‘Game of Thrones’ podcast: Does R + L = J? Our favorite fan theory on ‘The Rains of Podcastamere’

PodcastamereOn the May 3 episode of “Game of Thrones” (season 5, episode 4), Petyr Baelish gave a little wink and a nod to the Internet’s favorite fan theory, called R + L = J.

If you (particularly non-readers of “A Song of Ice and Fire”) aren’t privy to the details, well, we’ve got a surprise for you.

I’ll let Sean Adams explain:

…For many fans, particularly the book readers, that simple algebra adds up to one of the series’ biggest secrets. And it’s time that we discuss it on The Rains of Podcastamere!

To be clear, our discussion includes no spoilers from the books, as this is only a fan theory that has never been verified or denied by series creator George R.R. Martin.

Still, if you’d rather not know the theory, we save it for last on our podcast. You can still enjoy our discussion of season five, episode four (read the recap here!) as well as our speculation on next week’s episode, and remain blissfully ignorant of what those little letters stand for.

The choice is yours!

The theory happens to be my favorite, (without spoiling too much here) because it makes otherwise inconsistent characters consistent, and it changes a horrific story to a tale of love living on. And those are rare enough in this series.

Listen for more! We talk about the theory after our discussion of some of the major developments of the last episode, and a brief look ahead to season 5, episode 5 – the first episode in season 5 which wasn’t prematurely leaked. So, new things to anticipate!

What do you think of this theory? Too neat & tidy, or perfectly consistent? Tell me in the comments.


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

I may or may not post each episode here as they air, but you can tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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