*Spoilers: This theory may initially seem too far fetched to be true, but stick with it. Oh, and there are spoilers for Game of Thrones and Star Wars*
The scope of a shared fictional universe is essentially limitless, with the option of deeply intertwined narratives (e.g. the Marvel Cinematic Universe) or simple references (e.g. the Tarantino movie universe). Perhaps due to such boundless possibilities, this has led to an influx of fan theories speculating on potential connections with popular franchises, some logical, others... less so.
In the "less so" category comes one of the more left field suggestions to grace Reddit's gold mine of the absurd and the mind-blowing. One fan theory is audaciously linking two of the most beloved fictional worlds; Game of Thrones and Star Wars. Now, before we move on, initially this seems completely implausible. However, the evidence to back it up may win you around. Maybe.
So, the link is based around a few factors, namely:
- The use of magic and the Force
- Bran's visions
- The attitude toward magic in both franchises
- George R. R. Martin's previous work, and the Thousand Worlds theory
- Oh, and the possible source for the mysterious Red Comet
A Song Of Force And Fire
Exhibit Number One: The use of magic.
It really depends on how you interpret the differences, but metaphysical or magic, the themes are similar in Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Of course, in George Lucas's sci-fi epic, the Force is the fundamental source of the spectacular, giving Jedi all sorts of crazy skills.
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In Game of Thrones, there is a supernatural undercurrent, highlighted by what is sometimes referred to as "the higher mysteries." The sorcery of the Red Woman, Melisandre, even brought Jon Snow back to life. Remember, in Star Wars, Anakin Skywalker is first lured to the Dark Side by the prospect of cheating death.
The theory claims (brace yourselves) that in the world of Game of Thrones, midi-chlorians — the microscopic lifeforms that live inside the cells of beings — are also present, giving them special powers, such as premonitions. Leading us on to...
Wookies And Wargs
Exhibit Number Two: Warging and Force induced visions (sorry, no Wookies involved).
Throughout Star Wars, some beings have intense Force visions, either looking ahead at what is to come, or seeing glimpses of past events. Although very rare, some of the main characters in the franchise have had them, including Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Most recently, Rey experiences strong flashbacks when she holds Luke's lightsaber in The Force Awakens. As Yoda says:
"Premonitions… Premonitions… deep questions they are. Sense the future, once all Jedi could; now few alone have the skill. Visions… gifts from the Force, and curses."
In Game of Thrones, Bran is able to experience a similar phenomenon, known as Warging. Although the ability allows him to enter the consciousness of animals and — testament to his special level of skill — even humans. However, Bran is also an advanced Warg known as a Greenseer.
Greenseers can perform Greensight, a process similar Force-vision that allows them to look into past and future. The theory suggests that those with the ability of Greensight are able to access the Force to aid their vision.
The Night Is Dark And Full Of Threllas
Exhibit Number Three: The attitude toward said magic (sorry, no Threllas involved, I exploited the species name for the sake of an average pun — again).
In both Star Wars and Game of Thrones, the supernatural aspect of the Force and magic is both treated with respect and also feared to an extent.
Users of both are encouraged not to get too swept up in them; for example, while training Bran, the Three Eyed Raven anxiously tells him not to over-indulge. Plus, Melisandre is constantly warning of the dangers of the powers that be.
In Star Wars, users of the Force are constantly reminded that a similar route of indulgence can lead Jedi down the path toward the Dark Side.
From A Novel Far Away, Far Away
Exhibit Number Four: George R. R. Martin has already explored the concept in an earlier series of novels set in his Thousand Worlds universe.
A number of Martin's earlier works were more sci-fi in nature and shared a universe named informally as the "Thousand Worlds." There has been strong speculation that Game of Thrones is set within that said universe, and if so, it opens the possibility that there are expansive planets from The Known World.
It's worth noting too that Martin is as much a fan as he is a contributor to the world of fiction, so there's no doubt he would've been as enthralled by the Star Wars saga as the rest of us are.
The theory makes the link, claiming that in that fictional universe, a stall in interstellar travel left some planets in the Medieval ages, the planet Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen all occupy being one of them. Thus, it could feasibly exist in the distant corners of the Star Wars universe, which would explain why characters in Game of Thrones haven't heard of The Force, or Jedi for that matter.
Attack Of The Comet
Exhibit Number Five: The mysterious Red Comet could link to Star Wars.
The astronomical mystery of the vivid Red Comet (also referred to as the bleeding star) causes much discussion and speculation in the Game of Thrones storyline. In the TV series, it was witnessed during Season 2, at the same time Daenerys's dragons were born.
This is where things become less believable but more intriguing; the theory claims that the Red Comet was in fact the First Order's superweapon, the Starkiller Base, as it annihilated numerous planets while Kylo Ren watched on.
On the topic of planet destroying superweapons, citizens of Essos claim that Dragons arrived after a moon was smashed apart. Could this be the destruction of the original Death Star?
Is The Game Of Star Wars Really True?
In short, the answer is: Highly unlikely. However, it's a fun theory and there's enough to suggest that Martin may've been influenced by aspects in Star Wars. Who knows, maybe to him personally, The Known World is indeed a planet in a galaxy far, far away.
Could Game of Thrones be set in the Star Wars universe?