Many of us are familiar with the more popular Game of Thrones/ASOIAF fan theories like the often quoted (“R+L=J”), but how about some of the more exotic ones? Recently The Mary Sue contributor Carrie Tupper wrote a fantastic series about some of the more “out there” theories, and a few of them are strangely tasty. Carrie Tupper based the theories on the wonderful tumblr blog A Song of Theories and the Westeros forums. Definitely check out her articles:
- The Wild World of Game of Thrones Fan Theories, Part 1
- The Wild World of Game of Thrones Fan Theories, Part 2
===POTENTIAL SPOILERS for the BOOKS & SHOW===
Here’s a sampler of some of the ones less apt to provide TV spoilers:
Theon Killed His Own Kids
Back when Theon captured Winterfell, when Theon butchered the miller’s boys to make it look like he killed Bran and Rickon, some believe he actually killed his own sons. (The miller’s wife was once Theon’s lover.) If Theon was the lads’ father, his actions would prove a sharp irony given Theon can’t have any more children.
Jojen Is Feeding Bran His Blood
In what is known as the “Jojen Paste Theory,” Jojen is nourishing Bran with Jojen’s own lifeblood by slipping it to Bran bit-by-bit in the form of paste. The more paste Bran eats, the more his warging improves — and the sicker Jojen gets.
Many fans believe that during (or just before) Robert’s Rebellion, Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark hooked up and the result was Jon Snow. A new theory has emerged by Preston Jacobs that they actually sired Daenerys.
Mance Rayder is Rhaegar Targaryen
Admittedly, I love this theory. Basically, it goes like this: Rhaegar Targaryen used some type of glamouring spell when he died — by placing rubies over his armor — to disguise his death. This means that when Jon meets Mance, it has a definite “Luke, I am your father” subtext that may be hidden from both of them.
J Proves R+L=J with a Hidden Harp
Some fans have suggested that Jon could prove his paternity by using a harp that is repeatedly associated with Rhaegar Targaryen. The harp may be hidden in Lyanna’s tomb.
The Heroic Three-Headed Dragon
The Targaryeon three-headed Dragon prophesizes the rebirth of three heroes in the form of Daenerys, Jon, and Bran. This one is a bit more complicated but it is based on the legends and prophecies of Azor Ahai, The Prince That Was Promised, and The Last Hero. See here.
Admittedly, if the oft-quoted “R+L=J” theory is true, it blows my dream that Daenerys and Jon would get together at the end of ASOIAF and rule together since that would make Dany Jon’s aunt. (Yep, my ASOIAF fantasies tend to take on the form of Bollywood musicals and romance novels.) But, then again, Dany is a Targaryeon so a nephew would be nothing for her. And, since Mirri Maz Duur’s curse — or was that a prophecy? — left Dany infertile, birth defects wouldn’t be an issue.
On the other hand, if “R+L=D” is true, then Dany and Jon could still be together. No wait a minute. The genealogy is making my head spin. This would make Dany and Jon possibly cousins? Unless of course Jon is actually Cersei and Robert’s supposedly dead first son with the thick black hair…
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