Game of Thrones is one of the most talked about shows on TV and it’s easy to see why. Not only it is it entertaining as hell with some of the grandest battle sequences that television has ever seen, but it is also known for the ways it has left its viewers guessing.
If you Google “Game of Thrones fan theory,” about a million results will come up by my estimation. Some of these theories have panned out, like the most popular R + L = J theory. There are several other theories that fans are still waiting to see pan out. So, basically, fans have a lot of questions, most of which have yet to be answered.
With only two season left and possibly only thirteen episodes between them, Game of Thrones has a lot to tie up. I mean, Cersei Lannister is on the Iron Throne. It cannot end with her on the Iron Throne, can it?
Some questions are huge questions that fans have been wondering about for quite some time while others are more simple; little things, like who is going to take care of Tommen’s cat, Ser Pounce, now that Tommen is dead. Cersei ain’t got time for that.
Hopefully, all 16 of these questions, both big and small, will be answered in the next thirteen episodes of this epic television show.
16. Who is Daenerys Going to Marry?
Daenerys Targaryen is arguably the hottest woman in all of Game of Thrones, not to mention the fact that Esquire named the actress who plays her the sexiest woman alive in 2015. That being said, who is she going to marry?
Game of Thrones decidedly does not romanticize much, though it did have it moments. The marriage between Ned and Catelyn seemed about as genuine as they come. In season one, Dany and Drogo forged a very strong bond. We also saw Jon Snow in a relationship with Ygritte, his redheaded wildling. Robb Stark and Talisa Stark were pretty happy and in love. All of these relationships though, ended in the death of one or both parties.
Who Dany will marry is a major question not because of romance, but because marriage forges allies among families. In fact, Dany is already thinking ahead and asked Daario Naharis, her lover, to stay behind and not follow her to Westeros. She then spoke with Tyrion about a possible marriage. Who wouldn’t want to marry the beautiful Mother of Dragons?
For a long time, people have been rooting for a Dany/Jon Snow marriage, but now that R + L = J has been pretty much confirmed, it appears that Dany is actually Jon’s aunt. Their marriage wouldn’t be the weirdest thing to happen in terms of family members hooking up (ahem, Jaime and Cersei) but I don’t know if I’d be down to root for their marriage. Unfortunately, with all the younger Lannisters dead, every man in Dorne dead, and the Stark males nearly all dead, there aren’t many men from which to choose.
15. Will Arya Cross Off All the Names on Her List?
Very early in the series, Arya started her famed list of people she’d like to kill. When this list started, she was a young girl. She may have been fierce but she was still young, and so some of these names seemed to be a bit ambitious. Now that she’s a fully skilled assassin, she may be able to start seriously kickin’ ass and crossing off names.
In the finale of season six, Arya killed Walder Frey and I’m pretty sure absolutely no one is going to miss him. She’s crossed off one name but has quite a few more to get through. Her list still includes Cersei Lannister for a plethora of reasons. Honestly, at this point, I think Cersei is on plenty of people’s lists, including Olenna Tyrell’s. While it would be a win to see Arya kill Cersei, Arya may not be the most deserving of this execution anymore. Cersei has wronged quite a few people during the course of the past six seasons.
Both The Mountain and The Hound are on Arya’s list, though I’m not sure if she still wants The Hound dead, as Arya wasn’t so sure herself when she was asked at The House of Black and White. Most fans are rooting for the Cleganebowl, in which both Clegane bothers – The Hound and The Mountain – fight each other to the death, so it’s a possibility that The Mountain may meet his death by the hand of his brother.
Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr are all also on her list for taking away Gendry. Melisandre stated that they would meet again so Arya killing her seems very probable. Furthermore, Beric and Thoros are currently with The Hound so she could possibly take out three birds with one stone if she meets up with them.
Arya also has Ilyn Payne on this list, as he was the one who beheaded her father. Of all of her current names, I’d say that this guy is most deserving of meeting the wrath of her needle because Ned Stark was a world-class gentleman.
14. Who is Jon Snow’s Father?
The ongoing debate about Jon Snow’s lineage continues even after his mother was revealed. Originally, we’re introduced to Jon Snow as the bastard son of Ned Stark. In the finale of season six, we learn that he was not Ned’s son but rather the son of Lyanna Stark, Ned’ sister. So, the mother of Jon Snow has finally been revealed and we know that Ned is not the father but, do we know who his father is?
The R + L = J theory would state that Rhaegar Targaryen is his father, meaning he is half Stark and half Targarygen (hence A Song of Fire and Ice). Most fans of the show are sold on this but there are some other less popular theories about Jon’s father floating around out there.
13. Will Jon Find Out Who His Real Parents Are?
Audiences may now know that Lyanna is Jon’s mother and that Ned is not his father, but the thing is… Jon Snow doesn’t actually know that. Jon may be the King in the North but he also still believes that he is the bastard son of Ned Stark.
