When trying to piece together how the rest of this season of Game of Thrones will play out, intrepid fans have been looking to George R.R. Martin’s original texts. Take for instance, the popular theory that Daenerys will be betrayed by someone close to her in the name of love.
In A Storm of Swords, Dany received a prophecy in Qarth that warned her of three betrayals. One would be for blood, the other for gold and the final one in the name of love. Though D.B. Weiss and David Benioff never explicitly depicted the moment Dany received the prophecy, they did dramatize two of its outcomes. The blood betrayal manifested in seasons one when her unborn child was killed to save Khal Drogo’s life. In season four, Dany discovered that her sworn protector Jorah was actually a spy for Robert Baratheon, which fulfills the second part of the prophecy. That means love is still on the table. Tyrion’s actions last week—when he told Jamie to “flee you idiot”—proves that he still has major love for his big bro, which could lead to him betraying Dany if he’s forced to choose between blood and duty. And because Tyrion has been one of the most beloved characters since the beginning, what better way to melt the internet than by making him turn heel?
What could make that twist even more compelling is if Tyrion himself is a Targaryen, which is another theory that has been gaining traction online. While it may be a little far-fetched, it’s being pushed by none other than Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who broke it down for the Ringer recently. “I think that Jon Snow, Daenerys, and the Hand of the Queen [Tyrion Lannister] — I think they are all related. Three dragons, three riders, three siblings,” Rodgers said. “We know from Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, that Ned Stark was not Jon Snow’s father. The Mad King might have been his father, might have been him — and that would make Daenerys and Jon brother and sister. And then Tyrion, we don’t know who his mother is, who Tywin slept with. I think there’s some sort of relationship.” While it feels like a bit of a leap, this is the same guy who made this pass, so we’re going to go ahead and give him the benefit of the doubt.
But now that we’re on the subject of hail marys, why not explore one last theory that’s been gaining traction online. After Jon showed Dany some ancient cave paintings last week, some eagle-eyed Reddit users pointed out that one of the figures in the drawings of the first three men might actually be Jamie Lannister. While two of the figures are linked by an orb between their heads (presumably Jon and Dany), the last figure’s left hand is oddly misshapen. Could that be meant to represent Jamie Lannister, and if so, is he Azor Ahai a.k.a. The Prince That Was Promised? Here’s Reddit user Byrd82 to break it down:
“So, the basic gist is that there is a seriously problematic translation error that, once cleared up, will shed light on the identity of the hero… According to the Valyrian dictionary, Valyrian words for lord and light are aeksio and onos. However, Valyrian words for gold and hand are aeksion and ondos…the Lord of Light is a farce. Jaime Lannister—Gold Hand—is the hero of legend and prophecy.”
But that’s not all. The prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised states that Azor Ahai must be reborn, and since Jamie looks like he fell to his death at the end of “The Spoils of War,” some CPR might be in order. Furthermore, Azor Ahai had to plunge his sword, Lightbringer, into his wife’s heart in order to unleash its true powers. If some other fan theories are to be believed, Jamie will be the one who eventually kills Cersei. Could all the pieces be in place for Jamie to emerge as the show’s great hero? It sure looks that way. Talk about a curveball.