Top 4 Song Of Ice And Fire Theories

| August 27, 2014

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Words by Johnny Harkin

FIRST off A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read, and its TV adaption Game of Thrones is epically brilliant also. No ‘iffs’ or ‘buts’ here folks, if you disagree, kindly fuck off now.

Now that that is out of the way, lets get to the point. A couple of weeks ago author George RR Martin, aka the destroyer of all things we love, aka the big guy, aka GRRM, aka Gut-ripping, intestine-spilling, blood gushing Georgey Boy, stated that some of the fans of the series have managed to piece together his subtle clues and foreshowing he wrote in early instalments and from this successfully theorized how the series would end.

Naturally, as a big fanboy of the series, I was up to date on most of the major theories, but upon hearing this announcement I scrolled through countless threads and posts of A Song of Ice and Fire related sites to update myself on all the theories I could. This way, I will know how the series will end; I just don’t know which way. Having accomplished this new state of sad, sad fanboying, I decided to share with you all today the top 4 theories that have risen about what may happen in the next books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.


Obviously, this has SPOILERS!

If you’re a fan of the show but haven’t read the books, you’ll understand most of these theories, but they’re may be some points, which are in the books, but not in the show.

4. A+ J = T


If I’m completely honest, I don’t really believe this one, as its purely speculative with no ‘evidence’ but it was so creative I thought I’d add it to the list. Let me expand this formula for y’all:

Aerys + Joanna = Tyrion

Essentially the idea is that the Mad King Aerys II, who was said to have lusted after Tywin’s wife, Joanna, managed to impregnate her (regardless if it was consensual or rape) and Tyrion is therefore, his son.

Believability: 2/10
Overall, it’s a creative idea, but I don’t think Tyrion is the spawn of the Mad King. I mean, even Tywin was better than that guy…

3. Bran working with The Others


Now that Bran is North of the Wall and undergoing his training, people have been speculating what the future will hold for this character. One trending idea stems from a vision Melisandre sees in the flames:

“A wooden face, corpse white. Was this the enemy? A thousand red eyes floated in the rising flames. He sees me. Beside him, a boy with a wolf’s face threw back his head and howled.”

Seeing this, The Red Priest assumes that these two are The Great Other’s champions. She believes Bran and his teacher, Bloodraven to be dark figures.

There is no doubt Bran Stark is mixing in the dark arts here, folks. In A Dance with Dragons Bloodraven, himself says:

‘Never fear the darkness, Bran.’ The lord’s words were accompanied by a faint rustling of wood and leaf, a slight twisting of his head. “The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother’s milk. Darkness will make you strong.”

No doubt here, Bran is heading down a dangerous, wheelchair accessible, slope. The notion that he may become the Champion for the Great Other is interesting as it very well may lead to a Stark on Stark clash.

Believability: 5/10

I reckon this is half true. Bran is certainly gotten himself into deep shit, but I think he will eventually realise he is being manipulated and will leave and search for Jon and his family. In doing so, he will gain a crucial piece of information that will enable them to defeat the wintery buggers.

2. R + L = J


This is a well-known theory and once more, I’ll expand on the formula for y’all:

Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon

When Rhaegar ‘kidnapped’ Ned Stark’s younger sister Lyanna, he took her to the Tower of Joy in Dorne and subsequently started the war. The theory is that the two were actually in love and whilst they hid away, they conceived a child. Jon.

Before she dies, Lyanna ask Ned to promise her something. The details of this promise are never revealed, but the memory of the event haunts Ned. We assume that, on her deathbed, she asks Ned to call Jon his son and be his father as Jon, who would be of Targaryen blood, would be in danger from Robert who swore to kill every Targaryen he could lay his hands on.

Believability: 8/10

For me, this is all but assured. The series name is a Song of Ice and Fire, and Jon who would be part Stark and part Targaryen, would become the embodiment of this. Fucking foreshadowing there for you, hey?

1. The Riders of the Dragons


Rhaegar said himself that “the dragon has three heads.” In addition, we have three dragons, Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal. So we need three riders. Now the first one is Dany of course, which leaves us with two slots for the taking. Let’s look at our possible contenders:

Jon Snow:

If the R+L=J is true, then in my mind, Jon’s spot on a dragon is pretty much confirmed. Not much else to say.

Tyrion’s place is a solid notion as many believe he will meet with Dany and become an advisor for he queen. If Tyrion does earn a spot on Dany’s side mentoring or whatever, then why not a spot on top of one of her dragons? Outside of that, he won’t be very good in combat.

This guy is here for two reasons. If he doesn’t end up on top of a dragon, riding it into battle, he could use his warging abilities to control one. There is also the possibility for the Others to have there own dragon, an Ice Dragon, as in the stories Old Nan used to tell the Stark children. So Bran may ride, or control a dragon in one way or another.

George RR Martin’s upcoming latest instalment, The Winds of Winter, is coming… eventually.

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