YouTuber Calluna Reviews has blown our collective minds with yet another on-point Game of Thrones theory. Put aside everything you think you know about equations and algebraic speculation, and prepare to absorb the beautiful simplicity of this theory about House Stark and the Seven-Faced God.
The Seven-Faced God (a.k.a., the New Gods, or the Seven) is the most popular religion in Westeros. The god has seven distinctive faces: the father, the mother, the warrior, the maiden, the stranger, the crone and the smith. It just so happens, there were also originally seven members of the Stark family.
There's an added layer to the theory that suggests the fate of each character is related to the inverse of their Seven counterpart. For example:
1. The Father — Ned
The Father represents justice. Ned Stark was always a champion of justice and honor, which ultimately led to his demise at the hands of tyrannical Joffrey Baratheon.
2. The Mother — Catelyn
This one fits like a glove. The Mother represents fertility, mercy and birth. Mother-of-five Catelyn ends up having each of her children taken from her and is ultimately forced to watch her eldest son Robb die, just before being murdered herself.
3. The Warrior — Robb
Robb is the embodiment of a courageous warrior, valiantly defending the North until his tragic death. However, his death is anything but an honorable one on the battlefield. Rather, it's the result of a disgusting act of betrayal by a traitor, the exact foil of what the Warrior represents.
4. The Maiden — Sansa
The Maiden symbolizes beauty, love and innocence. The show has capitalized on both Sansa's beauty — everyone always comments on it — and her innocence, as she blindly followed Joffrey back to King's Landing in the first season. Then she's cruelly abused — stripped of her innocence — by Cersei and Joffrey, and then again in her own home by vile Ramsay Bolton.
5. The Stranger — Arya
The Stranger is known as the god of outcasts, which has befit Arya throughout the series. She's always been unlike other little girls, and now she's even unlike other orphans as she trains to serve the Many-Faced God. Calluna Reviews posits that if Arya's fate will be the inverse of the Stranger, she will never complete her training to become one of the Faceless Men. We can already see hints of that happening now as she struggles to fully release her name.
6. The Crone — Bran
Although typically a female figure, the Crone is often associated with magic and sight — obviously Bran's most powerful gifts. Calluna Reviews suggests that this might indicated a betrayal looming in the future for Bran, perhaps at the hands of the Three-Eyed Raven?
7. The Smith — Rickon
While we haven't seen much character development from young Rickon, it's possible that he could grow up to resemble the Smith and embody creation and craftsmanship. Will Rickon be the Stark to restore Winterfell?
Check out the full in-depth video from Calluna Reviews about the Seven Starks fan theory:
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