Put on your tinfoil crown, dole out the Jojen paste, and take in these Howland Reed Game of Thrones fan theories as well as odd and random Jojen Reed theories. And we won’t forget to throw in a couple of Meera Reed theories for good measure. Because this is how GoT's fans roll. We drink and guess at things.
We haven’t seen too much of the Reeds on the series and there’s not a ton about them in the books. So that means there’s plenty to speculate about. Do all of the Reeds possess the ability to have green dreams? Does their castle really move around The Neck? Are they skinchangers? Is Meera Jon Snow’s twin? Will Bran eat Jojen leftovers preserved in tinfoil even though he’s been roasted by Leaf?
When asked about The Winds of Winter, George R.R. Martin threw wildfire on the weirwood of one of the Jojen Reed theories when he teased that he’ll write a major twist around a character that’s dead on the show but not in the books. He could have been talking about Jojen or any of the other 14 some-odd characters in the same predicament, so who knows.
Let’s talk about Howland Reed and Ned Stark for a minute. We saw Reed back up his homey at the Tower of Joy by killing one of the best fighters in the realm, Arthur Dayne, albeit dishonorably. Howland Reed has always been loyal to Ned and is probably one of the only people (besides wet nurse Wylla) who knows who Lyanna gave birth to. Does Howland know who Jon Snow’s mom is and will he be the one to tell him?
Is Howland warging into various people and animals to keep an eye on the Starks or, in keeping with one of the most widespread Howland Reed theories, is he posing as the High Sparrow to take down the Lannisters in a crannogman stealthy inside job? Yeah, we don’t know either, but it's fun to guess.
Let’s look at a few of the prominent Reed theories and see what the Three-Eyed Crow thinks of them. Now it begins.
The High Sparrow Is Howland Reed
On the face it, it sounds farfetched, and Alt Shift X admits that while also laying out some points that could back up the theory. He cites similarities between the crannogmen and the High Sparrow in appearance (at least in the books), the crannogmen’s stealth, and a covert plan to crush the Lannisters and avenge the Starks from within the very heart of King’s Landing. The High Septon’s power grows while the Lannisters grow weaker so he could be preparing the throne for Jon Snow.
Alt Shift X also points out excellent reasons why this theory doesn’t work. He suggests that Robb notified Howland of events and sent Maege Mormont and Galbart Glover to Howland Reed. And the three have battened down the hatches as much as they can in preparation for any attack.
Howland may very well know who Jon Snow really is and is preparing to back him up in the North when R+L=J is revealed.
Jojen PasteLocke over at Watchers on the Wall lays out this wild fan theory so eloquently that even if it’s not true, it’s still a thing of gross beauty. Essentially, Bran eats Jojen in the form of a paste out of a weirwood bowl in order to gain his vision gift. Jojen willingly hands himself over to the Children of the Forest because this is his fate and Blacknife executes the sacrifice, possibly using a knife made of obsidian. Locke also ties this type of sacrifice to the weirwood trees. Fascinating stuff!
This is a book theory, as we know Jojen went out in a stabby blaze of glory. His poor sister had to mercy kill him as Hodor, and Bran ran to the cave of the Bloodraven as Leaf threw fire balls at the attacking wights who popped up out of the snow. Bran comes into his greenseer powers without the Jojen paste.
For even more details about how Jojen paste works, Alt Shift X put together another excellent video.
Meera PastePhoto: HBONow that Jojen has left this semi-mortal coil, will Bran belly up to some Meera paste to strengthen his greenseer abilities? Just going to leave this right here.
Howland Reed Is Actually Jojen ReedPhoto: HBO
Probably unlikely, but let’s go to there anyway for a second. The reason we haven’t heard much from or about Howland Reed is that he took on the countenance of Jojen (warged into him or used other magic) to watch over his children and Bran. Reed wanted to make sure that Bran comes into his full powers in order to help Jon while he kept an eye on his children.
Maybe he stayed with Jojen to the very end, fulfilling Jojen’s fate but maybe shepherding his son to the next world. Any takers? Man, this tinfoil is hot and staticky.