There’s no denying the huge cultural impact that HBO fantasy series Game Of Thrones has had upon the world. Wherever you go, if the jaw-dropping show is on the box, you’re guaranteed to hear someone talking about the latest twists and turns that have shocked and frustrated viewers. Based on George R. R. Martin’s incomplete A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, the show has now overtaken the story that the author has written into canon, with some wondering if he’ll ever complete the novel series in his life time.
Now, with just two seasons making up a total of 13 episodes to go before the TV series is wrapped up entirely, fans are looking ahead in an attempt to try and work out how everything’s going to end. There have been plenty of game-changing moves made over the six seasons and 60 episodes that have aired to-date, but as we know, when it comes to Westeros, the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, anything truly can happen. There’s no guarantee of a happy ending here.
So, stick with us as we take a look at 15 Fan Theories About How It All Could End.
15. Jon Snow will rule thanks to the Great Northern Conspiracy
The Great Northern Conspiracy, also known as The Grand Northern Conspiracy, is a theory that fans have been throwing around some time, with claims that Robb Stark legitimized Jon Snow in his will, or to those closest to him before he died. This means that when Robb was killed at the infamous Red Wedding along with much of his army and his mother Catelyn Stark, surviving Northerners discovered that Jon Snow would be next in royal succession to become ‘King of the North’. The theory goes further to say that there are plenty of behind-the-scenes goings on involving the Northerners which will soon see them make a play for the Iron Throne, proclaiming Jon as the rightful successor to whomever may be on it at the time. Jon himself wouldn’t even know about everything going on here if the theory proves to be a true one, instead being surprised by some of his closest allies and presented with an opportunity that he may not even want.
14. Daenerys will take back the Iron Throne
One of the most popular end-game theories is that Daenerys Targaryen will take back the Iron Throne for the Targaryens. With three dragons by her side, she’s certainly got one of the better chances of overthrowing whoever resides on the Throne once she makes it to Westeros. Not only that, but the disillusioned public will surely throw their support behind her, because of her strong claim to leading. Having already proven herself as a leader of the people and dealing with some massively problematic adversaries, there may be nobody better suited. With what we’ve learned about Jon Snow’s parentage still fresh in our minds, we do wonder if he’ll put up a battle against Daenerys if the news ever comes out. With that in mind, would Daenerys want to co-exist and co-rule? Or Is Jon just another “spoke on a wheel”?
13. It’s all a dream! Groan…
Yes, there are actually people out there who think the entirety of the goings-on in Game of Thrones are dreamt up, perhaps by Bran Stark following his injury after he saw Jaime and Cersei Lannister getting freaky in one of Winterfell’s towers. With that in mind, it may all be a dream, but it could also be a hugely extensive vision for Bran, who would then be able to put plans and measures in place to avert the tragedies that have taken place over the past six seasons. If Bran was able to wake up before Ned’s season 1 beheading, he’d be able to stop a lot of terrible things from happening, but not before he convinced his loved ones of his powers, of course. Fortunately, we’re pretty sure D.B. Weiss and David Benioff wouldn’t subject viewers to this, even if it was the direction original author George R.R. Martin wanted to go in.
12. Nobody will rule and everybody will die
There’s every chance that when everybody comes together for a final battle, all of the leading characters that we thought would have a chance at sitting on the Iron Throne when all is said and done will be dead. We’ve seen Jon Snow throw himself to the front of a war before in The Battle of the Bastards, and Daenerys has found herself in deep trouble in the past (though she did manage to fly out of danger’s way on the back of one of her dragons). Sure, there are some characters more cowardly than others when it comes to picking up a weapon and physically fighting, but in the world of Game of Thrones, there are plenty of other ways they could meet their maker. If the entire Seven Kingdoms collapsed, would a monarchy even be needed? Or could the citizens throughout the lands build a life without a ruler?
