The Secrets (and Hidden Meanings) in the Game of Thrones
What secrets do your favorite characters hide? Backed with detailed analyses from expert commentators, let's play the Game of Thrones!
Miss Anonymous loves GOT, but has never read the books. Of course, that has not stopped her from wanting to know more about the world of Game of Thrones. This 4-part series will help you and Miss Anonymous explore the world where our favorite TV show is set. Cheers!
As you all know by now, the book and the series have parted ways, with the series running ahead (2 seasons and fewer episodes) while the books are…stopping ahead? (George RR Martin has announced all sorts of new projects, but no definitive date for the next book) Be that as it may, the world of the Song of Ice & Fire has way too many details packed inside it. And just as fans spotted out ‘R+L=J‘, there are thousands of other theories. Not to mention, the extensive details that the author himself has written! We have picked out a selection of the most interesting ones which-oh well, let’s start already.
(All images from the HBO website)
Why is Rickon in Skagos?
Book 5 ended with the Onion Knight being asked to bring back the youngest Stark, Rickon, from Skagos. But why is Rickon on that cannibal and unicorn populated island? Militant_Penguin on reddit thinks that the most likely reason is that Rickon’s grandmother, who was married to by Rickard Stark, was half-Skagosi. When seen from that perspective, the familial ties should be a better guarantee of the safety of the Stark. The comment section has its own share of boos and cheers, but one thing which keeps popping up is: what if Osha herself is from Skagos? Hmm.
Who is Varys? What does he really want?
Varys is a Blackfyre. Varys is a Targaryen loyalist. Varys is not even an eunuch. Phew. One of the most enduring theories is that Varys is himself a Blackfyre (a branch of the Targaryen family which was exiled) and hence his support for Aegon and not Dany (in the books; because Aegon is himself a Blackfyre too, duh). Further, his castration seemed like a ritual which required royal blood. The inference being that Varys has Targaryen blood…also, he is bald. If you have Targaryen blood, then you most assuredly have silver hair or even streaks of silver.
User galanix here summarizes the whole Blackfyre theory…
While a date-wise breakdown of Varys, his birth and why his parentage is descended from the Targaryens has been done by anonymous.
Bonus: Is Illyrio more interested in taking revenge on Bravos?
What does Littlefinger want?
For a master manipulator, the fact remains that he is punching way above his weight; he can win crowns, but only for others, not himself. So, what exactly is his goal? According to hollowaydivision, it is to bring down the Lords, get Sansa for himself and become the man sitting amidst all the fallen rulers. And how exactly is all this suppossed to happen? Why, by revealing that it is Sansa Stark that he has with him, and her hand in marriage on offer in a tourney hosted by him. It is a bit complicated, but that’s the fun. This even includes assumptions that Robert Arryn, the very sick heir of the Arryn throne, is actually a warg (just like his Stark cousins) whose powers will make sure that he wins.
I know. Bonkers.
Is Tyrion a Targaryen?
Tyrion Lannister. Everyone loves to love him, but what if even Tyrion is not who he thinks he is? Following the R+L=J theory, the reddit people believe that Tyrion is actually the Mad King’s bastard, citing numerous ‘red herrings’ given by the author. Some go even further than that, and ask: what if Cersei & Jamie are also Targaryens? The mind boggles.
Who will kill Cersei?
Tyrion or Jamie? At this point, the whole of Westeros & Essos would love to help, but as with all good things in the World of Ice & Fire, there is a ‘proper’ prophecy. When Cersei was young, she and her friend had approached a fortune teller ‘Maggy’. She said:
Maggy: Aye. Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear
Cersei: Will the king and I have children?
Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds, she said. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
So, speculations! All of the things that the prophecy could have meant have been stated here at length. Additionally, what if the prophecy refers to three separate women?
What is the meaning of Quaithe’s prophecies?
In the book, Quaithe gives two prophecies to Dany, both of them being a subject of much speculation. Let’s start with the first one:
To go north, you must journey south. To reach the west, you must go east. To go forward you must go back, and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.
Dany, like many other fans, interpreted this to mean that she had to go to Asshai. But the author himself has denied any plans of going to Asshai in the present. So, what then? Maybe, as galanix has explained, she has already done it. A fascinating (if rather a bit stupid) explanation.
Her second prophecy, went like this:
The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.
All of these have, in one way or another, been coming true: the pale mare is the disease on the gates of Meeren. But what about the others? Tyrion could be lion, but the rest? It’s all speculation. User tb25uga explains here, that maybe, we are reading too much into it, and that there’s a simpler explanation regarding the identity of each of the characters hinted at.
Why was Jaqen in prison?
Tricky, tricky. For someone who is part of the Faceless Men, how could Jaqen have been captured? Audrey Ackerman, on Quora, speculates that Jaqen was hitching a ride with the only north-bound caravan during the war-struck times; further, he might have been on the way to carry out a hit.
Who exactly is Melisandre?
Melisandre doesn’t seem to have any hidden parentage or links. What she does have is a lot of mystery around her. We know she was a slave girl earlier and that she is from the very very mysterious Asshai, but what after that? Is she really as old as we saw in the show?; if yes, what has she been doing till now then? What does she want?; we know it is all Azor Ahai but what is in it for her? Discussions go on…
More? You ask, and we answer:
The animals? Woof! (roaring in the background)
The history? The maesters are here!
The geography? Winter is coming, everywhere…