Thought you’d got Game Of Thrones sussed? Well we’re about to turn your world upside down because there’s a new theory doing the internet rounds that changes everything.
What if the characters in Game of Thrones are overlooking the biggest threat of all? What if they’re completely ignoring the key group that could genuinely bring winter to Westeros, all while disguising themselves as the heroes?
Well according to Uproxx, there could well be a faction doing just that.
The site has worked up a theory that the Faceless Men (super cool assassin types) could actually be working with the White Walkers in cohesion to effectively kill everyone and bring about some seriously depressing winter times.
Yes, it's ridiculous - but hear us out.
You’ll be familiar with the Faceless Men after Arya joined Jaqen H’ghar in an effort to learn his ways after he assassinated three of her enemies in the second season. She teamed up with the strangely righteous cult so that she could essentially have an excuse to kill more of her enemies with impunity.
The Faceless Men follow the motto 'Death is a gift, a merciful end to human suffering', which Arya has interpreted as her effectively becoming a cleaner of bad guys. Like Leon, but with swords.
Throughout her training H’ghar tells Arya that the first Faceless Man came from the slave mines of Valyria, where the fellow slaves would pray to be killed as an escape from the terrible conditions.
Which is where the original idea of the Many-Faced God comes from – the Faceless Men assuming that the slaves were praying to the same god, who had loads of faces.
So far, sort of simple, right?
Now journey with us to season five, episode five. Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont head over to Valyria and we see the fall out of the ‘Doom of Valyria’ which basically turned it into a dead city full of ‘stone men’.
The downfall of Valyria is widely believed to have been caused by Valyrians messing about with unnatural sorcery that caused a string of volcanoes to erupt and kill everything - possibly linked to using said volcanoes to help hatch dragon eggs. However, this theory hypothesizes that the Valyrians were destroyed by the Faceless Men to relinquish their control of blood and fire magic - gaining control of the unhatched dragon eggs to harness their power.
So how does this tie them to the White Walkers? Well, for this we need to look at the books.
The White Walkers are trapped behind the Wall, which is governed by magical ice elements. Now fire obviously destroys ice (which the Faceless Men supposedly 'own' now) making it into a magic ‘paper, rock, scissors’ scenario. The Faceless Men are now in a position, with their dragon eggs, to nuke the cold wall down and unite with the White Walkers.
Still following? What we’re getting at is that these two groups, the White Walkers and the Faceless Men, both have a common goal. To kill everyone. Destroy all life - hence, "All men must die". They’re just coming at it from two different sides, ice and fire.
But what if they were simply scratching off all of the elements? Tying it all together so that they can eventually come together and kill everyone followed by some great big Heaven’s Gate type scenario and eternal winter?
Everyone’s fighting each, other but these two disparate groups are the real threat and now they've got freaking dragon eggs. The secret GOT terrorists putting an end date on everything.