Game of Thrones is at a critical point in its story right now. Season 7 is 5 episodes in, and in a couple of weeks, our long wait will resume. After this, we get only six more episodes for Season 8, which might not arrive before 2019. Now, as you know, one of the most important characters on the show right now, is Bran Stark, and he is definitely the most mysterious one, too. Now a new fan theory (not really, but actually an old theory re-explained) talks about how Bran Stark himself could be the Night King. Read on!
The theory, which has been updated, condensed and restructured to match the latest official information we have, by redditor turm0il26, explains how Bran Stark is the Night King. Read the full post below :
If you’re too bored to read the whole thing, here’s our TL;DR : Bran can move through time, so he first goes and tries to whisper to Aegon Targaryen, telling him to burn all the White Walkers. When that doesn’t work, he goes further back and builds the Wall as Bran the Builder, and also establishes Winterfell, and House Stark. The third time, he goes all the way back, and ends up getting stabbed in the heart with Dragonglass, making him the Night King.
What are your views on this? Talk to us in the comments, down below!
Does Podrick’s song in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 foreshadow Jon-Daenerys’ fate?
Podrick showed us his singing abilities in the latest episode and it was one of the most beautiful moments of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2, ‘A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms‘.
A host of unlikely characters have gathered before the fireplace in the Great Hall of Winterfell to spend, as they fear, the last night of their lives. Tyrion Lannister requests a song, and Podrick Payne responds with a haunting melody – “High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts.” An emotional montage of several characters accompanies the song, each one of them preparing themselves for the coming battle.
This is Jenny’s Song, from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire on which Game of Thrones is based. In the books, it has a special significance on multiple levels and is thought to be connected with the Targaryen dynasty, the Azor Ahai prophecy, and particularly, the fate of Jon Snow AKA Aegon Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen.
The showrunners seem to be pointing towards the last bit as well, as the song is immediately followed by the scene where Jon reveals his true ancestry to Daenerys. It also plays during the end credit of the episode, though that version is performed by Florence+The Machine. Evidently, the showrunners consider this song significant and want it to appear so as well. Why is that?
To understand this we have to delve deep into Targaryen family history, and a few textual references from here and there. Read on!
In the book A Storm of Swords, we find only the first two lines of Jenny’s Song, but the showrunners added some additional lyrics.
High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts.
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found.
And the ones who had loved her the most.
The ones who’d been gone for so very long
She couldn’t remember their names
They spun her around on the damp, cold stone
Spun away her sorrow and pain
And she never wanted to leave.
There are several levels of textual references at play here.
Giving up a throne
The Jenny mentioned here is widely accepted as Jenny Oldstone, a lowborn maid who got married to a crown prince, Duncan Targaryen. In the show, Duncan was the elder brother of Aerys II, Daenerys’s father and Jon’s grandfather. Duncan gave up his claim to the throne to marry Jenny, as his family did not approve of her. That is why Aerys II could become king, despite not being the eldest child.
Jenny and Duncan’s story fits snugly with the situation Jon and Daenerys are in right now. Dany is claiming the throne, but Jon is the better claimant. Does this foreshadow that either Dany or Jon will give up their own claim to the throne for love?
Also, the “High hall” where Jenny is dancing “with the ghosts” is Summerhall, a Targaryen palace which was partly destroyed in a fire. Jenny’s husband Duncan died in that fire, who can be one of the “ghosts” Jenny is dancing with. A Dance of Dragons reveals that Rhaegar Targaryen was born in Summerhall during this tragedy, and was “haunted by its shadow” for the rest of his life.
Jenny brought a “Woods Witch” with her as a companion when she came to King’s Landing after her marriage to Duncan. This is the witch who prophecised that Azor Ahai, or the Prince/Princess Who was Promised, would come of Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen’s line. Duncan forced Aerys and Rhaella to marry against their wishes for this very reason. Their firstborn Rhaegar was thought to be Azor Ahai for a long time.
Rhaegar was not Azor Ahai. But as his sister and son, both Daenerys and Jon have the chance of being the prophecised warrior who will end the Long Night.
What it all means
The show places this song right before Daenerys learns the truth about Jon. Within minutes, the Army of the Dead reaches the perimeter of Winterfell. The song speaks of ghosts trapped in a castle and evokes the prophecy that tied the Targaryens to Azor Ahai. The show has diverged a lot from the book series at this point, but Azor Ahai has always been an important theme. The song definitely connects to it in some way.
Is the identity of Azor Ahai finally going be revealed soon, then? Is it Dany or Jon? Is the Long Night here to stay? Or it’s going to be a very different sort of “Dawn” as this theory suggests? The answer may lie in the next couple of episodes.
What do you think Jenny’s Song signifies in the show? Tell us in the comments!
Will we see the Temple of the Lord of Light and the Fiery Hands in Game Of Thrones Season 8?
