Hey! Remember when we all low-key lost our minds after Sam entered the Citadel’s GORGEOUS library in Oldtown? (If not, check out this post here.)
For a quick refresher, we noticed in the Season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter” that the orbs hanging from the ceiling in the Citadel’s library (orreries, if you want to get technical) looked EXACTLY like the orrery in the Game of Thrones intro.
And collectively, we all went…
Then it made us seriously wonder WHAT IT ALL MEANT.
Lots of fan theories have been going off the rails since then about this eye-opening scene, but our very own Samwell Tarly IRL, actor John Bradley, has thoughts of his own, too. And they have pretty HUGE implications.
Bradley recently told The Hollywood Reporter, “One theory is that what we’re seeing now and how we’re experiencing Game of Thrones is Sam telling the story of Game of Thrones.” he continued, “If you take the logic of the story now, the story of Westeros and the story of the battle for the Iron Throne, it would be a book in that library.”
That is a VERY good point, young Bradley. It also means that since the very beginning of the show, we’ve been seeing Sam’s POV through one of the Citadel’s orrery lenses during the intro.
The idea that the “story” of Game of Thrones is being told by Sam in the future, is really not a stretch. We know the show is getting into the whole time travel thing with Bran’s storyline. We also know the showrunners are SUPER into foreshadowing.
And let’s not forget the fact that George R.R. Martin is a notorious fan of The Lord of the Rings. If you recall, in that film franchise, director Peter Jackson made nice little bookends of the characters writing the tales we’d just seen.
Could we be in for something similar with the end of Game of Thrones? Will the very end of the show be a white-bearded Samwell Tarly writing the story of the “Battle of the Iron Throne?”
If only we could time travel into the future like Bran and find out…