The Game of Thrones theory I want to be true (but probably isn’t)


For all of you who follow me on Twitter – all twelve of you – you’ve likely noticed that I’ve been tweeting under the hashtag #PrepareForWinter. This was HBO’s rallying call to have all Game of Thrones fans to rewatch the six seasons in the six weeks leading up to the new season. I’m currently working my way through the first season; things are still fairly happy in Westeros. Robert’s still king, Ned is investigating the death of Jon Arryn, Arya’s learning with Syrio Forel, Jon’s getting used to the Wall, and Bran – well, things aren’t too happy for Bran, but when are they ever? The most interesting thing about watching the first season is seeing the points from which the later plotlines develop, and seeing how different things were back when the show first started.

There’s a cute little scene in the first episode in which Robert first arrives at Winterfell. All the Starks are there to welcome him.

The first thing he does is hug Ned.

Then he hugs Catelyn.

He tussles Rickon’s hair.

He shakes hands with Robb Stark.

He sizes up Sansa, Arya, and Bran.

If you need a visual reference, I’ll embed the video:

In this scene, he touches Ned, Catelyn, Robb, and Rickon. Notice any correlation among these characters?

That’s right. In typical Game of Thrones fashion, they’re all dead. A fan theory, originally pitched on Reddit, points out this correlation and begs the question – did Robert place some kind of a curse on these individuals? The theory points out that those he didn’t touch still had some kind of semi-prophecy. He asked Bran to show his muscles, and Bran ends up crippled by the end of the episode. He asked Arya what her name was, which became a big thing for Arya in the fifth and sixth seasons as she tried to become “No One.” (He also remarks that Sansa is pretty, which really doesn’t mean that much but at the same time means everything.)

A lot of people are speculating that Arya will almost certainly die before the series is over, and I think that Jon or Bran dying isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, so there’s a fairly good chance that this theory will be disproved by the end of the series. And even if it isn’t, it probably wasn’t intentional. Does that make it any less interesting? I don’t think so.

The real reason I’m writing about this theory is because if it’s true no more Starks will die for the rest of the series and thank goodness because I can’t handle that anymore  I think it would be a fun little thing if it turns out to be true. And it probably will turn out to be nothing, but it’s still neat to consider.

Anyhow, time to shamelessly plug my Twitter again. My handle is @PopCulturedWP, and up until the Season 7 premiere, I’ll be rewatching and tweeting about the series. If you want to hear my play-by-play, be sure to follow me!


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