Does Varys Have Another Betrayal In Sight?
If there's one thing we know in Game of Thrones, it's that we can't hold Varys to a promise. As he said to Daenerys in a tense scene in "Stormborn", "as long as I have my eyes, I'll use them," meaning he won't blindly follow anyone. This of course led to Dany threatening to burn him alive should he betray her, but it still doesn't disqualify the possibility that he will do so.
In fact, thanks to a new Reddit fan theory by user Sanomiya, we think he might.
Currently, Varys only follows Dany because he thinks she's the best hope the people of Westeros have. However, this suggests that if he met someone that he thinks would be a better fit for the throne, he would turn on the Mother of Dragons very quickly.
Right now, Dany is undoubtedly his best option to back. She's better than Cersei and has a stronger blood claim to rule.
However, as Sanomiya reminds us, Varys cannot stand magic or religious fanaticism (that's why he so vehemently opposed Stannis back when he was trying to lay claim). Varys was after all mutilated for the sake of magic. This would explain why he may be averse to Dany's dragons, which are magical creatures which, if used unwisely, could destroy Westeros.
So, Dany, while being his current #1 choice, may still not be the ideal candidate to rule.
Pulling from the books, we know Varys has for a long while schemed to groom and install the perfect ruler (whom he claims at one point is Aegon Targaryen). This is how he describes his model king or queen:
"Aegon has been shaped for rule since before he could walk. He has been trained in arms, as befits a knight to be, but that was not the end of his education. He reads and writes, speaks several tongues, he has studied history and law and poetry. A septa has instructed him in the mysteries of the Faith since he was old enough to understand them. He has lived with fisherfolk, worked with his hands, swum in rivers and mended nets and learned to wash his own clothes at need. He can fish and cook and bind up a wound, he knows what it is like to be hungry, to be hunted, to be afraid. Tommen has been taught that kingship is his right. Aegon knows that kingship is his duty, that a king must put his people first, and live and rule for them."
This doesn't really sound like Dany. However, it does ring true to someone else we know and love: the King in the North, Jon Snow.
Jon grew up working with his hands, living amongst the people in the Night's Watch. He even said in the last episode that he didn't want or expect to be a leader, it was just his duty. Unlike Dany, he is not spiteful, entitled, or ambitious. Plus, he has that whole secret-Targaryen lineage going on (which Varys probably knows about because he knows EVERYTHING).
Basically, Jon Snow is Varys' perfect candidate to sit on the Iron Throne. And they're about to meet, as Jon is setting sail for Dragonstone to meet Daenerys.
Thanks to this theory, all signs point to Varys eventually betraying Dany for Jon.
What do you think? Will this theory come to fruition?