Fans have been waiting two years for the final season of Game of Thrones, and what better to do with all that time than speculate? Here are the top five fan theories for season eight, ranked from likely to completely out–there. Warning: spoilers ahead for all previous seasons.
1.) The fans are calling it Cleganebowl: the showdown to end all showdowns.
Many people are rooting for a final showdown between brothers Sandor and Gregor Clegane—aka The Hound and The Mountain. When they were both children, Gregor pushed Sandor’s face into a fire, leaving him scarred both physically and emotionally. This deep–rooted trauma caused Sandor to despise his older brother. In true Game of Thrones fashion, the best form of revenge is murder. If The Hound manages to kill the brutish Mountain, it will surely be one of the most satisfying moments in GoT history.
2.) Jaime will kill Cersei.
The sinister queen mother has been voted the eighth most evil character on the show by Vulture, following Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton, among others. It is no secret that many GoT fans have been waiting for Cersei's death since the show began, and she’s been voted one of the most likely characters to die in season eight, with the odds of her surviving placed at 1 in 25—about four percent. Since her death is probable, the only thing we don’t know is who will kill her. Many fans have theorized that in a sick twist of fate, her lover/brother Jaime will be the one to put her in the dirt. If so, this will be one of the most memorable deaths of the series.
3.) Daenerys is pregnant.
While this theory doesn’t have any hard evidence, many fans are convinced that Jon Snow impregnated Daenerys Targaryen at the end of season seven. One Reddit theory suggests that Jon and Dany’s child will be offered up to the Night King in order to save the world from the White Walkers, even going so far as predicting that Jon will cut the baby out of Dany’s womb—yikes.
4.) Bran drove the Mad King mad.
This theory suggests that Bran’s time–traveling ability was used to go back in time to warn Aerys Targaryen (the “Mad King”) about the White Walkers, telling him to “burn them all.” The Mad King thought he was hearing voices, went insane, and ended up burning his subjects instead.
5.) Tyrion is a time–traveling fetus and the son of Daenerys and Drogo.
This one's hard to synthesize, but we will try our best. In season one, when Dany became pregnant with Khal Drogo’s child, she had to sacrifice it in order to save Drogo’s life (kind of). This theory suggests that the witch Mirri Maz Duur used the soul of Khal Drogo to switch Dany’s baby with Joanna Lannister’s. So, Daenerys gave birth to a stillborn (Joanna’s child), while Joanna gave birth to Tyrion, who is really a Targaryen. This one is extremely improbable, but it’s interesting to see how in–depth fans can get when suggesting theories.
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