Game of Thrones season 7 has a mere two episodes remaining. While there have been plenty of revelations, leaks and rumors, there are so many questions we still don’t have the answers to. There are the obvious ones, like who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of S7, but others are a little more obscure. Is Littlefinger going to end up with Sansa? Will Jon Snow and Daenerys create a union of Ice and Fire? Can Brienne and Tormund ever make a go of it? Sure, we could wait to find out - but that's no fun. The latest episodes have given us some amazing revelations, but they still haven't answered some of the biggest fan theories. Admittedly, we could be waiting until season 8 for some of these but... they'll be well worth the wait.
We've gone way past the books now, so everything is up for grabs. That's why I’ve put together a list of some of the best, most likely theories we’ve got heading into season 7, along with a few bizarre ones. Because what would GoT fandom be without some insane yet oddly convincing fan theories?
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Got all that? Ok, let's move on to the theories.
1. Cersei becomes the Mad Queen
What it means: After Cersei went all 'girl on fire' against the Holy Sept and declared herself Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, I think next season she could turn into a metaphorical reincarnation of Aerys Targaryen, aka the Mad King. First of all, can I say “Yaaasss Mad Queen?” Second, if true, this could be a serious problem. It’s no secret that Cersei isn’t the most pragmatic ruler that Westeros has ever had, but her recent actions show she’s only interested in doing what she wants, when she wants. In fact, one psychologist even “diagnosed” Cersei as a classic narcissist on Reddit (adding that he knows you can’t diagnose fictional characters).
For the longest time, Cersei’s only saving grace was her love for her children. Now that all of them are dead, she really doesn’t have anyone to hold her accountable… except for Jaime, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Cersei is alone, vindictive and sitting on the Iron Throne. She has enemies in all directions. She's losing her grip on power after the Loot Train battle, and even Jaime - her closest ally - is meeting Tyrion behind her back. Oh, and she’s still got a ton of wildfire in the basement. Let’s just say Cersei’s reign of terror has only just begun. At least, until...
2. Jaime will kill Cersei
What this means: With the death of Tommen, Maggy the Frog’s prediction that all of Cersei’s children will die has come true. However, there’s one more tidbit that concludes the childhood prophecy: Cersei will be killed by her “Valonqar,” or little brother. A lot of people have taken that to mean Tyrion, who’s already gained access to the Red Keep to meet with Jaime. However, he’s not Cersei’s only little brother. Jaime, Cersei’s twin, was born a few minutes after her.
Jaime has seen Daenerys' dragons first-hand, he knows Cersei won't win in open battle, and he's clearly not happy with the direction the kingdom and his family are taking. Even though Jaime has said time and time again that Cersei is the most important thing in his life, he may be more sympathetic to Tyrion's pleas after discovering his little brother didn't murder Joffrey at the Purple Wedding. I mean... he did agree to a secret meeting without telling his sister. And, given his reputation as the Kingslayer, it would be heartbreakingly poetic justice to have Jaime kill the Mad Queen, too, if she pushes her rulership of King's Landing too far. Sure he's still standing by Cersei but... things change.
3. Tyrion Lannister is a Targaryen
What it means: Jon Snow isn't the only Targaryen around. Tyrion Lannister is also believed to be one of the prophesied heads of the dragon along with Dany and Jon. It comes from the theory that mad King Aerys Targaryen had an affair with Tywin Lannister's wife, Joanna, the mother of Tyrion, which might explain why Tywin hated him so much. And despite what happens in the books, the TV show is pointing in that direction, with Tywin saying you're no son of mine just before Tyrion shoots him with an arrow. Although this could just be part of Tywin's constant rejection of Tyrion's suitability as a Lannister, something that's alluded to again and again throughout the first four seasons.
We’ve also seen a strong connection develop between Tyrion and Dany, with her trusting him above almost anyone else. This is likely to be Tyrion showing loyalty to Dany (loyalty is a genuinely new thing for Tyrion, given his rather selfish nature) and vice versa, but some corners of the internet think it goes deeper than respect and friendship. So far season 7 has only shed light on Jon's lineage.
4. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, or the Warrior of Light, or The Prince Who Was Promised
What it means: Now that we’ve gotten that pesky “R+L=J” theory out of the way, because it’s totally canon now, we get to look further into what that means. The biggest is whether he is the Warrior of Light or Prince Who Was Promised. All signs point to yes. Melisandre’s prophecy states that the Prince Who Was Promised will have the blood of the dragon and will be reborn in smoke and salt (in the books Jon's wounds smoke and his comrades cry salty tears all over him). Whenever she’s looked into the fires for Azor, she’s only seen things to do with snow, which can’t be a coincidence. In addition, Jon picked his Night's Watch post over his lady love (Ygritte), which ties into the original Azor Ahai and Nissa Nissa prophecy.
Interestingly, a less popular fan theory suggests that Ser Davos could be the Prince Who Was Promised. He has been linked to Melisandre throughout the show, and was reborn in smoke and salt when he was pulled from the water during the Battle of the Blackwater. His presence could also explain why Melisandre assumed it was Stannis for five seasons, before he was killed by Brienne. Food for thought.
In season 7 episode 2 Melisandre suggests it could be Daenerys, as she speaks to her about the prophecy. The show makes a point of stating that the High Valyrian term for 'Prince' is non-gender specific, suggesting it could even be Dany herself.
