The first book in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series came out in 1996, so fans have had over two decades to wildly speculate on his endgame. As the conclusion of HBO’s adaptation nears, here are five wild “Game of Thrones” theories which could come true by the end of Season 7. Note: If you have not read Martin’s novels and wish to know nothing like Jon Snow, save this article for later. But, if you’re fine with spoilers, put on your tin foil hat and dive in!
Bran brings down The Wall – When Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) took an unsupervised greensight journey, the formidable Night’s King was able to mark him. This mark served as a homing beacon, and the white Walkers immediately showed up at the Three Eyed Raven’s cave. The cave was protected by a spell, but Bran’s mark allowed the Walkers enter. Benjen confirms to Bran that similar spells are woven into The Wall to prevent the undead from passing through. But what if Bran should cross The Wall, to escape the Night’s King or find Jon (Kit Harington)? Many theorize that this would destroy The Wall (or at least break its spells), allowing the White Walkers to invade Westeros.
Bran Stark is Bran the Builder – Speaking off The Wall, Old Nan once mentioned that Bran’s favorite stories were tales of Bran the Builder. In case you’re not up on Westerosi history: he built The Wall and founded House Stark thousands of years prior to the events of “Game of Thrones.” The crippled Bran of the show has already altered history by time traveling, most tragically with Hodor’s death. Could Bran continue meddling in the past in a desperate attempt to stave off the White Walkers in the future? Don’t be surprised if Bran goes back in time to build many of the structures in Westeros and prepare its inhabitants for the coming war.
Jaime kills Cersei – Maggy the Frog’s terrible prophecy has haunted Cersei (Lena Headey) all her life. But the HBO series left out several aspects from the novels. In addition to seeing her children die, Maggy claims that “when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonquar translates to “little brother” or “little sibling” in High Valyrian. Cersei assumes this points towards Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), explaining her disdain for the dwarf. But Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is younger than his twin by mere minutes. What would propel Jaime to kill his sister/lover? Cersei might use more of King Aerys’ wildfire caches to destroy King’s Landing before her enemies can claim it. He already killed a Mad King, why not a Mad Queen?
A Secret Targaryen – While the name Rhaegar Targaryen was never spoken during Jon Snow’s birth scene, it is clear that Jon is indeed half Targaryen. And he may not be the only one. Fans are speculating that Tyrion Lannister is also a Targaryen thanks to an affair his mother conducted with King Aerys. Lyanna Stark died during childbirth, and so did Tyrion’s mother Joanna. It is made clear in the novels that this is a fate suffered by most non-Targ women who have a Targaryen male’s child. Being a product of an affair would also further explain Tywin’s hatred of Tyrion. The dwarf also has a fascination with dragons and dreams of riding one.
Ice Dragon – Did you think Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) had the only dragons in town? George R.R. Martin wrote a children’s novel titled “The Ice Dragon,” following a young girl born “in a long winter” who rides an ice dragon to battle against fire dragons. While it’s never stated that the novel is set in early Westeros, plenty of connections exist. After killing three fire dragons, the ice dragon dies and melts into a pond of cold water. Curiously, Winterfell has one pond that remains cold despite being surrounded by hot springs. Readers have speculated that this tale serves as an origin story for The White Walkers (the young girl possesses many similar features and is unaffected by the cold). Might the Night’s King battle Daenerys atop an ice dragon?