Season 6 of Game of Thrones is coming to an end, and naturally everyone and their mother (and possibly their mother’s reanimated corpse) has a theory about what’s going to happen, both in the finale and in seasons (and books… well, maybe) to come.
Of course, Thrones diehards have been at the theory game for literally years now, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of crazy theories out there. But the craziest theory of all is that a lot of these crazy theories might not be so crazy after all. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Jon Snow is a Targaryen
Let’s just get this one out of the way, both because it’s probably the most famous Thrones fan theory of them all, and because, well, we all know it’s true.
Basically, the theory goes that Jon Snow, Ned Stark’s reputed bastard son, is actually the bastard son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna, and her lover, none other than Rhaegar Targaryen, the Mad King’s son and heir, and the chief adversary of Ned and his boy, Robert Baratheon, the future king of Westeros and Lyanna’s fiancé. Whew.
This theory is so famous by now that it has its own Wikipedia entry, and no one really is sure where it even started. That’s because it basically predated the Reddit era internet, with fans openly discussing it sometime after the first book was released. Basically, bros, it’s pretty much accepted as canon even if George RR Martin hasn’t officially come out and confirmed it yet. Hell, even Sean Bean, AKA Ned Stark himself, has said that Ned’s obviously not Jon’s real father, so… yeah.
The implications here are obvious, especially when you consider that the only surviving Targaryen (at least officially) has three dragons, and three dragons would need three Targaryen riders. Hmmmm….
Tyrion is a Targaryen
The theory goes that the Mad King took a liking to Tywin Lannister’s wife, boned down with her, and the result was this lil’ imp right here. And the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. After all, in the books, Tyrion is described as having even blonder hair than his siblings, Jaime and Cersei, and who has the whitest hair in all the land? That’s right, the Targaryens.
But you’ve also got Tywin’s absolute hatred for Tyrion, which would make sense if he was, you know, another dude’s son, and let’s not forget Tyrion’s obsession with dragons, which he would literally dream about as a kid.
But the clincher here may have come a few episodes ago when Tyrion went face to face with one of Dany’s dragons and not only came out unscorched, but managed to tame the savage beast with his touch. Sounds like the third dragon rider to me.
Meera Reed is Jon Snow’s Twin Sister
According to this theory, Meera Reed – last seen dragging Bran’s crippled ass through the woods while Hodor held the door (sob) – is actually Jon Snow’s twin sister. What???
The theory hinges on the idea that Howland Reed – Meera’s father – was Ned’s right hand man, and was with him at the raid on the Tower of Joy, which we just saw in the show during one of Bran’s flashbacks. Remember the crying child at the end of the scene? Yeah, that was probably Jon Snow. But let me channel Yoda for a second here and ask what if there is… another?
Yeah, this one’s kind of flimsy, but it has a lot of supporters. For more, start here and then fall into a Thrones wormhole. See you in a few hours! Or days.
Dragon Glass is Actually Dragon Poop
Well, what else could it be? And, of course, there’s a whole huge, long Reddit post about this if you want to know more, and sadly, I know that you do. Have fun?
Jaime Will Kill Cersei
Seems unlikely given Jaime’s dying devotion to his sister/lover/baby-mama (oh man, what a show!) but there may be something to this one.
Do you remember the very first scene of this season, that flashback where little Cersei had that run-in with a seer? Okay, that’s actually supposed to depict a famous prophecy in the books, in which the seer says that Cersei will get taken down for good by “the valonqar” which translated means “little brother.”
Naturally, Tyrion would be the obvious choice here, but not so fast my friends! That seems too obvious, right? And technically, Jaime is the younger of the two twins, which makes him Cersei’s little brother. It would seem that the greatest incestuous love story of our time (again, lol what a show!) may be doomed to tragedy.
Of course, the prophecy could also refer to the Hound, who is the Mountain’s little brother, and if there is a combat by trial situation, well, then let’s face it, that’s who will probably be taking out the Mountain and thus, damning Cersei.
Or maybe it’s Loras Tyrell, Margaery Tyrell’s little brother, who has plenty of reasons of his own for wanting to kill Cersei. Or maybe it’s Jon Snow, who may or may not be Robb Stark’s little brother. Who knows?
Look, the point is that someone’s little bro is probably going to off Cersei at some point and sadly for her, everyone’s little bro hates her guts. But because it’s Thrones, the one who does it will very likely be the only one who doesn’t hate her, which would be Jaime, and man, George RR Martin is just a dick.
Stannis Will Become the New Night’s King
Okay, this one is almost certainly bullshit, but like with most things Thrones, we can’t entirely rule it out. Here’s the whole crackpot theory, thought up – naturally – by a Redditor, and while it seems a little thin, it’s just fun to imagine, isn’t it?
I mean, think about it – the “good” guys (let’s assume that’s some combo of Jon Snow, Dany, Tyrion and whoever’s riding those fucking dragons) show up for the final showdown with the Night’s King, and out strides a undead Stannis at the head of his undead army, having finally been crowned (a) king. Fucking epic shit, right?
Okay, okay, so Stannis is dead. We know that. Or is he? After all, we didn’t actually see him die. It was just heavily implied. For all we know, that miserable bastard is still out there, sneering his way to the North, and we all knows what kind of wild shit is going on there, right?
Look, I doubt this one is true, but it’s fun to imagine and we all know that something is up with Stannis. Maybe I just don’t want it to be the end for my boy, but we never saw his corpse. Maybe, just maybe, that’s because his corpse is destined to ride again.
Bran Built the Wall
Cass actually wrote about this one the other day and I think I actually buy it. It’s fucking crazy, but it also makes complete sense, which I guess sums up Thrones about as well as anything.
Basically, there have been lots of Brans over the years, including Bran the Builder, who built the wall, and given what we know now about Bran’s ability to travel through time and given what we saw go down with poor Hodor, which showed us he can also fuck with the past if he really wants to, well… yeah, our Bran might very well be all the Brans, which, obviously, would have massive implications and maybe be the most important thing in the entire series.
Sure, it pretty much completely cooks the mind, but that’s why it’s so fun. And let’s face it, Thrones deserves an ending that is completely ridiculous and crazy and time travelin’ Bran might be the most ridiculous and crazy one we can collectively imagine. That crippled kid that Jaime tossed out of the tower way back in the day because he caught him boning his sister (again, lol) might end up being the most important person who ever lived. That’s just so Thrones.
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