Most Game of Thrones characters solve their disputes with violence, but the best players are arguably the ones who succeed without ever lifting a sword. One such character is Varys aka The Spider, who has survived numerous wars and monarchy changes by manipulating situations from the shadows. Varys is currently supporting Daenerys Targaryen’s claim for the Iron Throne and to call him the best player of the titular game is a claim that many would probably not argue with.
Still, a new theory posted by Redditor gmnitsua on the Game of Thrones SubReddit suggests that Varys’s masterful play goes even deeper than we imagined … and it all stems from Tyrion’s trial back in season four.
So I have been maintaining that Varys is playing the best game out of anyone. He conspired with Illyrio to get Daenerys married to Khal Drogo. Varys conspired with him to get her dragon eggs. Varys conspired with Jorah from the beginning. To me, a lot of her success is owed to Varys.
I was rewatching the trial of Tyrion after Joffrey’s assassination, and I recalled a confused feeling I had not remembered since seeing the episode. Before the trial, and after the battle of Blackwater, Varys visited Tyrion and congratulated him. They actually spend a good deal of time developing their friendship. But when Varys is called to the stand to testify, what happens? He testifies against Tyrion.
He gives a damning analysis of Tyrion. And I wondered why he did that, since I heard it. I thought he was somehow doing this to protect himself, the way Bronn later refuses Tyrion’s request to be his champion. I was somewhat content with that logic. But as I watched it last night I found new logic that served that scene greater purpose.
He wanted Tyrion to be found guilty. And why? He wanted to give him to Daenerys. He conspired with Jaime to free him. He organized his passage to Daenerys. And he got abducted by whom? Jorah Mormont. A person who conspired with Varys from the very beginning. Deliberate or no? Definitely convenient. I don’t think anything accidentally happens to Varys. It’s all part of the Spider’s web.
The idea that Jorah kidnapped Tyrion on Varys’s orders is a bit of a stretch, but other than that, this is a pretty solid theory that potentially shows that Varys has been planning to back Daenerys much earlier in the show’s run. Of course, it seems like it would have just been easier for Varys to tell Tyrion “Hey, that girl with the dragons across the sea is pretty cool. You should go join up with her,” than hope that his imprisonment would lead him there. That being said, if this theory holds water, than the ability to warp vast distances is no longer the most interesting thing about Varys!