So now Season 7 is over and fans of Game of Thrones are being threatened with a two year wait to see the series finally wrap up, I wanted to predict how it might play out as early as possible. So here goes everything…
Who will sit on the Iron Throne?
We know that Thrones is famous for being anything other than predictable, but there’s only one name I can possibly rationalise as being the final ruler of Westeros once the Long Night ends. This whole series has been about the resurrection of the Targaryen dynasty – the end of brutality, the breaking of the wheel for a new, better world. George RR Martin has already said his fantasy series will have a ‘bittersweet’ ending, so whilst I don’t expect it to be hunky dory all over Westeros at the end of Season 8, I do think the best leader will ascend to power.They may tease a power struggle between Daenerys and her nephew-cum-lover Jon Snow, but I imagine they will find a way around their incest, when despite having a stronger claim to the crown than Dany, Jon will show little to no interest in taking the reigns.
On a technicality, I think Dany will actually make her desire to ‘break the wheel’ transcend mere metaphor by melting the Iron Throne that has symbolised such death and destruction with dragon fire – but rest assured, she will prevail nonetheless. Hopefully if the show runners are feeling generous, they will treat fans to a reprise of Dany’s vision in the House of Undying, maybe with Cersei’s lifeless body there for her to step over too, if we’re asking for things. Long live Queen Daenerys Stormborn blah blah blah.
The Prince/Princess That Was Promised
So we know that Melisandre is waiting in the wings to die in Westeros – presumably as a trade off for resurrecting the Prince or Princess that was promised. We’re being led to believe that it will either be Dany or Jon Snow who fits the billing – but I have a sneaky suspicion the real reborn version of Azor Ahai will come from left field, mostly because otherwise Dany and Jon would be the only relevant characters left in the series, and the others must still be alive for a reason.
So here we go, The Prince that was Promised (TPTWP) is none other than Jaime Lannister. The prophecy states that TPTWP will save the world during the Long Night with a sword called ‘Lightbringer’. Remember, Jaime is no stranger to named swords, Olenna even reiterated this during her death scene when she asked what Joffrey’s old sword was called.
Regardless, it is possible that ‘Lightbringer’ is merely metaphorical. Apparently in High Valryian, the words for ‘lord’ and ‘light’ are remarkably similar, I’m talking two or three letters difference, to the words for ‘gold’ and ‘hand’. Jaime has a gold hand.
Clearly, Jaime will have to die in battle to allow for Melisandre’s involvement. I mean, I don’t technically have any evidence that this will happen but it’s not exactly hard to envision.
In the original prophecy, Azor Ahai forges lightbringer from the heart of his true love. I also think Jaime will kill his true love to save the world, which leads us quite nicely in to the next prediction…
The theory that Mad Queen Cersei will end up atop the Iron Throne at the end of Season 8 is gaining more and more traction – but what I’m more certain about than anything else is that Cersei will die.
Maggy the Frog predicted in a flashback during Season 5 that Cersei would;
- Marry a King not a Prince (✔ – she married King Robert prior to Season One)
- She would have three children and they’d all die (✔ – Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen are all dead)
- She would be Queen for a time until someone younger and prettier would come and replace her (✔/✖ – She is the Queen for now – until Dany replaces her)
Now in the books, the prophetess speaks of the ‘valonqhar’ which translates as ‘little sibling’ who will strangle Cersei to death. For a long time everyone assumed this would be Tyrion – but alas the honour will fall to younger brother & toy boy lover Jaime.
In a creepy foreshadowing, as Cersei stood in her giant map room in Season 7, she was placed over an area of Westeros called ‘The Neck’, whilst Jaime, who she was talking to, stood on ‘The Fingers’.
I suspect having travelled north to fight the Army of the Dead, the living will be pushed as far back as King’s Landing. Cersei, now totally isolated, will leave them outside the city’s walls to die. Jaime will take it on himself to go to the Throne Room and try to convince her to see sense. Alas, she won’t and in an emotionally charged argument she will reveal that her baby is in fact Euron’s. She will ready her new sell swords, the Golden Company and a Wildfire show to greet Dany & Jon’s army causing Jaime to intervene by choking her to death.
It Will Be All Wight on the Long Night
The Army of Dead are going to wreak havoc – that is the only conceivable prospect as they head south of the Wall. As much as we are all attached to Winterfell, it’s proximity to the Land of Always Winter means it will have to fall to the White Walkers if they’re to make it beyond the Riverlands and in to King’s Landing which they almost undoubtedly will.
