With Game of Thrones nearing its end, season six is looking to be the most important yet, especially considering that the show is now officially ahead of the books.
The narrative doors have been thrown wide open and do you know what that means? Fan theories. Beautiful, twisted, intricate and downright genius fan theories.
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The taking of Kings Landing by the High Sparrow and Cersei Lannister humiliated by his religious zealots has fuelled rich debates on how Cersei will seek retribution. One such debate surrounds the much hyped about "CleganeBowl". This theory involves Cersei using the reanimated Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane in a trial by combat against 'The Hound' Sandor Clegane. This reddit thread is a rich source of all things CleganeBowl and the hype is unprecedented. What started as a rumour mill could actually turn out to be true with new cast members hinting at the return of a much loved character.
Meera Reed and Jon Snow are siblings
An old rumour but one that hasn't gone away is that Meera Reed is Jon Snow's sister. This theory links to the R+L=J theory except the courtship resulted in twins. In the shows the characters are portrayed by similiar looking actors and in the books both characters are the same age.
Game of Thrones follows a passage in the Bible
This theory is one of the more complicated fan theories out there. George RR Martin is reportedly inspired by the rich Norse mythology and the origins of similar Nordic religions, but a lot of his inspiration also comes from Biblical stories.
Keen eyed fans have noted that Revelation 12-19 pretty much sums up the entirety of Game of Thrones. There is a detailed reddit thread that is the source of the rumour and can be found here. Essentially, Aegon Targaryen survived the slaughter of the Targaryen's and he (or at least an Aegon lookalike) will return to Westeros and conquer it and restore the dynasty. Daenery's then returns and ruins everything for everyone and Jon returns as a White Walker to wipe out the survivors.
Stannis is alive and will claim The Iron Throne
Whilst the writers of the TV series may have said that Stannis dead, there is enough love for Stannis from fans to not write him off completely.
Stannis the Mannis has repeatedly shown he puts the good of the realm above his own personal gain (example being the burning of his own daughter), and although his recent losses at Kings Landing and at Winterfell dent the chances that he's still very much alive, maybe Brienne remembered her duties as a King's Guard.
Daenerys marries Jon
If the whole R+L=J theory is true then the age old tradition of Targaryen's marrying each other will be going strong. Although if Jon Snow really is the son of Rhaegar then that would mean that Daeners is technically his aunt. Whilst this would be frowned upon (and could potentially be illegal) in the real world, it's rather unsurprising in the George RR universe. Also, after all the bloodshed that we have witnessed we may even be grateful.
This is the theory that keeps on... theoring?
Countless other theories have been created from the strength of this one and the amount of hints dropped about this on Twitter, in interviews and leaked set photos almost confirms it as a solid route for the show. This theory is that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark were lovers and Jon Snow was the result of that courtship. If this is true then Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen and is an heir to the Iron Throne.
Jon Snow becomes a White Walker and conquers Westeros
This is the theory that Jon Snow will eventually be turned into a White Walker and will lead the army of the dead to take over all of Westeros.
Arguably this would probably solve a lot of problems as everyone would still technically be alive, yet dead. After being betrayed by the Nights Watch there is a lot of supoport for the wiping out of those who betrayed Jon.