The seventh season of HBO’s sensational hit, Game of Thrones, was an emotional roller coaster ride that has left fans desperately anticipating the eighth and final season. Though we probably won’t see Season 8 until 2019, the six-episode final season will be one for the history books. With all that went down in Westeros in “The Dragon and the Wolf,” it seems rather alarming that GoT showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Wiess, will wrap everything up neatly in just six weeks. From the way that everything panned out in Season 7, we are certain that things will be moving at a pace unlike anything we’ve seen on television before.
As the Long Night comes bearing down on Westeros, we know that Daenerys Targaryen and her new love (who also just happens to be her nephew), Jon Snow, are headed to Winterfell together. Jon has bent the knee to the Dragon Queen so that they might defend the North against the White Walkers and their terrifying Army of the Dead. Though the duo seemed prepared for war, they don’t yet realize that the Wall — which has protected Westeros for thousands of years — has come crashing down.
It’s also unclear at this point if the Northern people will accept Dany as their new queen. (We’re going to take a wild guess on this one and assume it’ll be a “No” from most Northerners.) It will be particularly intriguing to see how Jon’s sisters, Arya and Sansa Stark, react to his new blond-haired queen.
Dany and Jon aren’t the only ones preparing for an impending blood bath. Queen Cersei Lannister (who is currently pregnant with twin brother Jaime Lannister’s baby) is sitting on the Iron Throne in King’s Landing, determined to remain in power. Though she’s now aware of the impending threat from beyond the Wall, Cersei is intent on holding on to her position. With both of her brothers headed North to defend Westeros against the Army of the Dead, Cersei might be the only Lannister on the wrong side of history — at least, for now.
Following that explosive finale, here are nine bold predictions for the final season of Game of Thrones. After all, everything could change in an instant.
These two were last seen tangled up in one another during a hot and heavy love fest. However, neither Dany nor Jon are aware of Jon’s true identity: He’s Aegon Targaryen. During “The Dragon and the Wolf,” HBO finally confirmed that Jon is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna Stark (meaning Jon and Dany are super related). This revelation means that Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Though the (former) Bastard of Winterfell doesn’t seem like the type to go on a murderous rampage in the name of power, there might be one major reason why he kills his new lover.
If Jon is, in fact, ‘The Prince That Was Promised’ (or the legendary Azor Ahai reborn), his only hope at saving Westeros from the impending darkness and the Night King’s army might be to fashion a Lightbringer sword using Dany’s heart and soul. Killing his love won’t be for something as silly as a place on the Iron Throne. If Jon must make the ultimate sacrifice, it will be for humanity as a whole.
Since Jon is both noble and loyal to a fault (just like his late father, Ned), this epic but cruel ending just might be the way GoT comes to an end.