11. Not a dream, but a Delos theme park!
This one requires a lot of imagination, but how incredible would it be if 2016’s new series Westworld had something to do with Game of Thrones’ end-game? What if all of the characters involved are actually in a hugely complicated and interactive theme park, where virtual reality feels more realistic than actual life, digs deep into the psyche of those involved and forces them to act in ways they would never usually dare? Whilst we saw the characters in Westworld’s first season go to a Western-themed park, we imagine a medieval fantasy world isn’t one that’s too far a stretch of the imagination for the Delos organization. What if we see Cersei, Jon, Daenerys and company come out of their virtual experience at the end of the series? Would they be able to put their differences aside in the real world, or would the effect be that they wanted to tear each other limb from limb in real life, too? Let’s be honest, it’s never gonna happen, but it would be a lot of fun…
10. Old Samwell Tarley is telling the story
A theory that gained a lot of steam during the events of season 6 was one that would place Samwell Tarly as narrator of the Game of Thrones story. In the season’s final episodes, we saw Sam arrive at the Oldtown library with Gilly and her child. There, he’s on a quest for knowledge and has access to countless volumes of Westerosi history, so is it possible that this is where he’ll spend the rest of his days and, if so, is he now recalling the story we’re seeing on the screen through his own bias? If we look at this theory, we must imagine that Sam wrote the history books about the period we’re watching himself, with the help of those who survived through it and their accounts of what transpired. As a Northern man, he would of course tell the story with favor towards the likes of the Starks and Jon Snow, and that’s exactly what seems to have happened in the series. We’ve seen huge character developments for most people, but can usually only feel empathy for those who were loyal to the Stark family. If this theory turns out to be true, it would be fair to say that what actually happened during this period could be hugely different to Sam’s interpretation.
9. Bran will be revealed as various other characters
In the history books, Bran the Builder was a man who was widely accepted as having built Winterfell with the use of magic, under the eyes of the mysterious trees rooted there. Within the history of Westeros, there are also rumors suggesting Bran instructed Durran on how to build Storm’s End. Now, his name being familiar is certainly something that has sent theorists wild, and now that we’ve seen the present day Bran Stark’s abilities of interacting with people in the past, we wonder if the past’s “whispers in the wind” are something wholly different.
This has led many to believe Bran is a variety of characters and voices throughout Westerosi history. Many even have come to the conclusion that his voice is the one that sent Aerys II Targaryen into a state of madness.
Everything’s further backed up Old Nan, who would sometimes refer to Bran Stark when he was a boy as if he were “her Brandon, the baby she had nursed all those years ago”. Many passed off her words as the confused musings of an elderly lady, but everybody knows just how wise Old Nan was in her time…
8. The Wall comes down
For some times, the question has been a matter of WHEN Game of Thrones’ huge, icy wall would come tumbling down, rather than IF, but let’s roll back history a little bit. The Children of the Forest were responsible for creating the White Walkers; a species they built to become allies, but one that soon got out of control. Then shifting their allegiance to mankind, they helped build a magical wall to keep the White Walkers out of the south of Westeros.
Now with Bran venturing to the other side of the Wall, if he does indeed hold the magic inside him that is keeping them from passing as many believe, he could allow the massive White Walker army to destroy the Wall for good. This is one of the more likely theories, especially with the constantly referred-to “war to come” by many of the show’s characters. We’re prepared for some impressive special effects.
7. Jon Snow and Daenerys will rule together
Once The Winds of Winter revealed that Jon’s mother is Lyanna Stark, fans finally had a long-time theory confirmed; that Jon and Daenerys are related and share the same blood. What’s still up in the air however is the once-outlandish but now very possible theory that the pair are also related in some way to the White Walkers, and that they could become the Night King and Queen. What an ending THAT would be.
Even if that doesn’t pass, and despite the two being aunt and nephew, many think there will be a love connection between Jon and Daenerys when they eventually meet. Could that lead to the pair leading the Seven Kingdoms together? If so, would we need a second Iron Throne to be forged? There will be plenty of leftover swords when all is said and done, we’d assume…
6. The Song of Ice and Fire will be a battle of White Walkers versus Dragons
If Daenerys and the White Walkers come head-to-head in battle, we imagine that the former’s dragons are going to be doing a lot of the work in taking out the icy threat. They are of course some of the only beings that can kill a White Walker, but many think that the Walkers will turn one of Daenerys’ dragons into an ice dragon before it’s given the opportunity to attack. If that’s the case, Daenerys is going to be one dragon down and the odds will shift dramatically.
Whatever the case may be, we’re convinced we’ll be seeing some massive CGI action in future episodes of Game of Thrones. The dragons are the one aggressors that could actually wipe out the White Walkers if given the opportunity, so if they’re to be dealt with then these dramatic scenes seem to be the only option available.
