Things aren’t exactly stellar in Westeros right now, and with winter here they could get a lot worse real soon. Like, “eternal darkness” worse.
Things didn’t have to be this bad in the Realm, though. Lots of important players have made terrible decisions that have had catastrophic results. If they had only handled a few choice crossroads a little differently, the living might be in much better shape to take on the dead now.
Here are the eight worst decisions made on Game of Thrones that have led them to this perilous spot.
Jon Goes Wight Hunting Beyond the Wall
In Jon’s defense, offering tangible proof the White Walkers exist seemed to be the only way to a) get the warring factions to accept the threat was real, and b) get everyone to work together. (Those in power had been foolishly ignoring Jeor Mormont’s warning letters for years, another huge mistake.) The problem was that going beyond the Wall with a small (horseless!) group, to capture a single wight from an army 100,000 strong, was insanely stupid. It was a dumb idea on its own, and then it ended with the Night King having his very own dragon, which might make him too powerful even for a unified army of the living. Not great!
Robb Marries Talisa (Then Trusts Walder Frey)
Everyone knew Walder Frey was a vile man who couldn’t be trusted, but Robb still broke his sacred vow to marry one of his daughters. It cost the King in the North a valuable and needed ally (which he missed even more after foolishly executing Rickard Karstark rather than keeping him hostage, costing him another vital force). Robb’s wedding and desperation led to an even worse decision.
The Starks were only at the Red Wedding because they were hoping to bring the Freys back into the fold. Trusting that angry old man didn’t just end with Robb and Catelyn’s death; it led to a fractured North under the Boltons, a stronger House Lannister, and thousands more dead.
Theon Betrays Robb
Theon had a choice: his family or his friend. He chose House Greyjoy, which then attacked while Robb was heading south to face the Lannisters. Theon himself (stupidly) took Winterfell. On a personal level it led to Theon becoming Reek, but on a bigger scale also helped ruin the Starks. If Theon had warned Robb like he’d originally planned, the Starks could have stopped the Greyjoy rebellion before it started, and it would have left them less vulnerable to the Bolton betrayal. A strong North, with many of its best soldiers still alive fighting under King Robb (who might have defeated the Lannisters), would have made a huge difference in the Great War.
Renly Splits the Baratheon Forces
Following Robert’s death, Stannis was the rightful heir. Instead, his younger brother Renly, without any claim, decided he should be king instead. He split the family’s combined forces at a time when a united House Baratheon could have crushed the Lannisters. This led Stannis to kill Renly with a shadow baby, giving him a bigger force when many of Renly’s men came back to his side. Unfortunately it sent a grieving Loras and the incredible power (and food) of House Tyrell to align with the Lannisters (although that ended up being a horrible decision too). That new alliance decided the Battle of Blackwater, keeping Westeros in a civil war for years at a time when it needed to turn its focus beyond the Wall.
Ned Confronts Cersei
A less honorable man would have arrested Cersei, Jaime, and their illegitimate children when he discovered the truth about the family. Instead Ned opted for a private conversation with the most dangerous woman in the world so she could flee Robert’s wrath. While well-intentioned, it was a monstrously shortsighted/dumb decision that endangered his own family and plunged Westeros into war. It also led to a number of other horrible decisions, like when Ned trusted Baelish to help him secure the City Watch’s loyalty, and when Joffrey executed Lord Stark when he was a hugely valuable hostage. Ned was the greatest man who ever lived, but he still made arguably the show’s worst decision.
Catelyn Arrests Tyrion
This is really a two-fer, because it also involved Catelyn trusting Baelish (duuuumb). Littlefinger lied and said the dagger used to try and kill Bran belonged to Tyrion (after she believed Lysa’s lie that the Lannisters killed Jon Arryn). None of that was hard proof, and even if it were, Catelyn should have done nothing when she came across Tyrion on the King’s Road.
By arresting him, she showed her unfinished hand and declared war on House Lannister. That led to Jaime confronting Ned in King’s Landing. When Ned lied to protect his wife by saying he ordered Tyrion’s arrest, Jaime attacked Ned’s men. The war between the Starks and the Lannisters has been a catastrophe for both houses and the Realm.
Jaime and Cersei “Meet” in Winterfell’s Broken Tower
This could also be titled “Bran Goes Climbing,” since his mother did forbid him to do it. However, there wouldn’t have been any problem for Bran if the incestuous twins hadn’t decided to cavort in Winterfell. It was dangerous, selfish, and stupid, and it led Jaime to push Bran out the window, which was the precursor to the Stark/Lannister issues that would soon explode. In an alternate timeline where Bran isn’t crippled, he might never go beyond the wall, foolishly enter into a vision alone, be marked by the Night King, and get the original Three-Eyed Raven killed.
