In a way, Ser Pounce has turned into a meme online, a placeholder for just about every theory you’ve ever heard from ASOIAF.
Realistically, he probably won’t have a big part to play in future books. But that won’t stop people from coming up with tinfoil theories that he’ll one day sit on the Iron Throne, that he’s actually Benjen Stark in disguise (but then again, who isn’t Benjen?), or that one of the Stark children may warg into the cat to kill Tommen.
OK, but are there any actual theories about Ser Pounce?
Yes! Known as the Kitten Theory, it starts all the way back in A Game of Thrones (book one) with a detailed description of the cat Balerion, who belonged to Rhaenys Targaryen—the daughter of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell. She was murdered by the Mountain during Robert’s Rebellion before the books started, but nobody ever heard about the cat again. However, because of the amount of time George R.R. Martin spent describing Balerion, people believe that the cat with the torn ear Arya Stark spent some of her time chasing in King’s Landing is in fact the same cat, based on the description and based on testimony that the wild cat hates the Lannisters. It’s a coincidence, at the very least, that fans spotted as early as 1999.
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