Listen. I’m established as a Game of Thrones nerd. I quoted the book in my most recent podcast episode. Today, I read a theory that Nymeria (Arya’s direwolf) is going to lead a giant army of wolves against the white walkers. It’s not a bad theory, and why otherwise show Nymeria for one second when Arya is on her way back to Winterfell? I’d love to see it. But it got me thinking about the wolves.
If you remember, waaaay back in S1E1, Ned and the boys (after beheading a Night’s watch deserter) find a dead direwolf in the woods, impaled by the antlers of a stag (lmao. the symbolism!!!). They then find 5 baby direwolves, and Ned says to kill them, but Jon says that there’s five– one for each of the Stark children. Bran, Rickon, Arya, Sansa, and Robb all get a wolf.
Imagine that’s edited to say “wolf” instead of car. And then they find another one, an albino runt, and Theon says “that’s Jon’s”. I mean… the SYMBOLISM. It’s a white wolf, bc he’s part Targaryen. This man’s mind….
Anyways, one by one, the wolves die. Sansa’s wolf, Lady, is killed at Cersei’s demand. Robb’s wolf, Grey Wind, is killed in the Red Wedding. Rickon’s wolf, Shaggydog is killed by Ramsay Bolton, and Bran’s wolf Summer dies beyond the wall. Only Nymeria (Arya’s wolf) and Ghost (Jon’s wolf) survive.
Okay, this is where I’m about to get a little weird, so stay with me. All the wolves (except for Sansa’s) died in the same way that they themselves were killed. Before you come at me about Bran, “Brandon Stark” basically died beyond the wall when he became the three-eyed raven. He’s not bran anymore. Bran died in the heart tree, and we’re not going to argue about that.
So here’s my theory. The wolves are symbols of the Stark family. So what if the wolves that survive are reflective of who is going to survive in the end? What if only Bran (as the three eyed raven), Jon, and Arya survive, and Sansa is killed by Cersei??
Obviously, I don’t want Sansa to be killed. I like her, I think she’s a survivor. But you have to admit the theory is compelling based on how the wolves have been used as symbolism throughout the series already. Maybe it’s saying that Cersei killed Sansa’s innocence and not that she is actually going to kill Sansa, but either way, if this ends up happening, I am going to say I told you so. Stay woke.