Page II of Wild Mass Guessing for the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. See also Page I.
R+L=J might or might not be real but the people of Westoros will think it isConsidering how much the fandom has grabbed onto this theory it is entirely possible that people in Westeros might connect the same dots. It might not be true (or it might be) but when Dany comes back to Westoros or even before people like Varys might grab onto this as a way to hold the North for the Targaryens. It makes enough sense that the people of Westeros might actually believe it, especially considering how little anyone actually knows about what happened and Ned's famous honour.
Drogon will die.
Sansa's Storyline is Coming to an Early Close.Sansa has a few fleeting PO Vs in "A Feast for Crows" and doesn't really do much, and despite being a main character, doesn't appear at all in "A Dance with Dragons," a book that included every major surviving POV from the entire series (minor PO Vs like Brienne and Aeron were cut.) Mysteriously, the Eyrie was barely even mentioned. It seems that George is saving Sansa's chapters for later. It's likely that after the major development that happens late in "'Feast" that Sansa's role in the plot is nearly fulfilled. Her whole story was about her being a pawn in the game. Now that she's a player, she won't have much left to do other than make a few plot-affecting decisions before her few loose ends are wrapped up. Her detachment from the Others problem or the Iron Throne squabble might mean that her story will end on a personal note, since Sansa's storyline was always more about what she goes through than the goings-on around Westeros.
The Starks will winNot just "the Starks will recover". They will end up as one of the most powerful factions in Westeros. Why? Three reasons:
Nymeria will warg into AryaArya is trying to become a Faceless Woman. But the one part of her identity she can't erase is Nymeria. At some point, Arya's own sense of self will weaken to the point that Nymeria takes over. What happens at this point is anyone's guess. A few possibilities:
Benjen is fine.He's been separated from his horse, but he's alive and well (albeit freezing his ass off). What happened is that he's following some sort of trail or tracking something that's leading him ever further north. By now, he's reached the Land of Always Winter. Eventually, he will find something that's related to the origin of the Others.
Cersei will (try to) burn King's Landing down.Right now she seems to be content with being around Tommen, but that could change very fast (for example, by Tommen's messy murder). We know that the last thing Aerys wanted to do was ignite the strategically placed caskets of wildfire and destroy the capital. The only reason it didn't happen was because Jaime intervened. This could easily be set up again, as the city is bound to have plenty of wildfire, after they used it to such great effect against Stannis' fleet. And Cersei is the only person I could see doing it. Literally everyone else either wants the throne, or wants some specific person to sit it, so burning down the capital only hurts them. But if Cersei loses Tommen, she could very well decide to die and take the whole city with her, since by now she has very good reason to hate the people of King's Landing, particularly the faith of the seven. And think about Jaime. He killed Aerys to save the city, and it haunts him to this day. Now imagine he has that exact same choice again. Killing his sister, former lover and mother of his children, or letting the city he once saved (without anyone ever thanking him for that) perish.
Dany isn't barren.Mirri Maz Duur wasn't speaking prophecy or doing anything else supernatural when she gave her little speech about how Drogo would be fully healed and get his mind back "when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east" etc. etc. and listing Dany having another child as one of these "impossible" things. She was making an educated guess based on how fucked up Dany's previous pregnancy was (and saying the most hurtful things she could think of, of course), but she was wrong.
Mellisandre isn't misinterpreting her visions.Instead Rhllor is deliberately giving her inaccurate visions in order to manipulate her into what he wants her to do. So far, most of her bad readings have netted in good results. For example, she was wrong about Arya arriving at Castle Black but it ended up with the Night Watch gaining a powerful ally in Jeyne, something they are in desperate need of. It will remain to be seen if this continues to be the case.
It was Petyr Baelish who lied to Brandon Stark about Lyanna's kidnapping.The timeline here is sketchy because the main players are dead, but we know some things about the events between the duel at Riverrun and Brandon arriving at King's Landing. After the duel at Riverrun, Brandon left to collect his friends from the North, Riverlands and Vale. Presumably he went to Winterfell to get his wedding suit and met everyone on his way back to Riverrun. In the meantime, Petyr is stuck in bed for two weeks recovering from his wounds and having sex with Lysa. He is then thrown out and travels back to the Fingers in a litter, which is quite slow moving. Petyr would have taken the East-West road, stopping at the Inn at the Crossroads, before going Northwards and turning East for the Fingers. At approximately the same time, Rhaegar and Lyanna would have been fleeing South from Winterfell to the Dornish mountains. They would have covertly stopped at the Inn at the Crossroads. I theorise that Petyr saw Rhaegar and Lyanna there and gleaned two pieces of information: they were consensually running away together and they were heading for Dorne. Petyr then travels North and, to his horror, meets Brandon on the road. He knows that Brandon will hear about Lyanna's disappearance soon, if he doesn't know already, and chooses to lie in the hope of deferring Cat's wedding. He says that he saw Lyanna was with Rhaegar, that she had obviously been kidnapped against her will and that Rhaegar mentioned heading for King's Landing. Brandon believes this, is enraged and changes course. He might even stop at the Inn at the Crossroads to confirm the story. As we all know, a bloodbath followed and Brandon died. This is Petyr's Start of Darkness: he can't kill with swords but he can with words. This may also explain why Lyanna didn't leave a message - perhaps Petyr agreed to take it.
"Aegon Targaryen" is actually Ashara Dayne's bastardIt's been mentioned more than once that the Daynes have coloring similar to the Targaryens, which one would suspect would be important due to the Law of Conservation of Detail . Dany was warned about a "mummer's dragon", which can be interpreted two ways: a real dragon belonging to mummers, or a prop dragon used by mummers. In other words, a fake. From Selmy, we learn that Ashara gave birth to a stillborn bastard daughter, however, it's possible that this was a lie spread after the child's birth. A child with Targaryen features who is the right age to be Aegon would be very useful as a figurehead to rally people behind, so the child was taken as a fallback plan or to use in addition to Viserys and Dany, perhaps to replace them if they didn't prove amenable to the plans others like Varys and Illyrio had for them. As to his father, it could indeed be Eddard Stark. He was in love with Ashara and spent time with her at the tourney where Selmy said she got pregnant. Ashara did indeed kill herself over grief - she's lost her brother, possibly the father of her child to another woman, and her child itself. Combined with post-partum depression, she killed herself. Less plausibly, she's actually Septa Lemore, looking after her son, and her suicide was ruse so that people wouldn't question her disapearance. Connington is probably not aware of the ruse and believes the boy to be Aegon.
"Aegon Targaryen" is Ilyrio's SonWhen Ilyrio and Tyrion part company, Ilyrio talks about "Young Griff", and shows more emotion than would be expected in the circumstances. If the boy is not truly Aegon, but rather Ilyrio's son, that would explain it. It would also explain the extraordinary lengths Ilyrio has been willing to go to, and the extraordinary costs he has been willing to bear (giving away the dragon eggs, hiring the Golden Company), in support of the Targaryens; he aims to have his own son - the fake Targaryen (i.e. the mummer's dragon) on the throne.
Qyburn works for VarysIn ''Dance' With Dragons', we learn that Varys is trying to keep Cersei in power so she'll destabilize the Seven Kingdoms, making it easier for Aegon to take over. Qyburn has always been unusually supportive of Cersei,even before she gave him "materials" for his experiments. Another piece of evidence that points to this theory is that Qyburn has done such a good job succeeding Varys as Master of Whispers that Cersei believes that Varys is nothing more than a fraud, and thus severely underestimates him.
It's going to be three-way war on the Wall in Book 6.(Warning: aDwD spoilers.) So, yeah. We all read the end of Dance, with Jon getting all stabbified by his own Sworn Brothers. What we're forgetting is that Jon had just left a meeting in which he won the wildlings' allegiance, once and for all. (It's interesting that everyone has been spitting "You're half wildling" at him as though it's an insult, because events have proven that it's actually a great strength which will help save the Seven Kingdoms.) So what happened when hundreds of wildlings came spilling out of the Knight's Hall and saw their new King-Beneath-The-Wall getting attacked by crows? When we open Book 6, we will find Jon injured but alive at Castle Black, having been saved by Tormund and etc. The Watch (what remains of them) will have retreated to the Shadow Tower or Eastwatch-By-The-Sea, whilst the wildlings have taken Castle Black for their home base. It's like to be open war for a while, and heaven only knows what will happen to Night's Watch defectors (Grenn, Pyp, Dolorous Edd) who want to rejoin their friend. But Jon is likely to win in the end, especially when wights start arising south of the Wall, from the corpses of the slain. The Night's Watch isn't going to be happy, and Jon will probably not be reinstated as Lord Commander and maybe will even be hit with execution for his "crimes", but they will have to accept his methods, whether they like them (or him!) or not.
The briefly mentioned blond archer Lewis Lanster who traveled with Jon Connington will be a Chekhov's GunHe's a good-looking, prideful blonde with a surname suspiciously similar to "Lannister". Too subtle to be a Red Herring, but definitely something that stands out.
Sansa won't betray Littlefinger.Everyone seems to think that she's going to eventually be his downfall, but maybe she'll end up being his evil accomplice, either a Dark Chick or an odd sort of Dragon once her Corrupt the Cutie process is complete. The characters always develop in surprising ways, and Sansa turning into a competent Manipulative Bitch—or even a magnificent one—would be at least as surprising as a sword-wielding "for the North!" moment, while still being more in character.
Arya will come back to WesterosPart of the faceless man training is cutting off all ties to your past life, and in a sense becoming 'no one'. One of the problems arya might have with this is that no matter how much she cuts herself off from the starks, she is still connected to Nymeria. So the faceless men will give her the task to kill nymeria, and in the process she will get drawn back into the conflict of westeros, and possibly stop being a faceless woman as a result.
Arya will be brought back to Westeros as Cersei's assassin.It's mentioned in ADWD that if a ruler doesn't pay the Iron Bank what he owes, the Bank have them killed and replaced by someone who'll take the hint. Cersei blew off the Bank while she was ruler, so they'll be looking to topple her if she wins her trial by battle and regains control of King's Landing (and, with Zombie Gregor as her champion, how can she lose?). It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that the Bank use Faceless Men for their assassinations, since both the Bank and the Men are based out of Braavos. And we know Arya would leap at the chance to put a dagger between Cersei's shoulderblades, especially since she hasn't phased out her own identity like Faceless Men are supposed to. Of course, this doesn't guarantee she'll succeed, but it seems like an elegant way to bring her back to Westeros for the finale...
Bran will become the 1000th Lord Commander of the Night's WatchIn Winds of Winter, a new Lord Commander will be chosen to replace the stabbed Jon Snow. He will die during that book, or sometime early in Dreams of Spring. In Dreams of Spring, Bran will return to the Wall, leading a warhost of the children of the forest, probably a few wildlings, and possibly something else that we have yet to encounter. He will stop the Others and save Westeros. However, by this point Bran will no longer be entirely human. There will be no place for him in Winterfell. Instead, he will remain on the Wall as the 1000th Lord Commander. Jon will either die or have another destiny.
The post-series Westeros will be a high fantasy realmOne of the themes of the series is that magic is returning to Westeros. And outside of the Others, most of the magical elements are aligned with the heroes, particularly Dany and Bran. These will prove key to their return to power. Sam's plot will involve the maesters trying to stop the return of magic. He, of course, will become a wizard like he always wanted. In the end, they will fail, and magic will return.
The maesters will be involved in some attempt to kill the dragonsThe maesters want magic gone. The dragons are bringing magic back. Possibilities:
Azor Ahai Reborn is more than one person...most likely the three heads of the dragon. Let's look at the two most cenral figures of the series: Dany and Jon.
The Night's Watch as we know it will cease to existThe aforementioned War at the Wall will end in a wildling victory. The wildlings will then take over the defense of the Wall, and claim the Gift as well. Mance Rayder will become King on the Wall.
Future POV NamesIn the more recent books, Martin has this thing of calling characters by a descriptor/changing their name for dramatic effect (i.e. Sansa as Alayne Stone and Arya as Cat of the Canals). Here's some of the ones I'm thinking could be in the future- spoilers ahead:
Mormont's raven contains a skinchanger
Bolton will attack the WallLet us imagine that Jon Snow and/or his allies regain control of the Wall early on in The Winds of Winter. A likely scenario is that Melisandre decides to help Jon, bringing Stannis' people in on his side. If Jon's human body is dead, Melisandre might end up in charge (or at least she will be the POV). They send Roose Bolton a fuck you raven. Bolton, furious, leads his men north to attack the Wall. In the eyes of just about everyone, this is Roose Bolton's Moral Event Horizon. The North rises in open rebellion. Roose Bolton is defeated by an army of Stark loyalists, wildlings, crows, what remains of Stannis' troops, and even Boltons - one subplot sees the castellan of the Dreadfort turn against his liege. Around this time, Sansa's true identity is revealed. One of the final scenes has her being declared Queen in the North.
Azor Ahai, The Prince Who Was Promised and The Stallion Who Mounts The World are three different people. Their clash will have catastrophic outcomes.All three have characteristics of a messianic archetype, or at least a great leader that will bring peace and stability by conquer. What better way to subvert this prophecies than them just resulting in a bitter war that eventuelly sees the demise of all three of them.
Varys wants the Targaryens back because he knows about the Others and believes that dragons will be necessary to defeat them.Think about it. In those rare moments when he may actually be speaking honestly, Varys always says that his loyalty is to the realm, and he's probably telling the truth. He's certainly not out for personal power: he has as much of that as he's likely to get no matter who's on the throne. But if he's truly loyal to the realm, why put it through all this messy civil war nonsense, and why prolong it by killing Kevan Lannister? He's already proven that through his manipulations of the throne and Small Council, he can keep the realm stable and prosperous even with a certifiable madman wearing the crown, so why not help whoever happens to be on the throne at the time, the way he did for over a decade with Robert? In short, why so much loyalty for the Targaryens, who've been a crapshoot at best when it comes to what's actually good for Westeros and who wouldn't have had a chance in hell of seriously attempting a return to power without his constant help? UNLESS there's an even greater danger to the entire realm, one compared to which years of messy civil war are a small and necessary evil, one which can only be combated by the Targaryens due to their special affinity for dragons? Enter the Others. As to how he would know about this threat years before even the Night's Watch suspected they were back, well, he IS the Master of Whisperers, and he had at least a passing (as in, "please pass your testicles, there's a good lad") acquaintance with a bona fide sorcerer in his youth, so it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility.
The defining Wham Line of The Winds of Winter:"Shouldn't the sun be up by now?"
Khal Drogo shall ride again.The sun has risen in the west and set in the east. The mountains have crumbled. The sea has dried up. Khal Drogo will return to the world under the open sky, with the infant Rhaego in his arms. He will be surrounded by four stallions. The first will have a white coat, and a Dothraki bow will be strapped to it's side. The second will have a fiery red coat, and will carry an arakh strapped to its saddle. The third will be pitch black and carry a whip. The fourth will be deathly pale, but strong as the others. Mounted atop the pale horse and with the other three in tow, Drogo will rebuild his khalasar, who will ride behind him as he tracks down the moon of his life.
