Throughout all of the many intertwining stories in HBO's popular series Game of Thrones, there has been one underlying theme present since the beginning: A Song of Ice and Fire. The very title of the book series has been symbolic throughout the many seasons of the show.
Fire and ice have been presented through many symbols in the show, two of the strongest examples are Daenerys's dragons and the White Walkers. According to a popular fan theory, those two are more important than you may have thought.
Spoiler Warning! This article will discuss a popular theory on how the series will end, which will discuss spoilers for the show and books. If you wish to avoid spoilers, I advise you click away!
As viewers, we all lay claim to our favorite characters in the first season or two. While many of them die in horrific ways throughout the series, a handful of fan-favorites have managed to stay standing up to the current season. Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, and the Jaime and Cersei power couple are still going strong, no matter what trials are thrown their way.
But what if I told you that one of those characters was the villain who will set out to destroy Westeros forever? (Hint: It's not Cersei)
According to the theory, the lovely Daenerys Targaryen will be the one to bring Westeros to ruin. I know — blasphemy, right? How could our beloved Khaleesi turn out to be the ultimate villain in this massive story? Well, surprisingly enough, there is quite a bit of evidence that points towards Dany going bad, and it all starts with her family name.
Targaryen = Insanity
If you've watched enough of the show, than you've definitely heard of the "Mad King" Aerys Targaryen, who ruled over Westeros until Jaime put a sword through his back and Robert Baratheon took over as King. While Dany seems pretty mentally capable now, she has grown a lot more destructive and brutal over the years.
For example, she went from the timid victim of her brother's wrath to a liberating queen who crucified the Masters of Meereen without a second thought. Sure, you could say that she's growing to be a better leader and a stronger woman, but that doesn't change what she said to Tyrion.
"I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."
Breaking the wheel of Westeros could mean that she's literally going to break Westeros. She could just fly over with her army of dragons, Unsullied and Dothraki to show the world that there's a new sheriff in town. After all, her father went mad, her brother Viserys went mad, who's to say that Daenerys is safe from Targaryen madness as well?
Jon Snow Is Destined to Rule Westeros
Remember the snowy vision of the iron throne? Well, that scene has been up to much interpretation considering it could be pointing us to two big conclusions. It could be warning us that the White Walkers will make their way down to King's Landing, or it could be letting us know that snow will be on the Iron Throne. By which I mean Snow with a capital S.
Jon Snow has proven himself to be a capable leader when he was named Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He was the only one capable of making the hard choices to let the Wildlings through to keep them safe from the White Walkers.
If the R+L=J theory finally proves to be correct (which is the theory claiming that Jon Snow is the secret child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark) then that means that Jon has a legitimate claim to the iron throne. And if Jon sits on the throne, and Mad Dany flies over with her dragons, Unsullied, and Dothraki, then Jon might be the one to take her on in the ultimate final battle.
A Song of Ice and Fire
If the theory is correct and the show ends in a climactic duel between Jon and Daenerys, Jon seems hilariously outmatched. After all, Dany has more than mercenaries and barbarians on her side; she has dragons!
How could Jon and his Wildlings possibly fight her off? Well the theory isn't over yet. If you are a big fan of the series (the books in particular), you may have heard of the Horn of Winter. The Horn is a magical relic that, when blown, is supposed to destroy the Wall. And what's inside the wall? According to many theories, a slumbering ice dragon lies inside.
Before you dismiss the theory so quickly, the ice dragons have been discussed in the books before. In the fifth book, A Dance With Dragons, John talks about an ice dragon that Old Nan used to talk about. According to the theory, Jon will blow the Horn of Winter and lead not only an ice dragon, but the army of White Walkers against Dany and her forces.
So what do you think of the theory? Could the finale really be the battle between Jon and Dany? It certainly would stand out as one of the most epic moments in television history. With the show expected to wrap up with its eighth season, we only have a few more years until we see who wins the Game of Thrones, and who dies.
How do you think Game of Thrones will end? Let me know in the comments below!