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There are many still unanswered questions in A Song of Ice and Fire. Here we try to piece together answers from what we already know.
- 1 Parentage
- 2 True Identities
- 2.1 Alleras the Sphinx
- 2.2 Azor Ahai
- 2.3 Coldhands
- 2.4 Gravedigger
- 2.5 Harpy
- 2.6 Knight of the Laughing Tree
- 2.7 Septa Lemore
- 2.8 Night's King
- 2.9 Olyvar Frey
- 2.10 Patchface
- 2.11 Perfumed seneschal
- 2.12 The prince that was promised
- 2.13 Robert Strong
- 2.14 Roose Bolton
- 2.15 The Sailor's Wife
- 2.16 Urrathon Night-Walker
- 2.17 Valonqar
- 2.18 Yoren
- 3 Unexplained Imaginings
- 4 Unexplained Murders
- 5 Whereabouts
- 6 Future events
- 7 Other
- 8 See Also
- 9 References
Does Ben Plumm have Targaryen blood?
Donnel Hill and Marei
Melisandre claims Stannis Baratheon with his magic sword is Azor Ahai come again, the prince who was promised. Maester Aemon remarks that his magic sword bears no heat though Lightbringer is supposed to be warm to behold and so believes someone else to be the prince who was promised.
The Harpy is the alleged leader of the Sons of the Harpy, a resistance group of Ghiscari noblemen from the city of Meereen who defy the reign of Queen Daenerys Targaryen. However, the Harpy's existence has of yet been unproven. Under the assumption that the Harpy indeed exists, both characters in the books and readers of A Song of Ice and Fire have speculated about the Harpy's identity.
A mystery knight named The Knight of the Laughing Tree fought at the Tourney at Harrenhal and defended the honor of Howland Reed. His true identity remains unknown, but he could have been played by Lyanna Stark, Howland Reed, or one of the younger Stark brothers.
Septa Lemore's belly shows stretch marks suggesting she has given birth before, which is in stark contrast to the celibacy of septas. This gives to rise to theories about her former identity as well as that of her possible offspring.
Patchface has a remarkable if largely unnoticed prophetic capability. His past and Lord Steffon Baratheon's reasons for bringing him to Westeros are known only in very broad strokes. Could there be more to him than meets the eye? What is the origin and nature of his predictions?
Who is the prince?
Is Roose Bolton an immortal?
Who is the 'valonqar' destined to kill Cersei?
Big Walder Frey is theorized to have murdered his cousin, Little Walder Frey, during the string of murders at Winterfell following the marriage of Ramsay Bolton and "Arya Stark". Black Walder Frey is theorized to have murdered his grandfather, Ser Stevron Frey following the Battle of Oxcross; during the battle, Ser Stevron took a minor wound, said to be nothing serious, but is found dead on his tent three days later.
The main historical sources for these events differ in their suspicions on who may have been responsible—or if the two events were even directly related at all. A major linking thread is that Daemon Targaryen was suspected of murdering both of them. No single account suspected Daemon of both murders, however, but of one or the other (though the possibility remains he was responsible for both, or neither).
Due to his manner of death, some readers have come to suspect that Yoren did not die at the hands of Ser Amory Lorch's men, but rather at the hands of the criminal Rorge, who Yoren had been bringing to the Wall.
Benjen Stark has been missing for some time. In A Clash of Kings the Old Bear and Jon Snow discuss the empty wildling villages, realising that if Benjen found the villages empty, he would search for the reason.
Where is the true Horn of Winter?
Howland Reed has also been missing for some time. In A Clash of Kings, he sent his teenaged children, Jojen and Meera, to pledge the Reeds to Robb Stark and defended the Neck against invaders from House Lannister to Ironmen. Despite being the Stark family's most loyal friend and the sole remaining survivor of the Tower of Joy, he has been notably absent. Given the Crannogmen's small stature, could Jojen actually be Howland? Is Howland a warg operating through animals/people to aid the Starks behind the scenes?
Tracking a man who can change his identity at will is a bit difficult, but not impossible.
Loras Tyrell may not have been grievously injured at Dragonstone, and may either be there for different reasons or elsewhere entirely.
After Eddard Stark's execution in King's Landing, Ser Cleos Frey brings his bones to Riverrun. Catelyn Tully asks Hallis Mollen to carry them north to be buried at the Stark crypt at Winterfell, not knowing that Moat Cailin has fallen to the ironborn, blocking the only viable road. Since that time, Mollen's whereabouts, and Ned's bones, are unknown. When Barbrey Dustin and Theon Greyjoy investigate the crypt in A Dance with Dragons, no evidence of them is found, implying that Mollen has not yet made it to Winterfell.
Davos Seaworth lost his bag of fingerbones after the Battle of the Blackwater, making frequent reference to this afterwards, as his lost luck. In ADWD, when explaining the glamour used on Mance Rayder, Melisandre makes specific mention of a bag of fingerbones as the sort of trinket that might strengthen an illusion. Could she have somehow acquired them after Davos lost them, and be planning to create a false Davos?
The "Red Wedding 2.0" theory states that the Brotherhood without banners will carry out a massacre of Freys and Lannisters during the wedding of Daven Lannister to his Frey bride.
Friends in the Reach
- Randyll's insistently denies the identities of Jon Connington and Aegon.
- Resentment over Brightwater Keep being awarded to House Tyrell instead of House Tarly, to which his wife, Melessa Florent, has a claim.
- Mathis Rowan appers upset when Tywin Lannister talks about conceding justice to Doran Martell over the deaths of Elia Martell and her children during the Sack of King's Landing.
Are its contents true, or was the letter even written by Ramsay?
Who are the three potential minor claimants to the Iron Throne not directly specified?
Where is Lightbringer? Does it still exist? Is the account of its creation precise or metaphorical?
While not actually theories, the following pages provide additional information concerning the following topics:
- House Estermont/Family Trees: Discrepancies on the information of House Estermont exists, causing confusion as to whether Eldon Estermont is a brother or the uncle of Cassana Estermont (the mother of Robert, Stannis and Renly). The linked page contains all possible family trees and the information they are based on.
- Years of Birth and Death: Containing calculations of the years of birth and death of various characters, with as much detail as they can possibly be given in.