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Is Samwell Tarly Telling the Story of Game of Thrones?

Don't Sleep on Sam Tarly — He Might Be the Most Important Game of Thrones Character Ever

Warning: You should be up to date with Game of Thrones by now, because, like, what else are you doing with your time? But if you're not, there are some serious spoilers ahead!

You know how in 300, Dilios is recounting the epic story of the Spartan army and his late friend Leonidas? And how in How I Met Your Mother Ted — awkwardly, with the voice of Bob Saget — is telling his kids the story of meeting their late mother in the years after her death? Well, season eight of Game of Thrones is underway, Winter is here, the White Walkers are coming, the Battle of Winterfell is about to commence, and everyone is pretty much f*cked — except for Sam, who maybe, just maybe, is telling this story to us from the future.

We said "maybe," OK?!

Like in 300 and How I Met Your Mother, what if Samwell Tarly, a character who has been one of the key players through the show's eight seasons — he killed a damn White Walker and then shared the secret as to how, let us not forget! — is the Dilios and Ted Mosby of Game of Thrones? The theory isn't a new one, but as we get closer and closer to the final days of the show's run, I can't help but wholeheartedly believe that it's completely correct.

Let's break it down.

Back in 2016, after the season six finale in which Sam lands in Oldtown, the internet was ripe with theories about the chandeliers hanging inside the Citadel as Sam walks through the library — they look just like the gyroscope that's appeared in the opening credits of the show for the last seven seasons. Surely, there had to be a connection?

John Bradley, who portrays Sam, told the Hollywood Reporter of the theory, "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 [the Citadel's] library." While he doesn't touch on whether Sam, a lover of history and record-keeping, would write that book, there's something Sam's already said in season eight that furthers this idea.

When Sam, Jon, Bran, Dany, and the rest of the doomed gang at Winterfell are planning the upcoming Battle of Winterfell against the White Walkers, Bran mentions why the Night King, creep-master extraordinaire, cares so much about the Three-Eyed Raven — aka, why he probably wants to kill Bran first.

"If we forget where we've been and what we've done, we're not men anymore, just animals," Sam says to Bran, comparing the act of forgetting to death. "Your memories don't come from books, your stories aren't just stories — if I wanted to erase the world of men, I'd start with you."

If Sam wanted to write the histories of men about this particular fight for the Throne in conjunction with the battle against the White Walkers, he has his own memories of what has gone down, but he'd probably start with Bran too, no? If helping Bran connect the dots of Jon's lineage was any hint, it's clear Sam could be the most vital part in telling the very story we're currently so invested in. After all, despite the bouts of puking, Sam definitely seemed most in his element in the Citadel, surrounded by books and likely thinking thoughts of the words he himself would eventually put to paper.

Everyone else we love might die, but Sam can be the one to document what happened for everyone who comes after — as long as there are even enough people left after this war to repopulate Westeros, that is. Yikes.

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