Some of us have been waiting for a resolution to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, since the first book, A Game of Thrones, appeared in 1996. We could sit patiently for as long as it takes for the last books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, to appear on our bookshelves. Or we could contrive our own theories as to the story’s direction, just to take the pain of waiting away. And those of us who prefer the latter have concocted some elaborate notions, which fans of the show hungry to explore its mysteries might find quite ... informative.
These conspiracies aren’t just wish fulfillment. Martin’s carefully worded prose, as well as his ability to describe a single incident from multiple and conflicting points of view, allow for more than one interpretation of the story. So although we can’t actually know what’s going to happen -- after all, Martin famously killed his protagonist at the end of the first book -- we can take some logical guesses.
Here's a look at some of the theories that are swirling around the Internet, especially at the fabulous Westeros.org, that may provide a peek into the finale ... which at this rate will happen some time in the mid-21st century.
If these rumors turn out to be true, then we’re actually providing SPOILERS. The first six theories should be OK (although they're still a littley spoilery) if you’ve only kept up with the HBO show. The rest should be viewed at your own risk.
What's your take on these theories? Do you have any of your own as to how it's all going to work out? Let us know in the comments!