A Couple of What If Type Questions
A few questions that I have spent a little time thinking about:
1) Do we think had Ned lived and been sent to the Wall, that he would have told Jon the truth about his mother? Ned did tell Jon that the next time they saw each other, they would discuss his mother. But I wonder to what extent Ned would have told Jon the truth. Would he had just spoken in general terms like "your mother was beautiful and she loved you very much" or would he have told Jon that his mother was Lyanna and that his father was Rhaegar?
2) Had Barristan Selmy survived and he learned the truth about who Jon's parents are, would he have switched sides and then tried to back Jon and convince Jon that he is the rightful heir? Or would Barristan stay true to Dany?
For #1, I think Ned never tells Jon the truth and just says general stuff. Maybe if Ned was on his death bed, he might be more willing to talk, but even then I have my doubts. For #2, I think Barristan approaches Jon and does try to convince him that he needs to step up as the rightful king since he is Rhaegar's true son and should Jon agree, then Barristan supports him and leaves Dany. Should Jon tell Barristan that he has no interest in pursuing the crown, then I think Barristan stays with Dany.