Game Of Thrones Season 8 is almost here – excruciatingly close, yet still a few days away. Even as the countdown has already begun, the speculations and theories are rife. And while theories such as ‘Bran is Night King’ and ‘Littlefinger is alive’ are discussed with fervor, there is a lesser known theory that just might cut it. It’s about the Temple of the Lord of Light and its role in the Great War that has already reached Westeros. The theory is lesser known because it has its roots in the books. Only the makers know if this theory has any place in the shows. So while we wait to see how things unfold, let us dig into this theory with all its nuances.
What is the Temple of the Lord of Light and who are Fiery Hands?
The Temple of the Lord of Light is the temple of R’hllor in Volantis. In the Remnants of the Dragonlords, an exhaustive work from Archmaester Gramyon, the temple is said to be three times the size of the Great Sept of Baelor. The temple’s High Priest is Benerro, a former slave, a character that hasn’t been introduced in the show. These references are first found in the book Dance With Dragons in Tyrion’s POV. The temple is protected by a special group of a thousand slave soldiers who identify themselves as the Fiery Hands. They have flames tattooed on their cheeks as is the custom of Volantis. And they carry spears with arrowheads shaped like flames.
What’s the significance of the temple of the Lord of Light?
If you are thinking about how the Temple can feature on the show in Season 8 since it never had any significance in the show till now, let’s revisit a scene from Season 7.
In this scene at Dragonstone, Melissandre tells Lord Varys that she is going to Volantis. And when Varys tells her that it’s a good decision since Westeros will be torn in war soon, she says she is coming back to Westeros. One last time. So it’s clear that she isn’t going away to Volantis to find peace or to stay away from the war. She is going there with some purpose and intends to come back. And since the temple of the Lord of Light is in Volantis, and we all know the Red Woman’s devotion to R’hllor, our bet is she is going to the temple.
The flames know…
Whether you believe the old gods or the new, you have to give due credit to the Lord who shows visions in the flames. We know how Melissandre sees Jon Snow in the flames and believes he has an important role to play in the war to come. She literally brings him back from the dead for this exactly.
But in another flame in Essos, High Priest Benerro sees Daenerys as the savior. According to his visions, even death will bend the knee in front of her. (And we know how obsessed Dany is with people bending the knee for her!).
So, with Melissandre believing in Jon, and Benerro believing in Dany, what are the chances that the two of them collaborate to help the world deal with the fight between the living and the dead? We say, quite high!
And let us not forget Kinvara
For those who think it’s too late for the show to introduce an important character like Benerro, let us not forget Kinvara. Kinvara is the High Priestess of the Red Temple (Temple of the Lord of Light) who makes an appearance on the show in Season 6. She comes to Meereen and meets Tyrion and Varys. With flowing red robes and the necklace with a ruby at her throat, Kinvara is every bit as enigmatic as Melissandre. Remember her conversation with Lord Varys as she hints that she knows all his secrets? If you have trouble remembering the scintillating conversation, here’s the video for you.
How does all this add up?
So, in the shows, Kinvara has already been introduced as the High Priestess who believes Daenerys is “reborn from the ashes to remake the world”. This makes Benerro as the High Preist a redundant character. But the Fiery Hands can still be quite relevant. Let’s see how.
The Fiery Hands are literally the soldiers of R’hllor. And there is a strong reason why they can be brought into the last season. As the White Walkers, the Wights, and the Night King himself march across the Wall, the living prepare for the great war against the dead. The wights, reanimated by the white walker or the Night King cannot be killed, no matter how you cut at them. There are only three ways to destroy them – Valyrian steel, dragonglass, and fire.
Now, who better to wield burning spears than the Fiery Hands themselves? It all makes perfect sense. Melissandre goes to Volantis and mobilizes the thousand soldiers of the Fiery Hands. We have watched her intone “For the night is dark and full of terrors” countless times. And now, the dark night is coming. In this fight between light and darkness, it is only fitting that the Lord of Light plays an important part.
The Fiery Hands will be the helping hands to the dragons!
If the Fiery Hands from the temple of the Lord of Light are brought into the picture by Melissandre and Kinvara, that would be awesome! And knowing Game of Thrones, the makers have all the creative liberties in the world. So, how about the soldiers having some special power related to fire? We have seen Beric Dondarrion (he who is resurrected by the Lord of Light again and again and again) being able to light up his sword with a swipe of a hand. How about the soldiers of R’hllor having a similar power? Game of Thrones fan theories suggest that Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen will be saved by these servants of Fire in the nick of the time.
All we can do is wait to see how the war unfolds and whether we will see the Temple of the Lord of Light or the Fiery Hands. But, we sure wish we do. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a thousand people who fight for the R’hllor and destroy the undead? And just imagine how intense the fighting scenes could be! Let’s wait and watch.
In the meantime, we have just launched a Game of Thrones Death Pool so that fans of the show have an interesting activity to participate in during the season. You can vote every week before the episode airs and predict whether a character lives or dies. Get the maximum number of correct predictions by the end of Season 8 to win the Death Pool.
George R.R. Martin’s latest book confirms a popular theory about Gendry’s character arc
Gendry – the last living heir of Robert Baratheon in the TV series (apart from Edric Storm in the books) has a lot ahead in his character arc. A popular theory about his end-game suggests a lot for him, which has almost been confirmed by George R.R. Martin’s latest book – ‘Fire and Blood’.
