Season 5 of Game of Thrones introduced us to High Sparrow, a Septon of the People who gets granted power by Queen Cersei Lannister, along with reinstating the Order of the Faith Militant, right before it bites back at her for her sins. Howland Reed, while absent in both the books and the show, has finally been seen in Bran’s flashback of the Tower of Joy, where he was the only survivor along with Ned Stark.
A popular fan theory that had been circulating is that these two individuals might be the same, all with one purpose in mind: Revenge.
Who Is Howland Reed?
Howland Reed is the Lord of Greywater Watch in the Neck, a muddy and swampy region that connect the North and the Riverlands. His allegiance is to the Starks of the North. Howland is also a very close friend of Ned Stark, and they were the only two survivors after the Battle at the Tower of Joy. That battle may be one of the key events in the entire storyline, and Howland Reed is the only man alive to have witnessed it.
The Reeds rule over the Crannogmen, a very reclusive and sneaky people that live in the swamps of the Neck . They are described as being of short stature with green eyes, most of them at least. They could have potentially been close with the Children of the Forest thousands of years ago, and could have mated with some, which would explain their short stature and particularly green eyes. Their specialty is in Sneak Attacks, hiding in and hitting from the shadows where their enemies can’t see them. This would make the entire theory discussed here a plausible one, given the mindset of Howland and his people.