It’s been a THRILLING season of Game Of Thrones, full of twists, mildly incestuous romances, sibling rivalry, reunions, and dragons. I mean, it even got me to start watching the after I had sworn off it because it was too ‘mainstream’.
PS: The show is mainstream, and so popular for a reason: IT’S REALLY GOOD.
But most importantly, it keeps everyone at the edge of their seats and obsessing over the minutest details, trying to figure out what’ll happen next, who will finally end up on the Iron Throne. And that’s where I come in.
After 7 weeks of fans trying to (and often successfully) figuring shit out, here are a few beautifully fascinating theories that might just add up in the season finale.
1. Bran Stark is the Night King
This is an older theory, hidden in the deep world of Reddit that was recently brought back to life. Basically, Reddit user turm0il26 decoded the whole thing for us:
“At some point we will arrive at the end of Game of thrones, and probably many deaths will take place. That’s when Brandon Stark, son of Eddard Stark, decides he’ll travel back in time and try to stop the Night king, his army, and the events from taking place. I will write about his journey back in time after explaining how it’s possible he can do this.”
Turm0il26 bases the entire theory on the fact that Bran not only has visions, but also has the ability to ‘warg’, that is to inhabit another person’s body and control them.
“The first time, he tries to prepare the Mad king for the white walkers and makes him (through the same whisper-method used to get Neds attention) prepare wildfire under King’s landing, where the white walkers attacked (this attack is in the future for us viewers). But Bran fails, as the Mad king goes crazy from the whispers and instead tries to burn the city.
The second time, Bran goes even further back in time (as he continiously learn his abilites he is able do go longer and longer back in time) to try discover how the others were defeated the first time. He fail again and instead succeeds to become Bran the Builder, building the Wall and securing his birth by building Winterfell and creating the words “There must always be a Stark in Winterfell”.
The last time, Bran goes back all the way to where the Night king was created, to warg into the human that later is going to become the Night king (or maybe even try to kill the children of the forest). He wargs into him to instead stop the “dragonglass into the heart”-event from happening (or maybe in his attempt to kill the children, he gets chosen as the vessle for the NK). Only he doesn’t think of that the children of the forest won’t recognize him from the future, and that they at that point are in war with the first men (he is gagged because of all the wierd future-talk). When he realized he failed again, he tries to go back in the current timeline, but can’t because he’s too deep into the past and stayed to long (“it is beautiful beneath the sea, stay to long and you drown”). From here Bran gets stuck in the past (exactly as Brynden and Jojen warned him not to) and becomes the Night king. With the combination of the childrens magic and Brans power, he becomes the villian instead of the hero he tried to be, resulting in turning against the children for creating him and getting stuck behind the magical Wall he later builds as Bran the builder.
You can actually see in the scene where young Bran goes back to the creation of the Night king, that when the children push the dragonglass into his heart, we see Bran tighten his grip on the veins, just as it is himself experiencing the pain. Also in the end of the flashback, Bran is laying in the exact same position in the cave, as the human pushed up to the tree is.
Basically, Brandon traveled back too far in time, in a well-intentioned attempt to change the course of history and save thousands of people from dying, but really ended up getting stuck in the Night King’s consciousness. Which also explains how the Night King KNEW Brandon was there, the first time they met in a vision. And how the Night King seems to always be at the right place at the right time. It explains so much, and honestly, this theory HAS ME SHOOK.
2. Arya will kill Littlefinger
So ever since the last episode, where Arya and Sansa were basically pissed off at each other and arguing about who had suffered more, the internet has been trying to figure out 2 girls who have been through so much can be SO easily manipulated. But then what if Arya is really just playing dumb? What if she wants Littlefinger to think that he has the upper hand, while she tests Sansa’s loyalty and fools Little Finger time again? As one Reddit user noticed:
“Arya can change faces, yet she isn’t using that ability currently. Why? Because Littlefinger doesn’t know she can do that and she WANTS him to see her, Arya Stark, snooping around. Arya has enhanced senses from when she lost her sight, she knows that Littlefinger has been following her. Its also been mentioned that Littlefinger has a certain scent, most likely the only one there who has that type due to his wealth and connections, thus easy for Arya to track with her enhanced sense of smell. Littlefinger doesn’t know that Arya was trained by the faceless men. Based on what he knows he can only assume that she has no real training hence why he doesn’t question why she’s acting so sloppy and obvious.”
I mean, as far as Littlefinger knows, all Arya can really do is fight exceedingly well. Plus, remember that Entertainment Weekly magazine cover that had Arya with Littleinger’s catspaw dagger? It’d be beautiful if she were to kill him with it, take his face, and rule the Knights of the Vale along with her sister. And finally, Sansa actually sent Brienne of Tarth, the one woman who can maybe protect her AGAINST Arya away to King’s Landing when Littlefinger suggested she use her to have Arya killed.
I rest my case.
3. Arya has been dead since she left Braavos
Okay, so I’ve mostly included this because it’ll change EVERYTHING if it’s true. Of course, given the recent events and Arya actually doing things that would benefit the real Arya Stark points at a lot of holes in the theory, but what if it’s actually true?
4. Cersei is actually Gendry’s mother
Remember in season 1 when Cersie recounted the death of her first born, of Robert’s only child with her and the heir to the Iron Throne?
