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

If the HBO TV series is anything to go by, Qyburn is all set to play a more important role in “Winds of Winter.” A new fan theory looks at what the Maester’s agenda has been in King’s Landing, and how his storyline may evolve. The following article contains spoilers.

In a post on Reddit, a fan theory points out how Qyburn is very loyal to the Boltons. In the books, the character first appeared when the castle of Harrenhal was taken over. Curiously, one of the first things Roose did after the big conquest was kill the Maester there, which is not a normal practice even during times of war. The Maesters play an important role in keeping the communications line open, but Roose had his own man to take up that position.

The fan explains that Qyburn has somehow managed to win the absolute trust of Roose, who is actually a very cautious man. The Maester handles the communication for Lord Bolton and has also been leeching him. Both these positions are important and require a great deal of trust.

Qyburn will be in King’s Landing in “Winds of Winter.” It was Roose who sent him there with the objective of getting his man close to the Lannisters. The character served Cersei well, and eventually managed to win a seat in the Small Council. Once in a position of power, the Maester betrayed his true intentions in a meeting.

The discussion of the Small Council was about Theon, and if the Iron Throne could somehow use him against the Starks. It was Qyburn who pointed out that the heir to the Salt Throne has been a ward at Winterfell for a long time, so it will be next to impossible to use him. There was no mention of the Sack of Winterfell and about Theon, now Reek, being a prisoner of Boltons.

This proves that Qyburn is secretly working for the Boltons. Theon may be used as a political tool to secure the North, and will be a crucial pawn in the ongoing war in the North.

One of the major battles in “Winds of Winter” will be between Stannis and the Boltons. Jon Snow may also join the fray, in case he manages to come back to life, the way he did in the HBO TV series. The storyline in the books may not follow the show. So, the characters who are alive in the TV series may die in the books and vice versa.