Winter maybe upon us, but unfortunately we’re going to have to wait a while for our next hit of Westeros madness. Season 7 of Game of Thrones won’t premiere for months, and we’re still waiting for George R.R. Martin to finish The Winds of Winter(if he doesn’t drop the book in a Beyoncé-style surprise release, he’s missing a huge opportunity). So what’s a rabid Song of Ice and Fire fan to do while we wait? Well, we could get on with our lives and read other fantasy books… or we could sit around concocting fan theories. So here are some of the weirdest, wildest, most plausible fan theories to date.
These theories are out there, and some of them might be a bit of a stretch—but some of them also might be totally brilliant. Because the one thing we know about George R.R. Martin is that he can always surprise us (that, and kill off our favorite characters in interesting ways). Spoilers ahead:
1. Tyrion is a Targaryen
Here’s a short cut to coming up with your very own ASOIAF theory: pick a character (any character) and claim that they’re secretly a Targaryen. But the idea that Tyrion is a low-key Targaryen holds a little more water than you might think. The Mad King Aerys openly lusted after Joanna Lannister, after all—what if he actually impregnated her, and Tyrion is his secret son? Tywin would be pretty relieved.