This ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory Will Make You Appreciate How Crafty Varys is All Over Again

By July 4, 2016
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It’s officially been eight days since the season six finale of Game of Thrones aired on HBO, blowing all of its viewers away, and yes, the withdrawals are beginning to kick in. With little less than a year to go until the seventh, shorter season premieres next year, fans are going to have to get by with merely talking about and theorizing how the future of the series is going to go in the meantime. I guess this is how book fans must have felt before the show was even on.

A new reddit theory (via Mashable) however has surfaced online, and it adds an even greater level of complexity and intelligence to one of the show’s most powerful and smart characters in Varys (played by the brilliant Conleth Hill in the show).

The theory in question goes back to the fourth season, when Tyrion was put on trial for Joffrey’s murder and Varys, a friend and confidant to Tyrion, actually testified against Tyrion, rather than in his favor. While it might have been seen as just survival tactics from the Spider, similar to Bronn turning down being his champion against the Mountain, the theory suggests that it may have been smart planning on the Spider’s part instead.

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This makes quite a bit of sense doesn’t it? After Tyrion proved himself to be one of the best Hands ever, despite being unappreciated by both Joffrey and Cersei for his work, it would make sense that Varys might want to send him to Daenerys to be her Hand, since she will need all the help and support she can get in order to reclaim the Iron Throne for the Targaryen name.

Not only did having Tyrion wrongly convicted send him to Daenerys though, it also simutaneously resulted in the elimination of Tywin as well, the only Lannister who could be a real threat to Daenerys and the person who was basically holding the chaos in King’s Landing together. As the season finale demonstrated as well, without anyone to hold her back, Cersei is more than willing to let chaos rule Westeros.

With Dany on her way now though, with not only the Greyjoys, Unsullied, Dothraki, and Dragons behind her, but also the Dornish and the Tyrells as well (both orchestrated by Varys), it seems like Cersei and King’s Landing won’t stand a chance against her, and it all comes back to the Master of Whispers in the end. Yeah, I do believe this deserves a round of applause.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable