A show as complex and epic as Game of Thrones has so many plot strands and character arcs, and there were so many rewarding ones that ran through the whole show. When it comes to shows like this, especially with the rich source material George R. R. Martin provided, anything could happen, and so many stories and plot points interweave over time.
This is what has made Game of Thrones one of the most talked about TV shows of all time. Fans, and we mean the ones who are really into it, like to discuss their own theories and musings about what might happen and what things mean. With that in mind, we present some of the most intriguing and bonkers fan theories that we actually reckon are better in places than what they did on the show.
Jaime takes out Cersei
In the books, a fortune teller and maegi makes a prophecy to Cersei Lannister that her life would be taken by the “valonqar,” translated from High Valyrian to mean “little brother?” Cersei naturally assumes this means Tyrion, causing her to despise and distrust him. However, Cersei’s twin brother Jaime is also younger. Only just, but still younger. This caused many fans to speculate that Jaime would be the one to take out Cersei. And it seemed for all the world that the show was going down this path, only for Benioff and Weiss to pull the rug out from under us at the 11th hour. This would ultimately not happen in the show, but we hold out hope that Martin will right this wrong when he ends the novels.
Bran Stark, the Night King
This was one of the most common theories that was circulating as recently as the start of Season 8. The idea was that in his time traveling, three-eyed raven, warging extravaganza, Bran would inadvertently warg into the guy who is taken out by the Children of the Forest, (ultimately becoming the Night King). Bran would then become stuck in this guy and, as such, would become the Night King in the present. It’s a complicated theory, but it’s certainly one that had weight behind it, though, as we know, this didn’t happen.
Littlefinger faked his passing
Did you love Littlefinger as much as we did?! Sure, he’s easy to hate, but he’s also the most intelligent character and a master of puppets throughout the Seven Kingdoms. There was a theory that his passing at the end of Season 7 was faked. But he had his throat slit by Arya, right? Did he? This theory, which actually has some weight to it, speculates that Lord Baelish knew his time was up when Bran repeated his line “Chaos is a ladder,” and, to escape losing his life he paid one of the faceless men to take his place and fled Winterfell for parts unknown. Please let this be true in the books; we’d love Baelish to still be standing at the end of everything when the dust clears.
There are many more theories besides, and some of them are absolutely bonkers – such as Varys being a merman; no, we’re not joking. But we feel these are three of the best fan theories that are actually better than what happened on the show. Of course, everyone has their own theories about what they think should have happened in the show, but these are some great alternative theories.