Slayer of Lies Posted December 23, 2014 Share Posted December 23, 2014 …and then he replaced him with a puppet of his own making. Not sure if this one’s ‘been done’ before. Either way, at first this theory may sound like complete bat shit covered in tinfoil (which is better than the alternative, at least), but I believe it plays well with the overall plot arc, and – at the moment – I think is actually quite plausible. Perhaps the Red Viper said it best: “Men are seldom as they appear. You look so very guilty that I am convinced of your innocence. Still, you will likely be condemned. Justice is in short supply this side of the mountains.” “Exec Summary” of Supporting Evidence In regards to Gregor’s alleged guilt: · WOIAF gives rise to the potential for speculation that Elia’s and Aegon’s death is possibly still an unsolved mystery· Gregor’s alleged guilt is widely known, although not to Maester Yandel, and ostensibly not to Gregor either, until Oberyn mentions it· Gregor’s confession of guilt regarding Elia’s and Aegon’s death is suspicious in its authenticity and/or verifiability· Tywin’s confession to Tyrion that he sent Gregor to kill Aegon has holes in it, and does does not provide absolute proof that Gregor did the deed· In summary, there is no actual proof anywhere in ASOIAF that I can find that Gregor actually killed Aegon and Elia; sure, there is a ‘mountain of evidence,’ but that doesn’t necessarily seal the deal In regards to Varys’ means and motive, and the significance to the story of this alternate possibility: · Varys’ murder of Kevan shows that he is willing to commit regicide for the cause of elevating “Aegon” to power, real or fake· Varys’ murder of Kevan leaves a trail to an alternate suspect; in this case Tyrion (but this act could qualify as potential exposition, or a potential clue regarding Aegon’s alleged murder)· Varys may have orchestrated that Elia and Aegon remain in King’s Landing during the sack so he could kill them himself, or somehow ensure their death· If Gregor murdered Aegon, Varys is only capitalizing on the coincidence of Aegon’s murder, where – if Varys did it – Varys’ plan to put his own “cloth dragon” on the throne precedes Robert’s Rebellion, and solidifies Varys’ and Illyrio’s plans (whatever they may be) existed well before Robert’s Rebellion (translation: cleaner, and arguably better storytelling) Spoiler tags added to save space. Widely Whispered Knowledge of Gregor's Guilt After years of taking Gregor’s confession of the guilt of Aegon’s murder for granted, my new speculation began with reading a passage in WOIAF, in The End: It is not known who murdered Princess Rhaenys in her bed, or smashed the infant Prince Aegon’s head against a wall. Some whisper it was done at Aerys’s own command when he learned that Lord Lannister had taken up Robert’s cause, while others suggested that Elia did it herself for fear of what would happen to her child on the hands of her dead husband’s enemies. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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