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5 Game Of Thrones Mysteries That Have Yet To Be Solved

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

Five seasons of Game of Thrones have taught us much about Westeros and the many, many, many people who have died horribly there. However, with just a couple seasons left (unless the Drowned God blesses us with even more), there’s still a ton that we, like Jon Snow, know nothing about. Unlike before, we don’t have any books to help guide us towards the answer, so we’ll just have to wait for HBO to solve the following mysteries:

Will the White Walkers resurrect (and zombify) unburnt past characters?


The White Walkers—feral, nigh-immortal ice zombies everybody ignores because they’re too busy fighting each other for piddling human glory—have shown they have the power to resurrect bodies as mindless, murdering wights. This is why you’re supposed to burn or otherwise completely destroy a corpse: so they can’t become one of the horde. Unfortunately for Westeros, very few people take the whole wight thing seriously enough to start burning bodies just in case it’s true. They just leave corpses to rot on the ground; if they’re important enough, they get buried in a fancy crypt with creepy stone eyes over their lifeless sockets. But that’s it.

This begs the question: who’s coming back as a wight? Will the White Walkers go so far as to revive fallen main characters and bring them into their army? Can you imagine the emotional advantage the ice monsters would gain if they could throw Zombie Hound, Zombie Joffrey, Zombie Ned Stark, or even Zombie Jon Snow on the front lines to greet those too ignorant to light a damn funeral pyre? At least a couple kingdoms might surrender right then and there.

Will the war of humans ultimately become a war of gods?


Right now, the war is mostly fought between men, with the occasional White Walker appearance to remind us that all men must and WILL die. But what of the gods? Westeros has many them, each with their devout followers, and there’s a decent chance they’ll appear and fight each other soon enough. The real issue would be who wins. The Seven-Faced God, the one worshiped by most of Westeros (including the ones powerful enough to imprison and humiliate a king’s mother) certainly has the numbers advantage, but the Lord of Light has some serious black magic on his side, despite being far from the most popular of faiths. Then there’s the God of Death, who the Faceless have proven must exist in some form, or else they couldn’t pull off the magical skin-mask assassinations that they do. And of course, don’t discount the Old Gods of the Forest, whose cult never disappeared, but simply hid beyond the Wall until, well, now.

Honestly, in a show where women birth smoke monsters, human-dragon hybrids can survive fire without a scratch, and you can go blind from seeing another person wear your face, the gods almost HAVE to be real. If they wind up as mere symbols of faith, it would be the biggest letdown since HBO faded to black before we actually saw Brienne hack Stannis’s head off.

What happened to Benjen?


Benjen Stark, Jon Snow’s beloved uncle, showed up in the beginning of the first season, went beyond the Wall, and has not been seen or heard from since. And for a guy so close to the show’s main character, he’s barely been mentioned on Game of Thrones. He got a quickie shout-out in Season 2, the Watch used his name to lure Jon to his death, and that’s it. But that can’t be it, right? No story this deep and detailed would simply ignore an entire character aside from the occasional “oh right, him” reference. We need to know more about Benjen and his fate, and the only real debate should concern when we finally see him again, and what happened to him. Does he have a tribe of Wildlings at his command? Is he a White Walker? Or did he make his way back south and is now somewhere in the shadows, waiting to take revenge against a Watch he feels abandoned him? Whatever it is, he’s almost certainly alive—sure, few southerners survive beyond the Wall for years on end, but it’d be awful anticlimactic to bring him back after all these years and just give us, “Welp, he’s dead, roll credits.”

How long will this winter last?


Winter isn’t coming, it’s here. But not only do we not know how long this frost will last, neither do the characters. Westeros’s seasons make no sense at all—winters and summers last anywhere from a few months to several years to multiple generations, with no rhyme or reason as to why. Unless Westeros’s planet sports a super-wobbly axis and is constantly pulled in and out of orbit by random planets flying around their solar system all willy-nilly, then we can only explain the season issue with, “it’s a show, run with it.”

But eventually (probably near the end of the show), we should get a hint or two about when this winter might end. It might even help play into strategy, once the humans finally realize their silly little throne war means nothing compared to the oncoming threat of ice zombies. If they have any indication at all that this winter isn’t going to last long, they can work to quell the White Walker threat just long enough to make it to summer, when their powers would presumably be much weaker. If no sign of summer arises, and in fact the only forecast is more and more snow, humanity’s only hope might be to retreat as far south as possible and pray their new subzero overlords don’t figure out how sunscreen works.

Who is Jon Snow’s mother?


Jon Snow has a mother, obviously. But we know exactly one thing about her: her name was Wylla. Aside from that, we’ve gotten absolutely no details about who she was, whether she was important, what family she came from, or how she won Ned Stark’s heart (for a night, anyway). It seems odd to dismiss her as a mere random conquest, since this is an epic story—and in epic stories, most characters wind up serving some sort of critical narrative purpose. With that in, Wylla is probably going to wind up being a member of a prominent family, which would give Jon Snow connections to both the Starks and X Family, perhaps making him the reason these families finally begin to stop squabbling, fighting, and killing so much. Unless the White Walkers get to him first, that is.

As GoT readers are aware, the books do go into more detail about Wylla, casting her as a servant of House Dayne. But HBO has repeatedly proven they’re not afraid to deviate from the books if it helps their version of the story. So in this parallel Westeros we watch for ten Sundays a year, Wylla could be anybody, from anywhere. But one thing she surely isn’t is a nobody.

 

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