FAN THEORY: How A Song of Ice and Fire will end

Ok, this article will tell you how would ASOIAF end. So, take a sip of ale, wipe that bit of grease from your face and start reading.

Ice and Fire
Ice and Fire….

Now, a very big inspiration for GRRM has been Robert Frost’s poem, Fire and Ice. So much so that he even named the title of his series after the poem, A Song of Ice and Fire. Let’s first have a look at the poem:

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

In the poem, as you would’ve noticed, fire stands for desire and ice for hate. So in actuality, it is a analysis between desire and hate, and which of the two would cause the destruction of the world. For clarification, GRRM has also stated that the title of the series ‘A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE’ stands for desire vs. hate.

So, most likely, by the end of ASOIAF, the world would face a catastrophe, thus giving the title ‘A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE’ and the inspiration justice.

Now, what is ice and what is fire in GRRM’s world? Fire stands for the desire of the Targaryens/Valyrians who think they should rule the whole world and lust after the desire, and ice stands for White Walkers/Others since it is symbolic of hate. Yes, the Others represent hate, as it was hate of the first Men by the Children of the Forest which led the Children to create the White Walkers. Thus, the end of ASOIAF/GoT would lead up to the ‘Great War’ between the Others and the Targaryens.

But who would win, ice or fire; who would cause the catastrophe?

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

It is explicitly mentioned that the world is more likely to be destroyed by fire, but if it should happen twice, then ice would do the deed more probably.

And in Martin’s series, the world has already been destroyed by fire, i.e., desire once. The Doom of Valyria, anyone? So it would be via ice, i.e., hate by which the world would be destroyed now.

But then, this being a fantasy, there is the Prince That Was Promised, whose song is of ice and fire. And then, there is Azor Ahai, the champion of desire/fire. Likewise, there is a champion of ice/hate, the legendary Great Other or The Night King.

It would all lead up to the revelation that the reincarnation of The Prince That Was Promised is Jon Snow, half-ice, half-fire (it will be explained below clearly). Azor Ahai would be Daenerys Targaryen, the champion of fire, full of desire for the Iron Throne and exploited further by the Red Priests. Meanwhile, Bran Stark would be The Night King (in the show canon, it would be revealed that “The Night King” is not actually the Night King, but one of the leader WWs, like Melisandre is of fire), the champion of ice, full of hate for the Westerosis to butcher his family and the Children & he would also be further exploited by The Children.

Thus, both the champions would be on their way to destroy Westeros.

So, till now, we have Bran & Children of the Forest at the side of ice, and Daenerys & The Red Priests at the side of fire, representing the two sources of power and magic in Planetos and desire vs. hate. But where does Jon Snow fits into this, you’d ask?

Now, during the whole of the series, we’ve seen various instances where both forces have tried to appeal to him: The scene at Hardhome can easily be interpreted as the White Walkers’/Ice’s invitation, and, the resurrection of him by R’hllor(Red Priests)/Fire can also be seen as fire’s invitation. Plus, there are personal stakes for Jon too: ice has a Stark and fire a Targaryen.

In the end, he chooses ice, breaks the Wall by blowing the Horn of Joramun, and helps Bran/The Night King turn the dragons into ice dragons, thus fulfilling the prophecy of “his is the song of ice and fire.”

And Jon chooses to end his song with ice.

So, do you agree with the fan theory given? Comment below and let me know. Share this to your family and friends to help them pass their time before the ultimate arrival of Winds of Winter.

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