5. The Faceless Men are in league with the White Walkers

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The Faceless Men might just seem like a group of religious assassins who take in small Stark girls for interns, but they're too shady not to have ulterior motives. It stands to reason that if both the books and the show are spending a lot of time with them, Jaquen H'gar and Co. probably factor into the grander story. But how? According to one fan theory, the Faceless Men are working toward the benefit of the Night's King and the White Walkers. And they might not even know they're doing it. 

The veracity of this conspiracy relies on a couple of factors. First is the fact that the Faceless Men more or less worship death. Their slogan is "Valar Morghulis," or "All Men Must Die." They bring people into their temple and make them drink the Kevorkian Kool-Aid, and claim that death is a "gift."

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Even beyond their Magic Face Emporium in the backroom, the Faceless Men have a lot of supernatural mojo going on. Since the saga is called A Song of Ice and Fire, it only makes sense that there are two major magic camps; blood/fire magic (Melisandre and her Red God, plus dragons), and in the other corner, death/ice magic (the Night's King and his hordes of frozen zombies). So which side are the Faceless Men on? Well, their masters came from Old Valyria, home of fire and dragons. It could be that the Faceless Men used ice magic to fend off and escape their captors. 

There seems to be even more evidence in the novels. Euron Greyjoy, Theon's older brother who will come into play in season six of the TV show, claimed to have thrown a dragon egg overboard his ship. That event was suspiciously close to the death of his father, Balon Greyjoy, and Euron's subsequent ascension to the throne. Some have speculated that it was a Faceless Man who murdered Balon, in return for Euron's dragon egg and silence on the matter.

What do the Faceless Men want with a dragon? Well, they might just want to bring down The Wall.

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Also in the Book-Exclusive Evidence category are a couple of magic horns. The Horn of Winter and Dragonbinder are supposedly capable of bringing down the wall and controlling dragons, respectively. It seems as though Euron has the latter, and Sam picked up the former in that cache of dragonglass he found (pictured above) -- and they're both in close proximity of Faceless Men who have their eyes on those prizes. If you include the fact that the shadowy assassins likely have access to untold gallons of potent royal blood, the faction becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Maybe Arya has been working for the bad guys this whole time, helping them usher in an apocalypse of eternal winter. Really brings a whole new meaning to "All men must die."

 

4. Cersei poisoned Joffrey

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Fans should be content with the obvious, that Littlefinger and the Tyrells conspired to kill Joffrey. If we're being honest, I'm surprised that there aren't more songs already written about the magnificent souls who were brave enough to murder that beady-eyed shitstain. But a theory over on Reddit has a surprisingly convincing alternative as to the hero whose praises we should sing. It centers around the idea that the poison that choked Joffrey wasn't in the wine, but in the pie -- specifically, the pie that Cersei had meant for Tyrion

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It works out slightly differently in the show, so this is mostly a theory for the book universe. In the pivotal chapter where the boy king croaks and the world erupts in joy, Joff actually steals Tyrion's pie.

"My uncle hasn't eaten his pigeon pie." Holding the chalice onehanded, Joff jammed his other into Tyrion's pie. "It's ill luck not to eat the pie," he scolded as he filled his mouth with hot spiced pigeon. "See, it's good." Spitting out flakes of crust, he coughed and helped himself to another fistful. 

Joff gulps some wine to wash it down, but doesn't seem fazed. It's only later that he starts coughing. 

Margaery looked at him with concern. "Your Grace?"
"It's, kof, the pie, noth - kof, pie." Joff took another drink, or tried to, but all the wine came spewing back out when another spate of coughing doubled him over. His face was turning red.

In his final words, the boy king means to out the pie as the poison, but this falls on deaf ears. Everyone in the court thinks that it was Tyrion, and we believe that Littlefinger and the Tyrells colluded with the help of an unaware Sansa and her hairnet.

Oh yeah, there is the problem of Sansa's jeweled hairnet of poison. In the show, it turns into a necklace:

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According to the theory, the jewelry is just a red herring -- Littlefinger merely takes the opportunity to tell Sansa that she shares some of the blame, even though she doesn't. Because if it was the kind of poison Littlefinger is claiming it is, we've already seen it before

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Way back in A Clash of Kings/Season Two, Stannis' Maester Cressen attempts to dose Melisandre with the exact same poison, but dies instantly when he swigs the cup first in "good faith." Now, supposedly this is the same poison that was used in the Purple Wedding, but in the books Joffrey doesn't die instantly after he drinks the wine.

The only other thing we see Joff consume in that short period of time is Tyrion's pie, a pastry that may have well been laced by Cersei, who had a raging hate-on for her little brother. Of course, things didn't go as planned. 

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When her son ate the poison pie meant for her worst enemy, Cersei flipped the fuck out and blamed Tyrion for not dying as planned. Taking responsibility for such a heinous act as inadvertently ending the life of her own would be out of the question for Cersei, so she blamed the Imp. As if you needed more reasons to dislike Cersei.