The Northmen, Unsullied, Dothraki and co. will have little trouble dispatching wights but the White Walkers, The Night King and Viserion are a different prospect altogether – their power alone will be enough to force them in to a seemingly ceaseless retreat.
I am still a devout Lady Stoneheart truther, and I hope Benioff and Weiss will finally reward those of us on the Lady Stoneheart hype train, if only partially. As the White Walkers head further and further south, the living will have no time to burn the bodies of their dead meaning any body not burned will be easily resurrected by the Night King as a new wight – so maybe we’ll see an undead Catelyn Stark yet, and Littlefinger, Ramsay Snow you name them.
A Song of Ice & Fire
So now we know that when a white walker dies, the wights that come with it are killed too. So it’s simple right, kill The Night King and everything is dandy, right? You’ve got two massive dragons, a hoard of Dothraki, a batallion of Unsullied, mad Wildlings, Crows and Northmen all aiming to kill one guy.
But there will inevitably be complications – Dragon glass and Valyrian steel should do the trick when it comes to killing the other white walkers but there’s something monstrously different about The Night King which makes me think he won’t be as easy to kill.
Oh, and another thing, The Night King is almost definitely Bran Stark. We know his warging abilities allow him to influence past events but in an Inception-style twist, Bran will be revealed as the leader of the dead, and as the season progresses and the Night King travels further and further south, Bran’s independence will wain. We’ve already seen that he went in to the past and messed up Hodor’s future before he was even born so this theory is far from inconceivable.
I know it still might sound a little far-fetched but when Bran first had a vision of the Children of the Forest creating the Night King, he asked Leaf why they made him in the first place, the interaction went a little like this;
Bran: It was you, you made the White Walkers
Leaf: We were at war, we were being slaughtered, our sacred trees cut down – we needed to defend ourselves.
Bran: From who?
Leaf: From you.
She later clarifies that she meant humans as a whole but that scene was an important clue, as was the formation of the Army of the Dead in to a wolf’s head, the Stark family sigil, as the White Walkers took down the wall at the end of Season 7.
Plus the episode before that, Bran envisioned the army of the dead surrounding a group of people beyond the wall and then sent a raven to Jon Snow to tell him. Jon then travelled there with his merry band of followers. Yet, somehow The Night King knew they were coming and his army of the dead were able to easily ambush Jon and co, causing Dany to stage a rescue and allowing the Night King to capture the dragon he just used to bring down the wall. Hmm…
I think it may go a little further still in that Bran has been dead this entire time, he died in episode one when he was pushed out of the tower window by Jaime and was subsequently left ‘comatosed’. He has always been undead like the Night King – and now he’s about to realise he is the very villain he’s trying to stop.
I suspect, referring back to GRRM’s claim that the ending will be ‘bittersweet’, the undead Jon Snow will have to relocate to the Land of Always Winter and assume the role of The Night King once this malicious Army of the Dead is defeated. As a sentient zombie and all-round nice guy, Jon Snow will sacrifice his life to ensure the Long Night never returns.
Who will die in Season 8. Here are my best guesses.
- Sansa Stark – dies nobly defending Winterfell from the Army of the Dead.
- Bran Stark / The Night King – slain by Jon Snow
- Cersei Lannister – choked to death by her lover from the same mother, Jaime
- Jaime Lannister – dies heroically in battle.
- Theon Greyjoy – dies at the hands of the Golden Company, whilst protecting his sister Yara.
- Euron Greyjoy – slain by Jaime Lannister when he goes to confront Cersei
- Davos Seaworth – slain by White Walkers at Winterfell.
- Qyburn – murdered by the Mountain, under the control of The Night King
- Varys & Missandei – murdered by the Golden Company when en route to King’s Landing.
- Grey Worm – slain by wights.
- Jorah – torched by Viserion
- Melisandre – trades her life for Jaime’s
- Bronn – dies fighting alongside Jaime
- Beric Dondarrion – slain by the Night King
- Lyanna Mormont – dies in the battle of Winterfell
- Viserion – spanked with flames by Drogon.
- Rhaegel – killed by the Golden Company. (Yes, Jon Snow will ride Rhaegel)
- The Mountain – killed by the Hound at King’s Landing after joining the Army of the Dead.