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  • Gendry Waters. Like most small folk Gendry doesn't actually have a last name, and would only have taken on Waters if Robert Baratheon knew about his existence and formally recognized him as his bastard. In canon Robert never did and Gendry doesn't even know he's Robert's son but most fans refer to him as Gendry Waters anyway, with half the tags on Tumblr and fanfiction putting that as his given name.
  • You can't throw a stone in this fandom without hitting someone who believes Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. The fact that the TV adaptation has confirmed it, while the book saga hasn't yet leaves the whole thing in a grey area between Fanon and Canon. Still, how exactly they conceived him is a matter of debate:
    • The most commonly accepted idea is that Rhaegar fell in love with Lyanna after unmasking her as the Knight of the Laughing Tree and chose her to be the mother of the "third head of the dragon". Lyanna agreed to run away with him because she had feelings for him as well and didn't want to be forced to marry Robert Baratheon, whom she knew would be unfaithful to her.
    • They could have married in front of a heart tree on the Isle of Faces, and the three Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy might have been there to protect the new heir. But of course there are several variations of this.
    • Some fans believe the in-universe story, that he kidnapped and raped her to conceive Jon. There's also the possibility that Lyanna consented at first but then changed her mind and Rhaegar refused to let her go.
  • Related to the one above, many fans take it as a given that the Knight of the Laughing Tree was Lyanna Stark herself. This would also justify how she had Rhaegar got close to each other, since the king sent him to capture the mysterious knight and Rhaegar claimed to have found only "his" shield.
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  • Again, related to the one above is that some believe that Benjen joined the Night's Watch immediately after Robert's Rebellion out of guilt for helping Lyanna run away with Rhaegar, which led to the war.
  • There are many who believe that Ashara Dayne was actually pregnant with Brandon Stark's [Ned's brother not his son] child. Word of God stated that Brandon may have left "a little Snow somewhere" and Barristan Selmy's POV in A Dance with Dragons bitterly mentions that Ashara gave birth to a stillborn daughter - and not to Jon Snow, apparently - after Stark dishonored her. Since Barristan has always spoken of Ned with respect and admiration, the only option left is Brandon, who has quite the reputation as The Casanova.
  • It is also common in fanfics for the eldest sibling to Arthur and Ashara Dayne and parent to Edric Dayne to be a man named Allem.
  • The idea that Tyrion is Aerys Targaryen's bastard, and thus Daenerys's half-brother. Supporting this theory is the fact that Aerys apparently was "quite taken" with Tywin's wife, that he "took liberties" during the bedding of she and Tywin, and that the passage from the Hand's chamber might have been used by Aerys, not Tywin. Also, Tyrion's hair, in the novels, is a fine blonde, almost white, like a Targaryen (though this is really tenuous evidence). Tywin's line that "I cannot prove you are not mine" is, in the minds of some fans, proof that he suspected or even knew about his wife sleeping with, or being raped by, Aerys.
    • Some people follow this idea but apply it to Jamie and Cersei, mainly because they follow the grand Targaryen tradition of incest. The symptoms of Targaryen Madness could explain Cersei's paranoia and Joffrey's instability. It adds an element of dramatic irony, since Tywin was murdered by his only true born child.
  • It's considered practically a given that Young Griff isn't actually Aegon VI, son of Rhaegar and Elia. Fans explain this by saying he's the son of Illyrio Mopatis and his second wife Serra of Lys. What's more, Serra is apparently the sister of Varys, both of them being scions of House Blackfyre through the female line. Only a scant few believe he is who he says he is.
    • Young Griff's possible true identity as a Blackfyre is used by many fans to explain why the Golden Company supports him but shun Viserys despite claiming to be Targaryen loyalists. They are actually Blackfyre loyalists, as they always have been historically, who are passing off Young Griff as a Targaryen to gain legitimacy.
  • An example of a fanon idea that is usually considered canon, is the notion that Robb Stark made an error by not telling Edmure Tully his plan to trap Tywin by luring him to the Westerlands. This idea was first floated by an article on a fansite and it caught traction but is most certainly not described within the text, by Edmure or others, as a reason for Robb's defeat. Within the books, it's clear that Edmure clearly and repeatedly exceeded his command and Edmure took responsibility for his mishap.
  • Other fan theories taken as true in some circles of the fandom include Jeyne Westerling, or perhaps her mother bewitched Robb to fall in love with Jeyne. Or the Jeyne Westerling seen by Jaime Lannister in A Feast for Crows and the one seen by Catelyn in A Storm of Swords are two different persons, as their descriptions don't match. This would lead to the speculations that Jeyne is hiding somewhere else and might even be pregnant. However, current editions of A Feast for Crows remove reference to Jeyne's hips (the source of the theory) entirely, suggesting it was a mistake.
