This Theory About The Crypts On “Game Of Thrones” Will Give You A Glimmer Of Hope

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With any Game of Thrones season comes so many theories. Everything from the Starks and White Walkers are related to Bran is actually the Night King.

Recently a lot of theories have been focused on the crypts below Winterfell. The most popular one states that when the Night King attacks the castle he will use his powers to raise the dead Starks in the crypts to attack the living.

Not only is this plausible but it seems very possible based on what the Night King has done before.

Not only is this plausible but it seems very possible based on what the Night King has done before.

Well, CUNY professor Steven Attewell has a theory he wrote in a blog post on what he thinks will happen in the crypts.

I don’t think the Starks of ages past, so focused on the coming of winter, buried their dead with iron swords because they were stupid men.

If anything, I think the Winterfell crypts are GRRM’s spin on the Dead Men of Dunharrow.

What he’s basically saying is the dead Starks in the crypts wouldn’t rise to kill people but to actually help them. This theory does have some teeth to it. While a lot of the Starks we know aren’t there — Ned, Robb, and Catelyn — there are generations of Starks in those tombs that go back hundreds of years.

Also, as is tradition many of those Ancient Starks are buried with iron swords to ward off evil spirits. Ned says himself in the A Game Of Thrones book.

By ancient custom an iron longsword had been laid across the lap of each who had been Lord of Winterfell, to keep the vengeful spirits in their crypts. The oldest had long ago rusted away to nothing, leaving only a few red stains where the metal had rested on stone. Ned wondered if that meant those ghosts were free to roam the castle now. He hoped not. The first Lords of Winterfell had been men hard as the land they ruled.

The theory also mentions the Dead Men of Dunharrow for the Lord of the Rings books. In the LOTR trilogy, the Dead Men of Dunharrow were a once-disgraced undead army who defended the heroes of the series in their time of greatest need and redeemed themselves.

So imagine a small army of undead and armed warrior Starks going toe-to-toe with the Night King’s army. That certainly would be cool and would play into the lore and reverence Northerners have for the Winterfell crypts.

So, what do you think — will the dead of Winterfell rise to help, or to harm?

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Do these seven words reveal Dany’s fate?

We were given a significant clue about the ending of Game of Thrones yesterday.

But here’s the twist — it wasn’t in the episode.

The key is a song called Jenny of Oldstones.

Podrick belted it out as we saw how each of our favourite characters were spending what could be their final night alive. Another, particularly haunting version by Florence + the Machine played over the end credits.

Fans of the show, including us, quickly combed through the lyrics, searching for anything that could be considered foreshadowing.

We were missing a crucial piece of evidence.

The episode only gave us one verse of the song.

Meanwhile, on YouTube, HBO’s official Game of Thrones account quietly posted the complete version, which included a critical second verse.

 

Here are the full lyrics of the song:

“High in the halls of the kings who are gone,

Jenny would dance with her ghosts.

The ones she had lost and the ones she had found,

and the ones who had loved her the most.

The ones who’d been gone for so very long,

She couldn’t remember their names.

They spun her around on the damp old stones,

Spun away all her sorrow and pain.

And she never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave.

They danced through the day and into the night,

Through the snow that swept through the hall.

From winter to summer then winter again,

‘Til the walls did crumble and fall.

And she never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave,

Never wanted to leave.

And she never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave,

never wanted to leave.

High in the halls of the kings who are gone,

Jenny would dance with her ghosts.

The ones she had lost and the ones she had found,

and ones who had loved her the most.”

 

 

Now, proper attribution is a very important part of journalism — even tinfoily TV show conspiracy theory journalism — so before we go any further I should admit that I can’t take credit for the theory you’re about to read.

That credit belongs to my amazing, clever and wonderfully geeky girlfriend. Hi honey.

The first thing we should note is that most of Jenny of Oldstones was specifically written for the show. Only the first two lines of the song have ever appeared in George R.R. Martin’s novels. The rest are new, and were undoubtedly chosen carefully.

I particularly want to talk about these seven words: “From winter to summer then winter again.”

That line probably doesn’t sound familiar, but we have heard it before — all the way back in season two, when Daenerys was in Qarth’s House of the Undying.

The warlock Pyat Pree — strange guy, purple lips, looked a bit like a vulture — intended to hold her as a prisoner in the tower forever, along with her three baby dragons.

“You will be with them, through winter, summer, winter again,” he told Daenerys.

“Across a thousand thousand seasons, you will be with them.”

A few seconds later the dragons burnt Pyat Pree to a crisp, which isn’t significant for the purposes of this article, but was at least satisfying to watch.

 

 

Why would something a minor character said six seasons ago matter?

Because this show often uses seemingly innocuous dialogue to foreshadow future events.

For example, Sam told Jon’s eventual killer, Olly, that he “always comes back”. A season later Jon returned from the dead and hanged Olly for murder.

Littlefinger casually said some men “die squatting over their chamber pots”. Then Tywin Lannister was murdered in the privy.

And Theon ranted that he would spend the rest of his life being “treated like a fool and a eunuch” long before Ramsey chopped off his man bits.

It is not a coincidence that the “winter to summer to winter again” line has appeared twice now. Those coincidences simply do not happen in Game of Thrones. The question is, what does it mean?

Knowing that context from the House of the Undying, it now seems clear the line relates to Daenerys. Which means there’s a good chance the mournful song we heard in yesterday’s episode is also meant to foreshadow her future.

In-universe, Jenny of Oldstones is a song about a woman who died long ago. But from our perspective as viewers, this song is actually about Daenerys — the woman who walks meaningfully into shot just as Podrick finishes singing it.

The song’s meaning is very much open to interpretation, but one distinct possibility is that Daenerys is destined to become a white walker, joining all three of her dragons among the ranks of the undead and living, in a sense, forever.

“You will be with them, through winter, summer, winter again. Across a thousand thousand seasons,” Pyat Pree said.

That sounds a lot like immortality. Who is the only person we know has lived for thousands of years? The Night King.

The song repeatedly refers to Jenny “dancing” with her ghosts — a word that is often used in connection with dragons in the books. One of the novels is actually called A Dance with Dragons.

And taken in full, Jenny of Oldstones seems to be a lament for a woman who is alone; whose loved ones are long gone, even though she “never wanted to leave” them.

It is unclear how Daenerys’s transformation into a white walker could happen.

Might she submit willingly to save Westeros? To be with her children again — the “ones who had loved her the most”?

Or could she be an unwilling sacrifice in one horrible, final plot twist?

Speaking to Vanity Fair before season eight started, Emilia Clarke revealed her final scene in the show had, in her words, “f***ed me up”.

“Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavour in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is …” she said, trailing off ominously.

Whatever the details of the final four episodes, it is certainly feeling far less likely that Daenerys will have a happy ending.

 

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