Game of Thrones theories explained

Game of Thrones is one of the shows that has a large fan-base all over the world. The TV show is as good as George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from which the show is adapted. However, there have been a lot of differences between the books and the series. Just like Myrcella is still alive in the books, yet dead in the TV show. Still, it proves to be unpredictable. And since it is unpredictable, there are a lot of fan theories that we all are waiting to be confirmed (or rejected)!


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R+L = J Theory


A lot of fans are theorizing that Jon Snow is not Ned Stark’s bastard but a living son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister. Both in the books and in the series, it is said that Rhaegar kidnapped and raped Lyanna, who was then betrothed to Robert Baratheon, which led to Robert’s rebellion. We all know what happened, when Ned went to The Tower of Joy, he found Lyanna lying in “her bed of blood.”


Rhaegar was married to Elia Martell (who was killed by the Lannisters along with her babies). But, during the tourney in Harrenhal, “he rode past his wife and he lay a crown of winter roses in Lyanna’s lap. Blue as frost.” This is what Littlefinger said to Sansa when they went to the Stark crypt in Winterfell. Rhaegar might’ve been smitten by the fierce Lyanna to the point that he snubbed his own wife.


Also, Ser Barristan Selmy, on one occasion told Dany that “Rhaegar did not like killing. He loved music.”


On these accounts, it is quite difficult that someone as charming and as kind-hearted as Rhaegar would kidnap and rape a woman that he offered winter roses to. Even after Robert’s Rebellion, three of Rhaegar’s Kingsguard – Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, Ser Oswell Whent, and Ser Arthur Dayne – were still guarding The Tower of Joy.


So, how come that the three best members of the Heir Apparent’s Kingsguard were there? We all know that Lyanna is in the Tower of Joy. She might’ve eloped (and not kidnapped) with Rhaegar and bore him a son (which is Jon).


Another subtle hint was when Maester Aemon was telling Sam that “there shouldn’t be a lone Targaryen in a room,” Jon Snow suddenly entered.


But, “Why hide it from Jon, Ned?” we might ask. That is because Robert Baratheon wanted to kill all Targaryens when he sat on the Iron Throne. It might be because of his anger towards Rhaegar (y’know, because Lyanna was kidnapped, raped, and she died). Remember that Ned made a promise to the dying Lyanna? Raising Jon Snow like his own – to protect him from Robert’s wrath – might just be “The Promise”.


Sounds convicing? Yes, we think so too.



The Prince That Was Promised


This is another “Jon Snow is a Targaryen” theory. However, he shares this theory with another Targaryen – Daenerys Stormborn. Book fans say that this is one of the most significant plotlines, as “the prince that was promised” would be the central figure at the end of the series.


Azor Ahai is the name used by Melisandre, in connection with “The Prince that was promised”. He is a mythical figure in her religion, who fought against the darkness with his sword Lightbringer, forged by piercing the heart of his wife, Nissa Nissa.


According to the prophesied signs of the Prince include:


  • They have the dragon’s blood (specifically a descendant of Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen)
  • Born amidst smoke and salt
  • Born beneath the bleeding star
  • Will wake dragons out of stone
  • Will draw Lightbringer from flames
  • Will possibly make a sacrifice


The first sign is more evident with Daenerys, but if the R+L=J Theory is true, Jon would be the grandson of The Mad King and Rhaella through Rhaegar. Second, Dany was born on Dragonstone (salt) and was reborn in fire when she woke her dragons (smoke). This is quite different for Jon, though this might pertain to his death and rebirth. Salt might be his loyal Night’s Watch’s friends’ tears when he was stabbed to death and smoke might come from the flame that was used to bring him back to life. Third, a “bleeding star” appeared after the dragons were born. For Jon – again, this is quite different – it hasn’t been shown on the show, yet. So, we’ve yet to wait for it. But, in the book, it may involve the heraldry of Ser Patrek.  The fourth one is also more evident in Dany. Since we do not know Jon’s parentage yet, his fans are saying that there might be a dragon – ICE dragon, to be exact – that he may wake in the Wall. Fifth, some say that Lightbringer might be a metaphor. So, the Three Dragons are Dany’s Lightbringer. As for Jon, he has a pretty awesome sword made of Valyrian steel.


Lastly, “make a sacrifice”. We all know that these two characters made significant sacrifices. Daenerys lost her husband and her son. Jon wasn’t able to fight beside his brother, Robb, because of the vow that he must keep when he joined the Night’s Watch. And, then, he watched the love of his life die (dammit, Olly!). But then again, “The dragon has three heads.”


Either of them can be The Prince That Was Promised. Whoever it is though, the other would still have a significant role.


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Tyrion is a Targeryen


Enough with Jon being a Targaryen. This theory is also plausible, given that Tywin didn’t really recognize Tyrion as his own. Although Jaime served in the Kingsguard, he still wouldn’t name Tyrion as his heir to Casterly Rock.


The theory states that while Tywin was serving as the Hand of King to The Mad King Aerys. Joanna – Tywin’s wife – was either seduced or raped by Aerys. Upon knowing this, Tywin tried to abort the child with a drug. This caused Tyrion’s deformities and the death of Joanna. And, although in the Game of Thrones HBO adaptation, we see Peter Dinklage’s having dark hair and eyes with the same color, in the books, Tyrion is said to have one green eye and one black eye and his hair is almost white. Sounds like he has Targaryen features. Add to that the fact that he has a “morbid fascination of dragons.”