It would seem like Jon has to find out who his parents are, right? The thing is though, this is Game of Thrones – the same show that chopped off Ned’s head. No, I’m not over that and I reserve the right to not get over that for forever, okay? The fact that Game of Thrones has, in the past, been unmerciful in its treatment of beloved characters can make audience members wonder if Jon Snow is actually going to find out who the hell his parents are, especially because it seems that the only person who knows about this is Bran and he’s off chillin’ at a tree somewhere.
12. What About All the Pets?
Alright, so among the big questions like Jon Snow’s parentage and Dany’s marriage prospects, there are also smaller questions that may still be important, especially to devoted viewers. For example, after Margaery Tyrell was blown up and Tommen Lannister killed himself, who is going to care for Tommen’s cat, Ser Pounce? You sure as hell know Cersei doesn’t give AF about caring for animals. She’s the one who pushed for a direwolf’s execution back in season one.
Oh, and thinking about that direwolf, where is she? After Nymeria attacked Joffery (you go, Nymeria!), Arya sent her away for fear that she would be executed. Arya was right in doing so, as Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, was killed in Nymeria’s place. The direwolves seem to have some special connection to all of the Stark children, so the likelihood of this direwolf never popping up again and never reconnecting with Arya is slim.
11. How Does the Jackass and Honeycomb Joke End?
This was an odd joke from season one that was called back to in season six. Was there a point of them calling back to it? Who the hell knows?
In season one, Tyrion is dragged to the Eyrie for his crimes. In an exchange with Lysa Arryn, he begins to tell a joke about a jackass and a honeycomb. She interrupts Tyrion because she’s the worst, and her son, Robin Arryn, complains that he wants to hear what happens to the jackass and the honeycomb. Um, us too, Robin.
This wouldn’t be memorable if Tyrion didn’t try to tell the same exact joke again in season six. He is, again, interrupted, and we’re left wondering what happens with the jackass and the honeycomb.
10. What Did Podrick Do to the Hookers?
Podrick Payne, you stud, you. After saving Tyrion’s life in the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion repays Podrick by hiring a few prostitutes to please him because, you know, that’s how Tyrion repays people for such things.
Considering this is Pod’s first time, Tyrion is flabbergasted when the prostitutes will not accept payment for their time with Pod. They claimed to have had such a good time that they didn’t need a payment. Tyrion and Bronn insist that Podrick tell them everything in detail but the scene ends there, leaving viewers wondering what Podrick did.
This is later brought up between Varys and Ros, a fellow prostitute, who comments that the the ladies who were with Podrick said he was the best they ever had. Varys asks if Podrick is well endowed but Ros insists that it was rather what he did to the girls.
9. Is Sansa Pregnant?
For the record, I was never a fan of the pregnancy storyline for Sansa so I’m glad that it didn’t come to fruition this season, but that doesn’t mean that this may not pop up next season.
Basically, photos like the above promo photo popped up before season six begun and everyone was flung into a craze about the possibility of Sansa being pregnant with, horror of all horrors, Ramsey Bolton’s baby. There were even a few moments in this season that hinted towards it, like when she told Littlefinger she can still feel Ramsey inside of her and when Ramsey told Sansa that he is a part of her now. These could be hints towards he pregnancy, or they could simply be remarks about how deeply Ramsey’s abuse damaged her.
Since the entire season has come and gone with Sansa never confirming said pregnancy, it would be nice to think that she’s 100% in the clear. However, does anyone really understand the timeline of this show? Sometimes, it seems the episodes happen within days of each other while other times, it seems the episodes happen months apart.
8. Why is The Hound Back?
Listen, I’m not complaining. I rather like The Hound and am pretty excited that he’s back, especially after his chicken joke. His character has a wonderful backstory and he’s often good for a nice one-liner or cynical comment. That being said, what’s the point of him coming back?
When Arya left him, it was pretty much assumed that he was left for dead. We didn’t see him at all in season five and then all of sudden, in season six, he’s like, “oh, hey, what’s up?” Um, what’s up is… what the hell are you doing back, Sandor?
It’s been widely speculated that he’s going to finally have a showdown with his brother, The Mountain, and they will battle to the death. That’s a cool idea that I would love to see happen, only The Hound doesn’t really seem to be on his way to King’s Landing for this showdown, so why did he come back into the show?
7. Who is Going to Kill the White Walkers?
Listen, either someone takes down these White Walkers or they are going to take down all of the characters on the show. They’re like cold zombies or something, right? They seem to be hard to kill and pretty strong themselves. Also, anyone they kill basically turns into a White Walker too. Their army is growing and winter is coming. It is not looking good.
There have been a few people who have successfully taken down White Walkers, like Sam Tarly of all people. They can be stopped by either dragonglass or Valyrian steel but even an army of soliders wielding Valyrian steel swords would have a tough time stopping them. Also, Valyrian steel is super rare and there aren’t many weapons made with that material, so that’s an issue.
The dragons may be able to stop the White Walkers but this hasn’t been explored on the show yet since Dany has been in Meereen. Hopefully, we’ll see how these White Walkers are taken down. Well, either that or we’ll watch the White Walkers take humanity down.
6. What’s the Deal with Littlefinger?
What is Littlefinger’s deal? For real? In a show that is all about families and houses, Littlefinger has seemingly no family and is 100% not to be trusted.
