With the Game of Thrones penultimate season finale only days away, theories about where the season is going have reached an all-time fever pitch. People are speculating about what the last episode title means, Arya and Sansa Stark’s true plans, and even Bran Stark’s possible identity. However, one Reddit theory about the real reason behind Jon Snow’s mission to catch a wight and bring it to Cersei Lannister has fans buzzing.
Jon Snow’s plan was admittedly pretty reckless. The consequences were catastrophic: Daenerys Targaryen, his soon-to-be-lover/aunt, lost one of her beloved dragons because she came rushing to help Jon and his ragtag team get out of a White Walker battle alive.
Reddit user WeenahSixNine posted the following theory in the r/gameofthrones subreddit on Wednesday:
I haven't seen this theory around, so forgive me if it's been said before.
The reason for Tyrion's suggestion to bring a Wight back from the wall to Kings Landing is not to convince Cersei, but to convince the people of Kings Landing instead.
Tyrion knows that Cersei is not likely to believe in the existence of the White Walkers and the Army of The Dead, even if she is presented with evidence. She already has Zombie Mountain as her pet and Qyburn's Dragon Killing Machine - she is not going to feel in the least bit threatened.
Tyrion knows that Cersei will be looking to humiliate Dany and make a show of her power, so is likely to have the masses in attendance to witness this. Cersei has been getting drunk off the power of being THE Queen. We have seen this play out a number of times already throughout this season - she is getting more brash and arrogant as time goes on.
Tyrion knows that the true way to seize power and then hold onto it is through the acceptance of the people. He has done all he can to keep them from the terrors of war, he also steered Dany away from burning Kings Landing as the people will just see it as replacing one tyrant with another. It's worth noting that Jon also convinced Dany against this, in the same scene that Tyrion's previous plans were being called into question.
Tyrion knows that the people hold no loyalty to Cersei. They are the ones that will be doing the fighting against the Army of The Dead; they are the ones that will have to help fashion and wield the Dragonglass weapons that Jon has been so earnestly telling us about; they are the ones that will be fighting to prevent The Long Night and to save the Realm. If you don't have their loyalty, respect and allegiance, how can you expect them to fight for you? This was shown to us in the exchange between Euron and Jaime, where Jaime points out the people "spat at Cersei not too long ago".
By bringing a Wight back to King's landing and using Cersei's own arrogance and brovado against her, Tyrion can simultaneously convince the People of the true threat to the Realm, discrediting Cersei and highlighting her refusal to protect them, while also showing Dany to be the saviour and true protector as well as showing Jon Snow to the the right proper lad that he is, risking his life for the Realm and earning the people's loyalty and devotion to follow him into battle to save humanity.
It’s a solid theory, especially because Tyrion is a sharp thinker and no stranger to ulterior motives. It would also add even more suspense to next week’s episode, which promises to have Cersei, Tyrion, Jon, and Dany in King’s Landing, in front of all of the people Jon is supposedly there to convince.
Most Reddit users thought the theory was believable. One Redditor, playazie, said “it will be a big deal to the people too if Dany shows up to King's landing with her dragons and doesn't burn everything to the ground,” because “Cersei has been feeding the people with this narrative that Dany is just like [her father] Aegon… If she arrived at King's landing with her dragons and nothing happens… the people will start to rethink how they view Dany.”
Fellow Redditor Janosrock eloquently added, “when the people realize they have a choice of serving Cersei fucking Lannister… and serving super hotness dragon mama queen Danny, with the motherfucking dragons flying in the background… it will take them seconds to leave kings landing.”
As for now, all we can do is wait for Sunday to find out how Jon Snow's plan will work in convincing Cersei and/or the people of King's Landing, and whether Tyrion has anything else up his sleeve. In any case, Cersei will likely have a surprise for her guests, so things are definitely going to be tense. Everything points to this episode being absolutely major.