‘Game of Thrones’: Bold Predictions for Season 8

Jon Snow leads his army in the snow

Jon Snow on Game of Thrones | HBO

The seventh season of HBO’s sensational hit, Game of Thrones, was an emotional roller coaster ride that has left fans desperately anticipating the eighth and final season. Though we probably won’t see Season 8 until 2019, the six-episode final season will be one for the history books. With all that went down in Westeros in “The Dragon and the Wolf,” it seems rather alarming that GoT showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Wiess, will wrap everything up neatly in just six weeks. From the way that everything panned out in Season 7, we are certain that things will be moving at a pace unlike anything we’ve seen on television before.

As the Long Night comes bearing down on Westeros, we know that Daenerys Targaryen and her new love (who also just happens to be her nephew), Jon Snow, are headed to Winterfell together. Jon has bent the knee to the Dragon Queen so that they might defend the North against the White Walkers and their terrifying Army of the Dead. Though the duo seemed prepared for war, they don’t yet realize that the Wall — which has protected Westeros for thousands of years — has come crashing down.

It’s also unclear at this point if the Northern people will accept Dany as their new queen. (We’re going to take a wild guess on this one and assume it’ll be a “No” from most Northerners.) It will be particularly intriguing to see how Jon’s sisters, Arya and Sansa Stark, react to his new blond-haired queen.

Dany and Jon aren’t the only ones preparing for an impending blood bath. Queen Cersei Lannister (who is currently pregnant with twin brother Jaime Lannister’s baby) is sitting on the Iron Throne in King’s Landing, determined to remain in power. Though she’s now aware of the impending threat from beyond the Wall, Cersei is intent on holding on to her position. With both of her brothers headed North to defend Westeros against the Army of the Dead, Cersei might be the only Lannister on the wrong side of history — at least, for now.

Following that explosive finale, here are nine bold predictions for the final season of Game of Thrones. After all, everything could change in an instant.

1. Jon will kill Daenerys

Daenerys looks up at Jon Snow

Daenerys Targaryen | HBO

These two were last seen tangled up in one another during a hot and heavy love fest. However, neither Dany nor Jon are aware of Jon’s true identity: He’s Aegon Targaryen. During “The Dragon and the Wolf,” HBO finally confirmed that Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna Stark (meaning Jon and Dany are super related). This revelation means that Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Though the (former) Bastard of Winterfell doesn’t seem like the type to go on a murderous rampage in the name of power, there might be one major reason why he kills his new lover.

If Jon is, in fact, ‘The Prince That Was Promised’ (or the legendary Azor Ahai reborn), his only hope at saving Westeros from the impending darkness and the Night King’s army might be to fashion a Lightbringer sword using Dany’s heart and soul. Killing his love won’t be for something as silly as a place on the Iron Throne. If Jon must make the ultimate sacrifice, it will be for humanity as a whole.

Since Jon is both noble and loyal to a fault (just like his late father, Ned), this epic but cruel ending just might be the way GoT comes to an end.

2. Tyrion returns to Cersei’s side

Tyrion scowls with his arms cross, with an empty carafe of wine sitting on the table next to him

Tyrion Lannister | HBO

Something sinister is going on with Tyrion Lannister. Though the most cunning Lannister is Dany’s most trusted advisor, his position has been on rocky ground ever since Jon came rolling up to the shores of Dragonstone. Instead of taking Tyrion’s advice, Dany has been leaning on Jon (in more ways than one). Tyrion seems to be aware of this shift in his status, and things changed even more drastically when he went to King’s Landing and spoke privately with sister Cersei.

Though the brother-sister duo had harsh words for one another at first, they seemed to come to a tenuous understanding after Tyrion expressed his pain over the death of his sister’s children and even more so, once he realized she is pregnant. Though we don’t know what happened during the rest of the meeting, we can only assume that it wasn’t good.

Perhaps the most telling sign, aside from Cersei lying about her truce, was Tyrion’s face towards the end of the episode. On a boat sailing northward, Tyrion watched from a corner as Jon entered Dany’s private chambers. Tyrion’s ominous look could have been one of disdain for his precarious position as the Queen’s Hand or it could be one of remorse. Perhaps he’s betrayed Dany for his family, and he doesn’t know what to do moving forward. Or he recognizes that Jon and Dany’s relationship will cloud their judgment as the war nears. Only time will tell.

3. Jaime will murder his twin

Jaime Lannister stands outside looking straight ahead.

Jaime Lannister | HBO

Ever since he drove his sword into the back of the Mad King, Jaime has been known as the Kingslayer. Despite his loyalty to Cersei, he has also been an ally to his brother, Tyrion. Jaime has always attempted to do the right thing, and in the seventh season finale of GoT, we watched him walk away from Cersei after she went back on her promise to help Jon and Dany defend the Seven Kingdoms.

