This story includes spoilers for 'Game of Thrones' Season 8.
We now have just two episodes left of Game of Thrones ever, so let the fan theories fly.
As obsessed as the Thrones fan base has been for years, there’s no denying many are getting pretty fed up with this season. As characters are acting uncharacteristically not smart, and at this point love scenes seem to be overpowering actual battles, fans are angered with how their favorites are acting. Showrunner David Benioff confirmed Daenerys Targaryen just “kind of forgot about the Iron Fleet and Euron [Greyjoy]’s forces,” not to mention Tyrion Lannister is definitely not the clever man he used to be. So what’s really going on here? Well, one Redditor thinks they have an explanation. And no, it’s not bad writing.
User Inherent_Advice argues that the Night King actually won the Battle of Winterfell, even though he ended up being killed by Arya Stark. What if his job was already done by then? The fan recalls what the undead leader wanted, which Bran Stark tells everyone in the episode “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” While they’re preparing for the war against the dead, the Three-Eyed Raven explains that the Night King wants to kill him in order to erase the world and start “an endless night.” Samwell Tarly then goes into his little speech, stating, “That’s what death is isn’t it? Forgetting. Being forgotten. If we forget where we’ve been and what we’ve done, we’re not men anymore. Just animals.”
“Winter DID come for Westeros. And what do we know about winter? That it's an endless night of forgetting,” the Redditor writes, referencing all of the poor choices the characters have made since the Battle of Winterfell. They also point out how Bran has pretty much been useless since “The Long Night.” This could be because the Night King is dead, but it also could be because he won.
This theory is clearly trying to make up for what might just be writing they don’t agree with, but we’ll consider it anyway. The comments section has received all types of reactions, with one even hilariously writing, “This could also explain why [George R. R. Martin] forgot to write the last 2 books of the series.”
We’re not convinced our favorite characters would be so naive in the war for the Iron Throne, so whether it’s this theory or something else, we’re just hoping for some type of explanation.
This article also appears on Mental Floss.