In Sport of Thrones Season 5, the HBO sequence began to stray from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books in main methods. Few of the season’s book-to-TV adjustments proved extra stunning or controversial than the sudden dying of Ian McElhinney’s Ser Barristan Selmy.
The character’s nonetheless inhaling Martin’s books and stays a loyally lively defender of Daenerys Targaryen. Barristan’s even alive in the beginning of The Winds of Winter, the extremely anticipated sixth installment in A Track of Ice and Hearth. Nevertheless, one standard fan concept speculates that Barristan will play a shocking position in plot occasions we already know — because of Sport of Thrones — will set in movement Daenerys’ tragic downfall.
The Principle — Of the Winds of Winter chapters Martin has launched early, two are instructed from Barristan’s perspective. These chapters see him making ready for and fascinating within the second siege of Meereen; neither reveal whether or not he survives the climactic battle. Some followers consider Barristan will die in battle, however others consider he’ll survive to combat one other day.
Amongst these followers favoring Barristan’s survival at Meereen, some speculate the character will abandon Daenerys later in The Winds of Winter, swearing his allegiance as a substitute to Younger Griff a.okay.a. Aegon Targaryen VI (a.okay.a. fAegon, to sure corners of the fandom).
Barristan the Turncloak — Within the Track of Ice and Hearth books, Martin makes it explicitly clear that one of many main causes Barristan swears his allegiance to Daenerys is as a result of he doesn’t see her turning into mad like her father. As a substitute, he sees Daenerys as a powerful chief – like her brother, Rhaegar, whom Barristan held in excessive regard. If Daenerys begins to show extra violent and vengeful tendencies — as she does within the TV sequence, and as many consider she’s going to within the books — it’s doable that Barristan might query his loyalties to the Mom of Dragons.
That’s the place Aegon, allegedly to be the surviving son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell, is available in. Followers speculate that Barristan will be taught of Aegon’s marketing campaign for the Iron Throne and are available to consider he’s Rhaegar’s son — making him a extra rightful inheritor to the throne than Daenerys. The power of Aegon’s declare, mixed with Barristan’s diminishing opinion of Daenerys, may in the end drive him to vary sides.
Assuming that involves go, Barristan’s betrayal may fulfill one other a part of the visions and prophecies Daenerys skilled within the Home of the Timeless. Particularly, Barristan’s departure from her service may simply qualify because the betrayal of blood she was warned about since Barristan will swear allegiance to Aegon on the strengths of his alleged bloodline.
The Inverse Evaluation — On paper, Daenerys’ descent from beloved queen to mad tyrant makes a good quantity of sense for the character. The issue with the best way it was performed in Sport of Thrones got here right down to the present’s writers speeding by way of her spiral whereas unconvincingly retconning a lot of her previous moments and actions.
Fortuitously, there’s motive to consider that Martin will deal with Daenerys’ remaining arc in a much more logical, satisfying method. Even the presence of a personality like Younger Griff presents the justification for Daenerys’ rage that her arc desperately requires. And if Barristan Selmy doesn’t merely die in The Winds of Winter however flip towards Daenerys, there’s all of the extra motivation for her to turn into a paranoid and offended despot.
In fact, this assumes Daenerys’ total arc in Martin’s books will mirror her storyline in Sport of Thrones – although, for now, we’ve little motive to consider it received’t.
The Winds of Winter will likely be launched whenever George R. R. Martin finishes writing it.