Season seven of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us and we’re bursting with excitement. But with the upcoming seasons also come a plethora of questions. Will Daenerys really take the Iron Throne from Cersei? Will Arya Stark reunite with her family? And where on the Seven Kingdoms is Bran’s character arc heading? We don’t have any answers to these questions yet, but what we do have are fan theories. Some are intriguing and conspiratorial, while some are outright bat-shit crazy. Here are the theories for each of the main Game of Thrones character that might prove true, despite seeming completely insane at first.
WARNING: Spoilers are coming.
1. Cersei Might Marry Euron Greyjoy
Yes, you read that right. Theon Greyjoy’s sadistic, power-hungry uncle might make a marriage proposal to Cersei Lannister, the mass murderer. It’s a match made in hell. Cersei only just acquired complete freedom from the Faith, the Tyrells, and patriarchy, so it seems unlikely that she’ll readily marry anyone who isn’t Jaime and share her newfound power. But, as this Redditor suggests, Jaime doesn’t hold Cersei in the same regard he used to, even in the books. So it’s likely that Jaime will spend the season outside of King’s Landing (maybe Casterly Rock) as Euron makes his way to King’s Landing and asks — or demands, in typical misogynistic style — for Cersei’s hand in marriage.
2. Jaime Will Be the One to Kill Cersei, But…
… King’s Landing will perish either way. Jaime Lannister’s character development has been one of the most interesting arcs in the show and books so far. We see him go from being a sister-loving arrogant prick to a one-handed man who questions his desires, honor, and identity. At the end of season six, Cersei represents everything Jaime executed the Mad King for. So it’s likely that Jaime will be the one to end her life, fulfilling the prophecy of the valonqar. But! We already know that there are more caches of wildfire in King’s Landing. We reckon that it won’t take Cersei long to demolish the entire city. Maybe this would be the poetic end to the Lannister twins’ story, as they die in each other’s arms, consumed by wildfire.
3. Tyrion is Actually a Targaryen
This theory is actually an amalgamation of two theories. One is that Tyrion is likely Azor Ahai and the other is that Tyrion is also a Targaryen. We already know that GRRM has a penchant for hiding Targaryens in sneaky places, (ahem, Jon Snow) this theory takes that idea a step forward and suggests that Tyrion is actually the Mad King’s bastard and Dany’s brother. Tywin Lannister’s infamous last words, “You’re no son of mine,” do nothing to debunk this theory. Read more about it here.
4. Jon Snow is the Valonqar
We’ve all heard the theory that Jon Snow is Azor Ahai and/or The Prince That Was Promised. But a new theory has emerged from the deep corners of Reddit. It suggests that Jon Snow will be the one to end Cersei and her sadistic reign and is, in fact, the prophesied valonqar. Valonqar translates to “little brother” in Valyrian which leads the fans to believe that one of Cersei’s own little brothers will kill her. But given the unpredictable nature of the series, it’s possible that Jon Snow, who has Valyrian blood and was a little brother to Rhaegar Targaryen’s now-dead children, could be the one to end Cersei. The show’s costume designer let slip recently that Jon Snow will face Cersei this season. Could this be how she finally dies? It’s certainly interesting to consider.
5. Arya Will Kill Littlefinger
Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger is nobody’s favorite character. He started the war of the five kings, betrayed Ned Stark, is constantly perving on Sansa Stark and conspired to kill both Jon Arryn and Joffrey Baratheon (that last one may have been the only good thing he’s done so far). In the promo shoot for season seven of Thrones, Arya is seen with a Valyrian steel dagger that looks exactly like the one that belongs to Littlefinger. This, along with the fact that Arya has transformed from a headstrong child into a scary adolescent who’s on a revenge-killing spree suggests that she may be the one to end Littlefinger’s life.
6. Sansa is Littlefinger 2.0
Since Sansa Stark’s arrival in King’s Landing back in season one, we’ve seen Creeper Baelish try to gain her trust and eventually taking on the role as her savior in her time of need. Now, he’s something of a mentor to her, teaching her time and time again that knowledge is indeed power, in the right circumstances. We see Sansa use the intellectual skills Littlefinger has armed her with in season seven when she makes sure Jon dresses like a Stark as they approach Houses for help and when she covertly asks for Littlefinger’s help in the Battle of the Bastards. She’s learning his ways quickly and theories suggest that she may be turning into a newer, younger, and far prettier version of Littlefinger. The only thing up for debate is how she will use this power. Will she join Littlefinger in a quest to realize his uber-creepy image of him sitting on the Iron Throne with Sansa by his side or will she use his own skill set to overthrow him? We’ll have to wait and see!
7. Bran Can Kill the Night King
In season six, we see Bran accidentally venture too close to the army of the dead and get caught by the Night King. In this scene, it’s Bran’s consciousness that is physically touched by the Night King — a touch that leaves a real-life mark on Bran. There are many theories that surround this incident, the most popular one being that this mark will let the Walkers cross the wall. But what’s more interesting is what this connection between the Night King and Bran could mean. Does this mean that Bran’s warging can leave real-life physical effects, as well? A theory called ‘Mindbowl‘ suggests that in the final battle against the White Walkers, Bran will slip his subconscious into battle and create a physical impact on the Night King that will lead to his defeat. It’s definitely fun to think about.
8. Daenerys Will Find King’s Landing Demolished
After six long seasons, fans everywhere collectively sigh with the satisfaction of delayed gratification as Daenerys Targaryen sails for Westeros. Dany has sworn to take back what is rightfully hers and rule the Seven Kingdoms from King’s Landing.This theory suggests that by the time Dany is done defeating petty lords and settling down in King’s Landing, Cersei will have demolished the city using wildfire. There will be no capital to rule from and winter will have arrived, bringing the dead with it. This theory is very likely — especially if you take Dany’s vision at the House of the Undying from season two into account — and fits nicely into Jaime’s theory posted above.