When it comes to Game of Thrones, there’s one thing for sure. Everyone has their own idea of how things are going to pan out and what the endgame will bring! I’m not one to just sit there and watch the show. I get too involved and find myself looking up theories constantly! Some of which have panned out already and some of which have already been discredited by the actors and even George R. R. Martin himself!
Now, before you read any further, I must warn you that this post is dark and full of spoilers. These will likely be from all 7 TV series so far coupled with possible spoilers for Season 8 (if any of these theories are correct). I’ll even try and correlate information from the books that didn’t make it into the show.
Let’s start with a pretty obvious one, shall we? The word “Valonqar” is a High Valyrian term and when translated means “Little Brother”. In the TV show, Maggy The Frog uses the word Valonqar as part of her prophecy to Cersei.
Cersei: Will the king and I have children?
Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds, she said. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
But the main question is, who is the Valonqar? The two main suspects are, of course, Cersei’s brothers. Tyrion is quite an easy one as he is always referred to as being the youngest sibling, i.e. “Little Brother”.
Hear me out on this last one though, what if it’s the little brother of Cersei’s other children, her unborn child. Caerseis mother died in childbirth. How ironic would it be if she was killed in the same way? Plus, if Jaime is the father, it would also make the baby their little brother, thus the prophecy complete. Who do you think the Valonqar is? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!
Azor Ahai is a legendary warrior in the faith of R’hllor, The Lord of Light. He forged his sword Lightbringer in which was used to defeat the darkness of the Great Other. However, in doing so he had to plunge his sword into the heart of the woman he loved. The Azor Ahai prophecy says that he shall be brought back as The Prince That Was Promised.
Thoros of Myr: According to prophecy, our champion will be reborn to wake dragons from stone and reforge the great sword Lightbringer that defeated the darkness those thousands of years ago. If the old tales are true, a terrible weapon forged with a loving wife’s heart. Part of me thinks man was well rid of it, but great power requires great sacrifice. That much at least the Lord of Light is clear on.
But who will transpire to be Azor Ahai? There are quite a few fan theories on this one, but the main front-runners are Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, and as we found out in season 7, it could even be Daenerys. It turns out the translation for ‘Prince’ from High Valyrian is gender neutral so could also mean princess. You can find out more about some of these theories here.
Ned Stark is Still Alive
Ok, so I’ll admit that even I’m a little sceptical of this one, but stay with me… It wasn’t until I started to research for this blog post that I came across this but parts of it do seem viable.
Before Baelor’s Sept, we last saw Ned Stark down in the dungeons of the Red Keep at Kings Landing. He was being held prisoner at the same time as Jaqen H’ghar of the Faceless men. This is where our theorists think a plan was concocted to swap Ned with another Bravosi character.
The fan theory basically claims that Syrio Forrel was also a Faceless Man, and after being beaten to a pulp by Meryn Trant, he was found by Varys and persuaded to swap places with Ned. Syrio was then beheaded on Baelor’s Sept and Ned was secretly taken out of Kings Landing to be nursed back to health somewhere in secret.
I know it’s a little far-fetched, but let’s be honest, anything is possible in the world of Game of Thrones and it would be pretty cool to see Ned pop up in Season 8 with a “This is what I wanted to tell you all along!”
Bran is The Night King
This is probably one of the more widely discussed theories and one that has several fans convinced that it’s true. This all hinges on how powerful you believe Bran to be. The theorists think that as the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran can see what’s ahead after the outcome of The Great War that we’re due to see in Season 8. Not happy with the outcome, Bran keeps going back in time to try and influence the past, going further each time.
This also incorporates the “Bran’s Whispers” theory. This where at each point in time that Bran stops, he influences the past. The first being The Mad King. As seen outside of The Tower of Joy in Season six, Bran can make himself heard when visiting other times. Fans are theorising that these are the whispers that Aerys II could hear and sent him mad to eventually be killed by Jaime Lannister during Robert’s Rebellion.
After this fails, Bran apparently goes back to learn how the white walkers were defeated the first time, however he missed the mark and helps Bran the Builder create The Wall. Although as we learn at the end of Season 7, this doesn’t end up being a permanent solution.
Because of this, Bran decides to go back to where it all began with the first men and the children of the forest, before the White Walkers existed. However, at this point he wargs into the first man that the Children of the Forest stab with the dragonglass and being unable to warg back out, gets trapped as the Night King.
While there are still quite a lot of holes in this theory, it certainly seems like the sort of intricacy that George R R Martin would have included when writing his novels.
Sam The Narrator
This is possibly my favourite theory so far, as it would bring such a great close to the entire series. This theory all started during the Season Six finale, where we see Sam Tarly arrives at the Citadel and hanging from the ceiling is the spinning sun chandelier that we see in the opening credits.
This is then further cemented in a conversation between Archmaester Ebrose (Jim Broadbent) and Sam in Season 7. Ebrose tells Sam that he is currently writing a record of current events in Westeros under the title of “A Chronicle of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s where we started off in Season one!
Sam notes that Ebrose’s title is a bit boring and says that he’d pick something a bit more poetic! I wonder if that could be “A Song of Fire and Ice“? The theory assumes that at some point, Sam takes over writing duties from Archmaester Ebrose and the closing scene of the entire series will be Sam finishing or closing the book with the new and improved title on the front!
So there we have it! My top 5 fan theories that I’ve seen so far. Now I know there are plenty more out there, so please let me know in the comments or via Twitter which theories get you thinking, or even if you have any theories of your own!