5. Daenerys will become the Mad Queen
Whether it’s in the books or television series, Daenerys has expressed worry in the past that she may turn out mad like her father. This is a theory that’s only been bolstered by Daenerys in a recent speech where she asked her followers: “Will you kill my enemies in their iron suits and tear down their stone houses?” Right now, everyone who isn’t a loyal follower of Daenerys is classed as an enemy, so if she’s to arrive in Westeros and immediately declare battle without stating her case and allowing people to join her cause, then there could be some very messy times ahead. The Mad King killed his people without much warning, and Daenerys could be well on her way to doing the same. Whilst she thinks those in the Seven Kingdoms WANT her as their queen, she’s very clearly acted on impulse and in her own self interest. Let’s hope she can deal with the pressure and not succumb to the madness that has plagued her family for so long.
4. Tyrion will be revealed as a Targaryen
Now that we know Jon Snow has Targaryen blood, there’s a theory gaining ground that Tyrion Lannister is also a member of the family. Barristan Selmy revealed in a past conversation that Aerys II Targaryen had openly lusted for Joanna Lannister – Tyrion’s mother – and that during her bedding ceremony he had taken “liberties” with her.
We’ve also seen Tyrion’s fascination with dragons gain ground. When visiting two of Daenerys’ three dragons in their crypt, he managed to approach and even touch them without being gobbled up.
Another piece of evidence many claim is Tywin Lannister’s relationship with Tyrion. Though the pair were father and son, they treated each other with disgust, and Tywin’s final words were: “You… You are no… No son of mine.” Could Tywin have been speaking in the literal sense?
Then there’s the prophecy of the “dragon with three heads”. We have Daenerys and Jon as members of the Targaryen clan who will likely be sticking around until this story’s end; could Tyrion be the third? When you weigh up the evidence, it suddenly becomes very possible…
3. Jaime will be revealed as the Valonqar
When Cersei Lannister was a child, she visited a woman named Maggy the Frog, demanding a reading off her for her future. It was at this point she was told she would die at the hands of the ‘Valonqar’; a mysterious figure that she still to this day has not discovered the true identity of. Whilst she believes it to be Tyrion Lannister because of the High Valyrion translation that means “little brother”, there’s every chance it could be Jaime Lannister, who was born after Cersei despite the pair being twins.
In full, Cersei’s prophecy reads: “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.” Many think this rules Jaime out, as he now only has one working hand, but his golden hand is the perfect shape to hold Cersei down by the neck.
There’s also the chance that Jaime could become Hand of the King, being given the traditional chain of the Hand whilst serving. Could this be what he uses to “choke the life” from his older sister? Strangling someone is an intimate method of murder, and while we’ve seen Tyrion use it before with Shay, we don’t think he’d extend such a courtesy to Cersei. In fact, the only person that seems to hold any love for Cersei nowadays is Jaime. Could he be pushed to his limits?
2. The White Walkers are the real good guys
What we must all remember is that the White Walkers have only ever killed north of the Wall. Does this mean that they’re simply protecting their territory? If so, Bran would be the best person to discover their true goal and then be forced to do his best to translate that to whoever’s fighting north of the Wall. While they’ve proven to be a huge threat in battle, the White Walkers may simply be trying to make a statement like the rest of the different factions involved in the battles we’ve seen so far. Let’s face it, any one of us, in real life or in the world of Game of Thrones, would do whatever we could to protect our homes if antagonized. Could the White Walkers make it to the Wall, throw down their weapons and send the ultimate message of peace? Perhaps not, but it’s a nice thought.
1. Azor Ahai will be reborn
There are plenty of characters that could be the promised Prince, Azor Ahai, but the most common theory seems to be that it is Jon Snow. With all of that in mind, it would make sense that the true identity of Azor Ahai will be revealed before all is said and done, considering the amount of attention the prophecy has been given.
With the blood of the dragon, Azor Ahai is prophesied to wield a sword named Lightbringer following a birth “amidst smoke and salt as a bleeding star shines in the sky”. Said to be a legendary hero that had lived thousands of years in the past, he will return to take part in the events of Winter; nnow that it has finally arrived, it’s safe to say that whoever does turn out to be Azor Ahai will hold plenty of the cards in any potential final battles.
Let’s not forget that Jon has essentially been reborn, when he was brought back from the dead by Melisandre. Of course, we must also remember that Daenerys Targaryen stepped straight into a fire and came out of it unharmed all the way back in season 1. Both make sense in the case of Azor Ahai. But would either of them grasp the opportunity to steer the land in the ‘right’ direction?
What do you think of our favorite fan theories? Will any of them come to pass? We’ll come closer to finding out when Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, July 16 at 9/8c.