Warning: Contains both icy and fiery spoilers.
If that Maisie Williams interview slip is anything to go by, we’ve still got 14 long, hopeless months to wait before the final Game of Thrones season airs.
That doesn’t mean it’s too early to start making predictions, though. With filming well underway and the cast constantly being asked about the show in interviews, the clues have already started rolling in.
Over on the Game of Thrones subreddit, the theory engine is still churning just as strong as ever.
Here’s a recent — and impressively comprehensive — prediction of everything that will happen in the finale season from a redditor called thetripleb.
[MAIN SPOILERS] My theory on the next season’s happenings
I think that Jaime will convince at least a contingent, if not the entire Lannister Army to join him in going North.
The combined armies go north and fight the army of the dead, defeating it but at great cost. However, the Night King and his dragon are not there. Why?
They flew south and destroy King’s Landing, trading his army of 100,000 for the 1,000,000 in King’s Landing including Cersei. They foreshadowed it too much in the last episode.
Euron and the Golden Company arrive at King’s Landing to a trap, where they are also killed and join the Night’s King army.
Dany finds out she’s pregnant
Bran and Sam keep Jon’s parentage a secret after Dany and Jon declare they are getting married, or they at least tell Jon who doesn’t have a chance to tell Dany before the end.
Jamie ends up at the end killing Cersei to fulfill the prophecy in the last battle. He survives to become the 1000th Lord Commander and restore the wall and honor to the Night’s Watch
Bronn survives and gets The Twins when it’s all over, as Tyrion is good to his word to double what he is being paid (1 castle)
The Hound survives and stays with Tyrion, who retires as Hand of the Queen and goes back to Casterly Rock as it’s Lord. He changes the Lannister’s wealth from gold to wine, as he opens his vinyard there and becomes rich by supplying the 7 Kingdoms. Remember there’s always a Clegane to help a Lannister, so The Hound goes with him.
Cleganbowl never happens because they hate us
Gendry survives and is legitamized by Jon/Dany
Bittersweat ending is that Dany gives birth to a child, maybe even twins, but dies in childbirth or shortly after. Jon becomes King of the 7 kingdoms, but loses another love of his life and raises his children/child
In the battles, all the dragons die. However, in some last scene it’s discovered that they laid eggs before the last battle.
I really just wanted them all in writing so if I’m right I can gloat at some point. What do you think of what I think will happen, and do you have any to add and why?
EDIT: Holy crap this blew up!
EDITx2: There was a couple I forgot that I had been thinking of, and a couple people mentioned in the comments so I guess great minds think alike:
Sam is writing the story and the last scene is him putting the book away after telling the story to someone, maybe his grandkids, and he’ll be played by GRRM
Jon declares there are no more bastards, foreshadowed by the conversation with Mel and Davos on Dragonstone
Gendry helps re-forge Valarian Steel or works in Dragonglass into weapons to help win the war. He is made legit by Jon and ends up getting Storm’s End
Arya is going to use that Valarian Dagger to save someone important from a White Walker. Perhaps Sansa or Gendry
Jorah is either going to die, or die.
Sweet Robin somehow becomes a great fighter
The Citadel is overrun by White Walkers and Sam ends up being the Grand Meister after it’s all over.
The oath of not taking a wife or kids is done away with by Jon for King’s Guard/Citadel/whoever.
It was also mentioned that with the White Walkers defeated, there is no place for the Night’s Watch. I disagree. They were defeated before and came back. The wall needs to be rebuilt just in case and manned again. This would be the “great deed” that Jamie does and restores him to honor after he dispatches Cersei and then restores the Night’s Watch. PERSONALLY, I think it would make sense to not be a life commitment but they made it a tour of duty of some sort to ensure more would sign up, get experience and some reward at the end.
Credit where credit’s due — they’ve put a lot of thought into that.
So how likely are all those things to actually happen, though?
Let’s go through some of the bigger predictions one-by-one.
King’s Landing gets destroyed.
Yep, this one seems pretty likely. It’s been on the cards ever since Daenerys’ vision back in Season 2. I also like the idea that the Night’s King will use a diversion tactic — like the one used by the Lannisters against Daenerys’ army in Season 7 — in order to destroy King’s Landing. As we’ve seen many times before Game of Thrones is an impressively circular show, so there would be a kind of rough justice in a Lannister downfall coming about as a result of a trick they’ve used themselves.
Jamie kills Cersei in the final battle.
This one almost feels like a guarantee by this point. It was hinted at in the prophecy Cersei received as a child, and over the last couple of seasons it’s been constantly reenforced in pretty much every suspicious stare that’s passed between the siblings. Now that they’re officially no longer on the same side, it seems inevitable.
Tyrion retires to Casterly Rock and opens a vineyard.
This one almost sounds too good to be true. But then again we know Tyrion is George R. R. Martin’s favourite character, so it’s not inconceivable that he’ll make it to the very end. And if he does, why shouldn’t he finally find some peace and happiness?
Dany gets pregnant, but ultimately dies in childbirth.
This one seems horribly, horribly possible. We already know the ending of the whole show is going to be bittersweet, and this — a victory for the characters we love marred by a sudden, unexpected death — would definitely fulfil that definition.
It’s also been a long time now since one of our favourite characters died. It seems unrealistic that George R. R. Martin will let us get to the story’s conclusion without at least one of the biggest heroes meeting an untimely end.