasion of a great tournament at Harrenhal. Catelyn Stark once heard a rumor in Winterfell that Ashara Dayne herself was Jon Snow's mother, a rumor Eddard refused to comment on at all. Later on, Arya meets a member of House Dayne, who confirms that Lady Ashara did indeed have a serving girl named Wylla, though he couldn't confirm if she had a child with Eddard.

These conflicting rumors suggest that Eddard himself may have been spreading misinformation, perhaps to protect the true identity of Jon's mother and prevent reprisals against himself or Jon.

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