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!
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?
Arya’s relationship with both men might be the key to their true identity. We don’t actually see Forel die onscreen and they both have been instrumental in aiding Arya on her journey.The fan theory holds that Forel is one of the Faceless Men from Braavos and he disguised himself as Jaqen H’ghar. He also helped Arya with her list (you know, the cheery, upbeat one of people she wants to kill).
This one we kind of hope is true, if only to help Tyrion with the surely massive psychiatric bills his daddy issues will rack up. The theory goes: the Mad King (Aerys Targaryen) raped Tywin’s wife and is actually Tyrion's father, not Tywin.There's also the prophecy that Daenerys heard in the House of the Undying, which described a dragon with three heads, heralding three dragonriders. Girl’s got three dragons ready to ride. Since fans have long held that Jon Snow is also a Targaryen and Daenerys is a banished Targaryen… then maybe Tyrion is the third dragonrider? Anyone?
One of the wildest fan conspiracy theories is that Bran is seeing what we’re seeing from the future and has a choice about the fate of the Game of Thrones world.With his ability to travel back and forth in time, he sees two paths: One, where he is crippled by Jaime Lannister when he discovers Jaime and Cersei in an intimate moment and is thrown from a tower at Winterfell, and a second, where he is whole and Westeros is destroyed. Faced with ultimate destruction of the Seven Kingdoms, does Bran cast himself into Jaime and force him to throw himself out of the tower, exacting a better fate for the world?