You know the routine: watch Game of Thrones on Sunday night, then anxiously check in throughout the week to see what fan theories have popped up (so many!). We’re never ones to shy away from a good one ourselves, and this latest one involving our favorite bearded IKEA-rug wearer and the mother of dragons is too convincing not to share.
No, it’s not that they’re going to get together—at this point, that story arc is basically a given. Jon has already vowed to bend the knee, and Dany’s fallen for the King in the North’s infectious brooding, as evidenced by that bed scene at the end of last week’s episode.
Instead, this theory expands on their connection and takes it one step further: not only will there be some
cave love scenes in the future, but Daenerys and Jon will make one or more babies as a result.
As Buzzfeed points out, there were three key moments from episode six that brought up the issue of children, and they’re especially foreshadowing when put into context with the healer witch’s prophesy from season one. Buckle up!
1. When Daenerys and Tyrion argued about succession. Daenerys put a lid on the discussion pretty quickly and made it clear she had strong feelings about the matter.
2. There was a definite meaningful look when Jon offered Jorah his family’s sword and Jorah declined, saying Jon should pass it down to his kids. Sure, it’s not Grandma’s china, but it’ll do. Also swords are phallic symbols. If you look closely, there’s a definite eyebrow raise when Jorah hands Longclaw back and tells Jon to make it an heirloom. The actor has also said the moment could partially be him approving of Jon and Daenerys getting closer.
3. Then, at the very end, Daenerys opens up about her inability to have kids following the death of her dragon. “The dragons are my children. They’re the only children I’ll ever have. Do you understand?” Pretty much nothing in the Westeros world is a definite, and so the definitiveness of her “my dragons are the only kids I’ll ever have” statement is worth questioning.
That’s a lot of kid talk for one episode, and screenwriters are usually beyond efficient with their dialogue—so reading into things isn’t a bad way to go. We get a sense that with each of these interactions that there’s more than what’s at the surface.
Plus, Buzzfeed also pointed out why there might be a bigger twist coming. All the way back in season one, the blood magic healer Mirri Maz Duur made Dany believe that she could trade a horse’s life to save Khal Drogo’s. And, well, we all know how that went. Dany ended up losing her unborn child, Rhaego, in a difficult pregnancy and Drogo went into a vegetative state. When Dany begs Mirri to know when Drogo will return to normal, the healer responds: “When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves.”
Obviously all the things Mirri mentions seem impossible, so Dany takes her words to mean she won’t see Drogo again, nor will she be able to have more children. But in the book there’s more to the prophecy. In it, Mirri’s last line reads, “When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child, then he will return, and not before.”
This plays into a long-held fan theory: that the prophesy might actually not be about Drogo, but rather Dany will find a new love and be able to have a baby again.
Now, follow us here, this theory gives the vision Daenerys had in the House of the Undying (back in season 2) a new twist. If you remember (or watch above), she walks through the throne room of a war-torn Red Keep. It’s snowing, which Buzzfeed points out could have something to do with Jon or the Night King. Daenerys reaches out to touch the throne before turning away. Then, she turns up north of the Wall in a tent with Drogo and Rhaego, but ultimately chooses to leave them behind.
As one Redditor points out, the vision lines up with Dany’s storyline this season: she’s put a pause on going after the Iron Throne to team up with Jon and fight the Night King. She’s also gone north of the Wall, and left behind her love (Jon) and her child (Viserion, the dragon killed by the Night King in last week’s episode). But, as we all know, Jon makes it out of the frozen water alive and comes back to Dany—so could the prophecy come true after all? Has it actually been about Jon this whole time?
There’s also the “Song of Ice and Fire” title of the original book series: Daenerys is usually associated with fire; Jon with ice. What could be more poetic than two opposites coming together and having a child who saved the kingdom or some other mythical feat?
In the Game of Thrones world, twists are par for the course, and we wouldn’t put the possibility of such a huge one past them.
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