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What Does A Song of Ice and Fire Mean? GoT

Exploring the Theory That the Game of Thrones Book Series Title Gives It All Away

Any devoted Game of Thrones fan, whether they also read the books or are show-only fans, is also up on the most relevant theories about the characters. While you might not subscribe to each and every crazy theory out there, it's got to the point that if you don't know the most basic theories, you're way out of the loop. One of these theories is the R + L = J theory, which we have explored here before, especially since it looks like this season is setting up the reveal of Jon Snow's parents. That parentage thread, along with the fact that we don't have all that many Game of Thrones episodes left after this season, has made us explore one of these big theories. It's about the end of the series and, essentially, who ultimately wins in the titular game of thrones — so if you don't want to know, turn back now.

The Theory: A Song of Ice and Fire Gives the Ending Away

The title Game of Thrones is the name of the TV series but not George R. R. Martin's book series. The first book is called A Game of Thrones, but the whole book series, comprising the already-published five books (and the two still to come), is called A Song of Ice and Fire. A lovely name, to be sure, but what if it's more than that?

What If Ice and Fire Signify Certain People?

What if this epic "song" is about how two characters — symbolised by ice and fire — come together in the end? The obvious characters are:

Jon Snow = Ice

Jon has pretty much been living in the icy cold of the Wall and beyond for six seasons.

Daenerys Targaryen = Fire

Not only has there been tons of fire imagery associated with Daenerys on the show, including her own "rebirth" in the first season in a funeral pyre for Khal Drogo and her dragons breathing fire, but the Targaryen words are also "Fire and Blood."

Therefore, A Song of Ice and Fire = A Song of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen

A stretch? Could be, but consider the two characters who fans have an undying love for and who both seem destined for something more (Jon's resurrection being not just a major indication for this but also a distinct parallel to Daenerys's season-one storyline). Thus, we could be watching the story of how the Seven Kingdoms are destined for two rulers, not just one, and the Iron Throne will be cozily shared by Jon and Daenerys. Also, if the theory that Jon is a Targaryen comes true, you might be pointing out that that makes him and Daenerys related (technically, she'd be his aunt), but marrying within the family has always been a Targaryen custom. (It also seems relevant to point out that the R + L = J theory doesn't have to be true for this outcome to happen.)

And though I suppose other characters could fulfill the ice and fire symbols, it's almost too obvious. Need more? Also consider those Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke poses for Entertainment Weekly that preceded season three (interesting for characters who have never shared a frame on the show) and the three heads of the dragon theory that is also gaining traction.

Honestly, this "theory" doesn't feel so much like a spoiler but the kind of ending that feels right, in a show that often disappoints you with its character deaths and tragedies.

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