With Game of Thrones Season 7 just around the corner and “Winds of Winter” nowhere near to being ready, fans are coming up with their own theories in the GOT universe. Many are the usual, predictable ones like R+L=J, but sometimes we get theories that are kookier than Lady Lysa Arryn. Let’s take a look at what some of the over imaginative brains have cooked up.
1. Drogo as Azor Ahai
“When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone … In the ancient books it’s written that a warrior will draw a burning sword from the fire, and that sword shall be Lightbringer.” – Azor Ahai prophecy as told by Melisandre to Jon Snow.
In season 1, we see Lhazareen priestess Mirri Maz Duur betray Dany by putting Drogo into a vegetative state out of revenge for her people’s mistreatment by the Dothraki. Dany burns her to death, but not before Mirri tells her Drogo will return “when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, when the seas go dry, [and] when the mountains blow in the wind like leaves.”
Redditor MrMasochist thinks this prophecy means Drogo is Azor and his resurrection is nigh, based on events in the book. According to the theory, the sun that “rises in the west and sets in the east” could be Quentyn Martell, Dornish prince from the books grew up in Westeros (“rises in the west”) and travels to Essos to meet with Dany but instead gets torched by one of her dragons (“sets in the east”). The sea that “goes dry” could be the Dothraki sea, a vast grassland area which has been beset by droughts in the final Dany chapter of the latest book. The mountains that “blow in the wind like leaves” could be the Meereen pyramid the dragons destroy in the book — or, a reference to the long-rumored “Cleganebowl” fight between the Mountain and the Hound. And the “womb that quickens” could be a reference to Dany’s “moonblood’ (aka her period) returning in the latest book. She swore not to have any children not fathered by Drogo, so perhaps he’ll come back and they’ll try for offspring again.
This theory put forths an unusual candidate for being Azor Ahai. There are a strong case for Dany or Jon to be Azor Ahai, while Ser Jorah & Ser Davos could also fit the bill under certain conditions. This very literal take on Mirri Maz Durr’s words does not offer much evidence for the theory’s validity.
2. Benjen helping the whitewalkers by helping Bran cross the wall
This theory points to Benjen escorting Bran and Meera toward the Wall, then taking his leave of them, informing them the undead can’t pass through the huge barrier because of ancient spells carved into the foundation. The theory suggests he wasn’t just helping Bran and Meera — he was helping the White Walkers breach the wall. The mark the Night’s King put on Bran (when he grabbed Bran’s arm) stripped the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave of its magical protection. So it’s plausible the mark could also disable the Wall’s magic and thus let the White Walkers past the Wall. With this speculation in mind, Movie Pilot suggests Benjen only made sure Bran and Meera returned to the Wall to make sure Bran’s mark would disable the magic.
While it is certainly a worry as to how Bran can safely cross the wall without bringing it down, we believe it is a stretch to think Benjen is an agent of Whitewalkers.
3. Littlefinger will marry Cersei and become the King of Westoros
Last we left Littlefinger, he’d finally laid out his long-term plan: he wants to sit on the Iron Throne as King of Westeros, with Sansa by his side as queen. However, Sansa’s not super keen on the idea, so what’s next for Littlefinger? A theory on Reddit by GenghisKazoo says Littlefinger’s going to leave Sansa by the side of Winterfell and go running straight to the Mad Queen herself. Now he thinks Littlefinger will bring the army of the Vale to King’s Landing and profess himself to be an ally of Cersei, the current queen. And she’ll fall for it because she underestimates him and she needs the army.
“She is hilariously outgunned and desperate. The army of the Vale … is the largest force outside her own house that is not already committed against her, and Petyr has told her they can be counted on,” the Redditor writes. Furthermore, Littlefinger can prove his “loyalty” to Cersei by showing her proof Stannis Baratheon and the Boltons are dead, which is what she sent him to the North to do. (Never mind the fact that he didn’t kill them.)Plus, he could really get in her good graces by pretending to have Sansa Stark hostage, since Cersei still thinks Sansa killed Joffrey. Sansa would play along with the ruse for her own agenda: getting revenge on Cersei and getting Littlefinger out of Jon Snow’s way in the North. Then Cersei will realize the deception, set King’s Landing ablaze, and die at the sword of her brother, Jaime the Kingslayer Pyromaniacslayer.
And Littlefinger would finally have the Iron Throne all to himself. He would be King of the Ashes, just as Varys said he would be back in Season 3, Varys tellingly quoting the Mad King.
