*Warning: This post contains spoilers for Season 6 of Game of Thrones*
Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are fond of interweaving numerous plots throughout the show, before slowly joining the dots between events that initially don't appear connected. Just look at the shocking Hodor reveal in the last episode.
But while we're all busy experiencing traumatic flashbacks every time someone holds a door, the fifth episode, "The Door," also introduced a possibly overlooked story arc which could go on to become one of the most significant in the series.
This Theory Really Pushes The Boat Out
Let's start off by joining Tyrion and Varys. During the first episode of the sixth season, the pair are walking through the streets of Meereen in an attempt to uncover the whereabouts of the Sons of the Harpy. They then discover that all of the ships in the harbor have been burned, essentially stranding them in the East.
Initially, the number one suspects are the Sons of the Harpy themselves; after all, it makes sense that the rebellious group fighting against Daenerys' rule would be the culprits, right?
However, during a conversation between Tyrion and the Wise Masters of Slaver's Bay, one of the masters revealed they had offered their ships to Dany so that she could sail to Westeros. With this being the case, it wouldn't make sense for the Songs of the Harpy to sabotage the fleet.
Which Means The Culprit Is Elsewhere
The search for the freelance arsonist leads us West, to the Iron Islands. "The Door" depicted the rise of a new King of the Iron Islands, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) — the brother and murderer of Balon Greyjoy — who was crowned instead of his niece, Yara Greyjoy.
Amongst the dick jokes, misogynism and casual admission of regicide, part of Euron's USP is the plan to build the largest fleet of ships the world has ever seen, and offer them (as well as, erm, other things) to Daenerys, in a bid to conquer the Seven Kingdoms with her support.
One eagle eyed Reddit user, milzz, has neatly linked both events, by suggesting Euron was the person responsible for burning the ships in Meereen. It makes sense; Euron is a fervid traveller of the Known World, so in all likelihood he would've visited Meereen at some point. Plus, destroying the Mother of Dragons' fleet gives him a way in to negotiate.
What Next For The Ironborn?
But what does this mean for the future of this season, and beyond? If the prospect of Euron sitting on the Iron Throne really rubs salt into the wounds, all is not lost. After Euron's initiation (or as it's commonly known: drowning), we see that Yara and Theon have escaped with the Iron Island's best ships.
Things take another interesting twist when we consider where the pair may be heading. While joining the Starks is a possibility, it's more likely that Yara has a plan to usurp Euron by taking the fleet to Daenerys herself. This also links in with the season trailer, which appears to depict Yara kissing a slave girl from Volantis.
Although with GoT we're never really that sure how events can turn out, it is looking likely that the ironborn are going to have a crucial role in how events pan out across the Seven Kingdoms across this season and beyond.
The next episode of Game of Thrones will premiere on May 29. Watch the preview trailer below:
Do you think that Euron burned Dany's ships?