The arrival of Winter heralds a great change
Dany will re-create Valyrian steel with her dragonsGiven that it's also referred to as Dragonsteel and the Valyrians were known for having a lot of dragons, it seems pretty obvious to me that the Lost Technology involved in making the stuff consisted of a blacksmith smelting with the aid of dragons. Since there are currently dragons again, it shouldn't be too hard to make a lot of the stuff, which will come in handy since it reputedly can kill wights and Others. It will also be kind of funny since Valyrian steel is known for being priceless, if now any Tom, Dick, or Harry can get a Valyrian steel sword.
The other source of Valyrian steel swordsThe Iron throne is made of the swords of Aegon the Conqueror's fallen foes. I bet were probably made of Valyrian steel, ergo, the Iron throne will be melted down so the swords can be reforged. Ultimately, Westeros will become a republic and someone (Davos? Jon? Littlefinger?) will be president.
The source of the letter at the end of A Dance with DragonsIn the last few chapters of Stannis' storyline in A Dance with Dragons, he spent a LOT of time staring into fire. By doing so, he was granted visions by R'hllor, and he was the one who figured out that Jon had sent Mance Rayder and the girls into Winterfell to rescue "Arya".
Every POV introduced in AFFC/ADWD will play a major role in TWOW & ADOS.When you think about it, they are all well-placed to observe new storylines, particularly as GRRM has said that there will be no more new POV characters. An early example is Asha Greyjoy, who ended up as our POV in Stannis' army in ADWD. So, theories ahoy!
Jaime will return to the Westerlands.He may formally resign from the Kingsguard, but he will become the de facto (if not de jure) Lord of Casterly Rock and the leader of the Lannister faction. As a sidenote, we will finally get to visit Casterly Rock.
Benjen isn't Coldhands.Benjen is somewhere with the children of the forest, being kept apart from Bran either for a reason or because the children haven't realized their relationship, and we'll see him in Winds or even Dream. What evidence do I have? Well, I'm re-reading Game of Thrones and when Bran first heards Benjen is missing, he says "the children of the forest will help him!" because Old Nan was just telling him a story about that. Maybe a throwaway line, but knowing what I know now about the children, it just pings me a little.
Boros Blount is being poisoned, or is diabetic.It is common knowledge that Cersei hates Boros Blount, and even Jaime gets less crap about killing a king than Blount does for surrendering a prince. After Jaime makes him into Tommen's food taster, he becomes increasingly sickly looking. I believe he isn't just sick with shame. If Tommen's food was poisoned, then it would have been noticeable. It is likely that Tommen's diet is rich in foods that Boros is allergic to, or otherwise incapable of eating. Tommen likes sweets, so I think some sort of Westerosi diabetes is at play. Who is poisoning him, I don't know. It couldn't be Cersei, because she was planning on having him killed when he championed Margery Tyrell. Considering that Varys is going around killing people in order to troll Cersei, it could be him.
Mance Rayder will be the 999th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.If the wildling faction wins the War on the Wall, he'd be a splendid choice, perhaps enacting some choice reforms.
Aegon is real. The Mummer's Dragon prophecy is meant to be read the other way round.It's not about someone claiming to be a Targaryen. It's about a Targaryen (probably unknowingly) claiming to be someone else. Going to the old Rhaegar-and-Lyanna's-son well again, it could be Jon. I know it's a stretch, but Aegon would be kinda obvious, and there is no other Targaryen pretender in sight. So maybe it actually means the opposite.
In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, two monozygotic twins can have different genders.Of course, I have no idea how this is even supposed to work, but it would explain the often described physical similarities between Jaime and Cersei.
Danearys herself will be one of the betrayersThe prophecy said, "Three betrayals shall you know, not "You will be betrayed three times" My original thought was that Daenerys would "betray" Mereen by abandoning it to go to Westros, "for blood", but the "for blood" betrayal would seem to be what Mirri Maz Duur did, so maybe she will betray someone (Probably Hizdahr0 so she can be with Daario - "for love".
Balerion (the cat) will be somehow significantOkay, this is probably a stretch simply because this is such a minor, blink-and-you'll-miss-it easter egg, but here goes. You know that tomcat with the torn ear that Arya chases around in AGOT? And the one that Tommen whines in AFFC has been bullying his kittens, presumably the same creature? The big, angry, black tomcat? And remember when someone mentioned offhand that little Princess Rhaenys (Rhaegar's daughter, the yes-she's-definitely-dead one) had a little black kitten she adored, called Balerion? Go on, tell me it wouldn't be fantastic if that cat did something amazing. Why else is it still floating around the Red Keep?
Jon Snow is dead, but Melisandre will raise him like Beric Dondarrion was.Although Martin is a real bastard when it comes to killing off characters we love (looking at you, Ned) there's something just not right with Jon's death. It looks like he's been given too much importance to the story to die like that. And, if Thoros of Myr, a second-rate priest by his own admission was able to raise Beric from the dead, what might Melisandre be capable of? Not to mention that it would give her a handle on Jon, and bind him to her.
Sansa will be rescued by the Mountain ClansRemember she is in the Vale with Little Finger and she is of-course Tyrion's wife, so it is entirely possible that her secret could be revealed to a member of one of the Mountain Clans who are still loyal to Tyrion and they could help rescue her.
Melisandre is Azor Ahai.This would be a Prophecy Twist that I have yet to see - the prophet is, unknown to himself, the very Chosen One he speaks of. And Jon Snow is Lightbringer.
Jaime Lannister is bisexual or mostly gayHe likes guys and has very, very, very, very far repressed it, because it may be rather dangerous in Westeros (as in any medieval counterpart society). His relationship with Cersei is so twisted that she's become the "safer" option in his mind, which is why he's never been tempted to stray from her — he was only looking at women and it never even occurred to him to look at men. This is also why he's mildly upset when he's attracted to Brienne — either attraction to any woman is slightly odd (and he's just used to it with Cersei), or Brienne being rather more masculine than the standard brushes perilously close to realizing he's not straight. Now that his relationship with Cersei seems to be over, we'll see if this emerges any. To clarify: I talk about both him knowing things and them never occurring to him. In psychology this is totally possible — some part of your psyche will know it if you like the same sex, but that doesn't necessarily mean your conscious mind has figured it out.
Syrio Forel was a Faceless Man and is still at King's Landing......masquerading as Ser Meryn Trant, who he killed after Arya fled. With his wooden sword.
Syrio Forel is still at King's Landing but is not a Faceless Man...but is being held in the fourth dungeon level of the Red Keep, the one used "only for torment." He will teach Jaime Lannister to fight with his left hand and then the two of them will go an a quest to retrieve Arya Stark from Braavos, so that Jaime can fulfill his promise to Lady Catelyn to protect her daughters.
All the events so far are part of an undescribably complex plan set up by...Benjen Stark. He manipulated Littlefinger, Varys, Melisandre, everyone to set the events of the books in motion. Then he went into hiding beyond the Wall. When the various conflicts (War of the Five Kings, Targaryen invasion, the Others) come to an end, he will emerge from the forest and declare himself Overlord of Everything to Ever Exist Ever. Trufax.
Future Plans of the Brotherhood Without BannersThey will conduct a daring jail break and free Edmure and take back Riverrun. Also, they will "gatecrash" the wedding of Daven Lannister and the Frey girl he's marrying (Tom O'Sevens will naturally be undercover as a musician) and will murder them along with their guests. This will both be an awesome moment as well as a demonstration of how much they and Catelyn have become He Who Fights Monsters. Demonstrating this, a pregnant Roslin Frey will also be killed. Edmure will survive the series but as a bitter man and will hunt down and execute the members of the Brotherhood.
Quaithe is a ghostShe can appear and vanish without explanation, can be seen only by certain people, and she comes from 'the shadow lands.' Dany bringing magic back into the world made her stronger, and self-interest is why she watching out for her with advice and warnings. Also for the sheer hell of it, I'm going to throw in that Quaithe is specifically the ghost of Joanna Lannister. Because that would be fun.
Jaime Lannister will not survive the seriesHe has grown into one of the audience's favourite characters since his Heel-Face Turn. It is very dangerous to be an audience's favourite character in Westeros. Also, look how many people are gunning for him:
Dany really can't have kidsMirri Maz Duur wasn't making a prophecy, she was giving the educated guess of an eperienced midwife who saw firsthand the damage Rhaego's birth did to Dany. Exact wording is usually pretty important in the books, and Mirri's exact words were that Daenerys would never bear a living child. Being able to concieve and being able to carry the pregnancy to term are two different things- look at Lysa's track record.
Jon's Sword will become the new LightbringerIn order to create the original Lightbringer, it had to be quenched in the body of its maker's wife. Jon used his sword to kill Ygritte, who was his wife by Wildling law.
Daenerys will march on Harrenhal with the dragons. Or even just one or two of the dragons.Like Aegon the Conqueror.
Varys caused Robert's rebellion
More Targaryen (or Blackfyre) claimants are due to show upMoqorro makes a prophecy of "Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark."
Tyrion will be the Starks' greatest threatHe never bore them any ill will at the start, but of all the Lannisters Tyrion's the only one the direwolves treated as a danger. The Starks were less than kind to him, and he's rather bitter over everything with Sansa. Should he encounter any of the remaining Stark kids again, it'll end with them getting messed up good and proper.
Jaime Lannister will kill one or all three of Dany's dragonsWe know that Dragons can be fought and beaten if you know what to do - the Dornish managed to beat Aegon the Conqueror, and then they beat the Young Dragon as well. Similarly, we know that dragons can be killed - Harghaz nearly managed to kill Drogon in ADWD, and Dany clearly feared for his safety. At the moment, Dany is about to be captured by Khal Jhaqo. Perhaps she will be pushed over the edge by the nasty treatment she can look forward to at Jhaqo's hands, or he will use her to enslave the dragons. Also, since his Heel-Face Turn, Jaime is actually trying to become more like a chivalrous knight - saving Brienne, rescuing Tyrion (and telling him the truth), beating himself up over having to threaten Edmure, showing his respect for Lord Blackwood over Lord Bracken. And what do knights do? Kill dragons.
Lightbringer is the Night's WatchNot as far-fetched as it may seem. After all, the prophecy of Azor Ahai (and prophecy in general in this series) is heavy with symbolism. It's possible "sword" is an interchangeable term for a "weapon." A fighting force can be a weapon. A "red sword" could mean a weapon/force that's seen and survived combat. Besides, look at the Night's Watch vow: "Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all nights to come." Here we have an oath that uses a sword as the metaphor for the Night's Watch. Lightbringer is supposed to give off heat; the Night's Watch burns against the cold. It is the "light that brings the dawn." The original defeat of the Others is called the Battle for the Dawn. Could this mean that Lightbringer has been staring us in the face practically the entire time? It certainly seems like something Martin would do. The Azor Ahai legend and the origin of the Night's Watch are, we're led to believe, roughly contemporary. Azor Ahai's legend has to do with defeating the Others, which is also the Night's Watch's mission. As such, the AA legend and the Night's Watch are inexorably linked. The "wielder of Lightbringer" might simply mean the person who commands the Night's Watch. For all we know, AA might himself have been the founding Lord Commander. It also may be that AA's sacrifice of Nissa Nissa might somehow tie into the Night's Watch promise to not take wives. We understand that promise to simply be putting duty before familial loyalty, but what if there's more to it? If AA did sacrifice Nissa Nissa to "forge" Lightbringer, and the Night's Watch is itself Lightbringer, then the rule against taking wives literally goes back to the first days of the Watch and has a deep symbolic meaning beyond just utility.
Robb is alive as Grey Wind.Unlike Catelyn, who was unceremoniously dumped in a river, we know the location of Robb's body after his death, so there's little chance some convenient priest could come along and resurrect him. Indeed, we thought we knew the location of Grey Wind's corpse as well, but recent events seem to give the wolf an out, released into the woods in the confusion, though shot with crossbows. If he still is alive, then it is possible that, at the moment of death, Robb's spirit hitched a ride on the wolf. With his body dead, however, poor Robb is now stuck in Grey Wind, much like how the wildling shapechanger ended up stuck in a bird when Jon killed his human body. This theory is basically part interesting use of what we already "know" (as much as ever really know anything recently in this story) and the fact that, for main characters in an "Any One Can Die" series, the Starks do very little actual dying after Ned ( very little staying dead). In a sense, among all the other deconstructions and parodies, Any One Can Die is being toyed with, as the series begins with a shattering of comfort on who may live and who may die, but then doesn't really follow through with any of the main POV characters. And why let a character have the peace of death when you can make them suffer some more?
Dany's about to become the Mad Queen.We know she has a capacity for very severe vengeance (see Mirri Maaz Duur, the Good Masters, the Great Masters...) and a quick temper. It only seems to have gotten worse as time goes on (compare burning one woman at the stake with crucifying 163 slavers and leaving them up for days). On top of that, she just survived weeks isolated and alone with only a dragon for company. Perhaps her dark side will only continue to grow, and Tyrion, Jorah, Barristan, or someone else will have to become a queenslayer. In any case I think (assuming she survives her Bolivian Army Ending) Dany's dark side is going to become more prominent.
"The Shadow" is a volcano that puts Valyria to shameOld Valyria seems to have been a volcanic region devastated by an enormous eruption, and is also strongly tied to dragons. It doesn't take a great leap of imagination to assume a connection, especially considering "dragonglass", whose real-world counterpart obsidian is a volcanic material. The other place associated with dragons is Asshai "by-the-Shadow", near a mysterious area called the Shadow Lands, which are said to be "under the shadow". So what if they're either metaphorically "in the shadow" of a great mountain, or literally shadowed by plumes of smoke belching from it? What if beyond Asshai the atmosphere becomes so caustic and poisonous (or even dragon-infested) that it's generally considered uninhabitable, a sort of naturally-occurring uber-Mordor?
Aryawill get enough assassin training to be a badass Master of Disguise killing machine, but drop out before making a final commitment As interesting as they are, a Faceless Man as a viewpoint character, let alone as a protagonist character, wouldn't work. They're meant to have no identity, no desires of their own, no ties to the outside world — none of the things that make a hero, basically. Arya's hidden sword and her wild direwolf both symbolise aspects of her character that she wouldn't allow to be subsumed by the House of Black and White. Either something in Braavos will remind her of home, or she will rail against a final stage of induction to the Faceless Men and flee — or be expelled — from them. Like Bruce Wayne and Luke Skywalker, she will join the ranks of the Dropout Hero. Some kind of rediscovery of Nymeria being the catalyst would be excellent, as she symbolises all the aspects of Arya that go against the FM's ethos, although it's hard to see how that would happen except as a particularly vivid wolf-dream.
