Game of Thrones is similar to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in that no matter how many times I visit, I never cover everything I want to see and I generally get lost AF after about 45-minutes.
This isn't to say I'm not a HUGE GoT fan, because I am, but I'm not about to sit here and deny the obvious and dare I say, overwhelming complexities of the show. When I initially started watching, it was pre-HBO GO, or at least before I knew that it was the most viable binging option. Therefore, I used to rent the DVDs, yes RENT DVDs, from my college library. Watching every episode back-to-back-to-back (x1000) made it easier to keep up with, but once I was waiting week-to-week with the rest of the world, I had to start doing my homework.
You know how studying for anatomy is damn near impossible because it's hard to retain information when can hardly pronounce the material, let alone spell it? Yeah, well, that's GoT for me. If you can spell/say Daenerys Targaryen without Google, you're a better human than me! Perhaps I'm targeting myself as a small subset of this fandom, but that's okay, I know there's gotta be other fans who think like me.
That said, with the season 7 premiere coming up on Sunday, July 16, 2017 I thought it would be best to revisit some of the more popular theories on the internet surrounding The Seven Kingdoms. Rest assured, as with all things in this fantasy universe, shit gets WEIRD. There's death, blood, incest, sex, magical White Walker killing swords—you know, normal stuff to discuss before Winter comes, but oh wait, it's already here! We better hop to it then!
These theories are submissions from the BuzzFeed community as well as Digital Spy. What did ya expect? A conversation with George R. R. Martin? Ha, think again, that man is a sadist. Also, to be fair, the GoT community is so vast and SO active on the internet, it's never a guarantee where the original theory began, but let's just roll with it and give credit where credit is due.
Jaqen H'ghar and Syrio Forel, Arya's old fencing instructor, are the same dude
- "It would explain why they both speak in very similar, cryptic languages, and why H'ghar seems to have such a fondness for Arya — even though she constantly breaks his rules. The actor who plays H'ghar has also said, "We still don’t know who Jaqen is and why he showed up in the story in the first place. ... It wasn’t a coincidence. It was all part of a bigger plan — that's my theory." —alyssab4eeb7f267
Jorah = The Prince That Was Promised
- "The requirements to be this prince, aka the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, include "awakening dragons from stone" and "being reborn amid salt and smoke," just to name a few — so we assume either Dany or Jon could be our hero. But Jorah could be a contender as well, because he has a few traits that fit the description: He was present for Daenerys's awakening of the dragons, and the fact that he repurposed his life to serve Dany could be considered a ~rebirth~. Maybe he'll become more than just Lord Friendzone soon enough."—blurblur and carlye419733f4c
Bran is responsible for The Mad King's madness
- "In Season 6, Bran learns that others can hear him while he is visiting the past, but doesn't understand that they can't quite fully understand what he's saying. He tries reasoning with King Aerys Targaryen (the Mad King) in a vision, but the king only hears whispers — so the king goes crazy."—amberw4911fe09c
Missandei is The Angel of Death for the Faceless Men
- "She speaks 19 languages, and why would she need to unless she had to speak to people all over the world?! Her emotions are also difficult to read, just like the Faceless Men, and she knows quite a bit of inside info for someone who was ~just a slave~ for so long before joining Dany's circle. Not to mention her saying "Valar Morghulis" — which, yes, could be a common phrase — but is specifically the one given to Arya by Jaqen. There's SO MUCH MORE to this theory, so jump down the rabbit hole."—noodleslinger
Meera Reed and Jon Snow are twins
- "The odds of Jon's mother, Lyanna, dying in childbirth would've been higher if she were having twins and Reed and Snow are the same age. But most of all, Howland Reed, Meera's "father," owed Lyanna a debt after Lyanna saved him from a group of violent squires years prior. So, it would make sense that if need be, Howland would've taken Meera in after Lyanna's death.—gabymockingjay
Cersei = The Mad Queen and Jaime will kill her
- "Cersei's prophecy confirmed that "the valonqar" (meaning "little sibling" in Valyrian) would kill her — so she could die by either Tyrion's or Jaime's hand. But GET THIS: In the hot tub in Season 3, Jaime told Brienne that he killed Aerys after Aerys planned to use the wildfire beneath the kingdom to wipe out King's Landing. SOUND FAMILIAR?! And remember how pissed off Jaime looked during Cersei's crowning at the end of Season 6?! I'M SHAKING. —amberw4 and baileymarieo
Samwell Tarly = Narrator of the whole story
- "The actor who plays Sam actually proposed this theory himself — Sam is not only the only primary character to have been to the Citadel, but he sees Jon as a hero, which may be why the Starks are presented as such to us as viewers. This also suggests that every tale being recounted to us is biased.—ReneeBennett1813
Tyrion, Jon Snow, and Daenerys = The Three Headed Dragon
- "Obviously Daenerys is one of the heads — she's the MOTHER of dragons. Tyrion ties this whole theory together, because not only is he friendly with Jon, but he's treated the Starks well since forever (note how he married Sansa but made her as comfortable as possible). So the Reddit user who created this theory guessed that Tyrion will convince Dany to ally with Jon, and to make "Jon is the ice, Dany is the fire, and Tyrion is the bridge." So good.—amberw4911fe09c
Jon Snow will kill Cersei
"It might make sense to assume that Maggy's "little brother" prophecy alluded to either Jaime or Tyrion, but it doesn't necessarily mean Cersei's younger sibling. The aforementioned quote "the Valonqar" means "the little brother", ergo it could be anyone's little brother. And saying this in Valyrian suggests that the person will have Valyrian blood in them. Who has Valyrian blood? The Targaryens. We now know that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, and he is the little brother of Rhaenys and Aegon. Does this mean that it will have to be Jon that takes the Mad Queen down?"—Digital Spy
Little Finger and Cersei will wed
- "Let's say that Sansa eventually tells Littlefinger where to stick his plan. Who would he turn to next? If he entered into a marital partnership with Cersei, then she'd get control of The Vale and his Knights. This would provide her with a massive army to help hold off Daenerys's dragons and Jon's men."—Digital Spy
Jon Snow isn't his actual name
- "One fan on Reddit has tried to deduce what Ned's dying sister Lyanna whispers after giving birth to Jon. Though quiet, "His name is" can be heard, but the rest of the sentence is inaudible (the gits). However, by reading her lips the user reckons she says a name that starts with a J and is three syllables long. 'I'm not a great lip-reader, but I'm fairly certain what she says is Jaehaerys,' sparkledavisjr said. 'The name is not included in the captions, probably on purpose."—Digital Spy
To read all the theories from BuzzFeed, head HERE