Brace yourselves…Game of Thrones season eight speculation is here.
(Warning: the following article contains spoilers from seasons one to seven of Game of Thrones.)
Now that the seventh season of Game of Thrones is over (I still haven’t come to terms with it), we can commence speculation as to what will happen in the eighth and final (boo) season of the epic series. Unfortunately for us, though, we may have to wait a while to see if our speculations pan out. (Two years. Approximately. Oh, gods, the wait is already killing me.)
With all of the new revelations, fan theories that potentially predict some of season eight’s key plot points are already taking root in the Internet. And considering we have nothing but time on our hands between now and when we’ll see a season eight premiere, I figured we could take the time to really discuss what I see as likely to happen, if not inevitable. The show is way past the books now, so everything is basically up for grabs.
Below are some of the theories more likely to be true.
The Night King will be defeated.Night King (Vladimir Furdik) in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
Of course, there are fans who prefer to see the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) sitting on the Iron Throne. But that won’t happen.
Jon, Dany, I’m looking at both of you. (See next theory.)
Jon/Daenerys/their baby is Azor Ahai.Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
So far over the seven-season run of Game of Thrones, it has been strongly hinted that either Jon Aegon (Kit Harington) or Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is the Prince (or Princess) That Was Promised, a.k.a. Azor Ahai. There are many “rules” that come with the Azor Ahai prophecy, including that he or she will be reborn “amidst salt and smoke” and beneath a “bleeding star,” and that they will wield a flaming sword known as Lightbringer. Additionally, the Azor Ahai will awaken stone dragon eggs.
The most recent clue that Jon could be Azor Ahai came up in the season seven finale, when we learned that Dany’s brother Rhaegar (Will Scolding) and Lyanna (Aisling Franciosi) had named their son Aegon. In the books, Dany has a vision of Rhaegar after the birth of his son. Rhaegar chooses to name his son Aegon, claiming that he is “the prince that was promised,” and “his is the song of ice and fire.” As a son of both a Stark and a Targaryen, Jon is literally the product of ice and fire, so…put two and two together.
In the show, Jon is also literally reborn. And when Ned (Sean Bean) arrives at his sister Lyanna’s bedside as she dies giving birth to Jon, Ned sets a sword down at her feet, Dawn. Emblazoned on Dawn is a fiery star, symbolizing the falling star it was said to be forged from.
But baby Aegon in the books was the son of Rhaegar’s first wife, Elia, and the show hasn’t mentioned any of kind of prophecy about a baby named Aegon.
Which brings me to Dany.
Dany was reborn in Khal Drogo’s (Jason Momoa) funeral pyre, amidst the salt of her tears and the smoke of the fire. She even awoke stone dragon eggs in the process. In the books, Rhaegar believed that the prophecy referred to either himself or someone in his direct bloodline. And as Rhaegar’s sister, she too is of his bloodline. As for the bleeding star, a red comet appeared right after her dragons hatched and she emerged from the pyre unburnt.
So who is it really?
Maybe it’s neither of them. Melisandre (Carice van Houten) believed that both Jon and Dany have a role to play. Maybe their roles are to just fall in love and conceive a baby, and the baby will be the Prince or Princess That Was Promised, the true Song of Ice and Fire. It’s unlikely that the story will timeskip to when the baby is old enough to fight, but maybe his/her birth will trigger the prophecy.
But that would mean Jon will die. Or Dany. Or both.
When the original Azor Ahai forged Lightbringer and defeated the first White Walkers, he had to kill the love of his life to pull it off. And since Jon and Dany are in love, there is a possibility that one of them has to be sacrificed in order for the other the save the realm.
Maybe that will be the “bittersweet ending” George R. R. Martin promises us in the end.
So long as they die in the name of their love for each other, so be it. (I swear they’re in love. But more on that later.)
Baby Targaryen is coming.Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
You know, if it wasn’t obvious to you already. Obviously.
Dany’s supposed infertility was bluntly referenced no less than three times this season. There was also clear foreshadowing in Jon and Jorah (Iain Glen) talking about Longclaw being handed down to Jon’s future children. In the season seven finale, Jon doesn’t buy into Dany’s belief. In fact, it was almost as though he wanted to prove her wrong—cue one of the most (if not the most) romantic sex scenes in all of Game of Thrones history. He definitely planted his seed. And it will definitely grow.
When Dany gets pregnant, it’ll make for one interesting parallel, given Cersei’s current pregnancy. It’ll be the war of two pregnant Queens.
Jon and Dany will marry.
If Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) said one thing right, it’s that Jon and Dany should marry. To me, there are exactly three reasons that stand out:
- Avoiding illegitimacy. Their offspring must be legitimate (in other words, not a bastard) in order to be recognized as heir to the throne. When Jon and Dany discover they’re pregnant, they’ll want to secure their kingdom’s future…you know, for when House Targaryen wins.
- Political alliance. “Together, they’d be difficult to defeat.” Again, probably the smartest words to come out of Littlefinger’s mouth. An alliance between Jon and Dany just makes sense. He’s the crowned King in the North, and she’s the Dragon Queen. If that doesn’t say “unstoppable,” then I don’t know what does. In the end, they’re almost definitely going to team up, especially if Dany wants to keep her crown. For after all, “the best alliances are made through marriage, not fear.”
