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The Best Game of Thrones Season 8 Theories

Game of Thrones Season 8 is gonna be so cray, yo. #TeamWhiteWalkers

Game of Thrones Season 8 is coming this Sunday, so to celebrate, we're gathering up the best theories about what's going to happen.

Tyrion will kill Cersei

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When Cersei was a little girl, she visited a fortune teller named Maggy the Frog who told her the prophecy of her future. This prophecy was shortened for the show, but in the book it goes:

"Three [children] for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you."

The first part already came true, as Cersei had three children (Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen), all of whom died due to her political dealings. As for the second part, Cersei believes it refers to Tyrion. "Valonqar" means little brother in Valyrian, so it makes sense that Cersei would think her most hated brother would try to kill her. Some fans thought this was intentional tricky bait and Cersei would actually meet her end at Jaime's hands. Others thought it was more cryptic and she'll actually die during childbirth (possibly due to a child with dwarfism, just like Tyrion).

We submit Cersei was right in the first place. Tyrion will literally choke Cersei to death. Nice.

The Hound will meet his death in Cleganebowl

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It's finally time for Cleganebowl 2019. Clegane v Clegane. The bout of the century.

We're talking about a fight that's been hyped up since Game of Thrones Season 1, just two beefy brothers fighting to the death. Here's the thing. The Hound is going to die. He needs to. There's nothing left for him to do as a character other than getting revenge on The Mountain for burning his face as a child. Sure, he could hook up with Brienne, but she's probably gonna hook up with Tormund instead because his face was never set on fire. So The Hound needs to die.

He's gonna kill The Mountain first though, no need to worry about that. But it's also going to be a pretty hollow victory because The Mountain is technically dead already and is living his life as a big, smelly zombie in a suit of armor.

Bran Stark is the Night King

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A lot of people think Bran Stark might be the Night King. We don't, but it's a pretty interesting theory.

Basically, it boils down to Bran warging back in time to stop the Children of the Forest from creating the first White Walker. As Hodor's tragic story displayed, history in GOT cannot be changed, and those trying to do so will only end up fulfilling the events already set into motion. So if Bran tries to change history in a last-ditch effort to stop the White Walkers, it's possible that he might end up being the man turned into the original White Walker in the first place. That would mean the Night King is essentially Bran's future self, and that they can exist at the same time because current Bran has not returned to the past yet to become the Night King.

It makes sense when you think about it, but also seems a little far-fetched. That being said, it would make Bran a lot more interesting than he's ever been before, especially considering the fact that he spends most of his time baked out of his mind on "warg."

White Walkers Win

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What if the White Walkers win? Wouldn't that be awesome? Think about it. We spend eight whole seasons building up to this massive battle between humans and monsters, eight seasons of "winter is coming." Now we're here, the last crescendo of fire and ice. All the politics, all the intrigue has lead to fractured humanity. How can they come together to defeat a foe much greater than themselves?

They can't. They fail. The White Walkers, unified beneath the unwavering banner of the Night King, demolish them. Humans can't work together, they're selfish and petty. The Night King, on the other hand, is a true leader. His subjects follow him without question. He has a zombie dragon now too. He's going to lay waste to everyone. Jon Snow? Zombie. Daenerys? Zombie. Cersei? Zombie. Ned Stark? Headless zombie now. Humanity deserves it. Ice wins. #TeamWhiteWalkers

Jon Snow will ride Ghost who will ride Rhaegal at the same time

People are "predicting" that Jon is going to ride Rhaegal the dragon into battle because "omg it's so perfect, Jon is actually a Targaryen and Rhaegal was his real dad so he'll be riding his legacy." Boring. We know.

But run with me here. What if Jon rides Ghost. And then Ghost mounts Rhaegal's head while Jon is riding him, so Jon is effectively riding a direwolf riding a dragon. Isn't that even more perfect? Isn't that even more "riding his legacy?" Because then, Jon is directly mounted on the symbol of his upbringing while being further supported by his true lineage. Jon riding Ghost riding Rhaegal is the best possible visual representation of Jon's history, blending every aspect of his past into an incredibly badass present.

Moreover, Rhaegal is a dragon, so obviously, he represents fire. And Ghost represents ice because he's a white direwolf from beyond the wall. So if Jon were to ride Ghost riding Rhaegal, it would be like he was riding fire and ice. And Game of Thrones is based off a series of books called A Song of Fire and Ice. Wow.


Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com


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