The third episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 gave birth to theories that potentially hints at plot spoilers. These comprehensive theories mostly pertain to Jon Snow and Rickon Stark, both of whom reappeared in the flesh in “Oathbreaker.”
The Prince That Was Promised
Jon Snow is back, but there’s still a lot of questions about his story. At the beginning of “Oathbreaker,” Melisandre mentions the prophecy of the Prince while talking to Jon Snow. In Game of Thrones Season 6, she tells him that the Lord of Light brought him back from the dead for a reason and that Stannis Baratheon was not “Prince Who Was Promised” but is someone else. According to Refinery 29, there are three key elements that would determine who the Prince Who Was Promised is: the prince is supposed to be of dragon blood, born under a bleeding star and “wake dragons from stone.”
Granting that Jon is indeed the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, that simply means that he has dragon blood running through his veins. The bleeding star could be alluded to Dawn, the sword a young Ned Stark used to kill Arthur Dayne. With that said, Jon is only one requisite away from fitting the glove. But it seems someone has already beaten him to it.
Perhaps the Prince That Was Promised actually refers to a princess, and it’s none other than Daenerys. She is of dragon blood and woke “dragons from stone.” As to the bleeding star bit, fans refer this to the Red Comet in the sky that was seen from Winterfell at the time of Dany’s rebirth as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre. Even Maester Aemon is of the belief that she is the one.
The one who really started it all
In the Tower of Joy flashback in “Oathbreaker,” Bran Stark witnesses a young version of his father Ned defeat Arthur Dayne. After the legendary sword fight, Ned heads to the tower after hearing the screams of a woman. Bran is curious to see who was in the tower and what was going on, but the Three-Eyed Raven is adamant on returning home. Bran refuses, following his father before bellowing out to him. Surprisingly, Ned turns around as if he had heard Bran’s voice.
According to a theory by Redditor NegativeKarmaSnilfer, Bran’s time travelling abilities may have started Robert’s rebellion.
“He attempts to reason with King Aerys when shown a vision of him. The King only hears whispers, and is driven mad by it. Bran tries to fix this, however, makes it worse,” the Redditor explains, Time quotes. He adds that when the Mad King burns Bran’s grandfather alive, Bran tries to stop him, but all Aerys hears are whispers that drives him all the more insane.
Rickon Stark is the end of Ramsay Bolton
This could be wishful thinking as much as it is a theory. A lot of viewers were disappointed at how Rickon Stark and Osha made their re-entry in Game of Thrones Season 6. That is, that they ended in the hands of Ramsay Bolton as captives. However, fans also believe that this skit is just a ruse devised to lure Ramsay into a trap.
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The Umbers are known to be very loyal to the Starks, so putting one of the family members in harm’s way is not exactly their kind of doing. Also, Shaggydog is believed to be not dead. Judging by the head presented to Ramsay, it appears to be too small to be that of a direwolf. So basically, Rickon and Osha’s capture is part of the master plan to end Ramsay’s reign of terror.
Catch Game of Thrones Season 6 every Sundays on HBO.