Originally Posted by ChldsPlay
Hmm, I don't think it really confirms anything. Only one of his 3 examples would apply to Ned/Jon/Catelyn/Other Woman. You could take that as a possible clue, but I wouldn't see it that way in this instance, and certainly not as a confirmation.
I am simply taking dialog evidence from the show .. I'm not using thinly disguised speculation taken from the Books as some do here .. we have little to no real evidence within the show itself .. however, besides Aemon's talk with Jon .. we have :
Robert Baratheon seems certain of Jon’s mother’s identity. While lunching along the King’s Road and engaging in ‘Who bedded whom?’ nostalgia, he poses the question to Ned, “Yours was, Elena. You told me once, your bastard’s mother. Meryl?” To which Ned reluctantly responds, “Wylla.”
Cat asks Ned about Jon's mother .. Ned says : “Never ask me about Jon,” he said, cold as ice. “He is my blood, and that is all you need to know.” .. Cat seems frightened by Ned's attitude ..
Also, in Episode 2, before Jon and Ned part ways on the Kingsroad, Ned says, "There's great honor in serving the Night's Watch. The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years, and you are a Stark. You may not have my name, but you have my blood. "
It is known ..
the TV show has downplayed the mystery to the point where it seems extremely clear-cut: Eddard is Jon's father and his mother is, according to Eddard himself, a common girl named Wylla... myself, I doubt very much there will be any TV Show great mystery reveal ..
Originally Posted by rdclark
Don't forget who Aemon is. He could as easily (in my mind, more easily) be talking about himself, and the life and family he left behind for the sake of honor. If anyone can actually answer those questions, it's Aemon.
Exactly, the question is who is left on the show that would be privy to the knowledge .. ??