Every fan of Game of Thrones—show or book—has heard of the numerous fan theories out there. Some are so ridiculous that they’re mostly jokes; like Lord Varys is actually a merman who wants the dragons to melt down the wall to increase the size of the oceans. The order of these theories goes from hilariously inconceivable to “huh, that just might be true.” crazy
1. Jon Snow And Meera Reed Are Twins
It’s been confirmed that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark and that Lyanna made Ned swear to protect her son and keep his parentage a secret. If Robert had found out that the love of his life had given birth to a Targaryen, he would’ve killed the baby.
Some think that Lyanna also gave birth to Meera
And that Howland Reed took her. (Howland is the guy who saved Ned’s life by stabbing the Kingsguard in the neck.) But even though Jon and Meera have similar looks, Meera’s last name is Reed, not Snow, and nobody’s even mentioned legitimization. Chances are, Jon’s an only child.
2. Syrio Forel Is Jaqen H’ghar
Faceless Men can be anyone, though they tend to prefer taking the identities of other Braavosi. Both Syrio and Jaqen are from Braavos. Both of them were instrumental in Arya’s training. Both of them really wanted her to succeed. Jaqen, despite being “no one,” seemed oddly proud when Arya declared that she was done with Faceless Man training and heading back to Westeros. Syrio’s death is off-screen. We don’t even see a body, or a head.
If Syrio had prevailed in his fight with Ser Meryn Trant, why was Ser Meryn still alive?
Why wasn’t Ser Meryn killed by a poisoned dart or any number of ways the Faceless Men kill people? And he couldn’t have taken Ser Meryn’s identity. Faceless Men or not, Time Turners don’t exist in Westeros. They can’t be in two places at once.
3. Ned Stark Is Not Dead.
Not a lot of fans have gotten over the death of Eddard Stark. Even though his execution is fundamental to the story, some fans think(or like to think) that he’s still around. One theory is that Syrio Forel was also a Faceless Man and took his place (but somehow left Ned’s face intact when taking his face to pass as him…?)
Ned warged into the executioner, Ilyn Payne, by accident.
We’ve already seen an awful lot of Starks present as wargs and greenseers. Bran is the strongest, but in the books, both Jon and Arya live as wolves in their dreams (until Arya gets the hang of it and slips into cats in Braavos). They definitely didn’t get the ability from Catelyn, so that leaves Ned. And Ned had never shown any abilities or signs of being a warg, I think he’s gone for good, guys.
4. Jorah Mormont Is Azor Ahai
For those who don’t recognize the name, Azor Ahai is that great hero Melisandre (the Red Woman) keeps raving about. He’s the one she was convinced was reborn as Stannis Baratheon. He was a hero chosen to “fight the darkness” however many thousands of years ago.
Melisandre always claims he will return again; “after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness fall heavy on the world.”
Most of the momentum behind the “Jorah is Azor” theory is the bit about the lion. Azor tried to make a sword and temper its heat by killing a lion. Jorah’s captured a lion (Tyrion), but since he didn’t kill him (and Jon Snow is far more likely to be reborn as Azor Ahai), we’ll have to say this theory is pretty much debunked.
5. Brandon Stark Is R’hllor, The Lord Of Light
Religious or not, someone is answering the prayers being said in Westeros. Especially the ones said by the Red Priest and Priestesses of R’hllor, the Lord of Light. Seeing the future, bringing back the dead, manipulating fate and the weather—these are serious powers. Even the cynical Varys – when telling Tyrion the story of his castration – said, “The man called, and a voice answered.”
Now add that the fact that Bran is essentially already a God.
What everyone thinks are the “old Gods” of the North has been proven to actually be greenseers, like Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven. They’re basically omniscient, able to look anywhere in the past and present (so long as a weirwood is present). However, whether or not these powers extend to raising the dead is debatable at best.
6. Brandon Is Bran The Builder
There are a lot of Starks named Brandon. The first was Bran the Builder; named because he built the Wall. We also know of Ned’s older brother Brandon, who was killed by the Mad King. And of course, there’s our Brandon; the greenseer currently freezing in north of the Wall.
Since this Brandon is able to jump through time and muck with people’s brains, it’s not that big of a stretch to think that he somehow influenced the first Brandon into building the Wall.
Or even to influence Ned’s brother into riding south to ensure the start of Robert’s Rebellion. But considering how serious a threat the White Walkers were during Bran the Builder’s time, it probably wouldn’t be necessary for Bran to do his time-traveler for the Wall.
7. The Night King Is A Stark
The White Walkers were created from humans. Specifically the First Men, who started many northern noble families, most notably the Starks. The Starks were the ones who built the Wall in the first place, and, as Ned said, “The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years.”
If it is one of their forebears leading an army of zombies, they’d be right on the front lines to stop him.
Not to mention the Night King has a special interest in Jon and Bran. Bran could be explained as being a greenseer, but Jon? Sure, he killed one of the lieutenants at Hardhome, but Meera also did that in “The Door,” and it didn’t garner any special attention (which is a shame, because that was awesome).
8. Arya Is Dead
When someone’s dead, we usually know it. Also, why have that whole conversation with Jaqen as Arya? And finally, why would the Faceless Men go after Walder Frey in such a brutal fashion? They wouldn’t. Arya would. So she’s (hopefully) fine.
9. Sansa Is Pregnant With Ramsay Bolton’s Child
They’ve dropped a few hints toward this theory throughout season six. Sansa tells Petyr that she can still “feel him inside of my body.” And some of Ramsay’s final words to Sansa are “I’m a part of you now.” Also, if someone repeatedly rapes a woman for however many weeks Sansa was trapped in the Bolton marriage, chances are good that a pregnancy is going to happen.
10. The Cat Is Princess Rhaenys Targaryen
Rhaenys was the daughter of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia of Dorne. She was three years old when King’s Landing was sacked by Tywin Lannister, and she was killed. The theory that she’s still alive is another warg theory. Rhaenys had a black cat named Balerion. The theory suggests that she accidentally warged into the cat when she was killed and that she still roams the Red Keep. Apparently, Arya tried to catch her as part of her lessons with Syrio Forel.
11. Jamie Will Kill The Big Villain Cersei
Evil Queen who must be destroyed. For those who only watch the show, the only part of Cersei’s prophecy we’re aware of is the fact that she’ll outlive her children—which has come true—and that she’ll be overthrown by someone younger and more beautiful than her (which will probably happen in season seven).
If anyone has read the books, then we know there’s one more tidbit to this prophecy.
The exact quote is “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar is “little brother” in Valyrian. Most people hear that and think “Tyrion! He’s already choked someone to death.” But Jaime was born after Cersei, and he has much easier access to her throat.