The next book will focus on the fight with the Others more than the Game of Thrones. Because of this, Dany will win.Stannis and the Greyjoys will make their way back to the Wall and Melisandre will recruit the worshipers of Rh'llor to come and fight. Jon Snow will use all the pull he's ever got to recruit Wildlings and Starks to come and fight. The Lannisters family would have been so weakened by the events of the last book and Ser Kevan's death that they will have only the most superficial power and Littlefinger will be too busy with Sansa to do any of his usual manipulations. Everyone who still has power will have been summoned to the Wall to deal with the zombie apocalypse and everyone else with any power will be too stuck up in their problems, so Varys and the Martells bring Dany and her dragons into the city and she'll take over before anyone else really notices. She convinces Tommen and the Tyrells to swear allegiance to her and she'll take the throne without a fight.
Whoever wins the Iron Throne will be a Tyrell.Or, failing that, the person who does take the Iron Throne - consensus seems to be that Jon or Dany are the most likely at the end - will marry a Tyrell. Why? Well, Stark = York and Lannister = Lancaster, and this troper thinks that Tyrell = Tudor. The Tyrells' rose sigil looks very much like the Tudor rose in design, and one of the actual Tudor colors was green (the other being white; red and white is a common misconception because of the rose; the red and white symbolized the joining of White Rose York and Red Rose Lancaster). The Tyrells' colors are green and gold. The head of the Tyrell family is also Lord of the Marches - the Tudors were Welsh, Welsh Marches, anyone? Lastly, Margaery Tyrell's story has quite a few parallels to Anne Boleyn's, and Anne Boleyn's rise and fall is one of the better-known events in the Tudor era. Which also makes the fact that Natalie Dormer plays Margaery, and was also Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, a nice Casting Gag.
A dragonrider ideally needs to be half-TargaryenThe three heads of the dragon will all be half-Targaryen, thus having both "Blood of the Dragon" plus a sort of hybrid vigour that preserves them from the Taint, a side effect of inbreeding. (This controversially rules Dany out but Griff in, along with Jon Snow and Targ!Tyrion). The Targaryens initially lost their hold over dragons because they got too obsessed with blood-purity; the reason there need to be three per generation is so that two of them can maintain the purity of the Blood of the Dragon and the other can marry out in order to birth the next generation of dragonriders. This is also why the most successful dragonriders in history were Aegon I and his sisters, who were the first to institute the inbreeding tradition.
Aegon Will Win the Iron Throne and Marry Arianne Martell
Dany won't retake MeereenIf she takes over Meereen again, she'll eventually have to choose whether to give up on Westeros, or go there and abandon her "children" as Meereen quickly backslides into the old regime. If she's exiled, much like Sansa and Tyrion it effectively dissolves her marriage to Hizdahr, allowing her to marry Victarion or some other suitor who might actually be able to help her get her eyes back on the prize.
The old gods, children of the forest, First Men and the Starks are less benevolent than they seem..In A Dance with Dragons, we learn that the ancient Starks used to sacrifice people to their weirwoods via Bran's vision of the white-haired woman cutting a captive's throat in front of a heart tree. We know that "blood magic" is a powerful and ancient form of magic GRRM's world through the examples of Melisandre and Mirri Maz Duur. Since A Game of Thrones we have been told that weirwoods have blood-colored sap and leaves and often appear to "weep blood" from their faces. The weirwood in White Harbor, which was the site of much bloody sacrifice as mentioned by Davos, is humungous and fat. Weirwoods cannot take root at the Eyrie and we know that that castle is unique in that it executes its major criminals by throwing them off the mountain as opposed to beheading (apparently the preferred execution method in the rest of the Seven Kingdoms). From this we can deduce that weirwoods thrive on the blood of human sacrifices and in fact that their "sap" is most likely, to some degree, literal blood! This throws the First Men and the children of the forest and the old gods into a whole new light. When we first learn of the Andals invading Westeros and driving the First Men and the children back and hacking down all the weirwoods we are sympathetic to the First Men and the children (or, at least, I was). But, if the Andals knew of the origin of the weirwoods, they could hardly be blamed for finding the First Men and children barbaric and horrifying. On a related note, we have the Starks. They are the only major house that is still (mostly) of the blood of the First Men. They describe their ancestors as the "Kings of Winter". They are the only major house that still worships the old gods (though they appear to be unaware of their religion's bloody origin). At one point in the story, I forget where exactly, it is noted that the Stark words are the only words of a major house that are not a boast of some kind. In contrast to things like "Growing strong", "We do not sow", "Ours is the fury", etc., the Stark words are "Winter is coming". "Winter is coming" is used as a warning throughout the books akin to something like "Knock on wood". However, what if originally, the Stark words were meant as a boast, as well? As in, look out southerners/Andals/enemies of the old gods, because when Winter gets here, we are gonna kick some serious butt. In other words, Winter coming was a good thing for the Starks of old and their gods.....
Jojen Reed was killed and his blood was used to initiate Bran as a greenseerRelated to the above. When Jojen gets to the caves north of the Wall he seems to become more and more depressed, even in spite of the fact that he seems to get physically stronger (he had been ill). Jojen often mentions that "this is not the day I die" implying that he knows the day of his death (he does NOT say this on the day Bran consumes the weirwood paste). Meera intimates to Bran that her brother wishes to return home but will not fight his fate, though she doesn't say what that fate is; she then begins to cry. Meera admonishes Jojen for scaring Bran and Jojen's response is that "[Bran] is not the one that needs to be afraid". Martin describes the new crescent moon on the day Bran consumes the paste as "sharp as a knife"; a parallel seems to exist between this moon and the sickle used in the blood sacrifice Bran witnesses in the weirwood vision. Bran sees veins of red in the weirwood seed paste before he eats it, which he supposes is just weirwood sap. Bran nearly retches up the first bite of the paste. After his vision is over, Bran can taste blood in his mouth. Meera and Jojen are nowhere to be found after Bran eats the paste. Taken altogether, I believe this points to the fact that Jojen was (willingly) killed by Bloodraven and the children of the forest and his blood was used to indoctrinate Bran into greenseerhood. Perhaps Bran and the weirwood he "uses" both fed on Jojen's blood to link them together. Meera seems to have been at least vaguely aware of Jojen's fate and seemed to hope that the "three-eyed crow" (Bloodraven) would be able to alter it. Jojen may have humored her to that end in order to get her to accompany him, knowing that her huntress / fighting abilities would be needed. This is related to the speculation that Bran may be heading down a darker path than it initially seemed, what with his willingness to warg into Hodor against the latter's wishes.
Alysane Mormont had sex with Tormund GiantsbaneOn a brief adventure beyond the wall, Tormund meant he had sex with a Mormont when he said "bear". Alysane said her children were fathered by a bear because she genuinely mistook Tormund for one.
The dragon Rhaegal is female.That's the reason why (s)he is not named Rhaegon in accordance with Drogon and Viseryon.
At the end of the series, the Stark in Winterfell will be... Jeyne Poole, pretending to be Arya.What could be more appropriate, in a series that places so much emphasis on mutable identities and the utter silliness of the medieval obsession with noble heritage, than ending up with the Stark lineage carried on by someone who we, the readers, know isn't a Stark at all? (Warning: this is going to be a long one.) In one of the preview chapters of Winds, we see that Jeyne has continued to lay claim to her 'Arya' identity even when released from the Boltons' captivity. The other candidates for the job, while by no means ruled out at this stage, all have a plausible reason why they might not lay claim to Winterfell. Arya herself is in the process of abandoning her own identity; Sansa may never feel it's safe to drop the 'Alayne Stone' persona; Bran's up in the far, far north, surrounded by hostile Others, and seems unlikely to return south of the Wall even if he survives Winds and Dream; Rickon's likely to have gone half-feral after spending so long on an island of cannibals and sharing his mind with a wolf throughout his formative years; and Jon is dead, a bastard at any rate, and likely to have more important prophecy-related business than sorting out the succession in Winterfell even if he comes back. Who else could identify Jeyne as a fake? Theon, but he has no reason to- in fact, he's been the number one supporter of Jeyne keeping up the pretense of being Arya, a pattern he continues in the Winds preview chapter. Lady Stoneheart could, assuming she's still mentally capable of such, but she's down in the Riverlands and unlikely to ever meet the girl passing herself off as her daughter. Littlefinger, Varys and Tyrion could, but none would have any objection to a fake Stark assuming it figured into their plans somehow (and, seriously, does anyone believe Littlefinger in particular is going to make it to the end of Dream?) Finally, there's Roose and Ramsay, both of whom are going to be incredibly dead by the end of the series. As cruel as GRRM is to his heroes, he does have a way of making sure his villains get their just desserts, too. Perhaps it's a bit of a stretch that none of these characters would spill the beans, but thematically it'd be perfect for the series, fitting in with the recurring message that it's not who you are that counts but who you can convince other people you are, or who other people say you are. Plus, hey, the girl could use some good luck after everything she's been through.
The series will end with three kingdoms.The Lannisters are doomed. Sorry Tommen, but its true. The magic is coming back, and they're the only faction that has none of it on their side. They'll probably be wiped out by the end of book six to clear the board for the serious players. Dany will invade before Stannis can move South, securing King's Landing promptly. This will leave Stannis with a serious dilemma: he can legitimately say that Joffrey and Tommen had no claim to the throne, but Dany does have a valid claim. At the same time, though, I doubt he's going to lay down his armies, and as the magic comes back, Melisandre is going to gain access to increasingly kick-ass magic, and Dany will realize that, even with her dragons, she could potentially lose...around this time the Wall will come down, forcing the Night's Watch and the Wildlings into a hopeless battle against the forces of Darkness, but Stannis and Dany, determined to protect their people, abandon their own squabbling (something no other leader in the series was prepared to do) to protect the people. After the battle is over, Dany makes a propositions: technically, the North declared itself independent, but no longer has a legitimate King (all the Starks remain in hiding, or have taken the black, or just have no desire to rule)...so, she offers Stannis the North, and he promptly accepts. The Wildlings at this point have come to see the Nights Watch as their leaders, due to their valiance in battle, and Stannis proposes that the gift, and the lands that were once North of the wall be merged into a single, new kingdom, and that the position of Lord Commander and King Beyond the Wall be merged, and the Nights Watch take on the role of that kingdom's knights. Thus, Jon Snow becomes the first King of the Gift.
Ramsay Bolton will be hunted and killed by Nymeria's wolf pack.Just think about it. This is very appropriate end for him. A perfect Karmic Death.
Dany's return to westeros will be A Big Reality Ensues.She missed the oppurtunity to conquer, Aegon has or will gain the support and thanks to Cersei noone wants a woman.
There'll be a diplomatic incident involving Daenerys and "The bear and the maiden fair"Everybody in Westeros seems to be constantly singing it, but Dany didn't grow up there. So when she hears the lyrics for the first time, she'll take them to be about Ser Jorah and herself - cue interesting insights into a paranoid queen.
The Drowned God and the Storm God were the original deities of he First MenIronborn religious doctrine teaches that the Drowned God led their ancestors to find the Sea Stone Chair. Implying that they had been worshiping him or a being like him proceeding their settling on the Iron Islands. Thus, it may be possible that the First Men who came from Essos did in fact worship him before they discarded him in favour of the Children of the Forest. But the First Men are said to come from Essos, and within the series the similarities between the Drowned God and R'hilor are remarked upon as uncanny. Therefore, it can be further extrapolated that the Drowned God and the Storm God are merely mutations of the R'hilor and the Great Other respectively, changed as Ironborn's culture began to emphasize sea-born raiding.
Gunpowder Is ComingSomewhere between The Winds of Winter and The Dream of Spring one of the maesters will design stable, wildfire-based compound with explosive capabilities. At first, it'll be overlooked, but invention of firearms will be just a matter of time. Using Valyrian steel for barrels shall make them lighter and stronger than in our world, while obsidian shells in particular will prove useful against the Walkers pouring from the North. Citadel will establish a powerful presence on the Reach, incorporating the remaining Pyromancers and maybe wiping out the Hightowers For Science!. The fall of knighthood will be imminent... but Westeros, having this new power at their disposal, will survive.
Melisandre really is as good as she sees herself.Her morally ambiguous acts are done out of desperation. Consider her situation: she knows that the Others are returning, and will destroy humanity if not stopped, but no one, or almost no one, is listening to her. She needs Westeros to be united to stand against the Others, or everyone will die, and the whole world will be shrouded in eternal cold and darkness, but the rulers of Westeros would prefer to fight for power amongst themselves instead, wasting the military forces that ought to be used to defend against the Others. The only figure in Westerosi politics over whom she has any influence is Stannis, so she needs to put Stannis firmly in power on the throne in order to get Westeros mobilized against the real threat. What are her other options? What would you do in her shoes?
Robert did not abuse Cersei.He cheated on her, obviously, but other than hitting her the one time in Ned's presence, when he himself said that that "was not kingly," he did not beat her or force himself on her. Cersei made that up to justify her own actions, and to play on Ned's doubts about what Robert had become. Who knows? She might even have been lying about Robert having whispered Lyanna's name on their wedding night. After all, why should we believe anything she says? She's clearly a sadistic sociopath, and probably always was one: it is very likely that she murdered Melara Hetherspoon.
Robert knew, at least subconsciously, that Cersei's children were not his.Ned recollects that Robert was often quite affectionate toward his bastard children: when they were fostered together in the Vale, Ned would go with Robert to visit one of Robert's mistresses so that Robert could play with his bastard daughter, the infant Mya Stone, long after Robert had lost erotic interest in the mother. Yet Robert seems to have had no interest in Cersei's children. He would go hunting when she was in labor, and otherwise seems to have taken little or no interest in their upbringing. Maybe he knew, on some level, that they weren't his, and that was why he had no interest in them. He just couldn't bring himself to admit it to himself.
The series will end with the formation of new Seven Kingdoms1. Dany will decide that the east is her home and won't return to Westeros. She will be The Queen in the East. However, wanting to prevent further war in Westeros, she will ask them to establish six other kingdoms. Tyrion will be the one bringing her message to Westeros. 2. Stannis will admit that Dany's claim is stronger than his and agree to rule Baratheon lands. 3. Bran will rebuild Winterfell and become The King in The North. 4. Bronn will be the fourth king because he seems to be good at gaining more power. He will make peace with Tyrion, who will be his Hand. 5. Littlefinger will be the fifth king because he can. 6. The sixth king will be The King beyond the Wall. 7. I'm not sure who number 7 will be, but Asha Greyjoy seems like a likely candidate.
The series will end with a Distant Epilogue, featuring life in a modern-day King's Landing.1000 years after the epic tale, we'll see that almost everything built up by our protagonists was either broken down or made moot. Dragons are fully domesticated, and have been bred into fat, stupid animals akin to turkeys. Magic is used so extensively, it more or less replaces modern technology. The Others are now classified as an endangered species, and their ways are fully understood. The Old and New Gods have given way to Rh'llor, but a much more mellow and secular version of the worship we're seeing now. The Faceless Men, Nights' Watch, Brotherhood Without Banners, and other such groups have been demolished or faded away (save for the Brotherhood, which is now more or less a men's club). The wildlings have faded away (perhaps, save for small reservations?), and the great families have all lost their meaning. Winter and summer can be accurately predicted, or even controlled. Airships sail back and forth across the Wall, and the glorious Red Keep is a weathered ruin upon a hill, only kept as a small museum, in which an extremly fractured version of the story is related to bored museum-goers.