Even though everyone knows Littlefinger plans to rule the 7 kingdoms, he would be crazy if he thought that he could marry Cersei. News of the Vale aiding the Starks will have already reached Kings’ Landing. Further, I do not believe he has the Vale firmly under his control. The words of House Arryn “High as Honor” mean much in the Vale and since Littlefinger is not actually an Arryn nor known for his honor, I doubt the Vale Lords are loyal to him. Cersei may very well demand that he bring Sansa before her as proof of his loyalty. He would also have heard his spies talk about Dany’s approach to Dragonstone.
4. Varys is a merman
You know how Varys and Littlefinger are basically caught in their own game of thrones? We now know why Littlefinger’s doing it, because he wants power. But what does Varys want? Well, according to Nerdist, it’s simple: He is a merman and he wants to free his fellow merpeople. And not just any merman, but a member of the ‘merlings’ species, which exist in A Song of Ice and Fire.
The biggest hook (get it?) for this theory is the speed in which Varys traveled from Dorne to Dany’s ship. While the showrunners have chalked it up to pacing, others have loosely speculated that it’s because Varys actually has a tail. There’s even the belief that Dany’s dragons could melt the ice in The North so much that the entire Seven Kingdoms will turn into a giant ocean, leaving only merlings… and Littlefinger, because that dude will never die. Check out the Reddit Post explaining this theory in 28 points.
This theory takes the cake as the craziest one there ever was!
5. Gendry is Cersei’s son
Winter Is Coming’s Sarah Weymes presents this theory that the blacksmith Gendry is the secret son of Cersei Lannister. In Season 1 of the show, Cersei told Catelyn Stark she had a “black-haired beauty” of a son who died shortly after his birth… but also said she never visited him in his crypt. She said he looked like his father, Robert Baratheon; and both Ned Stark and Stannis Baratheon remarked that Gendry looks like Robert, too.
Sarah even suggests Cersei had Gendry’s master, the armorer Tobho Mott, shunt him off from King’s Landing to the Wall to protect him when Joffrey Baratheon was having all of Robert’s bastards in the city murdered.
If we refer to books, this theory would never hold ground. But if we consider only the show, we have to give some credit to Sarah for coming up with it. Two things that don’t fit are, that Cersei never visited him in the crypt. Which would be very unlike her. She might have hated the child but not enough to get him killed. He would have been her first-born and she might have hoped that Robert would change now that he has a heir.It would have been more like her behavior towards Tyrion. Secondly, we still have the prophecy of Maggy the Frog to consider, where she prophesied that Cersei will only have 3 children.
6. Hound will be the Valonqar who kills Cersei
The prophecy Maggy the Frog gave a young Cersei accurately predicted her marriage to Robert and the births and deaths of her three children. But in the books, Maggy also says, “When your tears have drowned you, the valonqar [‘little brother’ in High Valyrian] shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Many fans think this means “little brother” Jaime will kill Cersei, but Redditor BertMacGyver has another idea. Bert thinks Cersei will be charged for her crimes and will choose trial by combat — with Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, her bodyguard, defending her. The people will choose his younger brother, Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, thus setting up the Cleganebowl fans have been clamoring for. The Hound will kill the Mountain and then will kill Cersei. Not all Redditors agree about Maggy’s prophecy, of course. “Cersei’s murderer could be anyone who is a little brother,” another redditor self.gameofthrones reasons.
“But saying this in Valyrian suggests that the person will have Valyrian blood. The Targaryens have Valyrian blood. Jon Snow is a Targaryen. He is the little brother of Rhaenys and Aegon. He wants to kill Cersei. I think it is very likely that he does.”
There are many more likely candidates for the position of Valonqar than the Hound. The Hound doesn’t seem to have hold a particular hatred towards Cersei like towards his brother. I hold with the popular opinion hat Jamie will be the one to kill Cersei as she goes the “Mad Queen” route.
7. Arya has already killed Jaime Lannister
The theory goes like this, just before we see Arya kill Walder Frey, we see Arya serving tables as a waitress, we also see her making flirtatious advances towards Jamie, and paying extra close attention to him. Redditor vid3ogam3s believe this interaction to be foreshadowing something involving the two. His theory is based around the fact that of all people on Arya’s list, Cersei is basically number one. It was after Arya’s father had his head chopped off that she began making her list, the two people most responsible – Joffrey and Cersei – with Joffrey already dead that would make Cersei Arya enemy number one. Arya has killed Jamie in order to take his face, after killing Walder she snuck into Jamie’s tent and somehow assassinated him. The reason Arya would do this is because she knows how close the queen and her brother are, and would therefore use that disguise to get close enough to assassinate Cersei. This is how Cersei’s prophecy would become fulfilled.
While this one is still within the realm of possibilities, it is not plausible enough since Jamie is not on Arya’s list. Furthermore, in season 7 promos Arya is shown heading towards Winterfell while Jamie is in King’s Landing.