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Tyrion Lannister had claimed that most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it, but Jon was done with denials. He was who he was; Jon Snow, bastard and oathbreaker, motherless, friendless, and damned. For the rest of his life—however long that might be—he would be condemned to be an outsider, the silent man standing in the shadows who dares not speak his true name. Wherever he might go throughout the Seven Kingdoms, he would need to live a lie, lest every man's hand be raised against him. But it made no matter, so long as he lived long enough to take his place by his brother's side and help avenge his father.

Jon IX, Game 70

Clever. 

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"... And here he has remained, while his brother and his brother’s son and his son each reigned and died in turn, until Jaime Lannister put an end to the line of the Dragonkings.”

Jon I, Clash 6

Or not...

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“King,” croaked the raven. The bird flapped across the solar toland on Mormont’s shoulder. “King,” it said again, strutting backand forth.

“He likes that word,” Jon said, smiling.

“An easy word to say. An easy word to like.”

“King,” the bird said again.

“I think he means for you to have a crown, my lord.”

“The realm has three kings already, and that’s two too many for my liking.” 

Mormont stroked the raven under the beak with a finger, but all the while his eyes never left Jon Snow.

It made him feel odd. 

Jon I, Clash 6

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This, of course, echoes Lyanna's bed of blood...

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"Women birth children in blood and pain, and die."

Theon I, Clash 11

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^As does this...

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Dany had never looked upon the Usurper's face, yet seldom a day had passed when she had not thought of him. His great shadow had lain across her since the hour of her birth, when she came forth amidst blood and storm into a world where she no longer had a place. And now this ebony stranger had lifted that shadow.

Daenerys II, Clash 27

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I think Catelyn's reflection about Ashara's looks might be something that's overlooked. 

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That cut deep, Ned would not speak of the mother, not so much as a word, but a castle has no secrets, and Catelyn heard her maids repeating tales they heard from the lips of her husband's soldiers. They whispered of Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, deadliest of the seven knights of Aerys's Kingsguard, and of how their young lord had slain him in single combat. And they told how afterward Ned had carried Ser Arthur's sword back to the beautiful young sister who awaited him in a castle called Starfall on the shores of the Summer Sea. The Lady Ashara Dayne, tall and fair, with haunting violet eyes. It had taken her a fortnight to marshall her courage, but finally, in bed one night, Catelyn had asked her husband the truth of it, asked him to his face.
That was the only time in their years that Ned ever frightened her. "Never ask me about Jon," he said, cold as ice. "He is my blood, and that is all you need to know. And now I will learn where you heard that name, my lady." She had pledged to obey; she told him; and from that day on, the whispering had stopped, and Ashara Dayne's name was never heard in Winterfell again.

Whoever Jon's mother had been, Ned must have loved her fiercely, for nothing Catelyn said would persuade him to send the boy away. It was the one thing she could never forgive him. She had come to love her husband with all her heart, but she had never found it in her to love Jon. She might have overlooked a dozen bastards for Ned's sake, so long as they were out of sight. Jon was never out of sight, and as he grew, he looked more like Ned than any of the trueborn sons she bore him. Somehow that made it worse. "Jon must go," she said now. (Catelyn II, AGOT 6)

I think this may have been an indirect way for GRRM to give us an idea of Jon's looks when he was still a baby. Catelyn hears the rumors about Ashara who is a reputed beauty, emphasis put on the color of her eyes. We find out the color of her hair only in ADWD. Catelyn looks at baby Jon, sees something there that she likened to Ashara (could very well be the eyes) and decided to confront Ned about it. 

As Jon grew he looked more like Ned. It might mean that when he didn't hold much of the Stark looks when he was a baby/small child and grew into those looks. Jon may have looked a lot less like his mother and a lot more like his father at one point.

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On 6/2/2018 at 9:18 AM, Widow's Watch said:

I think Catelyn's reflection about Ashara's looks might be something that's overlooked. 

I think this may have been an indirect way for GRRM to give us an idea of Jon's looks when he was still a baby. Catelyn hears the rumors about Ashara who is a reputed beauty, emphasis put on the color of her eyes. We find out the color of her hair only in ADWD. Catelyn looks at baby Jon, sees something there that she likened to Ashara (could very well be the eyes) and decided to confront Ned about it. 

As Jon grew he looked more like Ned. It might mean that when he didn't hold much of the Stark looks when he was a baby/small child and grew into those looks. Jon may have looked a lot less like his mother and a lot more like his father at one point.

I don't think it was something about Jon's looks...Cat heard the servants in Winterfell talk about Ashara Dayne being the mother and confronted Ned about it.  I don't think it had anything to do with Jon's looks as far as I remember.

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52 minutes ago, Tagganaro said:

I don't think it was something about Jon's looks...Cat heard the servants in Winterfell talk about Ashara Dayne being the mother and confronted Ned about it.  I don't think it had anything to do with Jon's looks as far as I remember.

I know that Catelyn heard the rumors about Ashara from the servants and the soldiers. 

I'm just saying that I think there's a lot more going on in that passage than just telling us about Ashara's looks. If Cat believed the rumor enough to go and confront Ned over it, then maybe she saw something in the baby that made her think there was truth to the rumor. 

And Catelyn does say in those same thoughts that as he grew, Jon looked more like Ned than any of the trueborn sons she had given him. So as he grew. I think there's a veiled reference to Jon's looks back in those days that connects him to the one physical description that we Catelyn can connect directly to Ashara when Jon was so young. Her eye color.

JMO on the matter.

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