14 Dumb and Debunked ‘Game of Thrones’ Theories (Photos)
Not every “Game of Thrones” fan theory is as plausible or well-built as “R + L = J”
Jeremy Fuster | June 26, 2016 @ 5:28 PM
Last Updated: June 28, 2016 @ 10:31 AM
This season of "Game of Thrones" has been a godsend for fans who love to craft theories about what big twists lie ahead. Bran, Tyrion, and Sansa have all been the subjects of theories with major ramifications. But for every "Tyrion Targaryen" theory, there's another one that has either been disproved by recent events or is so preposterous it would make Robert Baratheon roar with laughter.
One theory that doesn't hold water suggests that Lord Varys is a merman. Either he's lying about being a eunuch to hide his identity or he was turned into one by the sorcerer that castrated him. The key evidence is a throwaway line from the books where Varys did not flinch at Tyrion's threat to throw him into the water.Also Read:How to Catch Up on ‘Game of Thrones’ Without Watching It
A theory that lasted for a while suggested that Hodor was the Great Other who controlled the White Walkers, the icy counterpart to the Lord of Light which some fans believed Winterfell had been built to contain. This theory got debunked when the true origin of the word "Hodor" was revealed ... right as the White Walkers killed the poor stable boy.
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The most popular GoT theory is the "RLJ" theory that suggests Jon Snow is the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, a fact Ned Stark hid to protect Jon. A much more icky version of this theory is that Jon is the product of an incestuous relationship between Ned and Lyanna. Apparently some fan thinks that incest isn't just the domain of Lannisters and Targaryens.Also Read:‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Robert’s Rebellion and Fall of the Mad King
Jorah Mormont has been competing for the attention of Queen Daenerys with Daario Naharis, but one crazy theory suggests that the two are the same person, a la "Fight Club." The idea of the handsome, powerful Daario being a Tyler Durden-esque illusion that Jorah unconsciously uses to sleep with Dany is funny, but totally impossible.Also Read:‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Gushes Like a Fangirl Over Matt LeBlanc
After Arya was stabbed by the Waif, there were growing murmurs around a theory that claimed the Waif wasn't real, but rather a figment of Arya's imagination. Now that Arya killed her and put her face on the wall, it's clear that the Waif is no Tyler Durden.
At the start of season 6, some fans were wondering whether Sansa was pregnant with Ramsay's child after being raped. Some preview photos and dialogue stoked the theory, but as the story went on, it became more and more unlikely that this theory would become reality. The theory was finally shut down by Liam Cunningham in an interview.