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The series finale of Game of Thrones is almost here. After eight years of battles, beheadings, dragons, ice zombies, and creepy incest scenes, the hit HBO series will finally wrap up its sprawling storylines. (Don’t worry, those prequels are on the way!)
The second-to-last Thrones episode, “The Bells,” saw the demise of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, Lord Varys, Qyburn, The Hound, The Mountain, and Euron Greyjoy. But we still have a bunch of questions leading into the finale, including who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne. As Sunday approaches, fans are sharing their theories on how the show will end—and we have to say, they’re pretty compelling!
Here are some of the best fan theories about the Game of Thrones finale.
Arya will kill Daenerys.
This fan theory is pretty popular, now that we know Cersei isn’t the green-eyed person Arya is destined to kill. (Cersei was crushed to death by a collapsing ceiling in episode five, cowering in the arms of her twin brother Jaime.) Dany has green eyes, and we know that Arya doesn’t trust her one bit—especially not after the needless violence Dany inflicted on King’s Landing.
Also, Arya’s a trained assassin. Let’s not forget that.
So Arya is definitely gonna kill Dany, the MAD QUEEN. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/ZgEBC79EEE
Can’t wait for Arya to kill Mad Dany. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/7m4vS98gdP
Arya is on a mission to protect Jon.
This theory comes courtesy of Vanity Fair‘s Joanna Robinson, who suggested that Sansa sent Arya to King’s Landing with the goal, first and foremost, of protecting their brother. Will she end up killing Dany? Perhaps. But it’s not her primary mission.
Robinson points out that episode four, “The Last of the Starks,” cuts from Arya reminding Jon that they’re family, to Arya telling The Hound (RIP) that she doesn’t intend to return to Winterfell.
Tyrion is the third Targaryen—and take the Iron Throne.
We’ve always wondered if there’s more to Tyrion’s lineage than meets the eye. Remember when he paid a solo visit to Dany’s dragons and was able to touch them? Who but a true Targaryen could do that without getting killed?! Plus, it seems like a strange detail to introduce, and then never return to again. (But then again, Jaime’s whole narrative arc ended up going down the toilet, so who really knows.)
Redditor mapps84 recently laid out a theory that Tyrion is a Targaryen, and also that he’ll take the Iron Throne in the end:
Mapps84 adds that Davos—who’s miraculously survived until now—could be Tyrion’s hand. With Tyrion on the Iron Throne, you’d also have peaceful relations with Sansa and Winterfell.
Jaquen H’ghar is the white horse.
Fans have been wondering if the Faceless Man who trained Arya in Braavos is ever going to, well, show his face again, and this fan had an interesting idea about how it could happen. (As a reminder, the second-to-last episode ended with Arya emerging from the ashes of King’s Landing and riding off on a white horse.)
Jaqen H’ghar is the white horse quote me on it #AHorseIsNoOne
Sansa will sit on the Iron Throne.
It makes sense. Jon Snow doesn’t want to rule, and Dany is probably going to die. Taking the Iron Throne would be a fitting end to Sansa Stark’s transformation from naive little girl to respected strategist.
#GameofThrones Sansa winning the iron throne like pic.twitter.com/TOmoZ11lU1
Jon and Dany will…get married?
Redditor leesq has a theory that Game of Thrones will wrap up with a political solution to the instability in Westeros—as opposed to a violent solution. As leesq points out, one final episode probably isn’t enough time for anyone to kill Daenerys, Drogon, and Dany’s fighting forces; it would be easier for Jon to marry Dany—which also “brings the show back to its beginning, cementing the inevitability of the wheel at both a macro and micro level.”
Hey, it’s always fun when thins wrap up with a wedding!
Tyrion will kill Dany by stabbing her in the back.
This theory comes from Josh St. Clair of Men’s Health. He believes Tyrion will literally stab Dany in the back—the same way his brother, Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister, killed Dany’s father, the Mad King. According to St. Clair, that’s the reason “The Bells” played up Tyrion and Jaime’s bond: It was setting the stage for Tyrion to follow in his brother’s exact footsteps.
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