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(Warning - the following contains a whole lot of major potential SPOILERS for the future (and past ) of both the TV show Game of Thrones, and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series. As Taylor Swift so sagely noted: "Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya"...)

Now, it doesn't take Maggy the Frog to tell us that the next few years of Game of Thrones are set to see a whole lot of major plot twists and turns. What form those'll take, however, is a pretty major question for all fans of both the TV show and the books - which has, unsurprisingly, led to a whole lot of fan theories floating around the web. Some of them - I'm looking at you R+L = J - are pretty well known by now, while others are so out-there that no-one really takes them seriously. There is, however, a pretty intriguing middle ground in between those two positions...

Here, then, are:

Five Out-There Game of Thrones Fan Theories (That Make a Surprising Amount of Sense)

First up?

(Note - this is where the potentially giant, hulking SPOILERS come in...)

5. Daenerys Isn't Even Close to Being the Last Targaryen

Now, pretty much everyone knows the (all-but official at this point) theory that Jon Snow is secretly the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, thus making him a secret heir to the Iron Throne (better known as R+L = J).

Similarly, the idea that Tyrion was secretly not actually Tywin's son after all, but actually the illegitimate child of Aerys Targaryen is very much old news at this point.

As it turns out, though, Daenerys might just have yet another competing candidate for the throne:

Meera Reed.

Y'see, there's a theory going around (R+L = J+M) that suggests Jon wasn't the only child Rhaegar and Lyanna were hiding from the world. Instead, they had twins - and Ned Stark and his best bud Howland Reed each took one in as their (secretly) adopted child. There's more on that right here, but if we start seeing a whole lot more of Meera next season, it might be time to start paying a whole lot of attention to anything she says about her parentage...


4. Syrio Forel Lives!

Or, at least, that's what one fan theory - clinging to the hope that Arya's original sword-fighting tutor Syrio's off-screen/page 'death' left possible - suggests.

The most intriguing part of that, though? He's still very much hanging around.

As Jaqen H'ghar.

The logic being that Syrio - a god of death obsessed Braavosi, just like Jaqen - didn't actually die at King's Landing, but instead found his way into captivity with a different face. That of Jaqen H'ghar.

Which...would actually make for a pretty epic reveal, seeing as it'd tie every part of Arya's story in with the Faceless Men, thus making her ultimate role in the story seem a whole lot more connected to Westeros than it does right now.

On a similar note:

3. There's Still an Epic Clegane Fight to Come

Specifically, we might still see Sandor 'The Hound' and Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane face each other in an epic battle to the death.

After all, though we seemingly left The Hound dying on a mountainside, we didn't actually see a body - which in Game of Thrones terms means he could still be very much alive, and eating chicken as we speak. Similarly, The Mountain may not be alive in the conventional sense, but that new giant bodyguard of Cersei's? That's got to be him, right?

And if both brothers are still around?

Well then that's a fight the show is definitely going to make happen...

On a more epic note, though?

2. Jorah Mormont is Westeros' Ultimate Savior

Yup, that's right. Jorah 'unlucky in love, and disease-prevention' Mormont might just be the savior of the whole of Westeros.

Now, this could well be one of those details that changes substantially in the show, since the novel's Jorah very much doesn't have greyscale (and thus isn't pretty imminently doomed). In the books, though - and possibly the show too - there's a pretty solid argument that Jorah is actually the long-awaited Azor Azhai, a mythical figure largely interchangeable with another similar hero, known as the 'Prince That Was Promised'.

The reason? Azor Azhai is supposed to be reborn "amidst smoke and salt" which sounds an awful lot like what Jorah might do if he crosses from Slaver's Bay to Westeros across The Smoking Sea. Meanwhile, the Prince That Was Promised is supposed to have captured a lion - for which Tyrion, a Lannister, would do nicely - and, in order to stave off the darkness, plunged his sword through his wife's chest to create the legendary Lightbringer.

A tease of an inevitable - but necessary - second betrayal of Daenerys, anyone?

And, finally?

1. Theon is Even More Awful Than You Think

Once again, this one might just skip the TV show entirely, but fans who were reading the novels carefully might just have found the real reason for Theon Greyjoy's horrible, seemingly gods-cursed luck: He's a kinslayer.

Remember those two miller's children Theon that killed, in order to pretend to have found and fire-murdered Bran and Rickon?

Well, horrifying a thing as that was to do all by itseldf, it might actually have been even worse than we think. Y'see, in the novels, we get to read this:

"Theon did not want to think about their mother. He had known the miller’s wife for years, had even bedded her. Big heavy breasts with wide dark nipples, a sweet mouth, a merry laugh."

Which, in the case of the younger son (Theon wouldn't have hit puberty in time to have had anything to do with the elder) might just make Theon the boy's father.

In which case, he murdered his own son, and is pretty much the worst thing you can be in the Game of Thrones universe: a Kinslayer.

Anyone else think Theon could get a season of seeming redemption, followed by that reveal, and Sansa rage-punching him in his largely vacant crotch?

The big question, though?

What do you reckon?


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