One spoiler ahead!! George R. R. Martin does not mind fan theories. In fact, he’s said that fans have guessed at plot lines correctly. But… he won’t verify those theories because he’s still got his book series to finish and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss still have lots of story to tell. The Game of Thrones books and the HBO show are full of characters and possibilities, and the long time between each new Game of Thrones book and new season of the show leaves fans with only one thing to do: speculate.
However, Martin says he's not going to be influenced by what fans think or want. And as we know, he’ll kill a character faster than you can say valar morghulis. “Let them have the debates and discussions among themselves. I’m very gratified that so much discussion has taken place but I’m not going to let that influence how I write the books. I’m going to write the books the way I always planned to write the books and let the chips fall where they may.” But that doesn't stop fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire world from making predictions and concocting theories about what's really going on in Wessos and Essos - and this list of GoT fan theories has the most interesting ones on the Internet.
Fans spends thousands of hours online and at cons swapping their GoT theories. And because they know just how Martin’s mind works and have pored through the books at great length, their theories are true to form with the world they stem from.So what are the most popular and (more importantly) most believable ASOIAF fan theories? Upvote those that might just be on point and downvote the theories obviously written by someone wearing a tinfoil hat in their basement. Have a theory of your own? Let us know in the comments section!
R+L = J
Back in 2014, actor Sean Bean (Ned Stark) dropped this bomb in an interview with Vulture: "I've definitely got some unfinished business that needs to be resolved there. I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you?" What?! Did Bean just reveal TWO spoilers?!
1. Ned's not dead and
2. He is not Jon Snow's pops?!
Snow's parents are a popular topic. When showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were in talks with Martin to make the HBO series happen, he asked them, "Who is Jon Snow’s mother?" When they guessed correctly, Martin considered this one of the many signs they were the right people to adapt his book series for the screen.
But with Bean’s possible slip, who is Jon snow’s father? YouTuber user Alt Shift X did some sleuthing and his video explains who he thinks parented Snow: Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Some think Jon Snow is rightful heir to the throne because Rhaegar and Lyanna were in love and the conception was consensual. Ned couldn’t very well tell his pal, Robert Baratheon, that his fiancé betrayed him and his best bud promised to raise Jon as his bastard son.Many fans disagree with the R+L=J theory. They believe that Ned cheated on Catelyn with either Lady Ashara Dayne or the wet nurse Wylla. You are not crazy. This is how Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire fans speak and think.
Ice and Fire = Jon Snow and Dany
Taking the words "fire" and "ice" literally, fans have theorized that if Daenerys is the fire then Jon Snow is the ice, leading to a big show down between the two (or a family reunion if the theory about Jon Snow's parentage proves to be correct).
Fratricide Is Coming?
There’s a rampant fan conspiracy theory that Jaime will kill Cersei, proving that you always kill the one you love when you play the Game of Thrones. When she was just a young lass, a fortune teller told Cersei she would be killed by the "valonqar." In High Valyrian, “valonqar” means “little brother.”Perhaps Cersei has mistakenly thought all this time that that meant Tyrion, who she straight razor hates for many reasons, the least of which is killing her mother during his childbirth. But could the “little brother” be her twin, born just a few minutes after her?
Melisandre Will Reanimate a Main Character
TV SHOW SPOILERS AHEAD.
Since many of the Game of Thrones characters are skinchangers or wargs and can send their souls into animals, death is not what it seems in this realm. In A Dance with Dragons, Jon Snow may or may not be killed at some point by his own men. Yeah. A moment of silence for the hottest hottie in the realm, right?But did he send his soul into Ghost, his direwolf? And without a body, where would he go after that? Enter Melisandre, a high priestess and disciple of the Red God. She might just be able to raise Snow’s body from the dead and make him hot again. Maybe that's how the Wall falls. Snow melts it?