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Alt Shift X shares a new theory on what might've caused the Doom of Valyria


Civilizations have existed since times unknown. They have risen from nothing, built a unique world rooted in their resources and climate, ran their distance, and then desolated back into nothing. The doom is inevitable. Be it Ancient Greece, Egypt or the Indus Valley, every great civilization has come to an end. The reasons are mostly unknown and mysterious. But there’s always speculation around the excavated ruins.

A Song of Ice and Fire has given us an awe-inspiring world, one that holds ancient mysteries and secrets, much like our own world. Westeros is the dominant force in Game of Thrones (Television Series). But far off in time, this world had a great civilization, Valyria. It’s located to the east of Westeros. The Valyrians were dragonlords who built their empire around the volcanic mountains called Fourteen Flames in the Valyrian peninsula.

Valyrians called themselves the Freehold, they had fought against the enslavers of the time, Ghiscari. All the Freeholders were believed to have a say in Valyria. Through dragons and sorcery, Valyrians built an empire around the world that would be the envy of any rival. Valyria was the capital city. But then, some four hundred years before the current scene of events in Game of Thrones, the doom took over Valyria. Everything around the Fourteen Flames exploded with huge volcanic eruptions. All the great knowledge, dragons, and skills of the Valyrians were lost.

Targaryens were one of the dragonlords of Valyria. Right now, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are the only surviving members of this House. This makes them the only ones with Valyrian heritage in Westeros. We get a glimpse into the ruins in Game of Thrones season 5 when Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister cross Valyria on their way to Meereen.

But how and why did the doom occur? Alt Shift X recently came up with a video on what might have caused the Doom of Valyria.

The video travels through the history of Valyrian civilization. What were the powers and skills that they wielded to build such a magnificent empire? What were the conflicts among the great Houses of Valyria? Which of their activities were potentially responsible for the doom? The involvement of Lannister gold, the Faceless Men, and Targaryens.

The theory connects all the possible dots to build a conclusive evidence of what might have happened to the dragonlords. It presents that the Valyrians became enslavers themselves, taking over the people they conquered, employing them in hundreds and thousands to mine the gold and silver from the footholds of the mountains of Fourteen Flames.

They believed they had descended from the dragons and kept their bloodline pure by marrying into their own kin. Valyrians were advanced in their technology, using Dragonfire and magic to build great towers and colonies. They forged Valyrian steel to make swords, which were in great demand throughout the world. But gradually, conflicts arose among the Houses of Valyria.

Faceless Men are believed to originate among the slaves of Valyria. It’s said that the first gift of death was granted to one of the slaves, who wanted an end to their pain. Arya Stark‘s favorite cult of assassins gradually came for the masters as well.

Now, the Targaryens left Valyria before the doom and settled at Dragonstone. Daenys the Dreamer had foreseen Valyria’s destruction by fire, which was earlier prophesized. They were among the minor lords of Valyria and were called cowards for leaving their homeland.

The prophecy said that the gold of Casterly Rock would become the reason for the doom of Valyria. The Lannisters of Casterly Rock were rich even during the ancient times, and a payment in gold for the Valyrian sword, Brightroar triggered the chain of events. Possibly, amidst the conflicts and pride of the Valyrian Houses, a payment of this gold was made to Faceless Men, who assassinated the sorcerers of the Houses whose magic held the Fourteen Flames.

The theory calls this happening either coincidental and shortsighted, or deliberate and planned. The Targaryens, who have inherited the beliefs of racial superiority and incest from Valyria, were the only ones to survive. They then went on to rule Westeros. Is there a connection between their survival and the doom of their ancestors?

The doom still rules over Valyria, just like speculation and theories rule over us till Game of Thrones comes back for its conclusion in 2019. What are your thoughts on this video? Tell us in the comments.


“You will shut many eyes forever – brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.” So said Melisandre of Asshai when she met Arya Stark for the first time. This prophecy has played out since then, with both ‘brown eyes’ (Walder Frey) and ‘blue eyes’ (Night King) succumbing to Arya’s blade. Fans have long predicted the green eyes to signify Queen Cersei. But the equation changed with Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ when another pair of green eyes became very important – Queen Daenerys Targaryen.

In an unfathomably shocking act of madness, Daenerys Targaryen torched thousands of innocent King’s Landing civilians in Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, and as such established herself as the most devastating villain of the series ever.


Before Dany’s Mad Queen twist, Cersei was being regarded as the ‘Mad Queen’, mainly for blowing the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire in Season 6, but also for her general ruthlessness and murderous ways. The Lannister Lioness’ green eyes are quite famous and have been referenced multiple times in the books and the show.

