We only have to wait about two years, give or take, before we finally get to find out where the “Game of Thrones” saga will end.
Sunday’s Season 7 finale left the door open for several fan theories to materialize in Season 8. Here are five theories that keep getting brought up. Any others you can’t stop thinking about? Let us know in the comments.
Bran is actually the Night King
Bran keeps trying to fix things by going back in time but messes up. Here, the theory goes, he went way back to stop the Children of the Forest from creating the first White Walker (by piercing a man’s chest with dragonglass, shown in a flashback scene in Season 6), but he stuck around too long trapped in the guy’s body. Eventually, voilà, Night King!
In that scene, Bran is propped up against a rock the same way the First Man is propped against a tree. Also, the Night King and Bran have got some similar clothes.
Proponents of this theory got a major boost with the season finale Sunday: As the undead Viserion lays waste to the Wall, the army of the dead marches southward in a formation that closely resembles the Stark sigil, a direwolf.
Some eagle-eyed observers captured the image and posted it on Reddit:
“Um, I don’t think I look that much like the Night King,” actor Isaac Hempstead Wright said. “I’m not sure. Only a very few of us know what’s going to happen next.”
Okay, sure, pal. Okay.
Bran was the reason the Mad King went mad
Maybe our time-traveling, body inhabiting emo kid went back and tried to warn King Aerys Targaryen II about the White Walkers, whispering to “burn them all” — except the memo got flubbed and drove Aerys crazy, turning him into the Mad King who burned his own people. Oopsie! Time-traveling can be tricky.
Jon and Daenerys are gonna have a baby
Daenerys’s fertility troubles keep getting brought up — okay, we get it! The dragons are her babies! But a few things of note:
- Jorah also drops a bit of foreshadowing this season with a comment to Jon Snow about his future kids getting his sword. (Me? A dad?)
- Daenerys tells Jon Snow this season “the dragons are my children. They’re the only children I’ll ever have. Do you understand?” Is she just generally asking if he understands, or is trying to give him a heads up not to look to her to give him babies? In a later episode, Jon asks her, sooo, what’s up with that, who told you that you couldn’t get pregnant?
“The witch who murdered my husband,” she informs Jon, who responds: “Has it occurred to you she might not have been a reliable source of information?” Not only a good zinger, but a very good point!
- Yes, Jon and Daenerys are nephew and aunt — which isn’t totally weird because they don’t know, maybe? Unclear — but they’re both Targaryens, who were all about incest.
- Oh, and Jon and Daenerys got it on at the end of the season finale. There’s that, too.
Jaime is gonna kill Cersei
The Kingslayer could be the Queenslayer, too. At the end of Season 7, we see Jaime depart King’s Landing and break up with his sister. (Gotta admit, walking away from your ex as she proclaims “no one walks away from me” is kind of a baller move — especially after daring her to kill you.)
Jaime’s departure could be seen as him finally liberating himself from the emotional hold that his sister has on him — thus paving the way for him to kill her when he comes to terms with how crazed her choices are.
There’s also a prophecy to contend with. In Season 5, we saw a flashback to a young Cersei visiting fortuneteller/witch Maggy the Frog and demanding to know her future. (Girl, that’s never something you wanna know. Just live in the moment!) Anyway, Maggy tells her that she’ll never wed the prince, “you’ll wed the king.” That Cersei will “be queen, for a time. Then will come another, younger, more beautiful to cast you down and take all you hold dear.” As for kids, the king will have 20, and she’ll have three. (“That doesn’t make sense,” protests a young, and obviously quite innocent, Cersei.) And those three children will have gold crowns — and shrouds.
All of that has come to pass already. In the books, Maggy also added: “And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar, apparently, is Valyrian for “little brother.” While the obvious choice as to Cersei’s killer is Tyrion, maybe that’s too obvious. Some fans predict Jaime will be the one to put an end to his sister’s vengeful ways. How delicious would that be?
We have all manner of sibling relationships on this show. In the “incredibly violent, seething hatred” category, first place goes to Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and his bro/literal monster, Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane, a duo some fans have been eagerly waiting to face off in “Cleganebowl.”
Back in Season 4, the Hound told Arya the story behind his scars and deep aversion to fire: As kids, Gregor (the Mountain) thought Sandor (the Hound) had stolen one of his toys — “I didn’t steal it, I was just playing with it,” a still-defensive Hound recounted — so the boy stuck his brother’s face right into a fire. “The pain was bad. The smell was worse,” the Hound says. “But the worst thing was that it was my brother who did it. My father, who protected him, told everyone my bedding caught fire.”
Talk about emotional scars. During the season finale’s Dragonpit reunion, the Hound walks right up to the Mountain, takes in the man’s half-dead appearance and says: “What they do to you? Doesn’t matter. That’s not how it ends for you, brother. You know who’s coming for you. You’ve always known.”
Some fans theorize that stealing-a-toy story isn’t the real reason the Mountain burned the Hound’s face. The Hound, who has recently seen visions of White Walkers while staring into fire, as a child may have seen a vision of the Mountain’s death in the fire, and recounted it to him in detail, setting off the boy.
While that the Hound’s pit comments could be just trash-talking, it’d be quite lame trash-talk. The Hound is a clever dude, so perhaps his quip is a foreboding nod to what he saw as a boy.
[This post has been updated.]
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