His end game is supposedly to be on the Iron Throne with Sansa by his side. Quite frankly, that is as probable as me teleporting into the show and being on the Iron Throne myself. That is simply not going to happen, Littlefinger.
We know that his goal is the Iron Throne, though he could be lying about that too, but what’s his obsession with the Stark/Tully women about? He was in love with Catelyn and after she kicked it, he immediately transferred his obsession to Sansa.
Everything he does seems like a calculated move and everything he says a lie. Could we just really get to the bottom of this character and find out, once and for all, what he’s been up to this whole time?
5. Will Tyrion Ever Make The Imp’s Delight?
If anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s Tyrion Lannister.
In season six, Tyrion said that he’d very much like to own a vineyard and produce The Imp’s Delight. I would love to see Tyrion as some drunk vineyard owner, who relaxes all day and still drops his witty lines. Tyrion already dropped the best slogan for the wine: “I drink and I know things.”
At this point, he’s on a boat with Dany heading to Westeros, where he’ll find out that his big sister is currently on the Iron Throne. Dany’s odds of securing the throne from Cersei are pretty strong, with the dragons and all. If Dany is on the throne, Tyrion may stick around as her Hand of the Queen… or will he leave the chess match that is King’s Landing and go make wine.
4. Which Little Sibling Will Kill Cersei?
In the prophesy from the witch, Cersei is told quite a few things will happen in her life: 1. She will marry the king and be queen. 2. The king will have 20 kids. She’ll have 3 and they will all die. 3. A younger, more beautiful queen will cast her down and take everything she holds dear. 4. A younger brother will kill her. It should be noted that #4 is not mentioned in the show, only in the books, but it’s a fairly well-known fact by fans.
At this point, she married the king, had three children and they all died. The young, beautiful queen has yet to take her down but she clearly thought this would either be Sansa Stark or Margaery Tyrell, both of whom she got rid of in her own way. Of course, viewers know that Dany is on her way and could most certainly be the young, beautiful queen from the prophecy.
The last point is that a younger brother will kill her. Cersei clearly always thought this would be Tyrion, which would explain her being so awful to him. However, her twin brother/lover Jaime is actually younger than her too, as he was born second. Theories have been pointing to Jaime, who earned his nickname king-slayer after taking down The Mad King, saying he may have to do the same to his sister, who is quickly becoming The Mad Queen.
3. Who is Actually the Rightful Heir to the Throne?
Honestly, at this point, I would love to know who actually should be on the throne. I know about thirty different people think they should be on the throne, but who truly deserves to be on it?
If we’re going by Robert Baratheon, then neither Joffery nor Tommen actually had a claim to the throne, as they were the sons of Cersei and Jaime. After Tommen, Cersei sat herself on the Iron Throne, and if Tommen didn’t have a claim to it, she sure as hell doesn’t. Robert Baratheon does have one bastard son left, Gendry, but the last time anyone saw him, he was rowing off in a boat in season three. Technically, he would be the king’s son, though, and I guess the rightful heir.
Daenerys is always saying that she’s going to take back what is hers, so I guess she feels that Robert Baratheon didn’t have claim to the throne when he took it. In this situation, the throne would be passed to an heir of The Mad King. Dany was his daughter but we’ve found out that Jon Snow is most likely his grandson. Would the throne pass to Dany, or to Jon Snow since he was the son of The Mad King’s eldest son?
2. Who Will Sit on the Iron Throne?
More important perhaps than who has the rightful claim to the throne is, who is going to sit on the Iron Throne? Right now, Cersei Lannister is sitting pretty on the throne but, let’s all be real, the series isn’t going to end with Queen Cersei. It’s just not. So then who will be sitting on the Iron Throne once the series comes to an end?
Daenerys is an obvious choice since she’s been talking about it since season one. However, Game of Thrones isn’t always a fan of the obvious choices. If Jon Snow is a Targaryen, he could have claim to the throne and he already has the whole North backing him. That’s a pretty strong bid.
As revealed in the last episode of season six, apparently Littlefinger has been playing the long con and his end game is taking the Iron Throne with Sansa at his side. This seems like the most unimaginable of all endings, but Game of Thrones has never been a show about pleasing its viewers so who really knows.
1. Where is Gendry?
Why is this my #1 question? Well, in a show that generally ties things up and brings things back, where the hell is Gendry? The bastard son of Robert Baratheon was last seen in season three, when Davos put him on a boat and sent him rowing back to King’s Landing. Gendry apparently had never been on a boat and didn’t know how to swim.
So, now it’s season six and we haven’t seen him. Either he died while rowing (but if so why didn’t we find this out already?) or he’s still rowing. For the record, coming back is probably a horrible idea because characters are prone to dying on Game of Thrones, especially if they have a claim to the throne. Still, it would be nice to find out what happened to this guy.
While all of the questions on this list should be answered, it may actually be oddest of all if we never saw Gendry again. It would just be this odd thing left out there and never tied up. I guess we’d all have to assume that Gendry is still rowin’ somewhere…