5 bonkers theories fans think might happen on Game of Thrones
The Game of Thrones fandom contains some incredibly talented and creative people, many of whom rival the mind of creator George R.R. Martin himself. Fans have long been obsessively analysing tiny details and predicting the outcome of the books (they’ve had plenty of time to do so), and often they’ve been right. Just take R+L=J, a popular fan theory regarding Jon Snow’s true parentage, which has been all but confirmed by Martin.
However, there have been times when the fans have offered some slightly more off the wall suggestions about the future of Game of Thrones. We give you: 5 bonkers theories fans think might happen on Game of Thrones.
1. A zombified Jon Snow will join the white walkers.
It’s just as possible as some of the wilder Jon Snow resurrection theories, and significantly more likely now that Jon Snow really does appear to be dead. The theory is that Jon Snow’s body will reanimate and he will go over to the North of the wall, joining forces with the ice zombies against his own mutinous men. Fans have even speculated that Jon Snow and the white walkers (potential band name, anyone?) could be the “ice” referred to in the novel series’ title A Song of Ice and Fire, where Dany and her dragons are the “fire”. Could Game of Thrones be headed for an epic battle between Jon’s white walkers and Dany’s dragons? Probably not.
2. Roose Bolton is an immortal being who wears the skins of others.
You read right. The ruthless new King in the North is actually an eternal being who wears the skins of others and assumes their identities in order to rule over House Bolton forever.
There are some possible hints that could support this theory, affectionately termed “Bolt-On”, in the original books. Namely, that he appears “ageless” and that the sigil of House Bolton is a flayed man. The idea doesn’t sound as outlandish as it might – given that this is basically a more extreme form of the face-changing that the Faceless Men of Braavos practice. It does beg the question of why Roose doesn’t just steal Tommen or another claimant’s skin to get an easy route to the Iron Throne.
3. Ned Stark is still alive and warged into his sword.
It’s easy to understand why fans might want to believe the ever-honourable patriarch of the Stark clan survived a brutal public execution in season one. In fact, had we known then what we know now about the series it could have been Sean Bean bombarded with disbelieving questions over whether his on-screen murder was real.
There are plenty of theories as to how Ned could have survived, mostly supported by the fact that his traumatised daughter Sansa could not recognise her father’s head on the spire when her abusive fiance Joffrey forced her to gaze upon it. However, this one really takes the pickle. According to some fans, Ned was proficient in the family trait of warging (transferring one’s mind into another being) and… chose to embody his sword before he died? We don’t understand either.
4. Dany is actually Jon’s mother, and Jon is the time-travelling father of himself.
What is a collection of crackpot theories without at least a mention of time travel? While this theory relies on Jon surviving the mutinous attack by his men at the end of season five, we’re sure you agree that this is by far the most feasible part of this theory.
According to some fans, the Tower of Joy (the location where Ned witnessed the death of his sister Lyanna and made her a lifelong promise – and a filming location for season six) is a time portal through which an adult Danaerys deposits her baby boy in order for him to save the world. Dany dies because blood magic is required for this sort of trade, and Lyanna also dies because Ned needed a reason to come. They both make Ned promise not to explain Jon’s parentage to him, nor the fact he will save the world and marry Dany. Yep, in this theory Jon is his own father. Still with me?
5. Tyrion is half-Targaryen.
The Game of Thrones fandom has pretty much suggested every character could be part-Targaryen at some point or another, but this is one of the more credible ones (apart from the really, really credible one). The reasoning for the idea that Tyrion may be Dany’s long lost brother is Tyrion’s frosty relationship with supposed father Tywin and that the mad king Aerys took a fancy to Tywin’s wife Joanna in the books. In the books, Tyrion is also described as having “white blond” hair, which is not too far removed from the “silver” hair of the Targaryens.
While it would be pretty cool if Tyrion had royal blood, would it actually change much? A bastard son has no claim to the throne, and Tyrion wasn’t wholly averse to the pleasures of being a son of the rich Lannister family.
Game of Thrones will return to Sky Atlantic at 2am and 9pm on April 25, when, presumably we’ll discover that none of these theories are in the slightest bit true.