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Game of Thrones is well-known for its intricate lore and incredibly elaborate backstories. Chronic overanalyzers who ruminate about fictional characters love to read up on potential long-term story lines, otherwise known as Fan Theories. I am shamelessly one of them.
GoT Season Six wrapped up Sunday evening, and some very interesting new developments came up for Fan Theory followers.
Let me be your “Grand Maester” (R.I.P Pycelle, and congrats to good ole Sam) and take you through some important updates that the season six finale gave to long-running theories:
This theory, in short, states that Jon Snow is not the bastard child of Ned Stark, but he is the child of Lyanna Stark (Ned’s beloved sister, and Robert Baratheon’s betrothed) and Rhaegar Targaryen (Daenerys Targaryen’s brother). According to this theory, Rhaegar abducted Lyanna after she was betrothed to Robert, and whisked her away to Dorne, where she gave birth to Jon at the Tower of Joy and subsequently died.
Theory Developments – Confirmed (Kind of):
The season six finale confirms that Lyanna is the mother of Jon, but it does not confirm (for certain) that Rhaegar is the father. We only know that the father was a Targaryen. While the fan favorite is Rhaegar, there’s also speculation that the father may be the Rhaegar’s father AKA the Mad King (Aerys II).
Jon is a Stark-Targaryen. How amazing is that?! Other than making HUGE strides in a mystery that has spanned six seasons, and even longer for the book readers, the season six reveal also covers ground for more theories (see “Three Dragonriders” below).
Basic Premise / Theory Developments – Gaining Ground:
Let’s take a quick look back to the prophecy at the creepy witch told Cersei when she was much younger. In short, she said three important things:
Cersei will be queen “for a time” until a younger, more beautiful woman comes along to “cast [her] down and take all [she] holds dear.”
Cersei and “the king” will have 20 children (16 in the books) while Cersei will only have three. “Gold will be their crowns…gold, their shrouds,” suggesting that her three children will all die before her.
[Featured in books only] “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” (A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12) “Valonqar” meaning “little brother” in High Valyrian.
So, that’s a hell of a prophecy. Let’s boil this down to what means for her in the context of the show:
A younger, more beautiful queen will tear her world apart. (Margaery Tyrell is a common conformation for this)
All of her three children will die before her. (Confirmed)
Her younger brother will kill her. This could explain her general detest for Tyrion throughout the show.
Taking all of this into account, this theory basically states that when Cersei’s children die, she will be so filled with rage that when she is made Queen upon her last remaining child’s death, she will employ the use of wildfire to unleash her revenge upon King’s Landing and the kingdom. Jamie was born shortly after Cersei – technically making him her younger brother. Theory suggests that history will repeat itself, and he will become not only the Kingslayer (he killed the Mad King before he “burned them all”) but also a Queenslayer – killing Cersei before she can have the chance to “burn them all” as well.
Thanks to the finale, we know that Cersei’s children are dead and that she ascends the throne as a new, and rather scary woman. She has already employed the use of wildfire to take out the High Sparrow and Margaery in one fell swoop. Suggesting Jamie’s look towards the end of that scene, he doesn’t like this situation. Although Cersei is “in position” to become the Mad Queen, many say that Daenarys also in the running to follow in her father’s footsteps. This theory has large room for doubt, but it has a stronger case thanks to the finale.
Expect to see more wildfire in season seven!
Personally, this is my favorite theory! In essence it states:
Dany has three dragons. Drogon is her dragon. She is a Targaryen, and the Mother of Dragons, so she’s obviously a dragonrider.
Jon Snow also has a dragon. He is a Stark-Targaryen.
Tyrion Lannister, too, has a dragon. The imp is a Lannister-Targaryen.
Theory Developments – Gaining Ground:
Thanks to the season six finale, we know for a fact that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, making a huge step into confirming the two out of the three dragonriders. We won’t know for sure if he’s a Dragonrider until he gets on a dragon himself – but I bet it will happen.
What about Tyrion, you ask? Well, earlier in season six, we saw him interact with a dragon face-to-face in Meereen. The dragon was calm around him, and certainly didn’t torch him to death. He spoke about wanting to have a “little dragon” as a child that was “just like him.” Also, in seasons past, we heard Tywin Lannister shout, “You are not my son!” to Tyrion, feeding into the theory that Tyrion is the son for the Mad King and Joanna Lannister (wife of Tywin Lannister, who died giving birth to Tyrion).
Can you IMAGINE? The three great houses of Westeros, essentially, all riding dragons. If I were a betting woman, I’d say the Three Dragonriders will be instrumental in the war against the White Walkers. But only time will tell if this theory will become a reality. Dracarys!
Julia loves GoT, is a huge geek in general, loves to write and tell people things. #HouseStark Twitter: @JuliaArciga, Website: www.juliaarciga.com