Daenerys might have finally secured herself a much-needed win at the end of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, but that doesn't mean she's won the war. She's still suffered major losses at the hands of the nefarious and trash-talking pirate Euron Greyjoy. Although it seems like much longer, Euron Greyjoy has only been menacing our screens for five episodes of Game of Thrones. And yet in that short time, he has managed to pull off victory after victory, foiling the plans of much more likable characters at every turn. Euron likes to consider himself the greatest pirate on all the seas, but is he really good enough to just intuitively guess where Dany’s fleets would be and obliterate them? That seems highly improbable, to say the least...
Many fans are theorizing that there might be a much more logical explanation to Euron’s string of military victories: There is a spy in Daenerys’s team who’s feeding him information. Let’s go through all the possible contenders to see if we can find the rat in Dragonstone, rating them in order of rattiness on a scale of 0 to 5 rats.
OK, so it probably wasn't Yara. She has absolutely no motive for betraying Daenerys — who was going to help her take the Salt Throne — and letting herself be captured by her sociopathic uncle.
Also zero chance. As the head of Daenerys’s army, there’s absolutely no reason Grey Worm would tell someone to come sink his own ships.
OK, it’s probably not the Queen’s most trusted advisor. Missandei is extremely loyal to Daenerys, the one who freed her from slavery. Plus, Missandei had never been to Westeros before Season 7, so unless she met Euron at some tavern on a clandestine trip to Yunkai or Nath many moons ago, there’s no way she’d even know him. However, it's possible she may have been motivated to do something drastic to save her beloved Grey Worm, since the Mother of Dragons doesn't appear to be taking direct action to send aid to the Unsullied.
On the one hand, it seems pretty self-defeating for the Hand of the Queen to intentionally sabotage his own battle plans. But on the other hand, he is still a Lannister. While there’s no love lost between Tyrion and Cersei, Jaime did save his little brother’s life, and has always been more or less kind to him. It can’t be easy for Tyrion to plot his own brother’s destruction, as we saw in the latest episode. If he’s not intentionally feeding information to the other side, is it possible that his love for his brother has impeded his judgment?
Once a spider, always a spider, right? Daenerys certainly seemed suspicious of Varys. But Varys is always motivated to do what is right by the people of Westeros, and he knows that Cersei is far more heartless a ruler than Daenerys would be. However, Varys makes it his business to know everything. What if he knew about Jon Snow’s fight against the White Walkers even before the King in the North came to Dragonstone, and wants Daenerys to concentrate her efforts on the enemy in the North rather than in the South? Destroying her ships might be a good way to do that? But then again, they could have used those ships to sail North, so it’s not a perfect theory.
Oh, Theon. While in the beginning of the season we might not have thought Theon could be ballsy enough to go behind Daenerys’s back and fraternize with evil Uncle Euron, after that battle at sea, it’s clear that Reek is still in there, just looking out for any way to survive. Even if that means serving the cruelest, most Ramsay-like person in the game. If he thought that doing this favor for Euron could protect him in the event of Daenerys’s downfall, do you really think he wouldn’t do it?
Who do you think is the rat in Dragonstone?
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