One of my favourite Game of Thrones podcasts is A Storm of Spoilers. It was originally for book readers and people who didn’t mind being spoiled, but now that most of the show’s storylines have surpassed the books, it includes production spoilers, which some people don’t like. One of my favourite parts of the podcast is the wild speculation and crackpot theories which are bandied about, and this week I came up with one of my own. I like to call it #BlackThorn.
This week’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Broken Man” saw the return of a book-reader favourite character, Brynden Tully, known as the Blackfish. He’s Hoster Tully’s brother, and Catelyn and Edmure’s uncle. Two weeks ago we learned that he had successfully taken Riverrun (the Tully ancestral home) back from the Freys. He was lucky enough to escape the Red Wedding because he went to pee just before the doors were locked at the Hall. Jaime Lannister is sent to Riverrun to treat with the Blackfish, and after they parley, Brynden remarks that after all he’s heard about the Kingslayer, he’s disappointed.
As Brandon Nowalk points out at The A.V. Club, the Blackfish isn’t the first person to be disappointed in a Lannister. In season 3 Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns, had this to say to Tyrion Lannister, the Imp:
There is absolutely zero evidence to suggest that the Blackfish and Olenna have ever met, but it’s my theory that they were young lovers before Olenna married into the Tyrell family. Brynden Blackfish is great, but I’m guessing Olenna’s parents weren’t too thrilled with the idea of her marrying the second Tully son, as opposed to the Tyrell heir. They both have sharp tongues and are disappointed in the Lannisters. Given that Olenna is about to break the Tyrell/Lannister alliance, maybe we could find the majority of the Great Houses forming an alliance against the Lannisters. The Starks, the Tullys and the Arryns are allied through marriage, and maybe they could find an ally in the Tyrells after everything that’s happened in King’s Landing over the past two seasons. After all, why couldn’t these strong-willed and sharp tongued characters been lovers many years ago?
- I shared this theory with Pat over on Twitter, and he’s helping to spread the word. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you should check out his blog. The posts are incredibly detailed and don’t contain any book spoilers, although some book knowledge is used to give more depth to the world of the show.
- Pat mentioned that there’s a fan theory that the Blackfish is gay, because he refused to engage in Westerosi marriage politics, and I would be perfectly okay if that was true, but #BlackThorn is now my ship.
- Images courtesy of HBO, and the Olenna quote is from Joey Blogs.