Rhaegar Chooses Lyanna
Long before the show started, another decision borne of love set everything in motion for the story we know. At the infamous Tourney at Harrenhal, the Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen passed over his wife to name Lyanna Stark the queen of love and beauty. Her “kidnapping”/secret marriage led to Robert’s Rebellion and an unstable, fractured Westeros, which ultimately broke apart years later thanks to Cersei and Robert’s loveless marriage.
Rhaegar was wise, brave, beloved, and likely to unseat his father, the Mad King, soon. Under him the Seven Kingdoms could have prospered and been ready to face the White Walkers before they grew so powerful. Instead Rhaegar chose love over duty. It led to his death, the near destruction of his family, and it may have doomed the living to eternal death and darkness.
It’s hard to come up with a worst decision than that. But at least giving birth to Jon Snow was a good idea.
An Epic Theory on How Game of Thrones is Going to End
All good things come to an end, with 30more days to go for Game of Thrones, the show we all love will end. It’s sad but true.
HBO showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss adopted the vast fantastical realm of George R. R. Martin’s series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire and they planned to tell a grand narrative. They knew the end of the narrative from day one but now the question arises how?
How things are gonna end up in the upcoming season and will they satisfy the huge fanbase?
An Epic Reddit Theory Could Predict The Ending of Game of Thrones
Reddit is one of the major source of some inspired fan theories and speculation when it comes to Game of Thrones as this subject is very dense.
This Reddit theory is as epic as the show itself. This theory is based on the Azor Ahai and the prophecy.
Now first check out what’s the prophecy of Azor Ahai is:
The prophecy suggests, to save the world from impending doom in the form of White Walkers, a second coming of the mythical figure, Azor Ahai, will have to forge a special sword (Lightbringer) and temper it by driving it through the heart of the one he loves.
Now, this is a bit heavy so we will break down this theory into pieces so that it’s easily get digested. The theory goes as follows:
- The prophecy is a metaphor
- The original Azor Ahai was Bran the Builder (the founder of House Stark and creator of Winterfell and The Wall)
- Winterfell is considered as Lightbringer in this theory
- Jon Snow is the second Azor Ahai and he will save the world again
- The ending is going to break our hearts (more on that later)
The Prophecy Is A Metaphor And Winterfell Is Lightbringer
Many theories suggest the prophecy is a metaphor, and this one is no different. Now Let’s throw some light on the literal meaning of Lightbringer.
According to this theory, Winterfell itself is actually a Lightbringer. What, but how?
For this theory to be true it hinges on Bran the Builder (also known as Brandon Stark) to be the original Azor Ahai.
The theory suggests that Brandon Stark build the Winterfell as a weapon to repel and eventually conquer the Walkers. More evidence lies in the fact that the castle was built on the hot springs, which would prevent the Walkers from attacking the base as they are made from Ice.
Also, the Lightbringer is described as “giving off heat,” which the hot springs would do. They are hot springs after all.
A Sword Forged Three Times
Now it seems interesting, for the theory to stand it must fulfil the three forging criteria (forget three times, breaking twice) from the prophecy. These are:
- Tempered in water. It broke.
- Tempered by driving the blade into a lion’s heart. It broke.
- Tempered by driving the blade into the heart and soul of Azor’s most beloved, Nissa Nissa.
So how does it apply to Winterfell? We have to again enter in the land of metaphor.
Tempered in water. It broke: Winterfell/Lightbringer was forged by water when Theon Greyjoy attempted to wield its power but it shattered. This fulfilled the first forging criteria.
Tempered by driving the blade into a lion’s heart. It broke: Now this comes in the form of Jon Snow defeating Ramsay Bolton, working under the joint Bolton/Lannister’s rule. The house symbol of Lannister’s is a Lion. This fulfilled the second forging criteria.
Now the third forging criteria will happen at the end of the season and it is going to break our hearts.
This theory has a solid foundation and to complete the third forging criteria the redditor said in his own words that:
“Now the third forging. I think this leads to the ‘bittersweet’ ending GRRM has promised, and Dany’s third betrayal. After Dany makes it to Westeros, I believe J = R+L will be revealed, and Jon and Dany will fall in love. This will be in the middle of the fight against the Others.
“I believe two of Dany’s dragons will have died by this point of the invasion and she will be left with only Drogon, the last child she will ever have (since she is barren): Drogon = her soul. Dany will be Nissa Nissa and Jon Snow must bind her soul (Drogon) to Lightbringer (Winterfell) in order to fight back the Others.”
Now let’s break into different parts:
- The third betrayal links to Dany’s Three Treason Prophecy, you can read more on that here.
- If Jon and Dany fall in love, this will fulfil the criteria of the third forging, making Dany Nissa Nissa.
- That means Jon will have to sacrifice Drogon and bind him to Winterfell, betraying Dany in the process, but saving Westeros from the Others.
Game of Thrones will end with Dany being betrayed by love, or possibly even be sacrificed by Jon herself.
This is one of the most convincing theory out there on Reddit and I am ready to put my money on it.
Game of Thrones season 8 will most probably premiere on HBO in April 2018
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