How Will 'Game of Thrones' End? The Best Fan Predictions for the Series Finale
Who will live? Who will die? And most of all who, if anyone, will end up on the Iron Throne?
There is only one more episode of "Game of Thrones" left and most fans have the same question on their minds: How will it all end?
After over 72 episodes filled with tumultuous battles, heartbreaking deaths, wild incest romances, ice zombies wars, fire-breathing dragons and lots of wine, the finale is finally upon us.
The Night King and his army are dead. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), The Hound (Rory McCann), The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), Varys (Conleth Hill) and more perished in the last episode (apparently), including the thousands of King’s Landing citizens who were burned alive — thanks to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) turning into to the Mad Queen.
So…who of the main characters are alive? Besides Daenerys, we’ve got Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright). And let’s not forget about Gendry Baratheon (Joe Dempsie), Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson).
As we head into the final episode of "Game of Thrones," ever — aside from those confirmed spin-offs — we await to see how everyone will recover from Daenerys’ savage attack on the capital. There are some people in particular, (cough, cough, Jon) whose reaction will likely define how the show ends.
Some fans seemingly couldn’t wait until this weekend to discover how the story concludes as a huge spoiler-filled leak (via Reddit user cgmcnama) found its was onto the Internet. Google at your own risk.
Nevertheless, this Sunday, all of our questions will be answered. Who will live? Who will die? And most of all who, if anyone, will end up on the Iron Throne? Because as one evil queen once said, "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
TooFab took a deep dive into the depths of the Internet to find the best fan theories for the "Game of Thrones" series finale, Season 8 Episode 6.
Check them out below.
Will Daenerys Targaryen die?
One of the most likely consequences from Dany’s torching of King’s Landing is that she will be killed. But who will kill her is the big question. Two of the most popular theories is either Jon or Arya will be the one to end Khaleesi.
Jon Snow: Although the King in the North loves the Breaker of Chains, he didn’t seem too thrilled after Dany became what she said she didn’t want to become: "Queen of the Ashes." In the world of "Thrones" theories, the greatest prophecy involves Azor Ahai or the Prince (or Princess) That Was Promised. The theory is extremely complex, but in simple terms, if Jon Snow is the second coming of Azor Ahai as Melisandre believed, then Jon would have to make a big sacrifice to save the realm.
You could read more about the Lord of Light prophecy here, but we’d just like to point out Azor Ahai killed the love of his life by stabbing her with a sword.
Arya Stark: The number one contender to kill Dany is none other than our favorite pint-size assassin and there are two main reasons. The first has to do with Melisandre’s final conversation with Arya before she single-handedly saved humanity when she killed the Night King at the Battle of Winterfell.
Arya recalled running into the Red Woman way back in Season 3, "You said I’d shut many eyes forever," she remembered. Melisandre’s response: "Brown eyes. Green eyes. Blue Eyes."
We now know the "blue eyes" were referring to the Night King, with many viewers believing the "brown eyes" belonged to Walder Frey (and probably a ton of other people, it’s a pretty common color). After the Battle of Winterfell, people predicted "green eyes" meant Arya was going to kill Cersei. Although Cersei perished in last week’s episode, there’s still someone left with green eyes: Daenerys Targaryen.
In addition, another theory causing fans to believe Arya will be the one to kill Dany involves the pale, white horse she greets after Khaleesi’s apocalyptic destruction of the city. Fans believe the horse is a reference to the Bible, specifically the Book of Revelation’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Revelations 6:8 states: "And I looked, and behold a pale horse: And his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him."
This could suggest be a foreshadowing that Arya now is Death and has one more soul to take.
Who Will Take the Iron Throne?
The biggest question of them all. After years of wars that left countless dead, one king (or queen) will claim the final prize (hopefully?).
Jon Snow: As the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. But, now-tentative allegiance to Daenerys aside, the King of the North has made it clear he does not want the Throne.
Tyrion Lannister: Speaking of Targaryen, there has been a long-running theory throughout "Game of Thrones," that Tyrion is the also secretly a Targaryen and is the son of Aerys (The Mad King) and Joanna Lannister. Although many fans predict Dany will execute or at least put Tyrion on trial for setting Jaime free, there are fans who think Tyrion could end up on top, especially if he has a strong claim to the Throne. Redditor mapps84 has a theory Tyrion’s true parentage will come to light when Daenerys attempts to kill him.
"What if in the final episode it is revealed that Tyrion is indeed the son of Aerys (Mad King) and Joanna Lannister," the user wrote. "I think this may become apparent when Daenerys attempts to burn him with dragon fire for treason. In the books he dreams of dragons as a young boy. Tywin exclaims ‘You are no son of mine.’ He will not burn and his lineage will become apparent. I’ve come to this conclusion from the moments Bran has spent with Tyrion and looks Bran has given him."
Sansa Stark: There’s no denying Sansa is a badass. Everything she warned Jon about Daenerys turned out to be true. As Lady of Winterfell, Sansa has proved she has what it takes to be a great ruler. And we, for one, would love to see a woman end up on the Throne.
Gendry Baratheon: The son of the late king Robert Baratheon has shown no interest in the Throne, but it cannot be ignored he has royal blood… plus in one of her final sane acts, Dany legitimized him as true heir of his father, and Lord of Storm’s End. Not to mention if THAT Arya hook-up resulted in a pregnancy, the baby would be a pure noble.
Although there hasn’t been as much traction online, Bran and Arya Stark should not be ruled out. Although Bran is the Three-Eyed-Raven and said he isn’t Lord of Winterfell, he is still the last male Stark, after Jon. According to TMZ, Bran is actually the bookmaker’s odds-on favorite to get the Throne at 1/1.
When comes to Arya, she never has seemed very interested in ruling or becoming a Lady, even when Gendry asked her to be his wife after Dany stripped him of his bastard-hood. However, Arya has been the MVP throughout the series, so we can’t rule her out to win it all.
However, you never know, what if democracy comes to Westeros, or if no one ends up on the Throne? Does the Iron Throne even still exist after the last episode?
Don’t forget, while it doesn’t feel like she really deserves it now, the show could still conclude with an insane Dany on the Throne. It would be a pretty miserable ending…. but who ever said Game Of Thrones was a happy place?
The final episode of "Game of Thrones" airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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