This isn’t strictly speaking a pop culture or nerd culture sort of blog, but some things are simply too big to ignore.
Game of Thrones is too big to ignore. (Spoilers and Speculation Ahead!)
I’m not usually one for theorizing and analyzing media too much; I much prefer to let it wash over me as the creators intended.
However, I do have one potential theory about Game of Thrones that I’d like to share. I haven’t heard this anywhere else, but in all honesty, I don’t go out of my way to find theories, so much love to anyone who may have also postulated this same idea before me. Great minds think alike.
It begins with the title card (pictured above). It’s a familiar image that has greeted us at the beginning of 70 episodes and counting, but could it also be a huge clue in and of itself?
In the image, we see representations of the sigils of the four major houses of the Seven Kingdoms: the Targaryen’s dragon, the Lannister’s lion, the Stark’s direwolf, and the Baratheon’s stag. These icons are arranged around a circle, or wheel, and the sigils seem to be spokes on the wheel.
We all know how Daenerys Targaryen feels about that particular Wheel. Her intention is to break it.
The question is “How?”
Following episode 70’s Battle at Winterfell, we have enough confirmed survivors to advance a theory about how the wheel will be broken for good.
If the plan for the show to radically reinvent the governance of Westeros, perhaps it also needs to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen (the two most legitimate claimants to the Iron Throne) are in love. They should marry, which would unify the houses of Stark and Targaryen in the spirit that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark intended prior to Robert’s Rebellion.
Sansa Stark, the Lady Of Winterfell, should also choose an advantageous marriage to solidify new alliances for the future. The clear choice is Tyrion Lannister, trusted advisor to Daenerys, friend of Jon, and one of the keenest political minds around.
Arya Stark, the last eligible Stark, just so happens to have a relationship percolating with Gendry. Gendry is a Robert Baratheon’s son.
Thusly, with three marriages, the honorable and just Stark family, could unify the four most important houses in Westeros. An alliance for the ages.
Rather than Starks, Targaryens, Lannisters, and Baratheons representing spokes on the wheel, crushing those underneath it, they could become the center of the world serving all.
I’m envisioning a Westeros ruled jointly by the four houses, without the infighting and treachery. Few other houses remain large enough to pose a legitimate threat to this new super-house. Peace and prosperity could become the new normal for Westeros under the centralized joint leadership of Jon Snow & Daenerys Targaryen, administrated regionally by Sansa Stark & Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark & Gendry Baratheon (pending legitimization) and any other worthy survivors.
Grey Worm and Missandei could take over The Reach when it’s all said and done. Who’s with me?!
A lot of people have speculated about a new era of democracy coming to Westeros, but to me, that seems just too drastic. Practically, there have to be steps in between such disparate forms of government.
That’s why I’m backing the four major houses joining as one, and ruling justly, with checks and balances. Aside from the ickiness of incest, it is a normal reality on this show, so one could imagine the intermarrying of a few generations of Stark-Targaryen-Lannister-Baratheon offspring to solidify the unity of the super-house would ensure a long stretch of peace for Westeros, during which time guided reforms could lead to a more democratic government.
And it’s been staring us in the face at the beginning of every single episode.