Catch Up On The Best Game Of Thrones Theories Before Season 7
Game of Thrones is complicated. Its source material, the Song of Ice and Fire books by George RR. Martin, even more so. Apparently, GRRM himself often has to reference the Wiki while writing the books.
This much complexity makes a lot of room for fans to theorize endlessly regarding the fate of the World of Ice and Fire and the people in it. With so many theories floating around the internet in blogs and Reddit threads, it can be hard to keep track of all of them, and hard to tell which ones are actually viable, without spending hours on the internet.
Luckily for you, dear reader, I am an avid theorist myself, and have put together a quick summary of the most popular and most likely Game of Thrones fan theories.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR GAME OF THRONES SEASONS 1-6 AND BOOKS 1-5.
Jamie the Queenslayer
Jaime Lannister is infamous in Westeros for murdering the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen, whom he had sworn to protect in the events before the story begins. We learn later that his intentions were pure. He killed King Aerys because of his order to use wildfire to burn King's Landing all all of its inhabitants to the ground.
At the end of season 6 of the show, Cersei Lannister uses wildfire to blow up the Great Sept, full of innocent civilians, in order to rid herself of her enemies, and she takes the throne for herself following her son, Tommen's suicide. The theory goes that now that Cersei has gone full on “Mad Queen” by blowing up the Sept, Jaime will find it in him to do the right thing and kill his sister, potentially saving the kingdom from her reign of terror.
This is supported in the books by a prophecy that states that Cersei would be killed by her younger brother. It is also stated in the books that Jaime was born right after Cersei, making him younger.
Azor Ahai Reborn
Azor Ahai was a great warrior who, according to legend, used a “sword of fire” to defeat the White Walkers the last time they showed up during an event known as the “Long Night”. Now it seems the White Walkers are coming back, and Red Priests such as Melisandre are claiming that Azor Ahai has been reborn and must defeat the Walkers once again.
The issue is, no one, fans or characters, can agree on who this reincarnation is. There’s a prophecy in the books that basically lists the requirements of being Azor Ahai reborn, and a bunch of different characters fit the prophecy in different ways. Primary candidates include Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Jorah Mormont, and Davos Seaworth.
Mad Queen Daenerys
Many believe that Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, is the savior of Westeros. However, it is also suspected that she may become like her father, the Mad King, and become the villain of the story rather than the hero most think she will be. This theory is mostly supported by the fact that George RR Martin is very anti-war. War in the series has never been depicted as glorious, in contrast with more conventional stories such as Lord of the Rings.
Instead, people who insist on waging war are often the villains, while people who only use violence as a last resort are the heroes. Just think of Joffrey's violent attitude versus the logical, analytical empathy of Tyrion Lannister. Given his and the series’ attitude towards war, would George RR Martin really make a hero out of someone who is busting into Westeros with a huge fleet of warships and three fire monsters, and is determined to take Westeros through “Fire and Blood”?
Sandor and Gregor Clegane have a, umm, complicated relationship. When they were boys, Gregor shoved Sandor’s face in the fire over a toy, leaving him permanently disfigured, so their relationship is less than brotherly. They also happen to be two of the best fighters in Westeros. Sandor is a savage swordfighter who has survived almost certain death and defeated a warrior who was wielding a flaming sword.
Gregor, on the other hand, is a mountain of a man who is capable of literally crushing skulls with his bare hands. Since the show started, fans have yearned to see the two face off in an event the fanbase calls "Cleganebowl". Unfortunately, Cleganebowl has been placed in jeopardy a few times, including the “deaths” of both of the two brothers.
However, it seems now that the brothers are both somewhat alive and well, and could be headed toward the highly anticipated showdown.
Winter is Coming
Now that R + L = J has been basically confirmed and we know Jon Snow is secretly a Targaryen, fans wonder if this could be possible for anyone else? It is possible that Tyrion Lannister is not in fact a Lannister, but is actually the son of the Mad King Aerys and Joanna Lannister. After all, it is mentioned that Aerys had a liking to Joanna, so it’s not impossible that they might have had a kid together.
This also works well with the fact that Tywin constantly says that Tyrion is no son of his. Most take that to mean that Tywin is ashamed of Tyrion's dwarfism, but he might mean it literally. This theory is also supported by Tyrion's affinity for dragons, as he is able at one point to calm down Daenerys’ distraught dragons, something even she could not do.
This is just an overview of the most popular theories. All of these theories have a lot more evidence and detail put into them, which I tried my best to summarize and narrow down the key points for the sake of keeping it short.
Be sure to look out for more evidence supporting these theories with the release of Game of Thrones, season 7, coming out this July!