5. Euron Greyjoy will control a dragon
What it means: Euron Greyjoy has already pledged his allegiance to Cersei by wrecking Daenerys' fleet, and bringing her Elaria Sand and Tyene as prisoners. Last we saw, they were dying in a prison cell, at different rates. However, that may not be the only trick Euron has up his very stylish sleeves.
In the books, Euron Greyjoy acquires a horn called Dragonbinder while searching the ruins of Old Valyria. He claims it can be used to control a dragon, but it hasn’t been tested. We haven't seen Euron with Dragonbinder in the series so far, but he could definitely surprise Dany and her army. If someone used one of her own dragons against her it would be devastating for Dany. Unlikely, now, as Euron has already established himself as a powerful villain in his own right, and it seems the show is leaving it to Qyburn to deal with the impending dragon assault on King's Landing with his Scorpions, which we know work, thanks to Bronn's heroics at the Battle of the Loot Train.
6. Bran will bring the White Walkers to Westeros
What this means: Dammit Bran, you had one job! And that was not to bring the zombie army to Westeros. Well, in a way, that’s everybody’s job, but I think it’s going to be Bran who ends up failing it. Not by breaking down the wall, but by taking away its magic. Remember in The Door how Bran was marked by the Night King, therefore allowing the White Walkers access beyond any magical barrier he hid behind? Well, there’s a giant magical barrier between Bran and Westeros (The Wall), and sooner or later he’s going to need to cross it.
Unless Bran comes up with a way to remove the brand, and it doesn’t seem likely, he’d basically be leaving a “Please Come In” sign for the zombies after crossing. The White Walkers won’t need to break down The Wall, because Bran’s going to leave the door unlocked for them. Not cool, Bran. Not cool.
7. Bran is actually Bran The Builder
What it means: For those who don’t know, Bran The Builder was the man who created Winterfell and raised The Wall over 8000 years before the events covered in Game of Thrones. There’s belief that our Bran and the former Bran are one and the same person because of his ability to influence the past. We already know Bran can see into the past and future, and he can influence events and 'warg' into people. “Hold the door,” anyone?
If he's aware of the White Walkers in the present day, maybe it's his responsibility to travel into the past and raise The Wall to keep them out. Also, in the books Old Nan mentions - on several occasions - that Bran's favourite stories are the ones about... yup, Bran The Builder. Is that an echo of the young Stark's future? Maybe. But hang on... if Bran builds the wall, but also gets marked by the Night King and allows the Whitewalkers to pass it... ? Does that mean he's wasted his time? Or does it mean he built the wall to hold the undead at bay until man is ready to deal with them? Hmmm...
8. Cleganebowl is still on!
What this means: That The Hound and his brother The Mountain will meet and fight to the death. At the end of season 4 it looked pretty bad for the Clegane brothers. Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane was beaten by Brienne and left to die by Arya, while Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane was fatally poisoned by Prince Oberyn of Dorne. However, both of them survived and now they're on a collision course.
Cleganebowl is one of the biggest Game of Thrones theories, and it's still very possible that we'll see it. The Hound is currently teamed up with Beric Dondarrion and his Brotherhood Without Banners. They were originally sent by Robert Baratheon to kill Gregor Clegane (in the books). Wouldn't it be delicious if they finally fulfilled this mission in season 7, by taking down undead Gregor once and for all? The fans demand it, and the showrunners are listening.
9. Littlefinger will marry Cersei and become King of Westeros
What this means: Littlefinger has already laid out his long-term plan: he wants to sit on the Iron Throne as King of Westeros, with Sansa by his side as queen. However, Sansa’s not super keen on the idea, so what’s next for Littlefinger? If season 7 episode 5 taught us anything... it's that Baelish is up to something. A growing theory on Reddit says Littlefinger’s going to leave Sansa at Winterfell and go running straight to the Mad Queen herself. Think about it: she’s going to need a bigger army to hold off Dany and her dragons, and Littlefinger just happens to have a big army. If Sansa and Jon bully him too far, the Knights of the Vale could easily ride off and fight for the other side.
A marital partnership with Littlefinger would also give Cersei control of The Vale, which is a crucial area in the fight for the Seven Kingdoms. It would be interesting to see Littlefinger and Cersei team up. It would give Sansa and Jon Snow some serious competition for control of the North, and it would finally expose Littlefinger’s true colors as a backstabbing monster man. Unfortunately for Littlefinger, it could push Jon Snow into an alliance of another kind, like…
10. The Wedding of Ice and Fire
What this means: Snow and Fire. Black and Blonde. Cute and Cuter. Yes, people have been shipping Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen since basically the beginning of the series, and for good reason. They’re both attractive and awesome and cool and they’d make super cute babies. Overall, an alliance between these two is a smart idea. She’s the Dragon Queen, and he’s the newly crowned King of the North. No one would be able to stop them.
While I’m sure Jon eventually bending the knee would be enough, wouldn’t it be so much cuter if he did so as a marriage proposal? Maybe that's what all the 'knee bending' chat is leading to - it would be a neat little moment! Sure, they might be related, but that’s kind of been the Targaryen M.O. for a long time. In the end, these two need to team up, not only to stop Cersei and her reign of insanity, but also to put an end to the White Walker invasion that’s coming, because winter and all that. Jon and Dany have already been together since season 7 episode 3, and there's clearly something between them, but now the northerner has headed up to the wall on a seemingly suicidal mission to capture a White Walker.