We will talk about how the popular theory is confirmed but let’s first discuss the theory itself and its chances of being true if not for the new book, following Gendry’s journey so far. Nope, we are not talking about the theory of Arya Stark and Gendry ending up together in the end. That may be true but this theory is entirely different and suggests that Gendry, being the last and sole heir of House Baratheon may be legitimized and doing something epic in the Final Season like slaying the Ice Dragon. Many fans and popular YouTubers have long theorized this.
Gendry’s Journey So Far…
Gendry is first introduced to us in the TV show indirectly by the late Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish – when he suggests Eddard Stark to visit Tobho Mott’s shop in Flea Bottom. When Ned follows and visits the blacksmith’s shop, he meets Gendry for the first time and immediately realizes that he is Robert Baratheon’s bastard son.
The scene ends with Ned saying to Tobho Mott, “If the day ever comes when that boy would rather wield a sword than forge one, send him to me.” We ultimately got a big callback from this important scene in the seventh season, when Gendry ultimately returned after rowing for three seasons in season 7. He also made a war hammer for himself just like his father once wielded and had used in the Battle of the Trident.
Gendry then ends up becoming a travelling companion for Arya but the group is taken prisoner by the Lannisters and taken to Harrenhal. The two along with Hot Pie, break out of Harrenhal with the help of Jaqen H’ghar and come across the Brotherhood without Banners. Hot Pie later finds a life serving as a baker at and an inn, while the other two continue their journey with the brotherhood.
Gendry is then taken captive by the Red Priestess – Melisandre, who performs some bizarre blood magic rituals using him. Yet, jokes aside Mel has told Gendry a few important lines which definitely have to pay off in the coming events of the Final Season. Two of them are:
“You are more than they can ever be… They are just foot soldiers in the Great War… You will make Kings rise and fall.”
“[You’re] the Bastard of Robert of the House Baratheon, the first of his name, King of the Andals and the First Men.”
After Mel’s ritual on him, Ser Davos Seaworth frees Gendry, making him escape on a boat from Dragonstone. The fans including me wondered where the character had been for complete three seasons, yet he returned in the Seventh Season slaying all those ‘boat-rowing’ jokes. He has returned and will also play a huge role in the Final Season, as confirmed by the actor himself.
Gendry is found by Davos while on a secret mission to King’s Landing, who joins him on his way back to Dragonstone. He then goes on the wight hunting venture with Jon Snow and party beyond-the-Wall but has to take a marathon back to Eastwatch in order to send a raven to Daenerys Targaryen, informing her about the White Walker ambush. We don’t get see any more of him in the last season.
But, the scripts of the last season have confirmed that he is with team Jon and Daenerys and is most probably travelling to Winterfell with them. And, we can’t hold our grudges for awaiting reunion of Arya and Gendry.
What did ‘Fire and Blood’ confirm?
George R.R. Martin’s latest book ‘Fire and Blood’ confirms a lot of things – at least the binge-readers say so. Like for example, the origin of the dragons of Daenerys in the first place and even an exciting parallel between Aegon the Conquerer and the current Aegon – Jon Snow.
‘The World of Ice and Fire’ – an account of Westerosi history has already given the link of Orys Baratheon – the founder of House Baratheon with the Targaryens. But, the latest book gives us more insight on how Gendry of House Baratheon may be legitimized by a Targaryen (Jon or Dany, if they survive the Great War). Quoting the two passages here:
“The son of a common blacksmith, Hammer was a huge man, with hands so strong that he was said to be able to twist steel bars into torcs. Though largely untrained in the art of war, his size and strength made him a fearsome foe. His weapon of choice was the Warhammer, with which he delivered crushing, killing blows.”
“In battle he rode Vermithor, once the mount of the Old King himself; of all the dragons in Westeros, only Vhagar was older or larger. For all these reasons, Lord Hammer (as he now styled himself) began to dream of crowns. “Why be a lord when you can be a king?” he told the men who began to gather round him”
“And talk was heard in camp of a prophecy of ancient days that said, “When the hammer shall fall upon the dragon, a new king shall arise, and none shall stand before him.” Whence came these words remains a mystery (not from Hammer himself, who could neither read nor write), but within a few days every man at Tumbleton had heard them.”
“Though Hammer’s ambition was unseemly in one born so low, the bastard undeniably possessed some Targaryen blood and had proved himself fierce in battle and open-handed to those who followed him, displaying the sort of largesse that draws men to leaders as a corpse draws flies.”
“They were the worst sort of men, to be sure: sellswords, robber knights, and like rabble, men of tainted blood and uncertain birth who loved battle for its own sake and lived for rapine and plunder. Many had heard the prophecy that the hammer would smash the dragon, and took it to mean that Hard Hugh’s triumph was foreordained.”
Two interesting parallels between Hugh the Hammer and Gendry here – both are blacksmiths and high-born bastards. If the prophecy is to be believed can Gendry hammer down the Wight Viserion controlled by the Night King? And, will he be legitimized after the Great War to become King Gendry Baratheon of Storm’s End?
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