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Game of Thrones: Five of the wildest theories about the final series

There are just six episodes left - and there are *lots* of predictions about what's going to happen...

Declan Cashin
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*Obviously, colossal spoilers abound if you're still catching up and/or have been avoiding trailers/theories about the final episodes*

It's the most popular TV show in the world - and it's about to entirely take over your life (or, at the very least, your social media timelines) for the next six weeks.

The final batch of episodes of the last season of Game of Thrones begins next weekend (14 April), with just six episodes to wrap up eight seasons of often mind-bogglingly convoluted plotting.

The final season run might be short - but the episodes are not. The first two episodes of season eight are 54 and 58 minutes long respectively; episode 3 is an hour long, and episode four is 78 minutes. Then the final two episodes - with the finale airing on 19 May - are 80 minutes long apiece.

Naturally, hardcore fans are feverish in their desire to find out what happens, and seeing as the show's plot has now overtaken George RR Martin's source books - and there's been an 18-month gap between the penultimate season and this - the internet is groaning under the weight of theories about what's going to happen, who's going to live and die, and who will ultimately end up on the Iron Throne. 

So what are the big theories going into the home stretch? We've sifted through a lot of them, and picked out five of the wildest, most entertaining, and most intriguing ideas out there. In no particular order:

1. Bran Stark is the Night King

This is one of the most enduring theories, even though - or perhaps because - it has been so fulsomely disputed by actor Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays him. And certainly there are fans out there who don't buy that Bran/The Three-Eyed Raven - through a fateful mix of time travel and his psychic powers - is the villainous original White Walker.

This theory opens out to include the prospect that Bran's well-intentioned but calamitous meddling with the past has led to this entire mess. We already know his time travelling messed with Hodor's mind, the sole silver lining of which was this amazing real life reaction from Isaac:

There's now a chance, as one Redditor posits, that Bran's attempts to warn King Aerys II Targaryen about the future threat of the White Walkers (via whispers in his head) actually drove the man insane - turning him into "the Mad King". Yet another (albeit connected) theory is that Bran's time travelling resulted in him being the one who originally built the Wall. 

Look, who knows what to think anymore? But what fans should expect is that Bran will likely be absolutely central to the resolution of the series - possibly by 'warging' into a dragon. 

2. Jon Snow gets another identity

The name of the legendary hero Azor Ahai (aka The Prince/Princess That Was Promised) looms large in Game of Thrones mythology. With the aid of a sword named Lightbringer, Ahai "defeated the darkness" thousands of years before - and now he's rumoured to be making a comeback, reincarnated in another form, ready to save Westeros from the White Walkers. But which GoT character will end up channeling him?

One name that seems likely - though not set in stone - is Jon Snow. He ticks a lot of the boxes - raised from the dead, is really a Targaryen, has a Valyrian sword - and if he were to defeat the Night King, Jon would likely become the 'winner' of the ~game of thrones~.

Though lots of fans don't buy this theory, one major knock-on effect if the Jon/Azor theory proves correct is that his lover/ally/aunt Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen, has to die - because of a huge sacrifice being required in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled...

3. Khaleesi is the final season's big hero - and, possibly, villain

There are lots of reasons Daenerys could be toast by series' end - and lots of ways for it to happen. But if you're a betting person, it's probably equally likely that she survives - and wins the whole thing. As with Jon Snow, there are many fans who believe she is the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, and the one who will save everyone from the White Walkers.

Indeed, her fate, in particular, has become one of the most contested aspects of the run-up to these final episodes. Will she have a baby with Jon Snow? And, if so, what would that child's ultimate role be in the overall story? Could Daenerys even end up becoming the Night King/Queen? 

4. Jaime kills Cersei

Cersei Lannister is the brutal, conniving, power-hungry monster that we all hate to love, and one of the most popular theories about the upcoming series is that she won't make it out alive.

Fans point to a prophecy that Cersei was given as a child, which, among other predictions that have since come to pass, says a "younger brother" will choke her to death. Both Tyrion and her twin/lover Jaime are her younger brothers - and the penultimate season ended with Jaime breaking away from his sister's plans, suggesting that he may end up being the one to finish her off.

