George RR Martin
George RR Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones," gestures during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel, July 10, 2014. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

There is still no word about the release date of “Winds of Winter,” but the fans continue to speculate on mysteries in the book series. A new fan theory looks at the Doom of Valyria and how that could have a connection to the Targaryens and the Starks.

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“The Sphinx is the riddle,” Maester Aemon told Samwell before his death. That sentence has been a subject of much speculation among the fan base. A new theory posted on Reddit has a new take on this sentence and its implications.

‘Winds of Winter’: Are the White Walkers evil?

There is a story written by Edgar Allan Poe titled “The Sphinx.” The story is about how our perspectives influence how we interpret symbols and omens. Connecting this to “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the theory asks what if the threat posed by the White Walkers is only a perception by the people in Westeros?

The theory suggests that the “original pact” was to create the White Walkers as a last resort to prevent the joining of Ice (Starks) and Fire (Targaryen). The fan points out that while one family has the ability to hatch dragons, the other family, known for their warging abilities, are good at controlling animals. So, the union of the two bloodlines could be a very powerful force in the world.

‘Winds of Winter’: The rise and fall of Valyria

Talking about Valyria, the fan believes that they were able to become powerful because of this union of Ice and Fire. They nearly conquered the whole world, but were stopped by the White Walkers. Eventually there was a pact, according to the fan, to divide the land. The Targaryens and the Starks would be divided by an ocean created by magic to ensure they never come together again.

The Doom of Valyria was brought about because without the Stark blood, the people there “lost control of their advanced abilities.” The theory also suggests that the reason why siblings marry among the Targaryens is to preserve their bloodline.

Will the Stark and Targaryen union happen again in “Winds of Winter,” and will that cause the fall of the Wall? Please leave your comments below.