This Clever ‘Game Of Thrones’ Theory Shows Who’s Really Pulling The Iron Throne Strings

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07.05.16 8 Comments

Few characters are better at playing the titular “Game of Thrones” than Varys. The Spider — who pointedly once told Tyrion that “storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling” — always seems to know what’s going on, thanks largely to his “Little Birds,” and he tends to back the winning team. He’s like a Cleveland Cavaliers fan who started rooting for the Heat when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, and now he’s back to cheering for the Cavs. Varys was on the Small Council as the “Master of Whisperers” for Robert, Joffrey, and Tommen Baratheon, but the eunuch claims his allegiance is with Daenerys Targaryen, whose cuckoo crazy father, the so-called Mad King, gave him his first job in King’s Landing.

Should the Spider, who’s so skilled at long-term manipulation, be trusted? Does he really want Dany on the Iron Throne? Well, according to one Game of Thrones fan theory, we might have to take Varys’ word as fact for once.

So I have been maintaining that Varys is playing the best game out of anyone. He conspired with Illyrio to get Daenerys married to Khal Drogo. Varys conspired with him to get her dragon eggs. Varys conspired with Jorah from the beginning…

I was rewatching the trial of Tyrion after Joffrey’s assassination, and I recalled a confused feeling I had not remembered since seeing the episode. Before the trial, and after the battle of Blackwater, Varys visited Tyrion and congratulated him. They actually spend a good deal of time developing their friendship. But when Varys is called to the stand to testify, what happens? He testifies against Tyrion.

He gives a damning analysis of Tyrion. And I wondered why he did that, since I heard it. I thought he was somehow doing this to protect himself, the way Bronn later refuses Tyrion’s request to be his champion… But as I watched it last night I found new logic that served that scene greater purpose. (Via)

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