1. Jojen paste. Just find it icky. That being said, of all the theories I don't like, I admit I have the least evidence disproving it. It does seem GRRM is getting more and more controversial as the story goes along, in ADWD he even went into bestiality, and Bran eating Jojen (not just nameless NW deserters) would certainly up that ante.
2. Jon and Dany eventually hooking up, whether it be a passionate doomed affair ending in one's death or a cold political marriage. Just too cliche for me to have the "main male character" and "main female character" ending up together, when as of ADWD, neither even knows the other exists! Also, the idea of a "Targ restoration" with Jon and Dany ruling Westeros seems way too reactionary an ending for me, it's basically the Arthurian "true/hidden king restored to his rightful throne" trope, just a little gender-bent for subversiveness.
3. Anyone other than Jon Snow turning out to be a hidden Targ. Now, much of the GRRM obsession with Targ backstory in the Dunk/Egg stories as well as the recent TPatQ release is making me doubt how subversive he really is, but the idea that "the Targs are special snowflakes and will save the word, hence anyone significant to the story has hidden Targ blood" seems really cliche to me. Also, GRRM actually stated the "third head of the dragon" doesn't HAVE to be a Targ. Having that be the case and subverting a lot of the "Targs are a super-speshul chosen people" would be great for me.
4. Tyrion or Jaime actually being the valonquar. Well, okay, most fans here doubt Tyrion will be, just because Cersei thinks it is, but "Jaime is the valonquar" seems to have achieved semi-canon status here, almost to the point of R+L=J. However, I'd just really find it shoddy writing if the whole Maggy prophecy is realized in such a literal way. Even in really classic stories such as the LOTR's Witch King prophecy, or even as far back as Oedipus Rex, a prophecy being invoked usually winds up NOT coming to pass in such a literal way. I also would find it really cheesy if Jaime and Cersei winding up dying together.
5. Robb turning out to have been the victim of a love potion. Totally removes all agency from Robb. I especially hate the "Tywin himself was behind it all" version, as that essentially turns Robb into yet another young teenager Tywin rapes by proxy. Also, it's cheesy.
I'd also be displeased if a love potion is used on another character later on. The magic we see in the series so far isn't the "point a wand and say a magic word" or "brew a magic potion" simplicity that we see in, say, Harry Potter. (And even HP hints at more elemental, deeper magics that go beyond the basic magic that teens learn in school.) It's very complex, mysterious, usually requires some kind of sacrifice, and is NOT foolproof; see how much Mel misinterprets from her flames. As I noted above, while I hate the idea of Bran eating Jojen I can see how that would make sense in terms of the ASOIAF approach to magic. "Sybelle just brewed a potion and gave it to Robb" with no sacrifice involved at all, seems way too simplistic to me.
6. LS being given the "gift of mercy" by Arya. Sure, it would make narrative sense for Arya to kill LS, especially because Arya actually played a BIG part in the LS resurrection, first by dragging her body from the river when warged into Nymeria, and because it seems one reason Beric sacrificed himself to raise Cat was wanting to honor his promises to Arya. But it just seems a bit too "neat" for me.
Edited by WeddinGuest, 18 March 2014 - 12:38 PM.