With the anticipation mounting for the final series of Game of Thrones, there’s been a lot of speculation as to how the fantasy drama will end. Here’s our list of GoT’s craziest fan theories to get you through the Long Night.
Tyrion is a Targaryen
TV’s most dysfunctional father-and-son relationship, Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) never shied away from sharing his distaste for his son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), after frequently blaming Tyrion’s birth for the death of Tywin’s wife Joanna.
Many fans online have questioned whether Joanna’s death was the only reason that Tywin’s hated his son, and instead have asked if Aerys Targaryen (David Rintoul) is actually Tyrion’s biological father.
George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Fire & Ice, which the show is adapted from, suggests Aerys could have also been violent towards Joanna.
Before Tyrion’s birth, Tywin was Hand to the Mad King who frequently encountered Joanna in Kings Landing. The last time they saw each other was at an anniversary tourney held in 272 AC, before Joanna’s exile to Casterly Rock where she would die giving birth to Tyrion.
The theory first gained traction during series six, where an excommunicated Tyrion unlocked the chains of caged dragons Viserion and Rhaegal at the Great Pyramid.
Similarly to Jon Snow’s interaction with Drogon in series seven, the dragons showed an uncharacteristic passiveness towards Tyrion, only known to happen between dragons and Targaryens.
The theory also raised suspicions when the connection was made between Joanna’s death and the deaths of other mothers of Targaryen children, including Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) mother Rhaella Targaryen, who died at Dragonstone, and Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) mother Lyanna Stark, who died shortly after giving birth at the Tower of Joy.
Daenerys will become the Mad Queen
Throughout Daenerys Targaryen’s conquests, the Breaker of Chains has demonstrated violent tendencies, scaring her advisers Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion Lannister when she ordered Drogon to burn Randyll (James Faulkner) and Dickon Tarly (Tom Hopper) alive when they refused to renounce Queen Cersei during the battle of Blackwater Rush.
Much like the Mad King, Daenerys uses fire as her weapon of choice and ruthlessly sets fire to her enemies. There has also been speculation that due to the heavy inbreeding in the Targaryen bloodline, the family tree has developed a mental instability otherwise known as the “Targaryen Madness.”
Lord Varys even made the comparison between the father and daughter during the seventh series, confronting Daenerys at Dragonstone, where the queen threatened to burn the adviser alive if he betrays her.
If Daenerys does succumb to the “Targaryen Madness” like her father, will Jaime Lannister - (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) also known as the “Kingslayer” - kill the Mad Queen as he did with Aerys Targaryen and become a “Queenslayer”?
Bran is The Night King
A possible spoiler that has circled the web suggests that Bran Stark, now the Three-Eyed Raven (Isaac Hempstead Wright), travelled back in time to try and stop the White Walkers but his consciousness became trapped in the body of The Night King (Vladimír Furdík).
Coined by Reddit user “turm0il26”, the theory relies on Bran’s supernatural powers, Greensight, his ability to enter a dreamlike state and see visions of the past and future and his ability to Warg, where Bran can transfer his consciousness into another living entity and control their body.
During season six, Bran frequently time travelled to alter the present causing unforeseen circumstances that have majorly impacted the seven kingdoms.
The theory opens with Bran travelling back thousands of years ago to the defeat of the first White Walkers, but that he was transported just after the victory and inhabited the body of his ancestor Bran the Builder, leading to the construction of the Wall to protect mankind from the White Walkers.
Bran would travel back further in time to the transformation of the first White Walker and try to stop the Children of the Forest from creating The Night King, but his consciousness became trapped in the Night King’s body.
Coinciding with the events from the show, the theory suggests this is the reason why The Night King is able to interact with Bran during season six and why Jon Snow survived Hard Home during series five.
Nerdist recently released a video summarising the theory:
Jon Snow is the Azor Ahai
Tied to Jon Snow’s birth name, Aegon Targaryen, this theory links Snow with Aegon the Conqueror, the first Targaryen king who conquered the seven kingdoms 300 hundred years prior to the events of show.
Aegon was believed to have been the “Azor Ahai”, the Prince/Princess That Was Promised, a skilled warrior who is prophesied to end the conflict with the Other (White Walkers) by using a powerful weapon referred to as the “Lightbringer.”
Fans have theorised that Aegon saw visions of the impending threat of the White Walkers, and that Aegon was actually uniting the realms under his rule and making preparations to fight the forces of the undead.
With Aegon’s visions having come to pass, fans and The Metro questioned whether Jon Snow is the Azor Ahai reborn and would lead the King of the North to fulfil the prophecy by plunging a sword in the heart of a loved one to create the legendary weapon “Lightbringer” and end the conflict.
The Valongar theory
The Valongar theory got attention during the seventh season finale, where Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) revealed her pregnancy to her sibling/father to her unborn child, Jaime Lannister.
The theory follows the prophecy Cersei heard during her childhood from fortune teller Maggy the Frog (Jodhi May), which states that Cersei will be choked to death at the hands of the “Valongar”, translated as “little brother” in High Valyrian.
It was assumed that her younger brother Tyrion was the “Valongar,” after the hatred Cersei displays towards him and could be the reason why Cersei despises and fears Tyrion.
This theory is strengthened after Maggy’s other predictions have come true including the death of Cersei’s three children and her succession as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
However, Jamie was born seconds after Cersei and fans have alluded to that the he will be the one to murder the queen, but due to his missing hand others have debunked the theory.
Recently, The Independent raised theories that Cersei could have misinterpreted the predictions, and her death may come during child birth.
The final series of Game of Thrones starts on Monday 15th April at 10pm on Sky Atlantic.