Now, fans theorize that Cersei grew to hate Robert so much that she couldn’t bare to see a child of his on the Iron Throne. But she couldn’t kill him either, because ultimately, Cersie always did have a strong maternal instinct. So she hid him away, close to the palace so that she could keep an eye on him while clearing the way for children she actually did want and love: her children with Jaime. Gendry also calls himself a ‘fighter’ while trying to convince Jon to let him go beyond the wall, something Cersei called her supposedly dead child. The only real thorn in this theory is the fact that Maggie the Frog predicted that Cersei would only have 3 children. Most of her predictions have already come true, but the producers have been known to bend the rules either way.
5. Tyrion is actually a Targaryen
Maybe the reason Tywin always hated his ‘son’ Tyrion wasn’t because of his Dwarfism, but because he knew that Tyrion was never his. The Mad King Aerys Targaryen always had a thing for Joanna Lannister, Tyrion’s mother, and rumour has it that her marriage didn’t kill his desire for her. So they basically had a child out of wedlock, and the Tyrion of the book is described as being a little more Targaryen in his appearances. The Lannisters were known for the golden hair and green eyes, while the Targaryens were known for their silver-blonde hair and purple eyes. And Tyrion is described as having pale blonde hair, with one black and one green- essentially a cross between the 2 houses. Plus, before the whole ‘Viserion turning into a scary ice dragon thing’, there were 3 dragons, to be ridden by 3 Targaryens. Dany, Jon, and presumably, Tyrion. Maybe Tyrion can tame Viserion, removing him from the Night King’s control? You never know.
6. Jon Snow is actually Azor Ahai
Okay, so this video explains the theory better than I ever could. Basically, Jon Snow isn’t only weirdly pretty, a kind, and everyone’s favourite GoT character, but he’s also Azor Ahai, AKA, the Promised Prince who will end the long night and defeat the White Walkers.
7. Daenerys is Azor Ahai
So all of this started because of in a season 7 game changer, Melisandre pointed out to Daenerys that the word ‘prince’ is gender neutral in High Valyrian. So really, the ‘promised prince’ could be the ‘promised princess’. She also told Daenerys that both she and Jon would have a role to play, proving that Azor Ahai coluld be either one of them. Reddit, of course, is the best thing ever right now:
“I think [the third episode] basically confirmed who Azor Ahai is and it has everything to do with the forging of Lightbringer.
In the books, the legend states that Azor Ahai was working to forge a hero’s sword. On his first attempt, he tried to temper the steel in water, but it shattered. On his second attempt, he tried to temper the steel by thrusting the sword into the heart of a lion, but it too shattered. On the third and final attempt, he thrust the sword into his wife’s heart, and became successful in creating his sword Lightbringer.
Let’s look at the two battles that involved Daenerys’ armies in each episode the past two weeks. The first, Yara/Dorne vs. Euron naval battle. Euron crushed their forces, taking their ships as well as Yara, Ellaria and Tyene as prisoners. This attempt was a failure for Daenerys. The second, Unsullied vs. Casterly Rock. While Daenerys comes out with a victory in the battle itself, Cersei outsmarts her here. Only a fraction of the Lannister army is defeated, and Euron burned her fleet. The Unsullied have to march across Westeros to return to Dragonstone, where Lannister forces will most likely be waiting for them. Another failure for Daenerys.
The location of Daenerys’ failures is the key here. The first, in water. The second, Casterly Rock, the seat of House Lannister, whose sigil is a lion. And if we’re thinking figuratively you could say Casterly Rock is the heart of the lion.
If these battles represent any sort of pattern, it is pointing to the fact that Daenerys Targaryen is Azor Ahai. We don’t know yet who will be standing in for the third part of the prophecy, Azor Ahai’s lover, but I’d be willing to guess that it is Jorah Mormont. He’s been cured of greyscale and is heading back to Daenerys. It seems logical. The only thing I’m still unsure of is what or who exactly Lightbringer will be for Daenerys. It seems to be some sort of army, maybe involving dragons, but who knows.”
Now the Lightbringer is like the be all and end all of this theory, but I think it’s important to remember that the Lightbringer can just be a metaphorical sword. I’m all for a female Azor Ahai, TBH.
8. Sansa is slowly turning into the Stark version of Cersei
We always knew we’d see a darker side to Sansa, and Sophie Turner even confirmed in it an interview:
“She’s kind of one a power trip. She’s becoming more and more unlikable.”
Honestly, it sounded like she was describing Cersei rather than Sansa, and everyone’s worst fears were confirmed when the season began. Sansa’s hair was eerily similar to Cersei’s before it was cut, and Turner told Refinery29,
“Sansa’s hair is constantly reflecting the people she’s learning from, or mimicking, or inspired by at the time.”
Plus she had this conversation about Cersei with Jon:
Sansa: “You’re the military man, but I know her. If you’re her enemy, she’ll never stop until she’s destroyed you. Everyone who’s ever crossed her she’s found a way to murder.”
Jon: “You almost sound as if you admire her.”
Sansa: “I learned a great deal from her.”
It also explains why Bran hugged Arya and was downright cruel to Sansa during the much awaited Stark reunion: he knows that Sansa will do unspeakable things, and that’s not someone you want to hug.