In this series…
- Before season 8 starts, read our guide to where every character left off.
- The most beautiful shots of Game of Thrones, curated by One Perfect Shot.
- Every episode of Game of Thrones, ranked by our own resident Maester.
- Read our in-depth breakdown of the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer.
- We rank the best duels in Game of Thrones.
- Explore our guide to the best Game of Thrones scenes by season.
- We rank the 50 most important props from Game of Thrones.
- Gather your tunics and explore Game of Thrones in 50 Costumes.
- We also ranked the villains on Game of Thrones.
- Brush up on who’s left on Arya’s kill list.
- We try to answer the unanswered questions of Game of Thrones season 8.
- The unlikely victors of Game of Thrones and how they might win.
This article was co-written with Ciara Wardlow
It’s the eve of the end of the world as we know it; the final countdown to the final season of Game of Thrones. And then, no more dragons. No more Starks. No more jokes about whatever it was Podrick Payne did in that brothel. Sure, there will be the prequels, but they will be prequels. The universe doesn’t really have a good track record with those. But we digress. The point is, we’re in the lead-up to the beginning of the end, and it’s been a long time coming. And we’ve gone nearly two years without that sweet, sweet GoT content. Which still isn’t nearly as long as we waited to find out where Gendry rowed to, but still, it’s been awhile.
But the hiatus doesn’t mean the fandom has been sleeping. Far as we can tell, that behemoth does not sleep. And in the interim, the interwebs have put a truly stunning amount of energy into guessing what these last six episodes will bring. The dorks have been building their cases. Gathering their evidence. Prepping their witnesses. Maybe you haven’t been super active in the speculating community these past few years—or hey, y’know, ever—but fear not. Because we’ve gone and done the work for you. We’ve crawled through the depths of Reddit and the yawning chasms of fan forums. We’ve looked into the abyss of YouTube and sailed the ship-infested waters of Tumblr. All to bring you a sampler platter of the biggest, best, and in some cases, the most…creative fan theories on the web. Strap on your tinfoil hats and whip out your whiteboards, because things are about to get speculative.
THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF SPOILERS FOR ALL SEASONS INCLUDING SEASON 8 IF WE’VE DONE OUR JOBS WELL.
All The People Who Might Have Secret Birthrights
Yes, Game of Thrones has already had one major parentage reveal with Jon Snow, the secret child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more.
Tyrion is a Targaryen [Probability: Low]
The only thing that refuses to die more than Lord Beric Dondarrion is the fan theory that the Mad King is really Tyrion’s dad. There’s some supporting evidence: namely, Tywin’s remarks about Tyrion not being his son and Tyrion’s ability to un-chain Rhaegal and Viserion without getting incinerated. With Viserion being all icy and whatnot, Rhaegar’s “the dragon has three heads” business seems unlikely. Also, considering that we’ve been building narratively to the reveal of Jon’s lineage for the whole dang show, a speedy “and Tyrion, too!” would feel massively unearned.
Gendry is a trueborn Baratheon [Probability: Low]
Remember back when Cersei Lannister told Catelyn Stark she had a black-haired baby boy who died in infancy before Joffrey—a story which she brought up again later in the season in a conversation with her husband—and all the book-readers were like “WTF? I don’t remember that part!?” Well, the fan forums do, and at least a few people have thrown out the theory that Gendry could actually be the trueborn son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister. The evidence? Gendry’s backstory is a little weird. Tobho Mott, the blacksmith who Gendry worked for, says an unspecified nobleman paid him to double the customary apprentice fee to take on Gendry as a boy, and the identity of his benefactor remains unknown. Considering Cersei’s less than stellar feelings towards her late husband, she might not want to raise a son of his. Particularly one bearing a strong resemblance to him. While fun, the whole theory is still a huge stretch and would make for a major plot twist with no clear purpose considering Gendry has shown no aspirations for power. In any case, even if he tried to stand between Daenerys and the Iron Throne, Drogon would incinerate him in two seconds flat.
Tormund is Lyanna Mormont’s father [Probability: Low]
Remember all his jokes about fucking a bear? Of course you do. Basically, the fan theory goes that said bear was a Mormont woman, specifically Lyanna’s mother. An intriguing concept, but it’s hard to imagine how it would become plot-relevant.
If he dies, Jon’s roots will be kept a secret [Probability: Medium]
Assuming Jon kicks it before his Targaryen roots become common knowledge, we think it’s probable that those in the know will keep his birthright to themselves. He may have Targaryen blood but he’s a Stark through and through and that’s probably how he would want to be remembered.