Oh, obscure fan theories, how we love you. We laughed in delight when we heard Jar Jar was actually a Sith Lord, and we loved it when we learned that Darth Vader went back in time to kill Hitler. And now there’s a new one, about Game of Thrones’ Daario Naharis, aka the former mercenary who Daenerys left behind in Essos. Walk with us while we explain this one to you.
Remember at the end of Season 7, when Queen Cersei the First (and likely last) of Her Name told Jaime that Euron Greyjoy was heading to Essos to hire the Golden Company? Uproxx has posted a theory that Daario, who is the head of the Golden Company, will meet with Euron. Ultimately, Daario would turn on Cersei and pledge his forces to Dany.
We love this fan theory—we just don’t believe it, not even for half a heartbeat.
People who remember back to the third season of Game of Thrones will recall that Daario isn’t the head of the Golden Company. He was a lieutenant with the Second Sons (technically its head after he presented Dany with the heads of its real leaders). Although he could possibly come to Dany’s aid with Meereenese forces, he no longer serves as a romantic interest to Dany now that nephew (eek) Jon Snow is in the picture. In terms of plot, his watch has ended.
We have no doubt that the Golden Company will play a part in the upcoming Season 8 -- and not just because its leader Harry Strickland has been cast and will be played by German actor Marc Rissmann. The Golden Company is part of the epic backstory of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Golden Company was founded by Aegor Rivers, the bastard of Aegon Targaryen, who found himself a claimant to the Iron Throne when Aegon IV Targaryen legitimized every single one of his bastards on his deathbed. When Rivers’ uprising failed, he fled to Essos with a Valyrian sword, Blackfyre. He died 59 years before the events of the TV show.
The Golden Company is a pocket of Westerosi military culture and discipline in Essos. So what will happen when the sellswords ally themselves with Queen Cersei? We’ll know more when Season 8 hits screens or The Winds of Winter hits shelves, whichever comes first.
(Winds of Winter, oh gods, please, Winds of Winter.)