This might just be the reason why he wasn’t eaten by Rhaegal and Viserion when he went in their crypt.


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Arya is killing Walder Frey


This one is fairly new, albeit quite predictable, as we all know that Arya keeps a list of who to kill. This is important, too, though.


Arya was seen reciting a few names from her “to-kill” list earlier this season. One of those names was Walder Frey. After reciting his name, we see Frey making a return to the show. Some are already thinking that he will be punished for what happened during The Red Wedding, which he planned along with Roose Bolton and Tywin Lannister.


There is a tradition called “guest right” observed in Game of Thrones. This basically says that once mead and bread is shared by host and guest, neither can harm the other for the duration of the stay. Breaking this tradition is sacrilege and all parties except Frey have been punished. Tywin and Roose were both killed by their sons. But, how can Arya kill Walder Frey if his son should be the one to kill him?


Redditor kaztrator lays it out:


The Red Wedding was orchestrated by three men: Tywin Lannister, Roose Bolton and Walder Frey. At the Red Wedding, they shot Robb with arrows, stabbed him, and after they were done with her son, they slit Catelyn’s throat. Ever since, Tywin’s son shot him with a crossbow, and Roose’s son stabbed him just like Roose stabbed Robb. This leaves Walder Frey, and to complete the trifecta of karmic justice, he’ll get his throat slit by his own son. These deaths all happened or will happen in their own homes too, due to their disregard for guest right. I bet one of Walder’s sons kill him early in the next season, although I’m hoping for the son to slit his throat, and then unmask to reveal herself as Arya Stark, who’s back to killing the people on her list.


Now that Arya’s acquired her Faceless Man skills, we’ve yet to find out how she’s going to do it.


Way to go, girl!


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Sansa is Pregnant


We’ve seen Ramsay torn apart by his hounds in Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9: Battle of the Bastards. However, his words still haunt us and lead us to thinking what he means. This is either good or bad for Sansa, though. We remember Ramsay saying something like: “You can’t kill me. I am part of you now.” Before being devoured by the hounds whom he did not feed for seven days.


How can he not die when his hounds tore him apart? It might mean that he’s planted a seed in Sansa (he raped her, remember?), making his lineage survive. No matter how true this is, let’s all hope that the seed doesn’t turn out to be as mad as the father.


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Cersei’s Going To Burn It All and Jaime’s Dying With Her


Now, we think this is one of the acceptable but a little bit heart-breaking theories. Why? Because we know that Jaime and Cersei are in love. Although, it’s incestuous and the most scandalous affair in Game of Thrones, we know that Jaime will do anything and everything in his power “to come back to Cersei.” He’s said it a number of times through the show.


This relationship will be the downfall of the two of them.


Jaime will be the one to kill Cersei before actually killing himself.


As per Jaime, the way he wanted to go is in the arms of the woman that he loves. Very romantic, Jaime.


How will this happen, though? Because of the events that are happening in King’s Landing, Cersei is becoming more and more unstable (especially in the books). She is becoming more paranoid, seeing everybody as an enemy that she needs to bring down. It all stems from a prophecy that she received as a little girl from someone called Maggy the Frog.


The prophecy says that:


  • She will not marry The Prince (Rhaegar), but will marry a King (Robert). This already happened.
  • The King would have 20 children (16 in the book) and she will have three. Robert has a lot of bastards and Cersei has three children: Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen.
  • A younger, more beautiful queen would take all that she holds dear. Hello, Margaery – who married Joffrey and Tommen. Or, this could also be Daenerys as she can take down and destroy Cersei.
  • Cersei’s children would wear crowns and die before her. Joffrey was King when he was poisoned. Myrcella was a Princess promised to marry Prince Trystane when she died (but she’s still alive in the books). Tommen is alive… for the time being. But, his time shall come. And it is near.
  • Cersei’s grief will drown her, and then, the valonqar (High Valyrian for little brother) will strangle her to death. Tommen is the her last living child and yet, Margaery has more power over him than Cersei can ever have. When Tommen dies, it will push her to the edge and drive her insane. We all know that she hates Tyrion and we might be lead to believing that he will be the one to murder her; but he’s just not that kind of person. Jaime is born minutes after Cersei and becomes a more suitable candidate. He was named the Kingslayer, after all.


Many believe that Cersei will be the one to unleash the wildfire kept in King’s Landing as a result of Tommen’s “death”. This death can either be physical or metaphorical, as we see that Tommen is already making decisions that Cersei isn’t a part of. Now that there is no more trial by combat (thank you, Tommen), her death sentence might just drive her to set fire to the city. She already mentioned burning her enemies a couple of times throughout the show.


Because of this, Jaime will then repeat history by killing Cersei to prevent this (just like what he did to King Aerys). Remember, Jaime killed Aerys for the greater good – he didn’t want to kill his own father and he didn’t want to see the city burn because of Aerys’s madness. Some of the fans believe that after killing Cersei, he will then kill himself. Others think that he will be too late and he will burn along with King’s Landing.


There might even be a foreshadowing in Game of Thrones Season 2 that we might’ve all missed. The burnt Throne Room which Dany saw in the House of the Undying. Or, that might just be what would’ve been of the Throne Room if Jaime didn’t kill The Mad King.


Eitherway, this is way better than Romeo and Juliet.



Do you know any Game of Thrones theories you think you might be true (or confirmed anytime soon)? Comment below or share it with your fellow Game of Thrones fans!


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