As the world desperately waits for the last season of Game of Thrones, we’re all left hunting for any sort of clue about what will be revealed when it finally returns. And one of the most intriguing theories that’s sprung from fan sites and internet message boards is that Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) is actually the twin sister of Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), both born to Lyanna Stark.
How does the theory work? I’m glad you asked.
According to one fan on Reddit: “Meera was born in the same year as Robb and Jon, and we know nothing whatsoever about her mother. We’ve assumed up to this point that her mother is Howland’s wife, Jyana, but we know nothing about this character except her name and that she exists.
“Meera’s physical description is very similar to Lyanna’s and Arya’s. She’s slim and flat-chested, attractive without being traditionally beautiful. She’s got the martial prowess that Lyanna had, and her cheerful but fiery personality is reminiscent of what we know about Lyanna.”
Many fans also point to the fact that Jon’s father/uncle Ned Stark and Meera’s father Howland Reed were the last survivors of the battle at the Tower of Joy.
However, speaking to Metro.co.uk, Ellie Kendrick has revealed that she hasn’t yet been invited to take part in any filming for the final season, suggesting the fan theory might not be true.
“I don’t know [if I’ll be back],” she said. “It’s funny because I always get asked, ‘What’s going to happen? Are you in it?’ Genuinely the truth is I don’t know.
“I wait for the phone to ring and then I find out, but it hasn’t rung so I don’t know. I’ll find out whether I am or not at some point, but for now I haven’t been notified so I’m yet to discover.”
But that didn’t stop her from giving her own thoughts on what she’d like to see happen with her character. Ellie added: “All I can hope for is Meera is going to come back on a dragon and be the new queen. That’d be pretty sweet for me. But somehow, not quite sure that’s how it’s going to turn out.”
Even if George R. R. Martin does intend to reveal that Meera and Jon are twins in his final books, this wouldn’t be the first time the TV show has chosen to leave something out (please see Catelyn Stark resurrected as Lady Stoneheart).
Those actors who are definitely returning have already started filming for the final episode run, expected to be released in 2019.
Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, told TV Guide: “[The episodes are] definitely going to be bigger and what I hear is longer,” he said. “We’re filming right up until the summer. When you think about it, up until last season we’d have six months to do 10 episodes, so we’re [doing] way more than that for six episodes. So that obviously will translate into longer episodes.”