Dragon Eggs have been a familiar gift to Targaryan children throughout the ages. Therefore upon Jons birth he may well have been gifted a dragon egg by Rhaegar as was tradition. Ned could have took it and hid it in the Crypts of Winterfell along with Lyannas body and her wedding cloak which Ned may have been planning to show Jon one day – to prove to him that he was actually born out of love – even if it was a secret love. Theres actually a lot to back this theory amidst various books from ASOIAF such as Brans vision of a dragon soaring above Winterfell.
“The smoke and ash clouded his eyes, and in the sky he saw a great winged snake whose roar was a river of flame. He bared his teeth, but then the snake was gone,” – this does actually take place in A Clash Of Kings so would imply that the dragon has already hatched but either way it would be interesting to see D&Ds spin on it. Could it be that when the Night King arrives in Winterfell, one of the two remaining dragons inadvertently set fire to the holdfast thus burning the crypts thus hatching the hidden egg? This would be evidence for the world that Jon is a Targaryen and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
Now bare with me – this is a big one. Ok so take yourself back to Season 1 when Old Nan is sat with a young and freshly paralysed Bran in Winterfell. She tells him that all the Brans from the Stark family seem to blend into one for her. This could be a passing comment but this is Game Of Thrones we are talking about and no comments are passive. So what other Brans are there? We know that Ned had a brother named Bran who was killed by the Mad King. Then there is Bran The Builder who founded House Stark and raised the wall to keep the White Walkers away from main civilisation. Bran The Builder is somewhat of a mythical presence from the present generations perspective. George RR Martin said that Bran The Builder is to them what Noah is to us. Now this is where it gets confusing so strap in. We know and are familiar with Bran in his present self – or the timeline that is presented to us – however Bran now has the capabilities to travel into the past and also into the future. We also know that when he does travel to other times, they can be affected by his conscious actions as per a young Ned hearing his name when Bran called out, and also the Hodor arc. So presuming Bran sees how the Great War ends (in the Night Kings favour) he decides to return to the past to end the White Walkers before they reach the present timeline. His first attempt may well have been having the Mad King end them and thus the voices we know he heard in his head (Burn Them All! Burn Them All!) this could have actually been Bran telling the Mad King to burn all the White Walkers. Obviously, this ended terribly and Brans advice was lost in translation leading to the Mad King wanting to burn his own city and everyone contained in it. After this didn’t work Bran could have then gone back a thousand more years to the time of Bran The Builder. He may well have warged into the body of a giant (which we have seen him do when warging into Hodor) and erected the wall himself in an attempt to distance civilisation from the Nights King and his armies. THEN taking it back even further after realising (in present day) that the wall falls, Bran could find himself warging into the body of the original man who was turned into the first White Walker and thus became the Night King. Bran has been warned numerous times by both Jorjen Reed & the Three Eyed 1Raven that staying in one body or creature for too long can lead to an infinite warging. Brans attempts to stop the Night King are all in vein as Bran becomes stuck in the body of the Nights King forever. How and if this could resolve I am not sure. I’m also not sure how much of Bran would remain and if we have actually seen the Night King / Bran hybrid yet. It’s Certainly something to think about and this theory seems to be picking up across the internet. People even think the Nights King has started to adapt a more ‘Bran appearance’ in recent years. Could all the times when Bran was told by the Three Eyed Raven ‘you will fly’ refer to Bran as the Night King riding a risen and iced out Viserion? Will Jon be faced with the tough reality of having to kill Bran in Bran form in order to defeat the Night King once and for all? Ok I’ll let you mull that over…
From one Night King theory to another! What If Cersei actually becomes The Night King/Queen. I know I have picked up on her costume development on a prior post but her appearance certainly has become harder and somewhat ‘colder’ in contrast to her first appearances in earlier seasons.
Some believe that after miscarrying she will realise she can’t escape Maggys prophecy and in turn will sacrifice herself to the Night King as she has nothing else to live for. Cersei is someone who appears too selfish to commit suicide without delivering one final blow – could she weaponise herself as a White Walker when all her other sources dry up? I personally stand by the Valonqar theory but there’s no denying that this would make sense to Cersei. It could even be played out post Valonqar and after her death (with the help of Qyburn who we have seen reanimate a good as dead person before in The Mountain)
- If and when The Night King reaches Winterfell, especially if it’s post E3 battle – he may raise the dead as his army as we have seen before in Hardhome. What if as he raises this army, all the dead buried in the Winterfell crypts will also rise and this may well be what Arya is running from in the season 8 trailer. It would be terrifying to witness these past characters returning to our screens in this way but also a real good treat too. Yes I do want to see Sean Bean grace our screens one more time thank you! I want to see a Catelyn Stark with her neck slit soaring the corridors of the crypt in the most horrifying way. All the years we have spent honouring these past characters to see them turn villain would be the ultimate exasperating mind fuck. Jon also has a dream to back this theory ‘”He was wandering the empty castle, searching for his father, descending into the crypts. Only this time the dream had gone further than before. In the dark he’d heard the scrape of stone on stone. When he turned he saw that the vaults were opening, one after the other. As the dead kings came stumbling from their cold black graves, Jon had awoken in pitch-dark, his heart hammering,”That being said, this would open up criticism of a plot hole in that when Neds body was returned to Winterfell it was actually just bones as it had been a few months since his execution. It also poses the question that if all of the old kings of Winterfell (up to 8000 years ago) knew about the threat of the White Walkers then why would they bury their whole bodies when tradition would be to burn their bodies to ensure reincarnating as a dead man could be possible? I’m not ruling it out totally but it would leave producers looking a tad foolish if it wasn’t explored and backed up correctly.
