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6 Game of Thrones fan-theories you must read!

The internet is dark and full of fan-theories, and you'd better believe it! Here are some of the best fan-theories that avid fans have come up with.

1

R + L = J

R + L = J

If you've been watching the show up till now, chances are you've heard of R + L = J theory. But what does it really mean?

The identity of Jon's mother has created much speculation among readers of the series, and guessing her identity was the test Martin gave Benioff and Weiss when they approached him in March 2006 about adapting his novels into a TV series. The popular fan theory—called "R+L=J", an abbreviation of "Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon"—proposes that Jon is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned's sister Lyanna Stark. The theory posits that rather than Rhaegar kidnapping Lyanna, they fell in love and ran away together. Living for a year in the Tower of Joy, they conceived a child—Jon—and Lyanna died as a result of childbirth. Ned claimed the baby as his own to protect him from Robert, who sought to exterminate all Targaryens out of hatred and to secure his claim to the throne.

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2

Tyrion Lannister is actually a Targaryen.

Tyrion Lannister is actually a Targaryen.

The dragons seem to accept Tyrion for some reason. Could it be because he’s actually a Targaryen, a family known for being able to bond with and ride dragons? In the show, Tywin denies that Tyrion is his son multiple times, but the Lannister patriarch tells him, “I cannot prove that you are not mine.”

Here are some reasons :
1. The Mad King Aerys was known to take “unwonted liberties” with Tywin’s wife, Joanna.
2. Tyrion’s, Dany’s and Jon Snow’s mothers all died at childbirth.
3. Tyrion looks like a Targaryen.
4. Tyrion is obsessed with dragons.

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3

Ramsay is being fooled!

Ramsay is being fooled!

Theory: The Umbers are actually still with the Starks and the head they brought in was another direwolf’s (considering they are fairly common in the high north). They’re infiltrating to take back winterfell and when Ramsay is finally backed into a corner, Rickon looks down on him and says “the North remembers” before the real Shaggydog comes out from behind and rips him into shreds.
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4

Tommen is destined to kill Cersei.

Tommen is destined to kill Cersei.

This theory requires a close reading of the prophecy Cersei was handed as a child, which most interpret as meaning Cersei will see all of her children die. But there’s an alternate reading, one in which Tommen either dies and returns to kill Cersei (perhaps as a white walker), or kills Cersei in a fit of rage. It would be a sad, fitting end to one of the show’s moth ruthless, but in many ways, most vulnerable characters.

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5

White Walkers are the true heroes.

White Walkers are the true heroes.

This theory argues that we have been misled to believe that the White Walkers are the enemies when actually they have an important role to serve in the cleansing of evil from the world. To convince us of this, the show is serving us season after season of the murderous, selfish, deranged acts of humans against other humans in a race to sit on the Iron Throne. What they are really doing is proving themselves unworthy of being in charge.

And when the winter finally comes, the White Walkers will take everyone else out.

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6

Ramsay Snow is a prophet.

Ramsay Snow is a prophet.

We know from Melisandre that R’hollor, aka the Lord of Light, is planning on reincarnating one of the faith’s bravest heroes, Azor Ahai, to fight off the impending “darkness.” Melisandre thinks Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai right up until she realizes he isn’t, and then turns her attention to Jon Show.

But what if Ramsay is the “snow” Melisandre has foretold?

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