(Warning: The following contains major plot SPOILERS for the final episode of Game of Thrones season six, as well as speculation regarding a certain algebraic fan theory's future. Proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood Three-Eyed Raven suggests is wise...)
Now, if you're reading this, there's a pretty solid chance that you have, at some point in your life, come up with your own fan theory. The creation of such 'mind-canonical' explanations for pop culture's plot holes and cliffhangers is, after all, one of the most entertaining ways of killing time known to modern humankind - and your obvious strength of character (you're reading this article, after all) suggests that you'd be smart, creative, and generally geeky enough to have come up with a whole lot of such theories of your own. Which, if you're so inclined, you can even share with the world right here.
For the stars of popular pop cultural properties, though - like, say, Game of Thrones - such sharing of theories is both far simpler, and more horribly complex. After all, they tend to be privy to a whole lot more secrets than we are - and have a contractual obligation not to reveal them publicly. Which makes it all the more endearing that:
John 'Sam Tarly' Bradley Has An Epic Game of Thrones Fan Theory... And Just Shared It With Us All
Specifically, Bradley - during a recent interview with THR - has revealed his own personal thoughts on the show's season six finale's cunning Oldtown reveal: that the gyroscope we've been seeing in the show's opening sequence these past six seasons...
...has, in fact, been hanging in the Citadel library in Oldtown this whole time:
Which, though Bradley wasn't aware of its presence before the show aired...
"I only became aware of that after I saw the episode... On the day, it was all green screen. It's only after I saw the episode and people started telling me about the gyroscope."
...seems to have sparked the fan theorist in him all the same:
"I think it could mean any number of things. One theory is that what we're seeing now and how we're experiencing Game of Thrones is Sam telling the story of Game of Thrones. If you take the logic of the story now, the story of Westeros and the story of the battle for the Iron Throne, it would be a book in that library. The visual motif of that is you're about to be told a story — the sense of an idea of being told a story, and people gaining that knowledge, the way Sam is absorbing knowledge in the library."
Now, a) that's actually a really interesting idea - especially in the context of the opening sequence as a whole...
...which could thus absolutely be interpreted as a tale-telling Tarly showing his listeners the locations of each week's tale on a map, below said gyroscope.
And b) suggests that Bradley should probably move up a fair few slots in everyone's 'Game of Thrones star who'd make the best weekly viewing companion' rankings. After all, not only does he seem to actually care, but he's also more than capable of astutely and movingly analyzing the show's underlying greatness:
"The one thing I found moving about that object being the same in the Citadel and in the opening titles is that it's a testament to [showrunner David Benioff and Dan Weiss'] foresight, that they can plan something that only comes to fruition much later on... It shows an incredible kind of long game, in terms of giving people drips of information and being brave enough to puzzle people for a while. I think once that becomes apparent, that this is something we've seen every week, and now we're finally having it explained to us at the end of season six, shows us how much control they have as writers and how in charge of the form and structure they are. They'll only give out information when they feel you should get that information. I think it's a testament to the pace and the overall detail of the show."
Get that man an invitation (and some of that great guacamole you've got over there by the kitchen), stat!
What do you reckon, though?
Do you buy Bradley's gyroscope theory?