With "Game of Thrones" "Battle of the Bastards" just days away, the fan theories are running wild. This latest theory, posted by Reddit user POL1T1CS, is unlike anything we've seen before.
This theory, which, like most theories, seems way far out there until you let it sink in for a few minutes, involves a character who just came back into our lives, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane.
Last we saw The Hound, he was chowing down with the Brotherhood without Banners, having just assisted in the hangings of the men who slaughtered the worshippers he had been living and working with.
Now, if you buy the following theory, it appears The Hound is going to play his most important role to date in "Game of Thrones."
Reddit user POL1T1CS begins his theory by pointing out the three cold openings -- when an episode starts with a scene rather than the opening credits -- we've seen on "Game of Thrones":
Now, what do all three cold openings have in common? The Hound.
It should be noted from the start that I do not believe there will only be one savior, I believe that's how history seems to be written in a lot of cases, but no one hero ever does anything on his/her own. However; there can only be one Lightbringer, used by only one of the heroes. Are all three revelations that happen prior to the show starting tied together with regards to the Azor Ahai prophecy? I believe so; the Enemy, the Weapon and the Last Hero. 'Fancy sword you got there… Valyrian steel, I always wanted some Valyrian steel' - Hound to Brienne, regarding Oathkeeper in Season 4 Episode 10. In this new perspective on why I believe the Hound (Sandor Clegane) is Azor Ahai (foreshadowed by the three cold openings of the show), I will be quoting from one specific theory posted back in 2013 regarding the importance of the sword Oathkeeper, and merge it with the current standing of the show and my cold openings discovery. There will be a reference to it at the end of the post. Beric Dondarrion recruited the Hound in Season 6 Episode 8 to join the Brotherhood Without Banners (BoB) in the fight against the great other (Night's King), is what gave me this lightbulb idea. The man who has been kissed by fire (literally), who killed Beric for the first time in an episode titled “Kissed by Fire” (Season 3 Episode 5) and has developed and had a fear of fire ever since childhood, will wield Lightbringer.
When speculating on the nature of the weapon Lightbringer, I think people have fallen into the trap of only considering what the sword is; whether if the flaming sword is in the hands of Stannis, who is merely incompetent, or if it is only a metaphor for the Night's Watch (Jon), or Dragons (Dany). While focusing on the “is” allows for many possibilities, looking at the “how” allows for only one. The only weapon that has matched the prophecy one to one in ASOIAF so far and has the potential to completely fulfill the prophecy; is the sword Oathkeeper.
This theory holds Beric and The Hound will bump into Brienne and Pod, as all four appear to be heading north via a river. Many previously thought Lady Stoneheart would've already emerged at this point in season six, but based on the above theory, her inclusion in HBO's "Game of Thrones" seems increasingly unlikely now.
If The Hound uses the sword Oathkeeper to kill Beric Dondarrion, then this theory holds he will inherit his powers from the Lord of Light through the transferring of the flame of R'hllor. The Hound has already stated how much he admires Oathkeeper, and this would be an unbelievable bridge from the showrunners.
This is wild, sure, but George RR Martin is a crazy dude, and considering the transformation The Hound has gone through, would you really put this outside the realm of possibility?