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This Game Of Thrones Theory Changes 300 Years Of The Starks' History & I've Got To Say I'm Convinced

Summary

  • Aegon’s Dream theory could suggest Torrhen Stark bent the knee due to the prophecy, linking Houses Stark and Targaryen.
  • The tradition of Starks sending kin to Night’s Watch began with Torrhen, solidifying the theory.
  • Cregan Stark’s awareness of the threat beyond the Wall hints at the knowledge of Aegon’s Dream.



A fascinating Game of Thrones theory has massive implications for centuries of House Stark’s history, and I must say: I’m sold on it. House Stark’s family tree dates back thousands of years, when they reigned as Kings of Winter before Aegon the Conqueror united the Seven Kingdoms under the Targaryen banner. Torrhen Stark was the last King in the North (until Robb Stark), who bent the knee to Aegon I to save the lives of his men, realizing that resisting the dragon lord and his sisters was futile. I think House of the Dragon could be suggesting added context to the event.

The Game of Thrones television franchise is based on the A Song of Ice & Fire book series by George R.R. Martin. Unfortunately, readers like myself have been waiting over a decade for the upcoming volume, The Winds of Winter, with Fire & Blood being the only supplementary book to keep us busy in the meantime. While there’s a lack of fresh literature to sink our teeth into, theories can still be crafted based on the material in House of the Dragon, particularly those made by Martin himself. I believe one choice he’s made for the series has massive implications.



Theory: Torrhen Stark Bent The Knee Because Of Aegon The Conqueror’s Dream

Aegon Could’ve Shared His Dream With Torrhen Stark, Explaining Why He Bent The Knee

The Aegon’s Dream prophecy has massive implications throughout the realm, particularly in House Targaryen’s history. While the TV canon and book canon are separate, the fact that this was Martin’s idea could imply that it’s also true to the books, which would change everything we know about every Targaryen ruler. There’s a possibility that the prophecy was lost in the shuffle of the Dance of the Dragons, but at the very least, we can consider its implication on the events before. If Aegon sought to conquer Westeros to protect it from the Long Night, Torrhen Stark might have known, too.

Torrhen has no reason to trust Aegon at this time, but Northerners know better than others in the realm what horrors linger north of the Wall


The theory here implies that Aegon deeply considered the role of the North in the coming war, knowing that the Starks would be the most invaluable ally in the war against darkness. The events leading to Torrhen Stark bending the knee to Aegon involved letters sent back and forth, in which Aegon could have shared his dream. Torrhen Stark has no reason to trust Aegon at this time, but Northerners know better than others in the realm what horrors linger north of the Wall, and he could’ve been inclined to listen to a foreigner who spoke of such things.


House of the Dragon’s season 2 premiere reveals that the tradition of Starks sending their kin to the Wall to swear oaths in the Night’s Watch began with Torrhen Stark. This further solidifies the theory to me, as he has no other distinct motive to begin such a tradition. Torrhen may have known that the Night’s Watch would need well-trained, well-educated men to lead and thought no one better than his own line to fulfill the responsibility. Our perspective on House Targaryen’s history changes because of the dream, but there’s a lot to consider with House Stark’s also.

The Starks’ Involvement Makes Aegon’s Dream Better

The Starks Are Ice & The Targaryens Are Fire


I absolutely love the Starks, and their involvement makes almost any aspect of George R.R. Martin’s universe better. With Aegon’s Dream, in particular, the connection to the Starks ties back to the name of the series. Aegon’s Dream is what A Song of Ice & Fire is about, and it only makes sense if the Starks and Targaryens have played an equal role in the prophecy since the beginning. In the same sense that it’s always fun to theorize about Rhaegar and Lyanna or Jon and Daenerys, I love the idea of the House Stark’s lineage knowing the dream.

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Ned Certainly Doesn’t Know, But Cregan Stark Might

Cregan Stark and Jacaerys Velaryon in House of the Dragon


There’s no indication that Ned Stark knows about the dream in Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice & Fire. While the man certainly died with his secrets, there’s not a word that would imply that he’s uniting the realm against the White Walkers, as he doesn’t even seem to believe in them. Ned knows that winter is coming, but I believe his dread and caution to be more generalized. Still, Ned wasn’t intended to be Winterfell’s heir, and his dad and brother were both killed. If it had lasted that long, Rickard and Brandon could’ve died with the secret.

House of the Dragon’s Cregan Stark, on the other hand, seems to have an extra chip on his shoulder with what lies beyond the wall. He doesn’t explicitly mention that he knows, but he is keenly aware that a thread exists to the North and isn’t willing to sacrifice a significant portion of his army to Rhaenyra’s cause in the Dance of the Dragons. I’m sold by Cregan Stark saying “Death” lies beyond the Wall, and now I’m wondering what implications it will have on the future of the Game of Thrones franchise and the Aegon’s Conquest series.


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