Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 3. Official Image via HBO/Helen Sloan
5. You Had One Job, Bran
Here’s another interesting twist in all the Game of Thrones theories: how did the Mad King go mad?
There are a number of speculations behind why the last Targaryen king went crazy, and since help for mental illness wasn’t available in Westeros, people just assumed that Crazy King is Gonna Crazy.
But what if Bran had a hand in it all?
We’ll recall that, last season, Bran called out to the younger version of his father, Ned Stark…and he was able to hear him.
While this didn’t seem to phase Ned Stark – who wasn’t an excitable person to begin with – this theory suggests that it’s possible that the Mad King also heard Bran’s calls to his father, and – being unable to determine its origin – went out of his mind.
This seems like a bit of a stretch, but not much is really known about the Mad King to begin with. It was presumed that we would find out more about him in The Winds of Winter, but since that’s a bit of a ways off (any day now, George), this speculation will have to do.