Few shows have been embraced as wholly as “Game of Thrones”, an adaptation of a probably-never-to-be-completed series of books by George R.R. Martin. Despite the fact that the producers and writers seem intent on breaking as many hearts as possible on their way to the big finale, the fans are as faithful as ever. Although no one was happy to learn that the final season would be delayed.
While no new episodes will be released in 2018, HBO announced that the show will return with its grand finale season sometime in 2019, most likely before summer.
If you think waiting that long is impossible (you sweet, summer child), then take a few minutes and ruminate on these 6 fan theories about how things may end for our friends in Westeros.
I mean, if the past is any indication, the general answer is ‘not well,’ but some folks like to get a bit more specific. Here we go!
#6. Jon Snow will murder Daenerys.
It might seem unlikely after the events of last season, but if Jon Snow really is the Prince Who Was Promised and the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, it could spell doom for everyone’s favorite Mother of Dragons. After all, Ahai wasn’t that intimidating until he plunged his fabled Lightbringer into his wife’s chest to imbue it with her power. If history repeats itself, Jon Snow will have to kill his one true love in order to save the realm.
I don’t know about you, but this theory sure leaves the feminist in me with a gross taste in her mouth…but it’s far from the first time that’s happened with this show.
#5. Arya will kill Cersei wearing Jamie’s face.
Even though most theories predict that Jamie will reprise his role as Kingslayer and take out his sister himself (and fulfill the Volanqar prophecy in the process — the one where she’s to be killed by a younger sibling), this Redditor predicts Arya will kill them both — Jamie first, then Cersei while wearing Jamie’s face. The prophecy will still be (technically) fulfilled and Arya will have her revenge. #TheNorthRemembers
#4. Daenerys will die beyond the wall.
Poor Daenerys — it seems that many fans have no faith in her ability to survive the series and take her ancestor’s place on the Iron Throne. This Reddit theory goes way back to Season 2, when Daenerys has a series of (possibly prophetic) visions in the House of the Undying. In one of them, she sees Khal Drogo beyond the wall waiting for her. It seems to point to her going to fight the White Walkers and not returning.
#3. Viserion will return to the fight…alive.
One Redditor (and mom) thinks that Daenerys’s love for Viserion will free him from the Night King’s spell, and he will return to her side — with a little help from the Red Woman. She’s got to be hanging around for some reason, right?
#2. Clegane-bowl will happen.
Some have waited with great anticipation for the eventual throwdown between brothers Sandor and Gregor Clegane, and the Season 7 finale hinted at the possibility of its coming to fruition when Sandor told his brother, “You know who is coming for you.”
#1. Gendry is actually the only legitimate child of Cersei Lannister and Robert Baratheon.
We know Cersei and Robert had a child — a “black-haired beauty” — who supposedly died shortly after his birth. Even though Cersei is a devoted mother, she never visits the child’s crypt or appears to mourn his loss. According to this theory, it’s because she knows he’s alive and well. Cersei placed him with a family and has been looking out for him all his life, even securing his apprenticeship and getting him out of the way of Joffrey’s purge of competitors.
Gendry only remembers that his mother had “yellow hair,” which, of course, also fits. If this is true, he has a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne. However, the jury’s still out on why Cersei faked his death and hid him in the first place.