Stannis will gain the throne without further fighting.It will be revealed that Stannis defeated the Boltons at Winterfell at the end of Dance with Dragons, so the North will proceed to rally around Stannis. Stannis will then march south to fight for the throne, only to learn that Tommen had already died. After all, the valonqar prophecy holds that Cersei's children will all predecease her. Tommen, of course, has no children, and no younger brothers. As such, there would no longer be a Lannister claimant for the throne. The South will bend the knee to Stannis simply because there won't be anyone else left to contest his claim.
Jojen Reed is actually Howland Reed, and Meera Reed is Jon Snow's twin sister.For whatever reason, Howland Reed stopped growing after his encounter on the Isle of Faces. He developed the ability to greendream, and through these dreams he was the one who guided Eddard Stark to the dying Lyanna at the Tower of Joy. After discovering Lyanna with her newborn twins and witnessing her death, Howland saw that the twins would play an important part in future events, so for their safety he advised they be split up; he took Meera back to Greywater Watch while Eddard took Jon to Winterfell. Eddard spread the lie of Jon being his bastard son, while Greywater Watch's remote inaccessibility (no ravens, no maester, moving location) shielded Meera's existence from prying eyes. Similar to the lie Eddard put out about Jon, Howland put out the falsehood that he had a married a woman named Jyana while he was away, and that they had a daughter. Howland and Eddard would communicate through unknown means over the years, but Howland Reed was the only northern lord that never came to call at Winterfell during the rest of Eddard's tenure, most likely due to the fact that he hadn't aged and that he was secretly raising a Targaryen heir. Shortly after Eddard's death, Howland had several green dreams regarding the threat of the Others, and that Meera's twin brother was now a member of the Night's Watch that was opposing them. With Eddard having been killed and the twins having safely reached adulthood, it fell to Howland to reunite the twins and explain to them their heritage. To get to Jon, they first had to assist Bran Stark, Jon and Meera's cousin, in developing his powers by accompanying him beyond the Wall. Howland briefed Meera on her past, and the pair left Greywater Watch for Winterfell. To compensate for his appearance, Howland adopted the identity of Jojen Reed, his non-exisitent son.
All of the people who want to kill Jaime Lannister will eventually converge on him.Okay, maybe this is just an idea for a fanfic I had. I just think it would be hilarious if one of the people or groups who wants him dead manage to corner him, and just as they're talking, another one shows up, and then another and another - Bran and his wolf pack for throwing him out the window, Danerys and her horde for killing Aerys, Aegon and his horde for killing Aerys, Varys and his little birds for killing Aerys, Cat and the Brotherhood Without Banners for all of their reasons, Blackfish and the Tullys for all of their reasons, Cersei because she's finally found out that he freed Tyrion and decided that he's the valonqar after all, Stannis because he broke his oaths, the other Stark kids to avenge Bran, Littlefinger because he's decided that today's another random murder day and Jaime drew the short straw, the list goes on - until he's just sitting there going "come on, really?" as more people keep showing up. Maybe Tyrion could talk them down. Or grab a crossbow and join in.
Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped and raped Lyanna Stark.It just seems to me sometimes that a certain segment of this fandom has just assumed that what Robert, and, indeed, the whole realm appears to believe about what happened between them is all wrong. I don't buy it. It just seems to me, from what little we know of Lyanna, that, if her lover and her brother were fighting a war over her, she would not just stand by and let them kill each other. Even if you assume she cared nothing for Robert, she certainly loved Ned, and the fact is that she might have ended the war with a letter. It seems more likely to me that Rhaegar, obsessed with prophecies and certain that, this time, he had interpreted them correctly, and that the child he would have with Lyanna would be the Prince who was Promised, propositioned her, only to have her laugh in his face. At which point, Rhaegar, deciding that fulfilling the prophecy was more important than any other consideration, abducted and raped her. No secret love affair.
When Tyrion and Danerys finally do meet up, it's going to go badly for her.It's a shame, because seeing the two of them together as an unstoppable political powerhouse would be pretty sweet. She has, however, been warned against him in prophecy at least twice - once against "the lion," and once against "the perfumed seneschal." No, Tyrion's not perfumed, and he's not really a seneschal, but remember the name of the ship that brought him close to her? The one with the name that could be translated as "The Fragrant Steward," or, I don't know, possibly as something else that means the same thing as "The Fragrant Steward?" We know how prophecies are in this series. One of the two might wind up being a mislead that's actually about someone else, but both of them? Probably not.
Winterfell will not be touched by the probable undead invasion.Winterfell is flooded, yes? Jojen's prediction and the Ironmen's subsequent invasion shows that much. Patchface sings his song about under the sea, and mentions that there will be no Others under the sea. Winterfell is thus 'under the sea'. Also, Patchface will probably make Winterfell his home.
When all three dragons find riders, Danaerys will ride Drogon, and the other two will be ridden by men.Definitely Jon Snow, possibly Targ!Tyrion, but definitely two men. It will make for a nice symmetry with Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters - Aegon rode the black dragon, and his sisters rode the other two. Drogon is clearly the dragon that Danaerys has bonded with the most, even though he's also the most dangerous, and he's the only one named after someone who was specifically important only to her (as opposed to Rhaegar and Viserys, who were important figures in many people's lives). Jon Snow will most likely ride Rhaegal, since he's theoretically Rhaegar's son, and while I'm not yet totally convinced by the Targ!Tyrion theory, it would make a kind of sense for one valonqar to ride a dragon named for another valonqar, and one son of Aerys Targaryen to ride a dragon named after another son of Aerys Targaryen.
The weird seasons were put in place as a way to keep the world in technological stasis.Some powerful magic entity doesn't want mankind to become too powerful with their technology. Giving them long, harsh winters and seasons of unpredictable length is a good way to hold back progress.
Khal Drogo is Jon Snow's fatherThink about it: Jon's three best friends on the Wall are Sam, Grenn and Pypar. That sounds a lot like Sam, Merry and Pippin. And that means that Jon Snow is Frodo Baggins AKA Frodo son of Drogo.
When Drogo returns, he will be very angryOne of the conditions for Drogo's return is for Dany to give birth to a living child. Drogo doesn't seem like a guy who would just accept that Dany had sex with someone else.
Brynden Tully aka "The Blackfish" is the biological father of Catelyn, Lysa, and EdmureHere's the theory: He was deeply in love with his sister-in-law Minisa Whent and was having a secret affair with her behind his brother's back. Hoster Tully knew about his brother's feelings for his wife and kept trying to marry him to someone else with the excuses that this match or that match will improve House Tully's fortunes. What he really wanted was to divert Brynden's attention away from Minisa. Brynden also seems to have played a more fatherly role for the Tully children than his brother, since Catelyn at one point talks about how he was always the one they went to with their problems. It would be pretty ironic if it turned out after looking down on bastards such as Jon Snow and Mya Stone Catelyn turned out to be one herself.
Lady Waynwood knows who Alayne Stone isWhen the Lords Declarant arrive at the Eyrie, two of the male members start making inappropriate comments to "Alayne." Lady Waynwood steps in and tells them that "Alayne" has been through enough horrors, despite the fact that they all supposedly just found out that Petyr Baelish has a daughter at all (and therefore should know nothing about the girl's past life). It also appears that she's agreed to a betrothal between Alayne Stone and Harrold Hardyng, her ward. It doesn't make sense that a sensible noblewoman would agree to a match between her valuable ward and a bastard girl. This troper belives that Baelish has let her in on the secret of Alayne's true indentity. She knows it's Sansa Stark and knows that there are advantages for her if her ward was the husband of the Lady of Winterfell.
Sansa will start dreaming of Grey Wind.Grey Wind's death in ASOS is *just* ambiguous enough - the people bringing back news of it aren't terribly reliable sources, some of their accounts contradict one another, at least one remembers *something* running for the woods - to leave us with a possibility, however remote, that he is still alive. If that's so, then we're left with one dead Stark kid and one dead Stark wolf as the total for the series. Just as Sansa is losing her identity and truly becoming Alayne Stone, she will start having warg dreams about Grey Wind and remember who she is. The two will track one another down, and she will, quite appropriately, have Robb's wolf by her side when she becomes Lady of Winterfell and/or The Queen in the North.
The Ice Dragon mentioned in ADWD is realIt is the power behind and probably the god of the Others and Dany's three dragons will fight it in the final book.
The Starks are slowly morphing into a more appropriate pantheon of folkloric characters for the inevitably terrible/dark winter that's coming.Taking stock of what's become of them, save for Sansa and Rickon:
Ilyn Payne's tongue was never removed, he is perfectly literate, and is really one of the ultimate Big Bads of the series who has outwitted and outgambited even VarysOk, this is utterly unsupported by what is actually in the books, but think about it. Ser Ilyn is utterly beneath suspicion due to his supposed lack of tongue and literacy skills, he is present at crucial events, and is either explicitly or implicitly trusted with the darkest secrets and requests of some of the most powerful individuals of the series (Cersei, Jaime and Tywin), and is likely witness to many others as well given his proximity to those like Varys and Littlefinger. This mix of both proximity to power and influence, and utter non existance of any suspicion around him give him the potential to be the most dangerous man in Westeros. He also seems to be an extremely fearsome, yet understated warrior, given the fear he inspires and the fact he is training Jaime (the latter a factor which could allow him to easily beat Jaime if they come to blows) which further adds to his "Potential Big Bad" rating Not only that, but he was the one who carried out the execution of Ned Stark and earned the enmity of Arya, being added to her kill list, which means he will almost certainly have a significant part at some point. My theory is that at the major climactic point of the next book, he will act in a way that completely torpedoes the schemes of those like Varys, and throws the entire game of thrones into chaos, and likely cross the moral event horizon at the same time by killing a popular character, while revealing his ability to talk and what his agenda really is, as well as a possible revelation as to his real identity.
All three Baratheon brothers are gay.Renly: We all know he is gay. Stannis: Described as uncomfortable around women. Maybe he didn't realize it because he never considered it. Maybe he only found out after he was married, so he never did anything about it. Maybe he always knew, but thought that having an heir is more important than his own happiness. Robert: He is in denial, and sleeps around to prove himself that he is not gay. Convinced himself that he was in love with a dead woman to justify not falling in love with another woman.
The Direwolves were sent by the others to wreck havoc and debilitate the Seven Kingdoms for the inminent invasionThe Others know that the longest winter in centuries, maybe the longest winter period, is coming, and they intend to take advantage of it. Thus they sent the Direwolves for the Starks. It might look like it makes no sense at first, but think about the facts for a moment. -Nymeria hunted the White Hart Robert was going after. This gave Cersei's mooks enough time to complete the conspiration and get the "hunting accident" into motion. -Summer saved Bran, making for a bunch of extremely boring chapters narrated by him. Also, if he died Catelyn might had never left Winterfell, or left later due to his son's burial, and therefore would have never found Tyrion and started the OTHER chain of events that started the war -Ghost helped to kill Qhorin Halfhand, and travells with Jon to ensure the Nightwatch and the Wildlings kill each other as much as possible. Plus, who knows what he did when he separated himself from Jon? -Lady... eh... made Robert and Ned argue. Or something. -Grey Wind... helped to get Jaime imprisoned? -And who knows what evils Shaggy Dog is planning offscreen!
Littlefinger took part in the plot against Joffrey specifically to get Sansa into trouble.My guess here is that Littlefinger's assertion that he masterminded the whole plot himself is about as honest as his claim that he deflowered Catelyn Tully. If you look at the plot, you see that a couple of people directly benefitted from it: Tywin Lannister (because he rid himself of someone who was quickly becoming an out-of-control liability, and, hey, as a bonus, making sure that Tyrion could never inherit Casterly Rock), The Queen of Thorns (because her family got to keep all of their power without forcing Margaery to marry a sociopath)... and Littlefinger, who suddenly found the girl of his dreams entirely in his power and entirely dependent on him. My guess is that he found out about the plot when it was already in motion and agreed to help out on the condition that Sansa be involved somehow and get slapped with the blame, but be "overlooked" long enough to flee right into his arms. Otherwise, it just doesn't make sense that she had anything to do with the plot whatsoever — all of that hairnet stuff was completely unnecessary when Oleanna Tyrell could just have easily have hidden something in her sleeve (since she wasn't exactly keeping her hands clean by plucking out that jewel in any case).
Jaime and Brienne will inherit the pair of swords made from Ice.Brienne already has one, called Oathkeeper. When Jaime learns to fight again with his left hand, he will get the other. It will be called Oathbreaker. That's the only way that the pair of them seem to function effectively these days — Jaime needs Brienne around to help him keep oaths, and Brienne needs Jaime around to help her break oaths. Whenever they get separated, they seem to run into trouble for exactly that reason.
Upon finishing her Faceless Man training, Arya's first target will be...Daenerys Targaryen. Just for all the irony.
There's a Kraken out there somewhereAnd I don't mean more Greyjoys. During A So S there's a point where the King's Council is meeting, and Varys mentions all this talk of dragons in the east, which we all know to be true. Oddly, he also mentions a Kraken has been seen attacking ships and dragging them underwater. As yet, nothing has come of this, but given it was mentioned in the same breath as something true, there could be more to it than just idle rumour.
The prophecy from the very first chapter is still not fulfilled.On their way back from the execution the Starks find a dead Direwolf (the mother of the direwolves the Stark children adopt), killed by an antler lodged in her throat. This is seen as a bad omen, because the stag is the animal of House Baratheon. It's some very blatant foreshadowing that when Robert Baratheon arrives shortly afterward, his bringing Ned to King's Landing leads to his death and the downfall of House Stark. However, I think that there may be more to that. Robert can't really be blamed for Ned's death, and neither can another Baratheon. So this omen may only be fulfilled in the future, when a Baratheon (possibly Stannis) is the one to actively kill a Stark, or (figuratively) ultimately "kills" House Stark. He is already up north, and may take Winterfell soon.
The valonqar from the prophecy isn't a younger sibling of Cersei's — it's a younger sibling of the young and beautiful queen from the same prophecy.Specifically, the younger and more beautiful queen is Sansa and the valonqar is Arya. The queen isn't the queen of Westeros — she's the Queen in the North. Sansa has, after all, already been responsible for the death of one of Cersei's children. Cersei also tends to think of the two of them — "The Stark girls" — as a unit, made up of the older one and the younger one (i.e. the valonqar). We also know that Valyrian nouns are gender-neutral, which doesn't make it much of a stretch to guess that the pronouns are gender-neutral as well (and that "wrap his hands" could be translated as "wrap her hands"). We also know that of Arya's list of future kills, Queen Cersei is always the last one that she names — the way that you'd name the final boss in a video game last. She's missed the chance to kill some of the people on that list, but Cersei was always the main one. And finally, oh, how incredibly sweet it would be. GRRM is good at making us miserable, but he's also good at dealing out the occasional moment of transcendent bliss (Jaime in the bear pit, the Tickler's death, what happened to Vargo Hoat, etc.), and that would definitely be one of them.