Now, Cersei has been on Arya’s kill list since Season 2 and she even came to King’s Landing with the purpose of killing her. Melisandre’s prophecy in Season 3 also included green eyes, so many fans thought Arya will fulfil this target next. That expectation was strengthened when Arya left Winterfell on ‘unfinished business’ in episode 4.

But Sandor Clegane turned Arya back from that path and she went on to survive the burning of the city by just an inch. With Cersei now dead and Arya witnessing Daenerys’ carnage first-hand, it is all too possible that the significance of ‘green eyes’ has changed for Arya.


Interestingly, Daenerys’ eyes were not even supposed to be green. In the books, they are purple, and in keeping with the unusual physiological traits of Valyrian Dragonlords from whom Daenerys is descended. But Emilia Clarke, the actor who plays Daenerys in the show, has green eyes. Although she wore purple contacts in the unaired pilot of Game of Thrones, that idea was discarded in the main show and Clarke stuck to her natural eye colour.

If the show follows the books in terms of major plot points (and Daenerys’ death should be a major plot point) then the Arya-killing-Daenerys-because-of-prophecy scenario is unlikely, because book Daenerys does not even have green eyes. But the show has introduced many plot twists – so this is not totally implausible either.

What do you think of this theory? Will Arya fulfil the ‘green eyes’ prophecy by killing Daenerys or some completely different end awaits the ‘Queen of Ashes’? Tell us in the comments!


Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” had a lot going for it. So many happenings and so many deaths in just one episode, but it ended with a scene that baffled quite a lot of users. We saw Arya make her way through the destruction in King’s Landing, and find a white horse, whom she rides out of the city. Here’s what it could mean for the show, and the series finale.

White Horses have been used as a symbol in storytelling for a long time now, for both good and bad things. However, fans are speculating that this particular bit might be pointing towards a Bible verse that talks about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The passage says:

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”


Arya and death have danced for a long time in the show, and it seems like the show is hinting that Arya will have a final battle with death in the series finale. We saw who brought death in “The Bells” — Daenerys Targaryen, and it feels like could be the second bit of foreshadowing that Arya could be responsible for Daenerys’ death, after the ‘green eyes’ clue.

It also connects to both Arya and Daenerys, as Ned Stark used to ride a white horse, and so did Daenerys, at the beginning of the show. Maybe it’s things coming together for Arya and Daenerys, both of whose fathers were murdered in King’s Landing.

Either that, our we will get our expectations subverted again. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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Fans have been waiting for the Clegane brothers to clash for so many seasons now that it would be heartbreaking if they passed that up completely. But fret not fandom. There are several hints that Cleganebowl is well and truly coming, and might actually happen Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5. Read on!

The last time we have seen Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane and Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane come face to face was the Season 7 finale. Hound did not miss the opportunity to remind Mountain that the fight is still on. The Mountain didn’t respond except glowering menacingly but then he hasn’t been very talkative for some time, has he? But that scene was the first time the makers openly acknowledged and gave credence to what up till then have just been theories.

Hints galore in episode 4

The first three episodes of Season 8 had been preoccupied with the Dead. But Sandor Clegane is right back on track with episode 4. He says “there is only one thing that will make me happy” when Sansa talks to him, which is a clear indication to facing his brother. The next time we see the Hound he is striking out alone on a horse. Arya catches up with him and they share some good old warm and fuzzy insults.


Arya and Sandor leave together for King’s Landing

Sandor then again says, “I have unfinished business in King’s Landing.” He is not interested in the war; he would have left with Jon Snow’s army then. So why is he going to King’s Landing? Obviously, to face his no. 1 nemesis and elder brother Gregor.

It’s even by supported narrative logic. The Mountain protects Cersei, and it would be necessary to eliminate him before anyone gets to her. Now Arya is obviously going to King’s Landing, and both Cersei and Mountain are on her List. It makes sense for Arya and Hound to team up again to execute their revenge.

What is Cleganebowl theory?

The Cleganebowl theory goes back beyond the show, it started with the book series fans. Sandor and Gregor’s enmity begun back into their childhood, Gregor would bully his little brother endlessly and once pressed his face onto a hot brazier over a small fight about a toy.


Sandor and Gregor Clegane fight in Game of Thrones Season 1

The fire burned away one whole side of Sandor’s face, made him a complete cynic, and gave him a deep-seated fear of fire that made him defect from the Battle of Blackwater and would have done the same in Battle of Winterfell except for Arya and Beric. Hound has repeatedly said that he considers killing the Mountain to be his destiny. It was the one thing that kept him standing through all injuries and hardships. He is not the cold-hearted cynic he once was, but the hate still burns.

Right from Season 1, we are told that Sandor has vowed to kill his brother one day and by Season 7 it has almost become a destiny. Even the actors Rory McCann (Hound) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Mountain) have been hyping about it off-screen. As Game of Thrones completes its journey in just two more episodes, Cleganebowl seems imminent.