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

Theon is a complicated character who has suffered considerably, but there is potential for glory for him in “Winds of Winter.” A new fan theory looks at how Theon could have risen as a powerful force Westeros, and how things could still turn out well for him. The following article contains spoilers from “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series by George RR Martin.

What if Theon’s gamble at the start of the war against the Lannisters had paid off? That’s a question a new Reddit thread evaluates. All he had to do was capture Bran and Rickon, then take them to Pyke. He could have used the hostages to make Robb bend the knee, or at least accept the independence of the Iron Islands, then together they could have crushed Tywin and his forces.

The fan who started the thread suggests that if the tactic had worked, Theon would have been counted as one of the greatest Iron Born to ever live; his actions would have helped him and his people conquer about half the realm overnight. But things didn’t go exactly as planned. The boys escaped and Theon ended up becoming Reek.

The tragedy Theon faced could still be turned around, according to the fan, because there’s scope for him to redeem himself in not only in his own eyes but also in the eyes of the people of Westeros. The TV series has certainly hinted at this potential for greatness, and fans of the book series may also get to read it in the next instalment of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

There is still no word about when “Winds of Winter” will be released. Martin has been close to completing the book for a while now, so readers may hear some good news soon.