As soon as I finished A Dance with Dragons, I didn’t fear entering the once Bane of My Existence, A Wiki of Ice and Fire. Being a sinkhole of summaries and spoilers, I couldn’t stand the idea of venturing into such dangerous territory. So as I was clicking through the various pages, I stumbled upon a theories page which came up with interesting articles that included evidence for and against popular theories in the Song of Ice and Fire community. Some of them were more obvious than others, but a couple certainly took me by surprise and I find myself having hard time NOT believing these are actually true based on the evidence. MAJOR BOOK SPOILERS below, so enter at own risk.
Jon Snow is a Basterd…of Lyanna Stark and Rhaeghar Targaryen
This one was by far my favorite and the one that completely took me by surprise. Not much is known about the abduction of Lyanna Stark by Rhaeghar Targaryen, but the evidence here shows that Jon may well be the basterd child of Rhaeghar and Lyanna. Since both died during Ned’s campaign, someone could’ve brought the child to him. The article mentions a lot about a promise Ned made to Lyanna and raising the child could be it. I remember in the book there are a lot of references to how Jon looks truly Stark, and it may be because of his mother’s side rather than his father.
THAT MEANS JON CAN TAME DRAGONS…if he’s alive…
Who Azor Ahai Truly is
It’s been said that because Stannnis Baratheon’s sword does not emit warmth, he is not the prophesized Azor Ahai. Although I feel as if Melisandre would know this herself, she seems pretty sure of it…well at least until we got into her perspective when she wasn’t able to see anything but Jon Snow. Who according to this theory may be Azor Ahai. Other claimed are the already mythical mother of dragons, Daenerys, the possible dragon binder, Victarion, and even Ned Stark is given a nod.
It’s an interesting theory that can’t be overlooked considering that this Red R’hollar religion is not one to be messed with. I’m interested in how big a role it will all play in the final two books.
Robert Strong is Gregor Clegane Reborn
We’re not given much detail about who Robert Strong is, but with evidence from Dorne and Qyburn’s sketchy past, this may well be this series’s Frankenstein monster. Prince Doran and his family noted the odd shape and size of the Mountain’s head and Qyburn has been known to deal with Necromancy. He’s been performing tests in the dungeons on humans as well as asked to play with the remains of Gregor Clegane. An abomination I tell you. An abominations that doesn’t eat, sleep or poo [reminds me of Coldhands]. We’ll see how well this abomination fights though. Cersei’s life depends on it.
Who Killed Balon Greyjoy
There are two major theories onto who killed Balon Greyjoy. Both of them do not consider his death to be an accident. The first one is how when the king’s blood of Edric Storm is tossed into the flame and marked with the names of the three pretenders: Robb, Joffrey, and Balon, Melisandre’s red magic killed them.
However there is more evidence that the man who stood to directly benefit from it was Euron Greyjoy, his brother. Euron had sailed around the world plundering and amassing many treasures. Theory says that Euron hired a Faceless man to do his bidding for him, since they specialized in making deaths look like accidents. This is supported by the old prophet Beric Dondarrion sees talking about a man without a face standing on the same bridge as a king to kill him.
What Jaqen H’Ghar is Up To and Alleras the Sphinx
This is two theories rolled into one because it happens so close around the same section. At first I had no idea what was going on in the Feast for Crows Prologue from beginning to end. We’re introduced to a lot of new characters with no real purpose or meaning to what has happened in the past three books [a real downer from the Storm of Swords epic finish].
But only after reading the theories did I realize that the same man Arya described as Jaqen H’Ghar was the man who ‘killed’ the guy at the end, and that an introduction of a character named Alleras could be known as someone else.
We know that Jaqen is a Faceless man, and unless he was planning to get jailed, his mission had become slightly postponed. But when he’s freed by Ayra, both physically and symbolically, he made his journey to Oldtown to steal the face of another. Who is his target now? What is he doing? And I can’t believe his new face met Samwell.
And then there is this Alleras character. Apparently if you spell Alleras backwards, you get Sarella, who has the same name coincidently as one of the Sandsnakes Alleras Sand. Alleras is even described to be Dornish. We know that Doran and Oberyn were sneaky little snakes and it appears that even before Doran let Arianne and the other Sandsnakes into his plan, they might’ve sent Alleras to do a little reconnaissance.
Eddard Stark is alive?
Very likely the most insane and outlandish theory is that Eddard Stark is alive and that Varys smuggled him out and sent him to assist Daenerys Targaryen. The book evidence cites some references about how Ayra barely recognized him at his decapitation, Sansa not recognizing him with his head dipped in tar, and that Catelyn didn’t recognize the bones she was sent [not the first time King’s Landing has sent something back not entirely true: Jeyne Poole’s Ayra and possibly Gregor Clegane’s skull].
It seems like an awesome Martin twist to see old Ned back again. The show would have to adjust accordingly, but there is such magic exist to send a convicted man to death without him actually dying [Rattleshirt and Mance]. As unlikely as it is, I’m definitely rooting for this one.