Excited for the eighth season of Game of Thrones? So are we! Check out our predictions of how the beloved (and brutal) series might end.
*Note: This article contains Game of Throne plot spoilers*
Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season is set to premiere on HBO this Sunday, April 14th. Fans across the globe (myself included!) are eager to tune in and watch the final six episodes of the epic journey set in Westeros. A lot of eyes are on showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, to bring the series to a satisfying conclusion and complete the story writer George R.R. Martin began back in 1996.
The awaited return of Game of Thrones begins in a few short days. Now’s the best time to go through a few predictions of how this incredible story may end.
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All right, now let’s have some prediction fun!
Game of Thrones ending predictions
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- The Valonqar prophecy
- The Long Night
- All hail Sansa Stark!
- The end of the Iron Throne
A Song of Ice and Fire
Season seven left us with Jon Snow and Daenerys forming an allegiance to combat the Night King’s army of the dead as they cross The Wall. As the book series is titled A Song of Ice and Fire, the obvious prediction would be that Daenerys and Jon (who is now revealed to be Targaryen and nephew to Daenerys) are both the fire to the White Walker’s ice. Season 8 will likely culminate in the long-awaited war to ensure that Westeros does not succumb to the Long Night again.
Jon and Daenerys have two dragons at their disposal, and the houses that support the Stark and Targaryen banners. They have a good shot of protecting Winterfell from the White Walkers, cutting down the Night King and the now undead Viserion—a dragon formerly under Daenerys’ control. Though, you have to imagine plenty of our favourite characters will meet their untimely end during this epic battle; this is Game of Thrones after all! If I could make a plea to Benioff and Weiss, please let Tormund live, he’s always been a personal favourite of mine.
Though season seven saw a budding romance between Jon and Daenerys, odds are it can’t last. They are, as we’ve discovered, blood relatives. With that in mind, Jon could go on to lead Winterfell as the King in the North, while Daenerys could move on to lead her army to King’s Landing or back to Dragonstone.
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The Valonqar prophecy
The Night King is not the only antagonist Westeros has to deal with. In season seven, Cersei unveiled her plan to let the Northern armies fight the White Walkers alone with no support from King’s Landing. In Cersei’s eyes, this will put King’s Landing and her ally, The Golden Company, in a strong position to wipe out her remaining adversaries and continue to occupy the Iron Throne.
However, many would be quick to point out the ‘Valonqar’ prophecy. A flashback scene in season five saw a younger Cersei meet a witch by the name of Maggy the Frog. Cersei was told a series of events would happen throughout her life, including the death of her three children (which came true.) Though one particular line was left out in the show: “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 is High Valyrian for little brother and likely was omitted to not spoil a possible future event. Both Jamie and Tyrion have their reasons for wanting to end Cersei’s reign of terror, so Season 8 could have some shocking betrayals.
The Long Night
In a horrible twist of fate, perhaps the worst of the worst claims Westeros for himself—The Night King. While an ending such as this will likely upset a few fans, Game of Thrones has never shied away from offering grim twists and turns!
The Night King’s Army of the Dead is certainly powerful enough to overrun the Westeros armies and claim the Iron Throne himself. A popular fan theory is Bran Stark himself is the Night King! Using his powers as the Three-Eyed Raven, Bran may “warg” through time into the First Man as he’s being turned into the Night King. As the former Three-Eyed Raven told Bran: “it’s beautiful beneath the sea. Stay too long and you’ll drown.” This warning could foreshadow Bran’s attempts to stop the creation of the Night King, and while doing so, he may become trapped in that time.
Seeing the popular Stark child turned into the Night King would be devastating, after all, thus far he’s been a strong, positive force. Having him take the throne, leaving Westeros under his rule would be even more tragic! Like it or not, this would be a very Game of Thrones move.
All hail Sansa Stark!
There a very few remaining characters truly worthy of sitting on the Iron Throne. Arguably, the most deserving is Sansa Stark. Her character arc has shown that she’s a hardened and capable leader for Westeros. How many characters can say they’ve survived the torment of nasty rulers like Joffrey and Ramsay—and ended up stronger? Without a doubt, she has proved to be smart and cunning.
In the scenario where Jon and Danny confront the White Walkers, Sansa can seize the moment by taking the northern armies to King’s Landing herself. With Arya, Brienne of Tarth, and her other allies by her side, she could very well stop Cersei. As for Jon, he’s shown very little interest in becoming king in seven seasons, so he might feel at home settling in back at Winterfell. Daenerys, who lost so much in her effort to reclaim Westeros may decide her efforts are better spent back in Dragonstone or Meereen. That would leave Sansa free to rule the Iron Throne, a position she’s rightfully earned. Her long-awaited victory may call for some celebatory wine!
The end of the Iron Throne
This one is a big ‘what if’. It would be hard to picture Game of Thrones ending without someone sitting on the throne, but it’s a scenario we can’t rule out. Swerving us is what the show is all about! Imagine if after the White Walker army has been put to rest, Daenerys, Jon, and company take to King’s Landing to destroy not only the Red Keep but the Iron Throne itself. It’s not as far-fetched as it might seem: Jon and Daenerys have seen that throne produce nothing but misery and terror.
Forged by the swords of Aegon I Targaryen’s enemies, the Iron Throne is a large, ominous centrepiece that’s perhaps not easily destroyed. That is of course unless you’re Daenerys who happens to have two dragon’s whose breath could melt iron in a flash! The show may have foreshadowed this event when Daenerys had a vision where the Red Keep and the throne were demolished in season two.
Leaving Westeros without a throne would mean all nine regions would likely rule on their own. What better way of ushering a new age in Westeros than to break the binds that have held many down for so long!
It will be bittersweet to say goodbye to all these characters. As you can probably tell, I’m extremely excited to have more Game of Thrones in my life! It will be interesting to see how this incredible story ends. With only six episodes left, we won’t have to wait long. Happy viewing!
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