Another theory has it that Arya Stark will kill Jaime, and then murder Cersei while wearing Jaime's face - similar to the way she wore Walder Frey's face to slaughter his entire house. 

5. Lady Stoneheart and other Stark warnings...

Speaking of, the fates of the Stark sisters, Arya and Sansa, are a big focus for some fans in the run-up to these final episodes.

Let's start with Arya. One of the latest theories about her comes from a brief scene at the start of the teaser trailer that shows her running, frightened, through what appears to be a dark passageway in Winterfell. It could be any number of things that has put the frighteners on her, like a rogue White Walker for instance, but some think Arya has encountered the reanimated corpses of dead family members. The theory goes that the Night King has brought some deceased Starks back to life - so maybe Arya has seen her dead father Ned, or brother Robb?

Most tantalising for fans of the books is that Arya has come across Lady Stoneheart, the evil, zombified version of her late mother Catelyn, who, of course, perished during the notorious 'Red Wedding' massacre towards the end of series three. 

There's another, grimmer theory about Arya doing the rounds - that she's already dead. The explanation goes that Arya died during her vicious battle with the Waif, and that the Waif has been wearing Arya's face, impersonating her, ever since...

As for Sansa, she's had a truly horrendous time throughout the show so far - sometimes controversially so - but at least one theory has a happy ending for the character (well, as 'happy' as anything can get in Game of Thrones). Sansa, some argue, will become Queen of the North in Winterfell - but only if Jon Snow dies - and will forge a lasting peace with Daenerys. 

Other theories have it that Sansa is destined to die, and even that she'll end up back with her first husband-through-arranged-marriage, Tyrion Lannister. 

All will be revealed soon enough. In the meantime, feel free to add your own theories and predictions in the comments below.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by Socialist leaning so not Labour

    11 Apr 2019 19:00
    Wild theory no 1- the world actually cares.
  • Comment number 14. Posted by phlebas

    11 Apr 2019 14:22
    I was bought the books as a present, managed to read 2 chapters then donated them to Oxfam
    Never read such pretentious rubbish in all my life
    There must be about 20 real Fantasy writers lining up for a class action law suit for blatant plagiarism
    Talk about Paint by Numbers, what we have here is predicable Sword and Sandal Fantasy by Numbers
    Role on the final episode, can't come soon enough
  • Comment number 13. Posted by chap

    11 Apr 2019 13:24
    Gendry is the legitimate aire being the son of Robert and Cersei swapped at birth S1E2 Cersei tells Catelyn they had a child brown of hair and eyes who died as an infant. That will be the big shock game changer in the final series.
  • Comment number 12. Posted by mc

    11 Apr 2019 12:22
    I have read the books. They are very disturbing in their tone, especially their attitude towards very young female characters. At least the series has drifted a decent distance away from that, whatever should happen.
  • Comment number 11. Posted by AS Liverpool

    11 Apr 2019 10:21
    What about the dagger that Arya used to kill Littlefinger - the one that Samwell Tarly found the illustration of and (as I remember) was used to create the Night King in the first place? I think it will become significant.
  • Comment number 10. Posted by Kevin

    9 Apr 2019 18:05
    What a load of tosh this has been. It seems whoever wrote it has struggled continuously. Obviously I did not watch all of it after I began yawning.
  • Comment number 9. Posted by Guv-nor Limping Off

    5 Apr 2019 1:02
  • Comment number 8. Posted by PickleRiiiick

    4 Apr 2019 21:22
    The whole thing is one of brans visions when he was recovering from his fall.
  • Comment number 7. Posted by Pedro Bristol

    4 Apr 2019 20:12
    I’ve seen the script... It all ends with a big explosion... Ned Stark wakes to realise it is all a dream and he is actually a slightly overweight salesman for Carphone Warehouse in Kidderminster....
  • Comment number 6. Posted by Dr David

    4 Apr 2019 19:28
    The mad king is alive!!!!