10 'Bravest' But Plausible Ways 'Game Of Thrones' Could Deliver The Amazing Ending
Season Eight just started, and there are only five episodes left in one of the most epic sagas in television history. Everyone is wondering how ‘Game of Thrones’ will end, and there are many theories about it. Let’s find out the following possibilities, which might indicate who ends up on the Iron Throne. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
10. FOR LOVE
A lot happened on the final episode of Season Seven, but some fans believe that the most important part was not shown on screen. Before Tyrion went to meet with his sister, who had refused the allegiance because Jon Snow bent the knee to Daenerys, he told Jon that lying in these situations was important.
After Cersei agreed to send the Lannister troops North to fight against the White Walkers, it was later revealed that she was lying all along. Some people think that her scheme was part of Tyrion’s plan. This coincides with a vision Dany had, which said that she would be betrayed “once for blood, once for gold, and once for love”. Mirri Maz Duur was blood, Jorah was gold, and now Tyrion for the love of his family.
9. THE VALONQAR
In the Season Six finale, Cersei was supposed to stand before the High Septon for a trial, but she blew up the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire, which sounds pretty familiar. King Aerys II, aka the Mad King, was a huge fan of Wildfire. It was revealed in Season Three that Jaime became the Kingslayer because Aerys was planning to blow up King’s Landing.
Cersei has almost become a mad Queen herself, and fans believe that Jaime will have to kill another monarch, but at a much higher cost for him this time. After their fight in the Season Seven finale, it would not be that shocking. However, it is also because of a prophecy Cersei heard when she was little. It said that she would “meet her fate” at the hands of the Valonqar, which means Little Brother.
8. THE DRAGON HAS THREE HEADS
The show made it pretty clear that Tywin did not like his son, Tyrion, because Joanna Lannister died during childbirth. He always blamed Tyrion for her death. However, another theory states that Tywin hated Tyrion because he was not his real son. Some fans believe that Tyrion is actually a Targaryen as there were rumors about an affair between Joanna and the Mad King.
Just like Jon and Daenerys, Tyrion’s mother died in childbirth, and he was able to get close to the dragons without incurring harm. If true, it would complete the three heads of the Targaryen symbol, and Dany’s three dragons would have Targaryens riding them. Of course, things have changed after Viserion’s death, but there might be something left of his conscience to recognize the dragon blood.
7. THE KNOWER OF NOTHING
Since the release of the first entry in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ in 1996, fans have speculated that Jon was the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. They officially confirmed it on the Season Seven finale as well as revealed that he was not a bastard. However, people wonder how this news would be spread throughout Westeros, and who would tell Jon Snow.
The first episode of Season Eight showed Samwell revealing the truth to him. But, Jon does not want to accept his birthright as he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. This theory originally stated that Jon would never learn about his true parentage and that he would die after defeating the Night King. Now, everyone is waiting to see what he will do with the information.
6. THE WAR OF THE ROSES
The 15th century War of the Roses is one of the main inspirations for ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, which means that fans can find clues for the story’s end in the pages of history. The war ended when Henry Tudor married Elizabeth of York, both of whom came from royal families that had a claim to the throne. Fans think that Daenerys is Henry Tudor in this scenario because they were raised aboard when their father died.
Therefore, Jon Snow is Elizabeth of York, but others believe that they are not George R.R. Martin’s main couple. In the War of the Roses, the two main families with claims to the throne were the Yorks (The Starks) and the Lancasters (The Lannisters). So, Henry would actually be Tyrion and Sansa would be Elizabeth, who was also a redhead.
5. NED IS ALIVE
While the show has several mottos for each family, one popular catchphrase is “Valar Morghulis” or “All Men Must Die”. However, it seems that many who die come back to life, and not only in the White Walker kind of way. One theory believes that Ned Stark could return after all. This idea states that Ned might not have been the one who was beheaded by Joffrey.
Instead, at some point during his time in the cells of the Red Keep, he met Jaqen H’ghar. After all, it was weird that one of the faceless men could randomly be arrested. He could have been there for a reason. He might have swapped faces with Ned Stark, and it would explain his bond with Arya.
4. AZOR AHAI
In Season Two, Daenerys had a vision in the House of Undying. It showed her the destroyed throne room, but instead of sitting on the chair, she walked through a door and saw Khal Drogo with her baby. Fans drew parallels between this and Season Seven when she stopped her plans to defeat Cersei in order to fight with Jon Snow against the White Walkers.
People also think that this will mean that Dany will have a husband and a child. This fits the theory that Jon is Azor Ahai, or the Prince Who Was Promised. He used a sword called Lightbringer to defeat the Walkers years ago but to complete the weapon he had to stab his beloved wife. Daenerys might die this way in the final season.
3. BLACK-HAIRED BABY
Gendry might just be the last living bastard of Robert Baratheon, which means that he has a claim to the Iron Throne. Obviously, no one cares at this point much less Cersei. However, she could change her mind if Gendry is actually her son. In the first season, Cersei talked about having a baby boy, a “black-haired beauty”. She also said that he died shortly after being born.
But, some fans think that this might not be true. That child was her only kid with Robert, and Cersei could have sent him away to make sure that her kids with Jaime would be the heirs. However, other people think that she was tricked by Jaime. She never visited her child in the crypt, and Jaime could have lied to her. In the books, though, she aborted the baby. So, why did they change it?
2. THE WOLVES
Arya constantly wanted to shed her “lady” status as part of a noble family. She learned to sword fight and eventually trained to become part of the faceless men. But, her connection to family thwarted her tries every time. She finally accepted her truth by Season Six when she said, “A girl is Arya Stark.” Furthermore, Arya’s storyline has been plagued by omens of death.
Ned would tell her that she reminded him of Lyanna, who was “beautiful, willful, and dead before her time”. However, seeing her die after that journey might be a bit disappointing for fans. One theory suggests that Arya will warg into her direwolf, Nymeria. In the books, all the Stark children can warg into animals like Bran. This will allow her to lose her name but still belong to a family which is parallel to her own.
1. SWAPPING FACES
Arya has been repeating her list of people she has to kill for several seasons, although we did not see her doing it much during Season Seven. However, she has only killed four on the list herself and has developed a strange bond to the Hound. However, could Arya be the one to kill Cersei? Most fans believe that Jaime will do it, becoming the Queenslayer and fulfilling the Valonqar prophecy.
However, one theory believes that fans might get to see both of them killing Cersei if Arya uses Jaime’s face. After all, the Kingslayer is not going to receive the warmest welcome from the Starks at Winterfell, especially Bran.
Furthermore, he has to reveal that Cersei betrayed them. If Jaime is killed in the North, Arya could put on his face, travel South, and kill one of her last enemies.
Anything can happen in this unbelievable show, and we can’t wait for the last episodes. Let us know which theory you think is more plausible. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who have enjoyed ‘GOT’ since the beginning. See you next time!