Daenerys will never return to Westeros.Instead, she will conquer Essos and reestablish the Valyrian Freehold. She can hardly abandon Meereen now, and the only way the war in Slaver's Bay can end is with one side crushing the other; that's clear now. Once that's done, the obvious next target is Volantis; remember that woman in Volantis, the Widow of the Waterfront, who gave Ser Jorah a message for Dany, on behalf of the slaves of Volantis: "Tell her we are waiting. Tell her to come soon." Once Dany takes Volantis, the obvious next step is to do what the Volantenes wanted Aegon the Conqueror to do, long ago: conquer the other free cities and reestablish the Freehold of Valyria. This will end up being A So Ia F's version of the Holy Roman Empire, as the Valyrian Freehold was its version of the Roman Empire.
Brandon will become the new Night's King.He will marry an Other princess, but this will actually lead to peace between humanity and the Others.
The valonqar isn't Cersei's younger brother; the valonqar is her younger sister.Remember, at least some High Valyrian nouns are common or neuter, even ones one might expect to be masculine or feminine: we know that Maester Aemon concluded that the "Prince who was Promised" was actually a princess, Daenerys. It is therefore possible that valonqar could be a common noun, essentially "younger sibling." As such, it could refer to a younger sister as easily as a younger brother. Of course, Cersei has no sisters, only two brothers, both younger than she. But she does have three or four sisters-in-law: Selyse Florent, married to Stannis Baratheon, Margaery Tyrell (also her daughter-in-law), who was married to Renly, Sansa Stark, married to Tyrion, and Tysha, also married to Tyrion. Any one of these women could qualify as Cersei's younger sister (granted, I don't recall if we ever learn Selyse's age relative to Cersei, or Tysha's either), and any one of them would certainly have motive.
Sansa's cover is about to be blown.There's a Chekhov's Gunman waiting in the Vale to blow the lid off Alayne Stone's identity. In her final chapter in A Feast For Crows she reunites with Littlefinger, who has been away in the Vale, and when she walks in he's talking to three hedge knights. Looks like there's nothing much of note there, the three are dismissed after a coupl of paragraphs. Except one of them turned up during Brienne's first chapters. Ser Shadrich, the man who saw through Brienne's cover story about a younger sister and said he, too, was looking for Sansa Stark. He's a shrewd man, as evidenced by the fact that he saw swiftly through Brinne's admittedly flimsy cover story, his reappearance was over so quickly it seems like it was designed to be missed by anyone not paying attention. He has a bigger part to play.
Nestor Royce and Myranda are spies for for the bronce Yohnthe irony that LF enemys are using his tricks on him and he is unable to see it
Tyrion is actually Tywin Lannister's child... but Cersei and Jaime are not.Because Genna Lannister says to Jaime that Tyrion is Tywin's son and he is not. And that the 'liberties' Aerys Targaryen reportedly took with the bedding of Joanna and Tywin would have been before Tyrion's conception, but possibly around the time of Cersei and Jaime's. And when Cersei gets pissed at Jaime and goes "We are not Targaryens!"... well... this way they actually are. And doing the whole Targaryen incest thing. Okay, so not very plausible, but just for the irony. Oh, and this way Jaime's killed his father (Aerys) and Tyrion's killed his father (Tywin).
During long summers, the Black Walkers lay waste to Sothoryos, just like the White Walkers do to Westeros during long wintersJalabhar Xho wasn't merely a deposed prince. He escaped the entire genocide of his people at the hands of the Black Walkers, with dark skin hot as molten rock and eyes red like fire. Unfortunately, when he first arrived he didn't speak the Common Tongue well enough to accurately explain his situation to Robert.
Arya is really the younger and more beautiful queen/person who will cast Cersei downRight now, the leading fan theories on this are for Dany, Sansa, and Margaery, but they're way too obvious. Dany and Marg are clearly redherrings- Marg for Cersei since she thinks it is her and Dany for the audience because she is being set up to be in the position to fill that role, especially if we interpret the prophecy to be referring to a queen instead of just a person who may or may not be royalty or even female. But in true Martin fashion, those expectations are going to come to nothing. With Sansa, that theory just seems more like fan hopes than anything substantial. But if Arya is the younger and more beautiful one who will cast Cersei down it would be completely unexpected and almost out of no where since most don't see Arya in this way, least of all Cersei. She is obviously younger, and as far as beauty goes, Arya seems to be the ugly duckling type who is growing into her looks as the books go on. Having Cersei taken down by a younger, live version of Lyanna Stark (the woman Cersei spent the duration of her marriage living in the shadow of) would be perfect symmetry and it would explain the importance behind Arya's similarity to her aunt.
Jon will come back as a sentient wight a la Benjen!Coldhands.Okay. Coldhands is obviously Benjen. But why is he sentient and not a soulless automaton like the other wights? We know that he's down with the children of the forest— perhaps having encountered them on his last ranging, before dying?— and that they're really good at teaching people how to warg out and get their greensight on and whatnot. And warging is also a Stark trait. So he gets killed, wargs into some handy nearby animal, like, say... a reindeer. The Others raise his corpse, and he wargs right back in. Boom. Coldhands. Jon already has a decent degree of conscious control over his warging, so he could do the exact same thing: warg into Ghost to avoid death, then warg back after he's zombified.
King Robert knew about Cersei and Jaime's affair and the true parentage of Cersei's children long before either Jon Arryn or Ned found out, and this was the main reason he was such a failure as a kingOriginally he attempted to be a genuinely good king, but when he saw "his" children grow up, he simply put two and two together when he saw how they were the only Baratheons ever to not be black haired, and how "close" the two Lannister siblings seemed to be, but he also knew that if he did anything about it, the realm would collapse due to how vital Lannister support and money was. Thus he gave up on ruling altogether after seeing just what it would force him to do for the "greater good of the realm", and decided to spend the rest of his life drinking, hunting and whoring as he entered a protracted Heroic BSOD, which culminated in him basically committing Suicide by Pig when he realized Ned was getting to the truth (which would force him to act against the Lannisters given how Ned would refuse to simply keep it under wraps), as well as being the only one clued into the threat the resurgent Targaryans posed.
Rhaegar is aliveSeriously wounded and rendered unconscious by Robert's hammer, but not quite dead. Who do we know who used to be a knight, but 'died' at the Trident - indeed, in the Trident, and floated down-river to an island where it's likely that few questions are asked (after all, 99% of the inhabitants can only speak to confess their sins)? Some other bits of his story parallel Rhaegar's too. The Elder Brother is described as wearing a tonsure - alternatively, Rhaegar shaved off his distinctive hair. The colour of his eyes is not mentioned. He's 44. Do we know how old Rhaegar was? 44 seems reasonable to me. Remember that bit about the dragon sign? One of the heads, now red with rust, washed up on the quiet isle. Bit portentous, surely, for one of the heads of a red three-headed dragon to end up there. Some of the details in his story would have to be outright lies, but so would some of the details in his story about Sandor Clegane, and it seems fairly accepted that he's alive.
Aegon VI Targaryen will show interest in Sansa.Totally fanwank, but in The Hedge Knight at the Ashford tourney, the maiden's champions ended up being:
The horn of Joramun controls the OthersIt's also called the horn of winter, and what are the Others but the personification of winter? It's also said to have woken giants from the earth; I wonder, is it possible that 'giants' is a mistranslation or some kind of mistake, and it ought to have been 'monsters' or something.
The Faceless Men are more of a major player of the Game than even Varys and Littlefinger put together....And have been for decades beyond count. OK... that's not so wild: it's pretty darned obvious they're a part of the whole mess, simply down to who they do and do not accept "prayers" from and how they choose to accept clients in the first place. That means an awful lot of room for an agenda beyond their open mission statement. The really wild stuff is in what comes next... The possible link with the Iron Bank: face it... that iron coin and an Iron Bank is rather suggestive. There must surely be some connection? And, Arya's first assignment is to kill an insurance broker of some description. Telling me the rather nervous guy hasn't racked up a few debts in the wrong places insuring the wrong things (and knows it)? Won't wash. Whether the Faceless Men and the Iron Bank actually have something that is just a rather cozy relationship or what amounts to a full-blown connection meaning they are one and the same, their combined influence goes back decades for said bank to get such a fearsome reputation when it comes to debt collection. And, who, pray tell, has been funding all sides from even before the start of the series? And, can call in debts as and when it's useful for their purposes, whatever those may be? If anybody tries to tell me that Jaqen H'gar was in the Black Cells when Arya first met him because he got careless, I'll start laughing. And, should they further go on to suggest that he had to go along with the Black Watch Recruitment Drive just to get out, again... I'll start turning into a hyena. I don't know what he was doing, but whatever it was, it was no accident. And, accepting Arya's little list of names, and going along with her scheme in Harrenhal? I'll be surprised if that was a total accident, as well. It certainly stirred the political pot. Recruiting her may or may not have been on the shopping list, but he was in a wonderful position to affect the War in various other ways, depending on the requests he could trigger just by hanging around waiting for "I wish he'd just drop dead" kind of requests all the way to the more expensive kind: just think of the characters he came into contact with through that Black Cell... including, probably, Varys. He's not only touched the Black Watch, Arya, a bastard of the late king in Gendry, one of the centre pin Castles of the War of the Five Kings, but could collect a better suited face and is now in the Citadel... Please: simple religious assassination order simply serving a conglomerate ideal of Death, my left foot. You don't land that deeply in politics just for kicks and giggles. Or, just to kill. Think of all the information he's already had access to by sneaking around King's Landing... and is primed to get where he is, now. He's also well placed to start collecting debts linked to the Iron Throne, should the need arise. Should Varys leave any left outstanding for him to collect, of course. And, something else to nibble on that is totally out there: the Waif. She's very, very short. The size of a young child, in fact. Yet, she's waaaaaaay older than she looks and admits it with one hell of a backstory... and, she's in a place where looking human is made rather easy. What if she isn't actually human, but good at singing to all that weirwood that's hanging about the place, rather? Acorn... oak... oak table: we're still talking tree, here. And, as the Children up North use bowls with carved eyes, etc... I'm betting the "dead" wood hanging around e.g. the doors of the House can still see. The Faceless Men lie about their backgrounds all the time, when they need to... Are you telling me you didn't think of her as possibly being a Child of the Forest at some point? And, the Children do mention the fact that they could be all the "gods" men have had, any way.
If and when Tyrion kills Cersei, it will be a Mercy Kill.The prophecy did state that she would only die by the younger sibling's hands after she had lost everything. It would be tragically ironic if the fate she had been dreading her whole life will turn out to be something she wants after crossing the Despair Event Horizon. And when Tyrion does kill her, it won't be an act of malice, but a huge favor.
Littlefinger's plan is to topple aristocracyLittlefinger's endgame is to end the game of thrones. In A So Ia F, he represents the renaissance, the rise of the merchant class and the toppling of the aristocracy. He is rich and powerful without being born into aristocracy. Instead of being born into priviledge, he uses his own hard work to create his own future. Littlefinger's motivation for what he is doing goes back to how he was screwed over because of the strict social hierarchy of Westeros. Petyr seemed to be a good kid when he was fostered with the Tullys. He's described as being a clever kid who was a good friend of the Tully kids right up until he was injured and humiliated by Brandon Stark in a duel for Catelyn's hand. When he's all healed up Hoster Tully sends him packing back home after a scandal involving Lysa Arryn. So he goes back to the Fingers where he gets to brood over how the system screwed him over in getting what he wanted. So this kid grows into a man and decides to climb up the ranks using his talents to screw the system over like it did to him as a child. From Game of Thrones TV Series
The three heads of the dragon will be Dany (just possibly another surviving Targaryen), a Greyjoy, probably Victarion, and a Stark (or almost-Stark), most likely Jon.The reasoning is pretty simple. The accepted theory is that the heads of the dragon are the dragon riders. So they must each control a dragon. That's easier said than done.
Brynden "Blackfish" Tully is heading to the Eyrie and will die thereAfter Jaime Lannister takes Riverrun, The Blackfish escapes and his whereabouts and where he's headed are unknown. Brynden's best shot at being safe is to head back to the Eyrie which has stayed neutral to the surrounding chaos all this time. The Blackfish has never seen Sansa but he should recognize her because she looks a lot like a young Catelyn, and will have a northern accent. I think he'll see through Littlefinger's crap and then get killed before he can do anything about it. The only person in a great postion to royally screw Littlefinger's plan is Sansa at this point. Brynden may probably be a plot device that makes Sansa turn against Littlefinger. She seemed tolerant with all of his scheming in A Feast For Crows but killing Brynden may be the last straw for her. Following Sansa throughout the books we notice every time she thinks something good will happen to her it's the opposite.
Viserys and Dany have different fathersMuch is made of the fact that Viserys died when Drogo poured molten gold on his head, but Dany could survive the pyre unharmed. Sure, probably this attribute just got passed down to Dany but not to her brother, or it is somehow related to a prophecy (what isn't?), but since we question pretty much everyone's parentage by now, here goes: Aerys is the father of only one of them. The other's father would have probably been a Targaryan (or close relative) as well, to explain why they both inherited the look. If it's true, the illegitimate child is probably Dany, for storytelling reasons - Viserys is dead and has no children, so the question of his legitimacy has no impact anymore.
The Three-Eyed Crow is allied to Euron GreyjoyNot only because so many crow symbolisms are bound to attract each other.
Daenerys will become the ruler of a humongous, multi-cultural empire that goes all the way from Meereen to Westeros
The Others are weapons
Howland Reed has Eddard Stark's bones
The whole series will end up being one massive Shoot the Shaggy Dog...
The Others will be defeated before they ever make it beyond the Wall. And the people of Westeros will never even know that they were a threat.
Shireen and Edric are going to fight over Stannis' inheritanceThere are considerable parallels between the Baratheon brothers' dispute and that between the three children of William the Conqueror. William left his first son, Robert, the territory he considered most prestigious, the duchy of Normandy, and left his second son William Rufus his largest and most profitable holding, the throne of England (Robert taking the crown and giving Dragonstone to his older brother Stannis). Robert felt cheated and went to war with his little brother to claim England (Stannis feeling cheated of both Storm's End and the crown, and going to war with Renly). William Rufus died in a hunting accident, at which point their third brother (Henry) entered the stage, and won the war (how the war probably would have worked out were it not for the shadowbaby). Not a direct adaptation, obviously, but there seems to be some influence there. What happened next in Real Life, when the king died? He had one legitimate daughter, but many nobles preferred his nephew, and backed him in a rebellion that led to years of civil war. And who are Stannis' heirs? A single legitimate daughter, and a nephew being looked after overseas by prominent lords who dislike said daughter...
