We’re only months away from the final season of Game of Thrones, but it’s never too early to indulge in a crazy fan theory to attempt to postulate on who will sit on the Iron Throne (or what’s left of it after the devastating war between living and dead). And as far as crazy Game of Thrones fan theories go, this one is rather preposterous, but it is so delicious that you will want it to be true.
GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS AHEAD.
So the Night King has an army of dead and it will only grow even more massive as he reincarnates everyone who died and turns them into White Walkers. So how do you beat an army of dead? You get your own army of dead of course. A new fan theory has emerged that proposes that Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and the rest of the living need to fight fire with fire, or in this case fight zombies with zombies.
“All characters that have been burned to death/after death by fire will be reincarnated by R’hllor (god of fire/light/ red god),” the Reddit user hypothesizes. He astutely points out that red priests have already demonstrated the power to ressurect people, most notably Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion.
Melisandre of Asshai said she is merely a channel for R’hllor’s power. The last time we saw the red priestess she told Lord Varys that she had “done my part. I’ve brought ice and fire together,” in reference to bringing Jon and Daenerys together. Melisandre said she was going to Volantis, but vowed to return. “Oh, I will return dear Spider. One last time. I have to die in this strange country, just like you.” Could she be returning to reincarnate fallen heroes of the past to do battle with the White Walkers?
In Game of Thrones, those who die are believed to have “ascended to the Hall of Light, to sit beside the Lord.” Since R’hllor is the god of fire, it is possible that red priests can only reincarnate mass populations of people who were burned to death or were burned after they were dead. This would be the opposite of the Night King who can’t reincarnate those who were burned after death. This would give some balance to the world of Westeros.
You would have a massive population to reincarnate. Cremation is the proper burial ceremony practice by ancient Valyrians, the Lord of Light religion, the Dothraki, and Wildlings, who burn their Free Folk brothers so they don’t rise up to transform into the Others. Then there is everyone who was burned to death by wildfire in the Battle of Blackwater and the Sept of Baelor explosion. Plus anyone burned to death by a red priest as a sacrifice or those incinerated by fire-breathing dragons.
Based on this intriguing Game of Thrones theory, that would mean that you would get some notable characters back from the dead such as Loras Tyrell, Shireen Baratheon (Her death still haunts me to this day), as well as two great warriors with Khal Drogo and Rickard Stark, who was burned alive with wildfire by the Mad King. That would be an all-star death squad. But the drama would be outstanding to see Khal Drogo reincarnated to help save his wife from the hordes of snow zombies only to see that Jon Snow AKA Aegon Targaryen is her Khaleesi’s boyfriend (and maybe impregnating her, which he could not).
Jason Momoa, the actor who plays Khal Drogo, has had long hair and beard while Game of Thrones was in production all through the summer. Just saying.
Season 8 kicks off in April 2019, but there’s sure to be at least 10 more speculative Game of Thrones by then, but you can check out previous ideas on how the hit HBO TV show will end HERE.