At long last, Jaime has finally seen his twin sister for the diabolical maniac that she is. If the two ever do cross paths again, Jaime might be the one to end both his twin sister’s reign and her life. The Kingslayer could become The Queenslayer. 

4. Cersei might die in childbirth

We have some faith in Jaime’s ability to stand up to his sister — but an old prophecy might take her out in the end. When Cersei was a child, a witch named Maggy the Frog revealed her fate. She told the Lannister queen, “Three [children] for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar (“Little Brother”) shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

All of Cersei’s children, Joffrey, Tommen, and Myrcella Baratheon (who were all fathered by brother Jaime — gross), are now dead.  The first half of Maggy’s prophecy has come true. While some believe that it will be either Tyrion or Jaime to snuff the life out of Cersei, it seems more poetic for Cersei to die in childbirth.

Cersei is currently pregnant — and this time, the entire Kingdom will know that Jaime is the father. (Remember when that chambermaid saw them together?) The theory has been floating around on Reddit, with Redditor CashWho suggesting:

She’s definitely gonna die in childbirth right? The kid will be a male, thus fulfilling the “Little Brother” requirement and she’ll be dead, thus fulfilling the “only have 3 children” requirement. Couple that with her dying the way Tyrion was born and we’ve got us some wonderful poetic justice imo.

Cesersi has always despised Tyrion, not only because he’s a little person, but also because their mother died while she was giving birth to him. How sensational would it be to see Cersei meet her end in the same way?

5. A bloodbath

A dragon breaths fire onto an army of people

Daenerys and her dragons in Game of Thrones | HBO

If you thought Hardhome, the Battle of the Bastards, or the Battle of the Blackwater were too much to handle, then you might not be prepared for the final season of GoT.  With White Walkers and an army of wights, giants, and an ice-breathing dragon at the Night King’s side, the casualty rate during Season 8 is bound to be astronomical.

In an interview with Deadline, Kit Harington who plays Jon on GoT, gave some insight into what he thinks might go down during the final season. He said,

The thing is, with so few characters left, they (the viewers) should get used to and get ready for next year is Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly. They’re going to go, and they’re going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it’s going to be a bloodbath.

6. Tormund lives

Tormund Giantsbane, standing in the snow and talking to a man off-camera

Tormund Giantsbane | HBO

Beric Dondarrion and Tormund Giantsbane might have been able to survive Viserion’s wrath and the destruction of the Wall. Everything moved so quickly, but it could be that Tormund and Beric were safely on the chunk of the Wall that did not go crashing into the sea.

Perhaps we will see them back at Castle Black next season — they just need to avoid the White Walkers and wights on their journey back. 

7. Theon and Yara get their revenge

Euron holds Theons head in his hands, as the two look intensely at each other on a cliff above a beach.

The Greyjoy family  | HBO

After apologizing to Jon for betraying the Starks, Theon Greyjoy (or Reek, as we still quietly refer to him) seems to have magically grown a pair. The most cowardly Greyjoy is headed off to King’s Landing with some Ironborn men behind him to try and rescue his sister, Yara. If Theon does miraculously manage to free Yara from Cersei’s wrath, their only recourse would be to kill their uncle.

Euron and Cersei ruling together is the very last thing that Westeros needs. It would be a reign of terror.

8. Bran is the Night King

Bran looks over at the Night King while they stand in the snow.

Bran Stark and the Night King | HBO

After zeroing in on some clues peppered throughout the Season 7 finale of GoT, we are now more convinced than ever that Bran Stark is the Night King. If you’re befuddled, let us explain: There is a theory floating around that Bran (who is now the Three-Eyed Raven) time-traveled to the past to the moment when the Night King was created to try and stop him. Unfortunately, Bran got trapped in the Night King’s body.

This all seemed a bit far-fetched at first, but then we took a look at the clothing Bran was wearing in the season finale and it looked dangerously close to the Night King’s regal outfit.  And that’s not all.

Remember when the Night King and the Army of the Dead began their march after the Wall was destroyed? There was an aerial view of them entering Westeros, and if you looked at it closely, they seemed to be assembled into the shape of a direwolf head — the sigil of the Starks!

9. Dany is pregnant

Daenerys and Jon face each other in a dark room.

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow | HBO

After a ton of hot and heavy flirting, Dany and Jon made like typical Targaryens and consummated their relationship. This was a lot to handle all on its own, but we must also consider the fertility talk that the duo had while hanging out in the Dragonpit.

Back in Season 1, the evil witch Mirri Maz Duur told Dany that she would be unable to bear children. When she confides in Jon, he assures her that Mirri wasn’t exactly the most reliable source of information. In fact, Mirri actually told Dany, “When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, when the seas go dry, and mountains blow in the wind like leaves, that her womb could quicken again.”

Dany is the Mother of Dragons. She has her literal fire-breathing winged beasts (R.I.P.  Viserion) — but if she gave birth to Jon’s human baby, she would be bringing another kind of dragon into the world.

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