Shireen is going to marry TheonAll Patchface's "under the sea" gibberish is foreshadowing of a marriage of convenience between Theon Greyjoy and Shireen Baratheon, brokered by Asha. At the moment, Stannis seems to want Theon executed, but (a) he's the heir to a fairly powerful House, (b) Stannis and Theon both need all the help they can get, and (c) the Lobster needs to learn to compromise somewhere (who better to compromise with than the Squid?). After the thorough breaking Theon's been through (and the tenderness he's shown to Jeyne) he and Shireen might even make quite a sweet couple. I could see Asha proposing such a deal and bullying Theon into playing along, and a sufficiently desperate Stannis consenting (in the TWOW preview chapter he seems in pretty dire straits, and it wasn't long ago he was seriously considering marrying her to a wildling). Theon, back from the dead and with an army behind him, his Lady Macbeth sister beside him, and now the heir to the entire realm, would then have a chance of taking control of the Ironmen's Northern conquests, and using their boats to retake the Islands. Needless to say, all this will seriously piss off Melisandre, maybe giving her the last hint that Stannis isn't AA.
Tyrion's nose did come from family.It's just... he's pegged the wrong person for the deed by thinking his sweet sister was behind it. I'm suggesting everybody's favourite Royal Brat, Joffrey. Mandon Moore wasn't wearing a white cloak for nothing, and wouldn't be the first one to act under Joffrey's orders without consulting anybody else. Add to that the veiled hints Joffrey made at the start of the Battle of Blackwater that his uncle wouldn't last long... and making Sansa kiss his sword while doing that, to boot. For luck. Yup: another plot-complicating, remote-controlled, murderous mess provided by Joffrey, when nobody else was looking.
Jaime and Brienne are going to resolve their UST.But it's going to be tragic. Aware that she's leading Jaime into a trap and she won't have another chance to let him know, Brienne will be unable to hide her feelings and will confess her attraction to Jaime. He'll be initially repulsed, predictably, and will turn her down. As he gives it further thought, though, he'll consider that Brienne is really the only woman in the world he really respects. Also, despite him being faithful to Cersei his entire life, she hasn't shown anything like the same loyalty to him. For reasons that are as much as an act of contrary defiance against his previous record as much as for any actual feelings he has towards Brienne (having slept with only a single, beautiful but awful woman his entire life, it'd be ironic for him to sleep with a really ugly but good one), he'll resolve himself to just closing his eyes and accept her. Afterwards, of course, her guilt at her deception will be too much to bear and she'll confess what's happening. What happens after THAT and how Jaime reacts depends on how cruel the author is feeling.
The descendant of Ser Duncan the Tall who has supposedly already appeared in the books is Hodor.According to the author, Duncan ("Dunk" from the prequels) has left at least one descendant and has left "pretty stong clues" of who it is. The next upcoming Dunk and Egg story is "The She-Wolves of Winterfell", with the two of them finally reaching Winterfell in their search for adventure. While there, Dunk will finally get to get busy with a girl- Old Nan, or as she would be known at this stage, Young Nan (or possibly Nymeria). Remember, she's VERY old, but the Dunk and Egg stories take place many decades before the present. Anyway, Duncan is forced to leave Nan pregnant and their child is the grandparent of Hodor, which explains where he got his huge size from.
The importance of Patchface is...Patchface is so creepy that he even puts Melisandre on edge. Her visions show him surrounded by skulls and with lips red with blood, and he himself spouts some eerily accurate garbled prophecies so it seems that he could have a role to play, but what it is is unclear:
Jaime will buy his life by offering to help Stoneheart destroy Walder FreyShe intends to kill him and she's clearly not going to let him go for anything less than vengeance or recovering a child for her. Jaime has no idea where any of the remaining Starks are and believes the boys to be dead at any rate. Given that Tywin is already dead, the only person he's in a position to offer her (and the only one she hates more) is Walder Frey, either by killing him or smashing his House.
Alternatively, Jaime buys his life by promising to kill Roose Bolton.It serves more of a role in the story as Roose is now one of the main villains, and Stoneheart may have more direct anger towards Bolton as the last thing she saw as a living woman was him murdering her last child in front of her. "Catelyn Stark sends her regards." *stab*
The whole thing ends in a peasant revoltSeriously, how can it not? The Westerosi are used to putting up with shit...but this much shit? War in the middle of a long winter, using up more food than strictly necessary (armies get hungrier than civilians, since active soldiers need more energy than holed-up farmers), and over what? Plus raising gigantic armies, potentially giving weapons and military training to commoners who would never have otherwise had either. And what are they fighting about? Who gets to be king? That's probably enough to make anyone say "That does it! I'm sick of kings!" and revolt.
Benjen is Jon's father
Patchface will end up being the end of Melisandre and she knows it.
"The Winds of Winter" is going to be an absolute bloodbath.
Victarion is going to drown.
The Stark and Targaryen connection to their Animal Mofits and the Lannister lack of one is important
Asha Greyjoy will be the only surviving member of house Greyjoy
The Darkstar is actually Ashara Dayne and Brandon Stark's bastard
Qyburn and his knowledge will be essential to the fight against the Others and their wights
The Boltons have some Other blood
Only one living man other than Howland Reed knows the truth about Rhaegar, Lyanna and Jon.
If Jon really is the child of Rhaegar and Lyanna, he was named after Jon Connington, not Jon Arryn.
By the end of the series, Rickon will be the Stark in Winterfell.If Stannis wins the castle back, things can work out quite easily, since Davos is Stannis's man and he's been sent to retrieve him. It's likely no other Starks will ever see Winterfell again.
Tyrion is going to meet up with his long-lost uncle Gerion.Gerion Lannister, Tyrion and Jaime's favourite uncle, went on a quest to find the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Lannister, Brightroar, years before the series proper began. While he is considered to be "most likely dead" due to sailing to Valyria even after half his crew abandoned him and the expedition Tywin sent out to look for him never found a trace, he has not been confirmed dead and could be ANYWHERE. Possibly he's finally found Brightroar but has lost all his men and is working on slowly hitchhiking his way back to Westeros. If Tyrion DOES run into him, it'll be an emotional reunion (Gerion was the man who most supported Tyrion while he was growing up) but things could get a bit awkward when Gerion asks the question "so how is your father, my eldest brother, doing?"
Joffrey sexually abused Tommen.In ASOS when Jaime thinks Brienne is about to be raped he tells her to let them have her and just "go away inside". Tommen says to him later that he "went away inside when Joffy..." and then he never finishes, but the wording is unsettlingly similar. It also seems unlikely that Joffrey physically abused his brother, at least any place it would show, as people would notice. And Joffrey's certainly enough of a monster to do it.
The wishes of the Stark children in A Song of Ice and Fire come true again, but in a much better outcome in the last book.The Stark children have their wishes come true in the first book, which was horribly rigged against them. Now, in the final book, they will actually get their wish. It makes sense from a Book End perspective.
The Seven Kingdoms will break up, at least temporarilyThe High Septon will overthrow Cersei and Tommen, possibly by declaring that Tommen is a bastard. This will be a fatal mistake.
The war is heading into a repeat of the Battle of the TridentRamsay's letter is a lie. Stannis will crush the Boltons and the Freys with ease since most of their "vassals" hate them and will defect to Stannis at the first opportunity; the Tyrell-Lannister alliance will have enough trouble dealing with the Aegon-Martell alliance on the one hand and the Ironborn on the other to do anything about it. With Lysa out of the picture, Stannis might even get the support of the Vale if Littlefinger jumps ship or is taken care of in some way. Meanwhile, Aegon wins over the Tyrell-Lannisters and takes King's Landing, but his forces get so depleted in the process that when he immediately departs north to meet Stannis, Aegon is defeated and killed easily. By Stannis' own hand, of course.
Jon Snow will be released of his oath as a member of the Night's Watch due to the Exact Words nature of the oath.The duty of the man serving the watch ... shall not end until my death. Given the ending of A Dance with Dragons, Jon surviving, or even being revived after his stabbing, will release him from his oath.
The Lannisters will soon have their own little war of successionLet's take a look at the Lannister family tree, and who is left. Tywin was the undisputed ruler, he is now dead. His heir would be Jaime, but he has no right to claim Casterly Rock, since he joined the Kingsguard. Next in line is Tyrion, but he is presumed the murderer of Joffrey and in exile, so he's out of the picture. Tywin had three brothers, two are dead and the third one has been missing for years. That means the heir to Casterly Rock would be Kevan's oldest son Lancel ...who has joined the Warrior's Sons, which does not automatically revoke his claim, but makes it unlikely that he will take it. Kevan's second son? Yep, also dead. So, as of now, the rightful heir to Casterly Rock and head of House Lannister is Kevan's third son, a young squire named Martyn. Does anyone really think he will be able to sustain the claim to the richest house in Westeros without anyone interfering? So, a few things could happen:
The seasons shall be put into order by someoneMaybe the Night's Watch, maybe Dany, maybe something else. But something will be done which will set the climate cycle of this world to four seasons per year as by axial tilt. This will freak a lot of people out
Someone will invent the GreenhouseDo you like starving to death in the dead of a years long winter? Well with a greeenhouse you can add to your food stores.
Someone will go to the southern hemisphere
Lady Stoneheart will eventually ccause the death of one of her children, which will lead to her breaking down and commiting suicide.
A Kraken will show upIn some sea battle or something, a Kraken will come out of the briney depths and do something. Probably eat a boat or some people in the sea.
The Dragonbinder horn will work
If Bran is the third head of the dragon, then Dany will get a direwolfNote this is not a declarative Bran is the third head. To me at this point its just as likely that its Tyrion. Anyways my theory is based on the fact that since the two heads of dragons are Dany and almost certainly Jon, Dany has a dragon, and Jon would have a direwolf and a dragon. Bran, if he is the third head, would also have a direwolf and a dragon. In order to be completely balanced Dany would have to get a direwolf.
The Dragons are collectively Lightbringer.Let's have a look at the prophecy concerning Lightbringer:
There is no specific Azor Ahai - anyone who "clasps Lightbringer" will be Azor AhaiThis is linked to the above WMG, and assumes that Dany's dragons = Lightbringer. However, this basic theory still holds true for whatever you believe to be Lightbringer. The prophecy itself:
Bran's going to warg into a dragonThis is how Dany is going to achieve control of one of, if not all 3 of her dragons. If you can warg into a human, why not a dragon? It'd be the perfect way to have Bran's superwarging abilities be not only important, but pivotal to the plot, indebt Dany to the Starks, who she restores, and once more let him fly. Only in a FAR more awesome way than a raven.
Stannis will take Winterfell.
Arya's and Sansa's fates will involve Ser Robert StrongBran saw a number of things in his dreams before he woke from his coma, including his sisters surrounded by shadows. He describes three of these: "one ... dark as ash, with the terrible face of a hound", "another ... armoured like the sun, golden and beautiful", and finally "over them both loomed a giant in armour made of stone, but when he opened his visor, there was nothing inside but darkness and thick black blood." The Hound has already been involved in the fates of both girls, and if Jaime Lannister hasn't yet it's not for lack of trying, and who does the third sound like if not Qyburn's dreadful champion?
Jon Snow's parents are actually Lyanna Stark and Robert BaratheonAmid the rampant theorizing that Jon is actually an undercover Targaryen, it's worth considering that Jon may actually be the (arguably) rightful heir to Robert's throne. A bit late to the party for the WMG page, but it had to be said.
The Lord of Light and the Great Other are Eldritch Abominations.They are so great that humans can't possibly perceive them directly, but their eternal struggle with each other manifests as the uneven seasons of Westeros. Humans and normal life in general can only survive in their impasse, and victory of either one would spell immediate doom for everyone; the first Long Winter was a time when the Great Other almost won and the Doom of Valyria resulted from the Lord of Light gaining the upper hand. Humans tend to see one or the other as good and evil simply because they happened to be saved from one's wrath by the other, by coincidence. They are only vaguely aware of humans, themselves and don't really comprehend them as individuals, but seek to use them as pawns by sending power in their way that only a few with the affinity can actually exploit. And those few can mix a little bit of humanity in the essence of these entities to create the Humanoid Abominations known as the Others and Melisandre's shadow children, respectively. Ofcourse no-one has the idea of how to make more Others, any more, since they were all too succesful, but Craster had the right idea.
Dany will accidentally obliterate King's Landing as soon as she makes it to WesterosMartin's last trolling will be the biggest one. Daenerys and her dragons will finally make it to Westeros after nearly 3 decades and 7 books. However, as soon as she takes King's Landing she'll place one of her ill-behaved dragons in the wrong dungeon and it will unearth and fire one of the wildfire pots laid down decades ago by the Mad King. The ensuing chain reaction will destroy King's Landing, kill Daenerys and the three dragons before she even learns of the White Walker threat. This new Doom will turn the Westerosi realm into another myth of old like Valyria.
Roose Bolton will surprise Littlefinger attempting to switch sidesInformed that his son is in need of a new pet, he will hand him to Ramsay who promptly will have him Littlefingored.
Robert Strong is, in part, made up of Ned's body parts, and the head on the spike, the bones sent back, they all belonged to somebody else. Robert Strong/Frankengregor has Ned's head.The head was described as looking nothing like Ned, and Catelyn remarks that the bones were from a smaller man. Perhaps the Lannisters kept the body around, maybe even pickled or froze it to keep it from rotting, in order to give themselves some small extra leverage over the Starks, then the Starks were kinda taken out, so Qyburn began to make use of the old Lord of the North's body.
Lady Stoneheart will eventually come up against Olyvar and/or Perwyn FreyIt will be interesting to see how she deals with the Freys that she knows full well had no role in the Red Wedding and were sympathetic to Robb.
Tywin is not Tyrion's father but Joanna made him promise that he'd treat him as a son in her deathbedWhy? Because assuming that R+L=J is true, this would make Tywin Ned Stark's Evil Counterpart, and that's just awesome.
Daenerys will sacrifice herself and her dragons to save WesterosBy the end of the series, the Others will make it past the wall and lay waste to Westeros. And since magic is tied to the dragons, at the end she will have to sacrifice herself and her dragons to save Westeros, and remove all magic from the world in the process.
One of Cersei's children is Robert'sNed figures out they are Jaime's children by studying past Lannister-Baratheon unions and noticing they were all black-haired. Not knowing about dominant and recessive genes, he concludes that Black+Blond=Black. However, if we consider the fact that there were previous Lannister-Baratheon unions, we must also consider the posibility that Robert carried a recessive blond gene. If he did, it is possible that Cersei gave a birth to his child and assumed it was Jaime's. I don't know which child it is, but probably not Joffrey, since his mental instability is generally assumed to be a result of his incestous origin.