- I believe in this theory so strongly that I should label it a spoiler. Its the theory that was given to Cersei by the witch in the woods Maggy all those years before. Here is the part of the prophecy that refers to this:
‘Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds…and when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.’
So the witch basically prophesies that the Valonqar (Little Brother in high valayrian) will kill Cersei. Considering Jamie is the younger twin – this points to him. There was also this screenshot of Jamie and Cersei standing on the map in the war room in season 7. He is stood on the area referred to as the fingers, whilst Cersei is stood on ‘the neck.’
Everything else that Maggy prophesied became true so I really think that Jamie will be the one to kill Cersei in the ultimate betrayal.
As i’ve said in a previous point – dialogue on Game Of Thrones is rarely filler material. Everything that any character says has substance and is carefully written to project a separate point. So when Tywin says to Tyrion, cross bow through his bowels, ‘You are no son of mine.’ He may well be being literal. Readers have flirted with the idea that Tyrion is a Targaryan for years now. His description in the novels is very different to how Peter Dinklage portrays him and his hair is described to be ‘a lank of hair so pale it seemed white’ Whilst the Lannisters are famed for their pale hair, theirs is always referred to as golden. The only other characters with hair of white are Targaryans. A clear nod to Tyrions genetic heritage. So who exactly are his parents? It is speculated that The Mad King raped Tyrions mother and Tyrion was the result, explaining why Tywin is so cold towards him. He also said a few other suspect lines such as ‘I let you live and brought you up as my son…’ and ‘Men’s laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors since I cannot prove that you are not mine’
Tyrion also has a placid relationship with Danys dragons which is not a skill just anyone can acquire. This could be a direct result of the Tagaryan blood running through his veins – something that they can pick up on. If this theory is true it makes Tyrion Danys half sister and Tyrion Jons uncle.
The name Azor Ahai has been talked about a couple of times throughout the seasons – mostly by Melisandre. Azor Ahai is a legendary figure for those who worship the Lord Of The Light and he was said to be around about 8000 years prior to our present day series. He was the given champion to fight the darkness that lay over the world to bring that world back to light. However this was not without sacrifice. When Azor Ahai knew it was him who had to save the world, he began to fashion himself a weapon in the form of a sword. He took 30 days and 30 nights to make it however when he went to complete it the sword broke. He made his second attempt labouring for 50 days and 50 nights this time however once again upon completion the sword snapped. His third and final attempt took 100 years and 100 nights but he knew this time what he must do. He called upon his wife and the great love of his life Nissa Nissa and he plunged the sword into her heart thus igniting it’s power. He named the sword Lightbringer and defeated the darkness. It was then prophesied 3000 years following this that once again Azor Ahai will be reborn and will need to defeat darkness once more.
“There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.”
Could this refer to Jon as Melisandre suspects? Does that mean he will need to plunge his sword into his lovers heart as Azor Ahai had to? Will that mean that Jon must kill Daenerys in order to defeat the Night King? Melisandre still seems to think that Jon is The Prince Who Was Promised despite her meeting with Daenerys. I think she knows that they both have important roles in fulfilling the prophecy.
Let us end on a light note. This theory is probably the nicest of the lot and one that has been speculated for over a decade now. It’s the theory that Sam Tarly is based on George RR Martin himself – and the whole book series and TV show is being retold by Sam, in his book – A Song Of Ice & Fire. Remember when he found Archmaester Ebroses copy of ‘A Chronicle of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert’ – Sam appeared unimpressed by the name. Sam said if he were to finish the book he would title it something ‘a little more poetic’ and what’s more poetic than A Song Of Ice And Fire? Perhaps in the last episode we will see Sam sit down to write the stories that we have watched unfold throughout the years.
So there we have it, my favourite theories. Let me know if you can debunk any of these or what your own personal faves are too!