One of the biggest theories going into the last two seasons of Game of Thrones, is that magic will finally make its return to Westeros. The Lord of Light has performed miracles, and Bran has traveled through time, but the true magic of spells and wizardry has yet to appear in the series. For thousands of years, many maesters have tried their hand at the ancient art, but none have been successful. With Sam arriving at the Citadel, many believe . His inclusion in “The Winds of Winter” seemed to be a sign that he was destined to have a major part in the show’s conclusion, but that alone isn’t enough to give this theory much traction. What is enough, however, is a conversation in Season 2 that was all but overlooked.
In the episode titled, “What is Dead May Never Die,” Bran Stark was questioning Maester Luwin about the tales of magic he’d been told throughout his childhood. Luwin brushed these questions off as the thoughts of a child, and went on to explain how magic could never again exist. Showing off his iron chains, he told Bran that he was one of the maesters who was dedicated to discovering magic. Luwin talked of how he, and countless others before him, gave most of their lives in order to discover the secrets of magic that live deep within the world. The conversation was harmless at the time, but his parting words were full of foreshadowing thoughts regarding the rest of the series:
“Maybe magic was once a mighty force in the world, but not anymore. The Dragons are gone, the giants are gone, and the Children of The Forest forgotten.”
After declaring magic was gone, he stated that three other things were also extinct. Let’s take a look at those for a second.
At this point in the series, we’d already seen Daenerys hatch her dragons. They could still fit in her palms at the time, but they definitely existed. In the seasons that followed, we watched as these dragons grew into incredible beasts. These creatures that weren’t supposed to exist are now flying toward King’s Landing, with every intent on .
We haven’t seen many giants throughout the series, but we’ve seen enough to know they’re still very real. Wun-Wun was among the wildlings that took up arms with Jon Snow, and he continued to fight for the Lord Commander until he lost his life at the Battle of The Bastards. Although we only saw the single giant roaming above The Wall, it’s easy to believe he wouldn’t be the only one. Even if he was, it proves true that a giant was still walking the Earth when Luwin made his claim.
The Children Of The Forest
The Children of The Forest may not have had much screen time throughout the series, but they seriously left their mark on Season 6. After saving Bran’s life in the Season 4 finale, these mysterious creatures provided him with knowledge and protection as he trained with the Three-Eyed Raven. Through his time spent with them, it was discovered that the Children, in fact, were the ones . This flashback scene showed the beginnings of the ultimate series villains, but it also gave us a glimpse at the Children’s ancient magic:
Magic Comes Next
As we’ve learned over the last six years, nothing in Game of Thrones is said by accident. There is a specific purpose for each and every piece of dialogue, so it stands to reason that this list wasn’t a coincidence. They intended on mentioning four things that would eventually return to the world, and magic is no exception. Whether it’s being controlled by Bran, Sam, or someone else in Westeros, we can rest assured knowing magic will make its return before the series ends. The White Walkers were created using magic, and it only makes sense that it would take magic to defeat them.
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