How do you deal with Game of Thrones withdrawals? Now that I’m all caught up on both the books and the show, I tide myself over until the next book/season by discussing potential GOT theories with my friends… or, you know, finding them on the internet.
For this month’s list of 5 things, I’ve decided to compile a list of the theories I’ve found that I most hope are true. Check out my top five below!
Please note that this post may contain spoilers for all 5 books that have been released so far, as well as all 5 seasons of the show. That being said, these theories are primarily to do with the book series.
1) Jon Snow is both a Stark and a Targaryen.
This theory is also known as “R+L=J” around the internet, meaning that Jon Snow’s real parents are Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. This makes sense with all of Ned’s memories in which he promised Lyanna something on her deathbed. This is why he took Jon home and raised him as his own. As to why he did it? To protect Lyanna’s honour and just to protect Jon. It’s no secret that Robert was set to hunt down and kill every Targaryen in the world, so being the bastard son of Ned Stark was much safer than admitting to Targaryen blood.
When reading the book series, I actually came up with this theory relatively early on (as did Kris), and everything that happened afterwards seemed to just make it all fit.
2) Jon Snow isn’t dead.
This one is really important to me. I’ll be so upset if he is dead. That being said, I’ve managed to convince myself that he’s going to be fine. There are so many ways that he can be alive still, and I’d be ok with any of them (though I would be more happy with any of the solutions that result in him still being human). Theories include Melisandre bringing Jon back to life, his Northern warg blood somehow keeping him from dying, Jon coming back as a white walker or a wight, or, you know, maybe the stabbing just wasn’t THAT bad.
3) Daario Naharis is Benjen Stark.
Remember Jon’s Uncle Benjen, from way back in the first book/season? He disappeared beyond the wall and was never heard from again… or was he? There is a theory out there about how Benjen went North to find a way across the Narrow Sea to Dany to determine whether she would be a worthy ruler to support for the Iron Throne.
This would also explain why Daario Naharis was recast after the first season of the show. Maybe they realized this plotline would never work with the current Daario, so he was recast to look A LOT more Stark-ish.
4) Tyrion is actually a Targaryen.
The dragon has three heads, you know. I’m counting on one being Dany, one being Jon, and the last being Tyrion. It’s made clear throughout the books that Aerys liked Tywin’s wife, Joanna, even going so far as to state that he wanted to take the “first right” of marriage on the wedding night and that he may even have done so. Joanna would have been powerless to stand up to him as time went on.
Tywin seems pretty sure that Tyrion isn’t his. This could be because he does not think he could have fathered such a monster, or perhaps because Tyrion actually isn’t his. The only reason Tywin keeps Tyrion around is that he sees Joanna in him.
5) Dany and Jon end up together, ruling Westeros.
I ship them, which you can read about here. I feel a little like this conclusion is a little too ideal for GRRM’s writing, but I really just hope he tosses me a bone and this is how it all ends.
Do you have any burning Game of Thrones theories? What are your favourites? Let us know in the comments!