Houses Stark and Baratheon will be joined in the endAt the start of the first book, king Robert wants Joffrey to marry Sansa, joining the Starks and the Baratheons. To see the hoses finally joined would be a nice ending. This will be accomplished by marrying Bran Stark and Shireen Baratheon.
Ideas on Valyria.Valyria was built ontop of a super-caldera like Yellow Stone park, except on a much bigger scale, on the day of the doom, this massive volcano erupted, and the destruction of basicley everything was cause by the massive techtonic shift and natural disasters that were caused by the eruption. The dragons have been dying out every since the doom because they draw their life force from the energies volcano, when it erupted it used up all this energy and cut them off from the life force, so each generation of dragons had to rely on whatever little was left, thus dying out. When Dany brought the 3 dragons to life, enough time had passed that energy had built up again, allowing them to live, thus ushering a new age of dragons. The Doom of Valyria was actualy caused by all the sorcery and power being used at once causing a resonance cascade like even that set of the volcano, which would not have erupted by itself untill the red comet came 500 years later. The Doom was the fire that brought forth the Light Bringer, prematurely, all the magic and Valyrian steel in the area were combined in the event to form the sword, and the incarnation of Azor Ahai will have to travel to the center of the doom, in the ruins of the capital, where s/he will find the lightbringer waiting to be drawn from the fires of the very earth itself, and as an added bonus, it will be infused with the souls of the entire nation making it like the original.
Azor Ahai.Its gonna be Tyrion, no other singular person has suffered as much as him while still living. It would be fitting that the person to save Westeros would be the one who has suffered from everyone in Westeros, and even after he saves everyone, he will still be treated like total shit.
Arya will be sent to Westeros to kill Lady Stoneheart.Some Frey will be distraught enough by the deaths in his family to sacrifice his entire fortune to hire a Faceless Man to take revenge, and Arya is chosen because she's ready to be tested, blends well in in Westeros and doesn't seem to have any personal connection to the outlaw queen. Ofcourse coming face to face with her mother shakes her out of her Faceless Man's conditioning and after granting her the peace of true death, she continues to pursue her own, personal revenge.
All or most of the great houses will be extinguished by the end of the series.Remember, it doesn't need all heirs to be killed. For the house to continue it has to be someone bearing that name, so only trueborn male-line descent counts. Stark: Arya and Sansa are both in hiding, may never be found, and in any case their children will either be Snows or of their husbands' houses. Bran is dead to the world and certainly isn't going to have any kids, Jon's not a Stark, and even if Benjen's alive he's Night's Watch. So the whole house's future rests on little lost Rickon. Lannister: Cersei won't have any more kids and the two she has left are doomed (and aren't trueborn Lannisters anyway), per prophecy. I somehow doubt Jaime will, and if he does they'll be bastards since Kingsguard can't marry. Tyrion can't have any trueborn children since he's married to Sansa. Lancel's going to be a septon, young Tyrek is almost certainly dead, Genna's kids are Freys. Gerion might reappear, I suppose, but even if he's alive I doubt he's settled down to raise a family. Stafford had a son and so does Tywin's other male cousin, but it would be easy enough for something to happen to any or all of them. Arryn: There's only Sweetrobin left and he's being murdered. Tully: Lysa's and Cat's kids aren't Tullys even if any survive, and Brynden is hardly likely to marry or have children. There's Edmure and his unborn child, but I wouldn't bet too heavily on either surviving the series, and the kid could be a girl. Baratheon: Even if Shireen survives and marries her children won't be Baratheons. Stannis is unlikely to have more children, given his frosty relationaship with his wife. Cersei's kids aren't really Baratheons and are doomed by prophecy in any case. The chances of any of Robert's bastards being legitimised seems pretty slim. Martell: Doran's estranged from his wife, Oberyn left only bastard daughters, and Quentyn got himself barbecued. Dornish law might make Arianne her father's heir, but she'll still don her husband's colours if she marries. That only leaves little Trystane, and he's too valuable a pawn to put much stock in his safety. Targaryen: Dany's a girl, and it's very likely she can't have kids. Aegon still has a war to fight, and in any case there's a lot of popular doubt of his authenticity. Jon is almost certainly still a bastard even if he's Rhaegar's. I suppose if Dany married a Targaryen bastard it might be generally accepted that they're Targaryens, but that's still no good if they can't have children. This troper's pet theory is that Rhaegar's not really dead, but somehow I can't see him marrying again. Greyjoy: Aeron's a priest, I can't see Victarion marrying again, and Balon's only surviving son appears to have been castrated. Asha's children, if she ever has any, won't be Greyjoys. Admittedly Euron is a bit of a wildcard; there's no telling what he'll do. The Tyrells are the only great house to really look like bucking the trend. Garlan's married - though childless as yet, and Willas might be a cripple but he's heir to Highgarden and so hardly unattractive. Garth is unmarried - perhaps too gross for most women to look at, but his brother Moryn has sons, grandsons, and a great grandson, and there's other male relatives too.
The dragons of Dragonstone will wakeThe wretched place is plainly built on a dormant volcano. At some point, most probably right after Mel finally finds someone sufficiently royal to burn, it's going to erupt, and those great stone dragons will spew forth fire. As an added bonus WMG, could be there's a supervolcano down there, and the series ends with Westeros suffering the same Doom as Valyria.
Thoros will be the one to discover Azor AhaiPeople focus too much on Melisandre and Moqorro, but there has been another Red Priest running around. And he has shown perhaps the most impressive gift of all, the power to bring people back from death. He is clearly convinced that this power is not his own, but granted by a higher being. So, for some reason, that higher being had an interest in keeping both Beric Dondarrion and Catelyn Stark alive. Why? Because they were still needed to lead the Brotherhood, and eventuelly give Thoros the means to facilitate the rebirth of Azor Ahai and/or Lightbringer.
A Grand Unified Theory of Daenerys Targaryen's future exploitsDaenerys has now spent five books in Essos, slowly growing in power and learning how to be a queen. It's long due for her to make her expedition to Westeros reality, but she's been adamant that she won't leave Meereen until she can be reasonably certain that its people are going to be safe for the time being. I believe that many of the elements that allow her to leave are quickly coming together in A Dance With Dragons: First, she will defeat Khal Jhago and his bloodriders personally with Drogon's help, and suddenly the khalasar figures out that she might be worth following, after all. They set off back to Meereen, luring Drogon with lame horses and other easy prey. Meanwhile Victarion's fleet reaches the city and engages in naval battle with the forces of Volantis and Qarth. Victarion has one of his crew use the Horn of Valyria and commands the two dragons to attack enemy forces, decimating them. At the same time surprising news come from Volantis: the slaves have started their own uprising in the absence of the bulk of the city's army and have received unexpected help from the Sealord of Braavos who sees a perfect opportunity to both end the slave trade on the shores of the Narrow Sea once and for all and make his city the dominant power in the region. The remains of the Volantean army retreat as the hear the news and the Yunkai'i are driven back or destroyed with the help of the dragons. The Ironborn are reluctantly welcomed into the city, but Ser Barristan has the Unsullied secretly block the way back to their ships. At this point Daenerys returns with her new khalasar. Victarion tries to force her to marry him by blackmailing her with her dragons, but at this point Moqorro reveals that he had just been using him to get to Dany. He uses the magic in Victarion's hand that he healed to take control of him and force him to blow the Horn of Valyria, himself, in Dany's name and give her full control over all three dragons. The Ironborn revolt but are crushed between the Dothraki and the Unsullied and the survivors are chained to the oars for the oncoming journey. At this point the Mage arrives and reveals Dany the threat of the Others in the North and urges her to leave at once to save millions. A certain dwarf makes an appearance and pledges his sellsword company at her service, along with his expertise of the current political state of Westeros. Dany decides to leave Reznak mo Reznak as her viceroy for the time being, as his ruthless advice turned out to be wise in the hindsight, after all, but also leaves Jorah Mormont along with half of her Unsullied as his Kingsguard with orders to dispose of him should he prove treacherous. With her new Iron Fleet and an army, Daenerys sails off towards the North, but first stopping at Braavos for winter supplies. There she hears of the plight of the Wildlings starving at the shores, and decides to take her fleet to them. They are the ships that Mother Mole prophecised in the last book.
Theon isn't castrated.Not completely, at any rate. Ramsay only took one testacle from him, because it seems to be his shtick to take a man apart piece by piece, not all at once. Surely he would like to make Theon experience the same pain and horror again at a later date.
Ser Robert Strong is going to cause a new rift between Dorne and the Iron Throne.Basically, the Martells will take one look at the giant knight and will get furious that the Queen Regent assumes that they'd fail to notice the tallest man in the Kingdoms just because he has a helmet on his head. This forces Cersei to publically reveal his true nature and will next find his last confidant facing charges of black magic from the Faith Militant.
Benjen Stark is a wight.No, not Coldhands. Just an anonymous wight, a blue-eyed corpse somewhere in the wilderness. However, Bloodraven will give Bran a task to track him down and restore his free will, like he did once with Coldhands, simply to exercise his powers as a Greenseer.
Young Griff isn't Aegon Targaryen, he's the Pisswater Prince.In ADWD, Young Griff tells Tyrion the story of how he, Aegon Targaryen, was Switched at Birth by Varys with a tanner's son from Pisswater Bend. Varys lied. Aegon Targaryen died along with his mother and sister during the Sack of King's Landing and Young Griff, who merely thinks he's Aegon, is actually the same kid from Pisswater Bend whose father sold him to Varys for a jug of Arbor Gold wine.
Daenerys is already nuts and Quaite is a figment of her imagination
Lord Eddard Stark's story isn't done yet.Nothing really to go on here other than a feeling. But think of it. Ever since his death, some mention of his bones has been made through all five books, providing periodic updates on his journey back to Winterfell. First he is brought by the silent sisters to Catelyn near Riverrun. Then they travelled north to the Neck but were delayed for close to two books while the Ironmen held Moat Cailin. And once Moat Cailin was "freed" by the Bolton forces, the sister again resume their journey, only for a noblewoman speaking to Theon to tell him that she plans to have the bones seized and fed to her dogs as revenge for her dreams to marry into the Stark family being ruined. With all his posthumous trials and tribulations, there is a definite feeling that something will happen when/if Eddard's remains reach Winterfell.
There is another unaccounted-for direwolf south of the Wall.Consider: In the early chapters, the mother direwolf is found with her half dozen pups. But it takes two to tango, so there is at least one other direwolf that was father to those pups.
Lyanna Stark is Jon Snow's mother but Rheagar is not his father...It's another Stark, most likely Lord Rickon or Brandon. Lyanna was the victim of long term sexual abuse at the hands of either her father or eldest brother. The abuser knew he wouldn't get caught because if she were to speak up she'd never be able to marry and be stuck in the house of her abuser forever. Moon tea could stop any bastards from being born. Her desire to act like a man out a need to protect herself for the abuse but it only made it worse. Lyanna's engagement to Robert Baratheon was arranged because Black Hair + Blue Eyes are very similar to Black Hair + Gary Eyes so no one would be able to question any children she might have. Lyanna was happy to get away from her abuser but was scared that Robert might either abandon her because she wasn't a maiden or try to abuse their daughters as well. Only before the wedding, she realized that despite the moon tea, she was pregnant. So she went to the one person who could protect her from the wrath of the Lord Paramount of the North and the Heirs of Winterfell and Storm's End, Crown Prince Rheagar Targeryen. Rheagar took Lyanna to Dorne to stay with Elia Martell's family to give brith and sent a letter to Lord Rickon and his Father, King Ayes about the abuse. Rickon and Brandon went south to silence Lyanna and Rheaghar and Ayres decided execute them both for rape. Only he didn't tell anyone that because he was crazy and the king. So Robert's Rebellion happens and Ned finds Lyanna in the Tower of Joy. The long pregnancy took its toll on her and she confessed everything to Ned with her dying breath. Ned promises not to tell anyone Jon's true nature because Robert would kill him for being the product of her rape. Both Benjen and Ned are distrught that they never knew about the abuse and couldn't help Lyanna. Ben takes the Black out of a sense of guilt and Ned, who has to be Lord of Winterfell, makes up for it by loving Jon and his own children as much as he possibly can.
Daario Naharis is a BlackfyreHe has dyed blue hair and blue eyes that Dany often notes look almost purple. Remind you of anyone? Flimsy enough reasoning I know, but Law of Conservation of Detail , and it would be nicely ironic after all those comments about how he 'isn't the stuff of kings'. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a head of the dragon. He's currently a hostage, and it looks like the peace is broken, and even if he survives that, he's a sellsword and he's definitely more bold than old. I think Blackfyre rather than Targaryen because a) I'm pretty sure all the Targaryens are accounted for now and b) there's one or two hints that there might be at least one Blackfyre around - prophecies mentioning things like 'dark' dragons.
Jaime will be fighting Ser Robert Strong in the Cersei's trial by combatThere are two possible outcomes of this combat:
The whole series will become one giant "Decon-Recon Switch".GRRM has basically deconstructed every trope of a Medieval Fantasy world but in the final two books:
Oathkeeper is LightbringerIce was the ancestral sword of the Starks, who fought the Others in ages past. It was in fact the dormant sword of Azor Azhai, passed down through the Wardens of the North after his death to continue to shield the living. This is why, when it was reforged into Oathkeeper and Widow's Wail, the metal took on such a strange patterning. Therefore either Jaime, Brienne or Tommen is the true wielder of Lightbringer.
Euron Greyjoy is Daario NaharisEuron appears utterly confident that the Dragon Queen will give herself to him and wed him. How could he be so certain, unless in fact Daenerys has already fallen for him? Consider:
Whoever wins the Iron Throne gets a Bolivian Army Ending.Not from the Others, but from Daenerys. It's becomings pretty evident that there just isn't enough series left to resolve all the remaining plot threads, AND have another invasion. While its possible that Daenerys could simply give up on the invasion, and rule as a Queen across the Narrow Sea, this seems unlikely. More likely, during the last two books she finishes what she started by bringing about a general slave uprising throughout all the Free Cities, making her their Queen, and giving her one of the largest standing armies ever assembled, while the Seven Kingdoms lay in near-ruin. The final chapter of the final book will be the new King of the Seven Kingdoms getting a letter telling him just how thoroughly fucked he is once Dany arrives. If Martin ever picks up the series again, he will do so AFTER her victory, because her conquest will be a Foregone Conclusion, and there would be no drama in writing it down.
Lady Stoneheart will use Jaime Lannister to gain access to The Twins and kill Walder Frey.We know that Jaime is headed into a trap set by Stoneheart, but instead of killing him, she will force him or convince him to help the Brotherhood gain access to The Twins. Jaime is the perfect candidate for doing this since he is such an prominent political figure and is more or less trusted by the Freys. this will lead to the fall of House Frey.
