Summer Is Coming
Game of Thrones is more popular than ever before, and as the fanbase expands, so do the fan theories.
Those who read George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels are even more engulfed in the plots, characters, and possibilities of who will die, who will live, and everything that will happen between now and the wars to come.
As Season 6 of the hit HBO show continues the plot line beyond what’s been published in the books at this point, fans are watching week by week as incredible puzzles are solved, mysteries are revealed, and so many more questions develop.
While dedicated fans will most likely be familiar with the major theories out there like R+L=J, as well as myriad new theories about Bran, there’s one theory making its rounds on the web now that seriously made us stop and think: it’s so crazy it might just be true.
What do you think the White Walkers really represent?
Rich, influential families vying for power…
At the very heart of Game of Thrones, we have a classic battle of (what seems to be) evil versus good in the form of White Walkers or the Others and the threat they pose against the rest of humanity. This battle manifests itself metaphorically through cold vs. warm, dark vs. light, and winter vs. summer in the various mythoi of the peoples and religions presented in the series.
Yet aside from that threat, which only the Night’s Watch seems to understand although they are ostracized for their claims, the drama presented in most of the novels and seasons is more human: the story of many individuals and families battling for power and influence in the world.
So on one hand, we have a massive, unparalleled threat to all of society represented by the phrase “winter is coming,” and on the other hand we have the majority of the world ignoring these threats and claims by focusing on their own mundane problems and thirst for power.
Winter really is coming.
More than just the words of House Stark, the threat that winter is coming is very real in the world of Game of Thrones, where seasons are elongated and drastic.
Winter in Westeros represents death and hardship, especially for the fringe populations–the Wildlings, the Northerners, the poor–most affected by the changing weather and its disastrous effects like food shortages and exposure to the wind and cold.
In fact, the threat of White Walkers and impending winter is scariest to these underprivileged and marginalized groups of people, who will surely feel the changing environmental and political climates’ effects first and, in the case of the Night’s Watch and Wildlings, already have begun to do so. The only people with the true power to do anything about the onslaught of White Walkers in the North are the powerful families of the South–the Lannisters, the Tyrells, and the Martells, among others–who are too busy fighting amongst each other to worry about the true dangers at hand.
Meanwhile, the Night’s Watch–who have firsthand experience with the Others and have tried warning the rest of Westeros about them–are largely ignored by these families who have yet to see the problems posed by what seems like an over-exaggerated and fairytale-like disaster scenario.
Wait a minute, that rings a bell…