  • Since "The Rains of Castamere" was only ever given one verse and a chorus by Martin, there's a fan-written second verse that has become popular in fan renditions of the song. At one point, it was so well-known in the fandom that it was erroneously listed with the official lyrics on the series' Wiki.
    "Oh, hear my call!" the lookout cried, his eyes upon the Vale,
    "I see sunlight upon armor, many riders on the trail!"
    But still, Lord Reyne of Castamere harped on his elegy:
    "No stripling boy, untried by arms, will play lord over me!"
    And so he spoke, and so he spoke, the Lord of Castamere,
    Now rains weep all o'er his walls, with not a soul to hear,
    The lions at the gate had come, to lift his infant heirs on spears...
  • Maege Mormont is a lesbian, or her brother Jeor is gay, which is why he went to the wall willingly. Both have children, but that proves nothing, of course.
  • Or, that Maege slept with Tormund Giantsbane and he sired her daughters. It's unknown who their father is or if she's married. Tormund did claim to have slept with a she-bear and is called "Husband to Bears".
  • Among fans who don't believe that the series will end with either Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen on the Iron Throne, it's taken as a Foregone Conclusion that the series will end with the Tyrells on the throne. Thanks to the series' loose basis in the Real Life Wars of the Roses (with the Starks, Lannisters and Targaryens as stand-ins for the Houses of York, Lancaster and Plantagenet), many history buffs in the fandom have latched onto the theory that the Tyrells are meant to be stand-ins for the ultimately victorious House of Tudor. It helps that the family names are vaguely similar, they're the rather treacherous allies of the Lancaster stand-ins, the Reach's position in Westeros corresponds to the position of Wales (where the Tudor line originated) in Britain, and the family's golden rose sigil looks almost identical to the Tudors' famous red and white rose sigil.
  • That clever raven of Mormont's is commonly assumed by fans to be one of Bloodraven's many familiars, with his unsettling habit of saying the right thing at the right moment especially with Jon Snow around. The fact that Bloodraven himself was also once Lord Commander of the Night's Watch adds to the connection.
  • It's common for fans to take the Targaryen boast of "fire cannot kill a dragon" literally based on Daenerys's birthing her dragons on Drogo's funeral pyre, and it's often employed in fanfiction to prove Jon Snow a true Targaryen in lieu of any sort of documentation or testimony, even though Jon actually burned his hand quite badly in the first novel. Word of God has stated that Daenerys was an exception owing to the magic from the dragon's birth, and that Targaryens don't have a blanket immunity from fire, though they are resistant to high temperatures (Dany likes her bathwater scalding hot). It's not helped by the TV series running with the idea.
  • A common fan theory is that House Targaryen is responsible for the Doom of Valyria and Dany's vision was just an elaborate cover story to flee to the safety of Dragonstone. Using gold they acquired from selling a Valyrian sword to House Lannister, a prophecy says their gold would usher Valyria's end, they hired the Faceless men to kill the mages responsible for containing the fires of the fourteen flames. With most of the dragons and dragon lords in one place, most of House Targaryen's competition was wiped out and killed off in the century of blood. Thereby leaving them with a monopoly on Dragons, which Aegon would later use to conquer most of Westeros.
  • The notion that there is gunpowder in Yi-Ti. The books mention some pyrotechnical powders used by magicians from the East, Yi-Ti is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Imperial China, and Imperial China invented gunpowder. So it isn't a big stretch to imagine that the Yi-Tish know gunpowder.
  • Some fan art has taken to depicting Rhaenys (Rhaegar's daughter) as having her father's purple eyes. This is in spite of the fact that she's been explicitly described as looking exactly like her mother, Elia Martell. As a way of giving nod to canon, the common explanation is that her eyes are a very dark shade of purple, making them look like they're black from a distance or in certain lighting.
    • Likewise, there's also fan art depicting her younger brother Aegon VI (aka Young Griff, if you believe the In-Universe claims about his identity) as inheriting their mother's skin tone, making him a Dark-Skinned Blonde.
  • One of Jon Snow's subordinates is a handsome young man known as Satin, who was previously a prostitute, having been pimped out by his mother as a boy. Fan perception is that Satin is a Camp Gay Pretty Boy who is always swooning over Jon. However, in-text, there's no indication of Satin's sexual preference (a different issue than the gender(s) he was forced to sleep with), and while Satin certainly likes and respects Jon (as a Heroic Bastard, Jon defends fellow "outcasts"), there is not much evidence of this being anything but platonic.

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