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One of the best parts about being forced to wait an entire week in between new Game Of Thrones episodes is the fact that it allows for plenty of time for viewers to delve into the deepest recesses of fandom and come up with some truly insane theories. If you haven't been staying on top of Game Of Thrones fan theory, it can be a lot to take in. Here's a crash course to the 9 most important GOT fan theories, with links to more in-depth reading on each.

Don't forget to leave your own theories in the comments!

1. Azor Ahai

In super simple terms: Azor Ahai is the one who is supposed to save the world from the White Walkers and the Long Winter. He's a legendary figure, and he's probably the same character as the Last Hero or the Prince Who Was Promised. He's the guy that Melisandre has been searching for — clearly it wasn't Stannis, but now it might be Jon Snow. Daenerys is the other big contender, with Tyrion and Bran rounding out the list.

Find out everything you need to know about Azor Ahai right here.

2. The Dragon Has Three Heads

This is the theory that makes room for at least three major heroes to save the day by the end of the series. Remember when Daenerys was in the House of the Undying and she heard the prophecy:

The Dragon Has Three Heads

This could have been a reference to the crest of the House Targaryen, or it could have something to do with Dany's three different dragons. But somehow, it has evolved in the realm of theorydom to mean that there will be three riders of three dragons. Dany is obviously one. Keep reading the rest of the theories to see who you think the others are.

Read up on the fateful prophecy in more detail here.

3. R+L=J

This is arguably the most widely accepted theory, because — frankly — it's flawless.

So you know how we have no idea who Jon Snow's real mother is? Well as R+L=J goes, Jon isn't actually Ned Stark's bastard at all. He's the secret love child of Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany's brother) and Lyanna Stark (Ned's sister). We already learned from Robert Baratheon that Rhaegar had a thing for Lyanna, but according to the story we got from Robert Baratheon in Season 1, he kidnapped Lyanna and raped her. If R+L=J turns out to be true, then Lyanna wasn't Rhaegar's victim, but the pair were secretly lovers and they ran away together. Lyanna was hiding in the Tower of Joy, giving birth to their child. She died in childbirth, but not before making Ned Stark promise to raise the boy as his own.

Read more about R+L=J here, and check out this awesome fan vid that goes with it.

4. R+L=J+M

This theory is exactly the same as the last one, but with one small addition: Jon Snow was a twin, and that twin was Meera Reed. We know that Howlan Reed was there with Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy, and Meera and Jon are exactly the same age. This would throw the story wide open for Meera, meaning she could turn out to be as pivotal as Jon, potentially riding a dragon herself.

Keep reading about R+L=J+M here.

5. A+J=T

This is my personal favorite. So it's no secret that Tywin Lannister detested his youngest son, Tyrion. What if that was because he always suspected that he was never truly his son? What if Joanna Lannister had an affair with the Mad King Aerys that resulted in the clever dwarf we all adore? There is more evidence to back it up in the books, and this would make Tyrion a top contender for being the third head of the dragon.

Learn more about A+J=T here.

6. The Seven Faced Starks

This theory earns a place on the list because it showcases the mindpower of devoted GOT fans. If you've only been watching the show, you're probably not yet familiar with the seven different Old Gods. There's the father, mother, warrior, maiden, stranger, crone, and smith. There also happen to be seven Starks (Jon Snow doesn't count). According to this theory, the fate of the Stark corresponds to the inverse of the fate of their deity. For instance, Ned Stark, the father, stands for justice, but dies at the tyrannical command of Joffrey, without justice or honor.

Get the full version of the Seven-Faced Starks theory here, and a more in-depth version about Arya and the Stranger here.

7. Mad Queen Dany

This one's pretty straight forward: Daenerys is going crazy, just like her father and her brother before her. It's a hard one to swallow, since she's kind of the baddest bitch in the seven kingdoms, but the evidence has been piling up throughout Season 6.

Check out this list backing up the Mad Queen Dany theory.

8. Bran The Three Eyed Raven

This one depends strongly on a literal interpretation of one of the Three-Eyed Ravens lines to Bran:

It is time for you to become me.

Given what we know about how Bran is able to interact with the past, isn't it possible that the mysterious Three-Eyed Raven is actually Bran himself, having traveled back in time to be his own teacher?

You can read even more Bran theories here.

9. Lady Stoneheart

Lady Stoneheart isn't so much a fan theory as she is something from the books that hasn't happened yet in the show, and some readers are holding out hope that it will. Apparently, although Catelyn Stark is killed at the Red Wedding, she is resurrected a few days later by Beric Dondarrion and Thoros Of Myr. In the book A Storm Of Swords, or what would have been the Season 4 finale, 'The Children,' Lady Stoneheart would have appeared at the end, hanging three Frey's that participated in the Red Wedding. Could she be set to appear later in Season 6?

Find out all you need to know about Lady Stoneheart in this article.

Game Of Thrones will return to HBO this Sunday with Season 6 Episode 7 "The Broken Man."

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