- Actual, true love. Jon and Dany’s lovemaking (yes, lovemaking) was paralleled with the wedding of Jon’s parents for a reason: both scenes were centered on love. “The real story within the story, was actually what was going on with their eyes and what’s happening,” said Jeremy Podeswa, director of the season finale. “There’s an understanding between them that even though they know in some part of them that they shouldn’t really be doing this, they cannot not do it. There’s some element of destiny that’s brought them together, and they can’t fight it.” All incest aside, that sounds like love to me.
With all that being said, here’s to Jon and Dany, and their (hopefully) long and prosperous future together!
Jaime is Valonqar.Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
For the first time in his life, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has turned his back on Cersei (Lena Headey), and him fleeing King’s Landing and riding North could very well be the setup for the Valonqar prophecy.
In the books, Cersei visits a reputed soothsayer named Maggy the Frog. Upon giving Maggy a drop of her blood, Cersei learns of her fate: rather than marrying a prince she adores, she will wed the King, Robert (Mark Addy). And although she will be Queen, a “more beautiful” ruler will end her reign.
As for her children, “Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” In High Valyrian, “valonqar” translates to “little brother.” And up until now, we all assumed Maggy meant Tyrion (Peter Dinklage).
Unfortunately, the show stopped Maggy (Jodhi May) short of including the Valonqar in Cersei’s horoscope. But who’s to say it won’t happen, especially now that both of her brothers left her for her enemy?
My bet’s on Jaime. It would make for a more impactful story.
Cersei will miscarry (unless she’s actually not pregnant).Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
Yes, I’m convinced she’s not pregnant. I mean, it’s Cersei…the woman is manipulative.
But if the pregnancy is true, she will not give birth again: Maggy also prophesized that Cersei would only have three children. So if the prophecy is legit, Cersei will not have her baby.
Viserion’s death has a double meaning.Photo: HBO
Of course I’m still mourning Viserion. But I have to talk about it, and you have to listen to me.
I believe there are two meanings to Viserion’s death.
One, “only death can pay for life.”
After the death of Viserion, Dany’s vision in the House of the Undying suddenly takes on a new meaning. The vision, which occurred in season two, shows her walking through the destroyed throne room of the Red Keep. It’s snowing (which of course I think is related to Jon), and as she reaches out to touch the throne, she turns away. She then enters a tent north of the Wall, where she sees Drogo and their unborn son, Rhaego. Unfortunately, she had to leave them behind.
According to a Redditor, Dany’s vision actually mirrors her arc this season, particularly during episode six. Just as she is nearing the Iron Throne, she turns away to ally with Jon and fight the army of the dead. And when she journeyed north of the Wall, she had to leave the man she loves (Jon) and her child (Viserion) behind.
But the difference? Jon actually returns to Dany, unlike Drogo.
Could this mean that Mirri Maz Duur’s (Mia Soteriou) words, “when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,” aren’t about Drogo, but about her finding love again and actually giving birth to a baby?
If Jon really is Azor Ahai, he can “wake dragons from stone,” a.k.a., knock Dany up. But perhaps Mirri Maz Duur’s prophecy is more related to Viserion’s death, as “only death can pay for life.” Honestly, if Viserion’s death pays for the rebirth of House Targaryen, I’ll be okay.
As for the second? The three-headed dragon prophecy.
Also during Dany’s time in the House of the Undying, she has a vision of Rhaegar saying that “the dragon has three heads.” Fan theories suggest that in order for House Targaryen to win back the Iron Throne, there must be three riders for Dany’s three dragons.
Dany herself is one of the dragon riders, and it’s almost inevitable that Jon will be the second rider. The third rider has been presumed to be Tyrion—not only has he proven connection with the dragons, but a theory also suggests that he may be related to Dany and Jon (more on that later).
But now that there are only two dragons, is that symbolism for Tyrion switching sides?
Which brings me to my next theory:
Tyrion is worried about Dany’s behavior and decisions.Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
In the season seven finale, Tyrion tells Cersei that Dany chose him as her Hand because he “checks her worst impulses instead of feeding them.” And in the penultimate episode of that same season, Tyrion begged Dany to not fly north to rescue Jon, which, in turn, resulted in the loss of Viserion.
Tyrion is not in love with Dany. (Let’s not test that theory, okay?) I think he is simply just worried that Dany and Jon’s personal, romantic feelings for one another will jeopardize the safety of everyone. “It’s dangerous for everybody involved,” Dinklage explains. “I’m sure it’s good for both of them in the moment, but you don’t even get the relief of how beautiful it could be or should be. It’s not good.” In other words, love is dangerous in the game of thrones (re: the wedding of Rhaegar and Lyanna and Robert’s Rebellion).
And no, he’s not talking about their incest, because Dany and Jon will be okay with the whole incest thing. It’s Game of Thrones, guys. Incest isn’t a deal-breaker.
Tyrion is a Targaryen.Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
As aforementioned, Tyrion is believed to be one of the three prophesized heads of the dragon, along with Dany and Jon. With that being said, he is believed to be a Targaryen bastard. The theory comes from another theory that Dany’s father, the “Mad King” Aerys (David Rintoul) had an affair with Tyrion’s mother, Joanna, which would explain why his father Tywin (Charles Dance) hated him so much. Furthermore, the show is pointing in that direction, with Tywin telling Tyrion that he is “no son of [his]” before his death (at the hands of Tyrion). This would also explain how he has that connection with the dragons.
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So far, the show has only shed light on Jon’s lineage, but I’m not giving up on this theory yet.
So those are my theories. What are yours?