HEIDI SWANSON | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST
WARNING: Spoilers “are dark and full of terrors.” If you have not watched the latest season please do not read ahead.
The news that actors began filming for the eighth season on Oct. 23 made me realize just how excited I am for the final season of “Game of Thrones.” Rumors that it won’t premiere until 2019 are disappointing; I don’t think I can wait that long. The only thing left to do is obsess over possible theories that may or may not happen. The things fans of the T.V. and book series come up with range from silly to entirely plausible. In the finale of the Season 6, the most popular theory R+L= J was confirmed. For many years, fans believed Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark were the true parents of Jon Snow. Turns out, we were right! What other theories could we potentially be right about?
One theory that I find the most believable is that Jaime will be forced to kill Cersei, his sister/lover. After Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor, killing hundreds, including Margaery, many fans theorized Cersei will become the Mad Queen. In a parallel to Jaime killing the Mad King Aerys, Jaime will kill Cersei to stop mass murder. Considering he left King’s Landing after Cersei reveals to him that she will betray Jon and Dany even if it costs the destruction of the human race, Jaime killing Cersei is very likely. The two siblings, who were once so close, are now one opposing sides. Soon, Jaime will have to face Cersei, and maybe kill her. There have been many hints that this might happen. When Cersei was young, she was told by a seer, named Maggy the Frog, that she will watch each of her children die, and as the prophecy continues, “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar, in High Valyrian, means little brother. That could be Tyrion, or maybe even the Hound, since he is a little brother, but evidence points to it being Jaime.
Kind of like the R+L= J theory, the A+J= T theory speculates that Tyrion has a different father from the one he always knew. According to this theory, King Aerys, who is described as having a weird obsession with Tyrion’s mother, raped Joanna and this resulted in Tyrion’s birth. As far as evidence goes, Joanna died in childbirth, just like Daenerys’s mom, so that could point to the same father. Additionally, this would explain Tywin’s animosity towards Tyrion and his last words: “You’re no son of mine.” However, I don’t think this evidence is that convincing. For one thing, Genna Lannister says, “Tyrion is Tywin’s son,” meaning Tyrion is very similar to Tywin. What I thought was the most convincing evidence was that there were three dragons: Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon. Three dragons means three Targaryen riders. The only Targaryens we know of are Jon and Dany, so there would have to be a third Targaryen. Because of the death of Viserion, two Targaryens now makes sense.
This last theory hypothesizes that Bran is actually the Three-Eyed Raven. We know Bran can time travel, thanks to the heartbreaking scene with Hodor, forever changing what “hold the door” means to fans. Young Bran is being tutored by old Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven. The theory gives me a bit of a headache, because time travel is pretty confusing, but Jojen Reed did tell Bran “the raven is you” in a vision, so maybe?
Theories about “Game of Thrones” will always be around. There’s even a theory that Varys is a merman. Besides continually reading some rather interesting theories, I am eagerly awaiting the eighth and final season and the release of the sixth book in “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Whether that will actually happen is still a mystery.