Something terrible happend to Hodor/Walder as a child that caused him to develop severe aphasia. This is connected to Bran's ability to Warg into him.Aphasia is a brain disorder where the ability to speak or comprehend language is damaged. In severe cases a person may only be able to repeat an apparently nonsense word over and over, like this man. Sudden onset aphasia is typically caused by a stroke or a head injury, and given that Hodor is still relatively young a head injury during his childhood is more likely. As for the warging, one must ask, why is it considered an abomination by the Wildlings for a skinchanger to possess another human? Perhaps...warging into a human causes brain damage. Perhaps as a child little Walder wandered off and got caught by an unscrupulous Wildling skinchanger who possessed him For the Evulz. This damaged little Walder's brain, causing him to develop severe aphasia and regressing his mind into a simpler, more animal-like state, making it easy for an untrained skinchanger like Bran to possess him. This would also help explain why Hodor always feels terrified whenever Bran wargs into him. Every time it happens it triggers the memories of that awful night with that first skinchanger, all those years ago...
Jorah will be the final betrayal for loveAssuming that Dany and Jon fall in love, this would be the ultimate insult to Jorah. Jon is everything he isn't, not disgraced and the son Jeor always wanted, in addition he is allegedly Ned Starks son. This will drive Jorah over the edge, and he will really betray her.
Varys real name is....Viserys Blackfyr
Ser Robert Strong is not a reanimated Gregor Clegane, nor is he a zombie nor any kind of Frankenstein-esque creation.Instead, he is precisely what Qyburn says he is: An incredibly strong and dedicated knight loyal to Tommen. Because wouldn't that just be the most revolutionary twist ever? In addition, he is actually the same person as Ser Robert Stone, the knight who knighted Ser Osmund Kettleblack (who, yes, was also telling the truth). He took the name Strong after being legitimized by Tommen.
The Faceless Men and the Maesters will soon come into conflict with one another.If the idea of a cabal of Maesters trying to eliminate magic is true, it stands to reason that the Faceless Men, whose entire MO is based around some sort of face switching magic, would want to prevent that. Expect high ranking men with many chain links to start dropping dead in the near future.
Jon isn't Rhaegar's son, although he could still be Lyanna'sIn the second book, Dany goes to the House of the Undying and sees, among other things, how her son Rhaego would have looked grown up. Among other things, he would have white hair, meaning that white hair (Dany's) is dominant over black (Drogo's). Now let's look at Rhaegar and Lyanna. Rhaegar has white hair, Lyanna has black, so they child would have white. The only problem with this theory is the fact that the Baratheons have Targaryen ancestors.
Jon Snow is Rhaegar and Lyanna's son. This will also be completely meaningless.At some point in the future this reveal will happen, as a completely casual remark by someone who for some reason knows about this. There will be no gravity about it, because we will only find out long after Jon has died (however). Because this is the most popular theory of them all, and just leaving it hanging or revealing that Wylla and Ned are truly his parents is not big enough of a subversion. Instead everything will play out exactly the way fans predicted - but it will be of absolutely no consequence. Yes, this reveal was set up starting from book one. And yes, all your theories were correct. But it doesn't matter, because this is not the kind of story in which the plucky hero turns out to be the long lost heir to kingdom and rules it happily ever after.
There will be no Azor AhaiThat prophesy says just as little about reality as Maya calendars do in our non-magical world. May be true for many/most other prophecies, too.
Tommen will be killed by...Zombie!Gregor. Because it would be exactly the kind of ironic twist that GRRM loves. He champions Cersei and manages to win, but then he has a weird malfunction, goes on a murderous killing spree, and takes out Tommen. Cersei will have breakdown at that point because she'll feel slightly at fault (it was her champion) and then decide to never let anyone get near her family ever again, so she'll demand Myrcella be sent back to King's Landing, which will result in the third crowning and respective death. Everyone will freak out because Strong was a member of the Kingsguard, but in order to get back at Cersei, someone in the court that has something against her will say that Strong gets to stay in the Kingsguard because,Jaime did the exact same thing, huh Cersei? (Not saying it's the same at all, but it'd sure be a way for all of KL to spite Cersei.)
King's Landing will be obliterated.But not by Dany and her dragons. The explosion will be caused by Aegon and his armies invading and conquering King's Landing. In a panic, peasants desperately trying to escape the invasion will wander underground with their torches lit and accidentally activate the long forgotten caches of "Aerys' fruit." Just as Aegon sits on the Iron Throne with Jon Connington proudly looking on, the entire city explodes into smithereens. The much coveted Iron Throne is blown to bits, leaving the surviving cast with a big feeling of "Now what?" Also prompting Jaime to fall to his knees, screaming "You maniacs! You blew it up!" When word reaches the other people in Westeros of what has happened, the Northern folk and Ironborn rejoice, thinking that they're free at last. And then something causes the Wall to collapse and allows the Others to invade, forcing everyone to unite against them, Northern or Southern, throne or no throne. And finally, when it seems all hope is lost, Dany and her dragons (and the other two riders, whoever they are) show up and, if not save the day, give everyone a fighting chance.
Money makes the world go roundEven the desparate Last Stand against the Others will depend on who still has enough money to feed their troops. Just as the final payoff for GRRM bringing not only politics but also economy into a story with magic and dragons.
Young Griff is really Aegon, but......He's not Rhaegar's son. Instead, he's Elia's bastard son, fathered by someone who wasn't her husband.
The Dothraki don't pose a threat to the Free Cities, well at least the cities themselvesThey suck at sieges and the Free Cities are all walled off. The best they could do is try to scale the walls, and if they did that, they would be off their horses and go up against armored soldiers on their own terms. Illyrio was correct when he said that Drogo's Khallasar could not actually take Pentos. The real reason why they pay off Dothraki hordes when they come by is to prevent them from ransacking the countryside.
The Lannisters are somewhat inbred.Not to the same extent as the Targaryens, but cousin marriage is probably more common in the Westerlands than elsewhere in the Seven Kingdoms. That's why so many of them are blonde.
The series will end just how it started - with a succession crisis/civil war over the Iron Throne.
Tommen Baratheon will die early on in T Wo W, setting of a new War of (Insert Number Here) Kings.
Sansa and Tyrion will consummate their marriage.Not necessarily out of love, but not malice either. It's simply that they'll choose to do it at a time when it will serve absolutely NO ONE'S agenda...thus sending a message of "we are not pawns," and taking them both off the board for potential wedding alliances.
Tyrion will die, but will eventually be remembered as a martyr.I think we're beginning to see the early stages of Decon-Recon Switch. Now, I don't expect this to go all the way, it would seem like a complete Ass Pull if we end up with the great hero leading the people of Westeros against the forces of evil, and ruling benevolently for years. However, we're definitely seeing with many people how, sometimes, when you're back's to the wall, its your best qualities, rather than your worst, that come out (Jaime and Tyrion are both showing this, and to a lesser extent Sansa whose becoming increasingly pragmatic and realistic, without giving up her morality). Alot of people are also suspecting a Distant Finale. I think the best way Tyrion's arc could be wrapped up would be if he died for something meaningful, thinking he would be forgotten because history doesn't care about dwarves (remember how he got virtually no credit for the Blackwater?), and then when we got to the future we find that the only thing anyone in the distant future actually remembers about the Great War for the Iron Throne from history class was how Tyrion Lannister sacrificed himself, because it was the single most amazing story any of them had ever heard. Bonus points if the show Game of Thrones is actually a historical drama in future Westeros, and Peter Dinklage shows up, contemplating his own portrayal of Tyrion the Fearless.
A Sea Dragon will emergeThat egg that Euron tossed into the sea was going to hatch, and it did. But since it hatched beneath the waves, it became a Sea Dragon. Growing in size and strength under the sea.
Tyrion will find TyshaBut it will be a bitter reunion. George R. R. Martin is cruel to his characters, doubly so to the ones the readers love. Tyrion will find Tysha (wherever she went), but when he does, he will not be able to adequately explain everything that happened the night his father made him divorce her. Rather, the awful things he and his father's men did to her that night will be the cause of an unbridgeable rift between them. She was the only woman who ever did (or ever will) love Tyrion for who he really is, and his father will have forever ruined it for him, just because he could.
Tywin didn't get to kill all the Reynes and TarbecksTywin didn't know it, but he didn't finish the job. It's probably very likely they managed to smuggle at least one scion of Reyne out of Castamere before everything went to hell. And said scion is probably undercover in one of the other Houses who didn't like the Lannisters either but weren't stupid enough to taunt them to their faces. Also, I'm sure House Reyne or House Tarbeck married their daughters off to other allied Houses, meaning there are probably angry descendants of Reynes/Tarbecks just biding their time and not repeating their grandfathers' mistakes. (Basically, I want one of these surviving Reynes/Tarbecks to give Lannister a run for their money, causing the penning of another verse for the 'Rains of Castemere', turning it into a song AGAINST the Lannisters a la 'Weasley is our King'.)
Griff is a Faceless ManJon Connington really did die a long time ago, and a Faceless man took his face to become Griff, the sellsword. He was hired by Varys and Illyrio, using Illyrio's vast fortune, to put Aegon/Pisswater Prince/Illyrio's son/etc. on the Iron Throne. In ADWD, Griff's internal monologue uses the phrase "All Men Must Die." His "greyscale" is just an excuse for him to abandon the Griff face when the charade is over and return to Braavos for a new mission.
At some point, Littlefinger and Roose Bolton will have a degree of interaction. Here are some possibilities, please add any you think of.
Wyman Manderly will ruin everything for everybody
Nymeria will do in Walder Frey, or another high ranking member of House Frey, for sheer irony.Just because.
Yunkai's sellswords will end up betray YunkaiThe Yunkish Wise Masters will run out of coin or the prospects of victory will not look good. As such, they will either bugger off or turn on their former employers.
Val was right about the greyscale, in the most horrific way possible.In ADWD, Val the "wildling princess" tells Jon Snow that Princess Shireen is cursed because she had greyscale. Jon sincerely hopes she was wrong, but what if greyscale is one of the tools of the Others? Once the Others manage to breach the Wall, their influence could stretch to any part of the world where people are afflicted with greyscale. The sick people will quickly die and turn into wights, and anyone who dies around them will turn into wights as well, unleashing one of the horrible plagues the world has ever seen. Since we know that Jon Connington has it, this could have a devastating effect on Southern Westeros through him. And let's not even get started with what will happen in Essos. It could be the final push Daenarys needs to get herself and her dragons moving to Westeros already, provided there's anyone able to tell her what's going on (Maester Marwyn, perhaps?).
Dany will get to Westeros and resolve the war by marrying Stannis.As the only contenders for the Iron Throne that actually care about being a good rulers (and both conveniently fire-aligned) Dany will turn back the Others with Dragonfire and reclaim the throne by marring Stannis (who can control one of the dragons due to his distant ancestral link to the Targaryens). Presumably this would require his wife to die first, but unexpected deaths are hardly unusual. They will be joint monarchs like Britain's William III (of Orange) and Mary II. The dragon's third head will be Melisandre.
Jon Snow's assassination attempt wasn't a fragging, it was Cersei's hit squad catching up with himWhile Lord Commander Jon Snow was making changes to the Night Watch, he was (for the most part) making things better for them (more men at the Wall means they're more able to resist attacks and borrowing from the Bank of Bravos means they're able to buy more food). Yes, there was grumbling in the ranks (a lot of it justified) about Jon's changes but when don't soldiers grumble? Cersei, on the other hand, definitely planned on sending assassins disguised as volunteers after him and this was them taking that opportunity to carry out their mission.
The TV show has reached a point where it gives us several clues about the future of the novels
Stevron Frey was murderedHe takes a superficial wound in the Battle of Oxcross and turns up dead in his tent days later. One of his relatives (probably Black Walder Frey) seized an opportunity to the heir to the Twins while avoiding suspicion.
Aurane Waters will have a further role to playThe Bastard of Driftmark and his new pirate fleet out of the Stepstones will cast their lot with one of the claimants to the Iron Throne — either Stannis, Aegon or Daenerys.
"Alayne" is a cover for Sansa's true intentionsRecent chapters shown from Sansa's perspective refer to Sansa as "Alayne", the false identity she has assumed. This might be a sign that she's having an identity crisis, but it could be something else. A smokescreen. Being around Littlefinger constantly and being an astute student of his, Sansa has come to understand his psyche more and more. From what she is able to observe, there are two people inside Littlefinger's head: the cutthroat, Magnificent Bastard Littlefinger, and the sweet caring Petyr who Littlefinger buried after he lost his duel with Brandon Stark. Sansa hates "Littlefinger", but she feels empathy for "Petyr" and his plight. However...knowing the two "people" inside Petyr Baelish has taught Sansa so much more. It has allowed her to channel two "people" inside of herself as well. Alayne Stone, Littlefinger's dutiful daughter, and Sansa Stark...who is plotting something. Since "Alayne" obeys Littlefinger and feels sorry for him, then "Sansa" must be working out a plan that will not work in Littlefinger's best interests. It will surely turn all of Littlefinger's plots on their heads. Readers however will not see what "Sansa" is plotting though, because she doesn't allow herself to think of these plots as "Alayne".
Sansa Stark serves as a parallel to Queen Elizabeth IThe red hair is obvious, but Sansa already has many similarities to Queen Elizabeth I. She is a well-educated Princess Classic who unfortunately has been victimized by people who pretend to be her friends but take advantage of her. For the time being she's known as Littlefinger's illegitimate daughter, and it's been speculated that Robb cut Sansa out of the line of succession after she married Tyrion. For a long time Elizabeth was viewed as an illegitimate child, and she'd been cut out of the line of succession more than once. Not to mention Sansa had a beloved parent, Ned Stark, be beheaded for falisfied charges of treason, just as Elizabeth's mother Anne Boleyn was executed. With each bad experience Sansa has suffered, her idealized view of marriage soured considerably. "No one will ever marry me for love". Since her first betrothed killed her father, then she was forced into a marriage with Tyrion, and as of the most recent book Littlefinger is forcing her into a marriage with Harry the Heir, this isn't surprising. Like Queen Elizabeth I, Sansa now recognizes that marriage is simply a trap and despite a potential title of "Queen in the North and East", all it would mean is that she would be simply a puppet ruler under Littlefinger's thumb and under the thumb of her future husband. With this parallel drawn, what does this mean for Sansa? Well, it could very well mean that she will become Queen in the North but she will assume full-power and no man will have control over her any more. In the parallels of Elizabeth, she could be very much beloved by the people of the North and seen as a brutal cutthroat by her enemies, but she would have a long and successful reign. However, this also draws into the question of marriage. Because her experiences with marriages have been so negative, and she believes that no man would love her for her and not because of her title and status, she would assume the mantle of a Virgin Queen. She will forge alliances as she sees fit but she will never get married because marriage to her is just another means for someone to take advantage of her. Whether or not she'll remain a Virgin Queen her whole life is uncertain, but if Sansa is supposed to represent Queen Elizabeth I she will assert her authority over the North and be rest assured that nobody will take advantage of her again and she won't be pressure into political unions she doesn't want. Something that not even Daenerys Targaryen has been able to accomplish.