Spoiler Alerts. So the fifth season of Game of Thrones just ended and you are left wondering what the hell you’re supposed to do until the next season is released. The fifth season of Game of Thrones was even more controversial and devastating than the previous four. Even some fans of the books got some nasty surprises when the sadistic writers behind the popular show decided it was a good idea to veer off the original story and kill off people who weren’t even supposed to meet their maker as of yet. All of these deaths and surprises have led to some rather interesting fan theories regarding the deadly Game of Thrones universe. With so many characters involved in the TV show and the books, there are basically an unlimited amount of fan theories out there. So to give you something to ponder during the long wait to the sixth season of Game of Thrones, below is a list of ten Game of Thrones fan theories that might possibly be the real thing. All of these theories attempt to explain and rationalize all the crazy happenings in the unpredictable world of Game of Thrones.
10. Theon Murdered His Own Child
In season two of Game of Thrones, Theon murders two children and passes them off as Bran and Rickon to solidify his hold on Winterfell. In the book, A Dance With Dragons, Theon thinks about the mother of the two boys and how he slept with her. The passage reads, “Theon did not want to think about their mother. He has known the miller’s wife for years, had even bedded her. Big heavy breasts with dark nipples, a sweet mouth, and a merry laugh.” Although Theon couldn’t have been the father of the first boy because he was only twelve when the child was born, he could quite possibly be the father of the second boy, which would make him a kinslayer. This might explain all the terrible luck Theon has after he murders the two boys.
9. The “Mad King” Wasn’t Imagining The Conspiracy Against Him
A fan theory that the Mad King wasn’t actually that mad is explained on the Tower of the Hand by Stefan Sasse when he explains why it’s likely that Ned Stark’s father Rickard, was conspiring to overthrow the Targaryen family. Sasse explains, “There are several great lords, all knowing each other better than usual because they fought together in the War of the Ninepenny Kings a few years prior. Jon Arryn, Steffon Baratheon, Rickard Stark, Hoster Tully, and Tywin Lannister are all war buddies. With the exception of the latter, they seem to have taken kind of a friendship out of this war. At least this would explain why they sent each other wards: Eddard and Robert both went to the Eyrie for fostering. Robert was in love [with] Lyanna [Stark] and talks of a betrothal were conducted. And Hoster wanted to wed his daughters to the heirs of Winterfell and Casterly Rock, respectively.” Sasse goes on to say that these kinds of relationships were unusual which means that they might have been arranged to seal a military alliance.
8. The Faceless Men are Aligned (Knowingly or Not) With The White Walkers
The Faceless Men are a cult that worship the “Many-Faced God.” They worship death, and they even help to assassinate people and they provide mercy killings. An example of the mercy killings can be seen when Arya gets a dying girl to drink a cup of poison by saying that her salvation will come from it. If we look at all the people involved in the Game of Thrones world, we can see that it is pretty much a disaster. Basically everyone is miserable and there is really no hope of things getting better. For this reason, it can be argued that death for everyone in the Game of Thrones universe could be a sort of mercy killing.
7. Tyrion Lannister is a Targaryen
Another fan theory surrounding the Targaryens is that Tyrion Lannister isn’t actually a Lannister. Instead, he is the son of the Man King, Aerys Targaryen. Readers of the book will know that the Mad King had a thing for Tyrion’s mother, Joanna Lannister. In addition, Tyrion’s appearance aligns more closely with the Targaryens than the Lannisters. Tyrion’s pale blonde hair more resembles the silver hair of the Targaryens than the gold hair of the Lannisters, and he has two different colored eyes, which could be an indication of his mixed heritage. If Tyrion is a Targaryen, that means he could be one of the “three heads of the dragon.”
6. Syrio is Still Alive
If you can remember all the way back to season one of Game of Thrones, then you probably remember Arya’s first “dancing” instructor Syrio. Fans of Game of Thrones last got a good look at Syrio when he was being taken away by the King’s Guard with only a wooden practice sword to defend himself. Although this would lead most people to believe he died, some people think that Syrio is actually Jaqen H’ghar, the mysterious, faceless assassin that Arya meets on the road. This would explain why Jaqen takes such an interest in Arya. So maybe Syrio and Jaqen are actually the same person.
5. Brienne is the “Beauty” that will Overthrow Cersei
In the beginning of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, viewers received a glimpse into Cersei’s past when she learned that, “another, younger and more beautiful, [will] cast you down and take all the you hold dear.” Although most people automatically assumed that this younger more beautiful woman is Margaery, there are other possibilities. One of these possibilities is Brienne. Although it’s true that Brienne isn’t considered a classical beauty, she is referred to as “Brienne The Beauty.” In addition, Brienne earned the affection of Jamie Lannister, Which obviously made Cersei feel threatened.
4. The Dragon has Three Heads
In the books, Daenerys witnesses the death of her brother as he says the words, “The dragon has three heads.” Many Game of Thrones fans have believed that these words point to something bigger in the Game of Thrones universe. Daenerys of course has three dragons, which means that there could be two other people to ride the other two dragons. One possibility could be Jon Snow because he may be half Targaryen, another possibility could be Tyrion because he is also half Targaryen. In addition some people believe that Bran Stark could be the third rider of the dragon. But the truth is, no one really knows. But it is fun to guess.
3. The Wall Wasn’t Built to Keep the White Walkers Out
Reddit user c_forster_thorne came up with this interesting theory. He says that the wall wasn’t actually built to keep the white walkers out. Instead, he believes that the wall came about as a pact of peace between the men and the Others and it was the White Walkers who raised the wall. The war between the white walkers and the humans actually started when the humans violated their pact and traveled north of the wall. In addition, this Reddit user believes that Daenerys and her dragons are actually the villains of the story and will eventually need to be defeated.
2. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai
Although Melisandre believes that Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai reincarnated, based on the terrible decisions she makes throughout the show and books, were thinking she’s probably wrong about that tiny detail. Azor Ahai is a great warrior who managed to defeat the White Walkers before Game of Thrones began. A prophecy about him says that he will be reborn after a long summer. Because Jon is a great warrior and positions himself to lead the fight against the White Walkers, it would make a lot of sense for his character if he is Azor Ahai reincarnated. However, the final episode of season 5 of Game of Thrones might put a bit of a damper on this theory.
1. Jon Snow is a Targaryen
One of the most well-known fan theories is that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen. The theory goes that Jon Snow is the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister, Lyanna. Lyanna is believed to have died from complications due to childbirth. Some fans believe that when she was about to die, she asked that Ned raise Jon Snow as his own. Further proof of this theory comes from how alike Jon and Arya look. Arya is said to resemble Ned’s sister. If this fan theory is true, that would mean that Jon is Daenerys’ nephew and therefore the true heir to the throne.