If you’ve read the books, you may have a somewhat good idea of what’s going to happen in the final episode of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t read the books, don’t worry; these predictions don’t come from them. There are no spoilers for the final two seasons ahead, but rather, we talk about the sh*t we wish they’d show.
Thirteen episodes remain, and it just doesn’t seem enough to satisfy our need for primitive violence, sorcery, and incestuous couplings. There’s so much GoT has teased, including romantic pairings that are likely never to come to fruition. Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister? That’ll be the day. And, what of the white walkers? Every season we’re teased with only brief glimpses into the habits of these slowly encroaching monstrosities. Will Daenerys’s dragons reign fire upon them, or will more men join the fight at the wall? Both scenarios are plausible. Certainly, there will be answers to our most burning questions, but there is little hope there are enough episodes remaining to see the things we really want to see.
Prepare yourself because winter is ending. Are the thirteen remaining episodes enough? Hardly. But HBO isn’t known for long-running series, unless you count Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel which has been on since the 1980s. GoT is a scripted drama, so its shelf life was always going to be short, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mourn the loss or speculate on the coming drama. The following lists the 15 ways GoT could end, but won’t, because these endings are preposterous.
15. It Was All Bran’s Dream
Bran Stark has a lot of visions, and he seems capable of traveling through time. Or does he? On Reddit, fans of the show have speculated that the whole of Game of Thrones is just Bran’s dream. Remember when Jamie Lannister pushed him out that window on the first episode of the show? What if Bran never came to? What if he’s been in a coma this whole time and all the wild sh*t that’s gone down is just his coma dream? Bran frequently dreams up some spastic stuff, and the last book in the series is titled, “A Dream of Spring.” Imagine if, at the end of the series, he wakes up and everything was just as he left it. This ending would devastate fans, so it’s highly unlikely the whole series is just Bran’s dream. It would be awesome to see Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean, make a cameo in the last episode, though.
14. Jon Snow and Daenerys Fight To The Death
Fire and ice is a central theme to the books and show, so it makes sense that fans would theorize an epic battle occurring between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen — Daenerys representing fire and Snow representing ice. A bitter battle to be sure, but ultimately, it will end in Snow’s death and the death of any idea that the north will inherit the Iron Throne. As sweet and innocent as she appears, Daenerys has done a great deal of evil. She’s capable of treachery. She’s capable of murder. She can be cold-blooded. She may lead audiences to believe that she won’t betray the north, and then she’d cut it down in cold blood (or, rather, with the hot fire breath of her dragons). This would be following in the footsteps of her father, The Mad King. In this ending, Daenerys shows no mercy and leaves a trail of corpses in her wake. She’ll kill her way through King’s Landing during season 7, and season 8 will end with a deadly battle between her and Snow. Sansa and her sister flee with Littlefinger to the Vale. They survive, but just barely.
13. The Night King Is Actually A Stark
Remember Old Nan from season one? She was the servant of Winterfell who told Bran all those curious stories, but she died before the second season began. “I know a story about a crow,” she said to Bran. “I hate your stories,” he replied. “I know a story about a boy who hated stories,” she said ominously. So basically, Old Nan knew some stuff, including stuff about the Night King. “He was a Stark,” she told Bran with a pinch on his nose. “He was a Stark of Winterfell.” Granted, this conversation takes place in the book, but the show seems to be running with it. Remember that the Night King has stalked Bran and gazes longingly at Jon Snow. It’s clear there is a connection, and perhaps, it’s familial. It’s doubtful the series will end with a happy family reunion, but then again, George R.R. Martin has said some of the fans’ theories are true, but he won’t tell which ones.
12. Jaime Lannister Kills Cersei Lannister
In the season five premiere of GoT, there’s a flashback to when Cersei is a lot younger. She meets a witch in the forest, and the witch drops some prophecy on her. She correctly prophesies to young Cersei that her sons will be kings, but that they’ll also die. “Gold will be their crowns. Gold, their shrouds.” In the novels, the witch also tells Cersei that her younger brother will “wrap his hands about your pale throat and choke the life from you,” but this was left out of the show. The fact that this bit of foreshadowing was removed may mean the show’s writers have another fate in store for Cersei Lannister. She’s the eldest of Tywin Lannister’s children, so she has two brothers who may kill her: Tyrion and Jaime. Although it would give us all something to talk about the next day, it’s unlikely Jaime will kill his sister in the show’s finale episode because this is simply too obvious a death for her.
11. The White Walkers Were The Heroes All Along
In a twist surely no one will enjoy, it turns out that the white walkers are ridding the earth of humanity’s evil ways. New York Times writer Daniel Victor is credited with this theory, which proclaims that white walkers are “the good guys up north.” He says we’ve been viewing the show all wrong and that the white walkers are “the only hope for Westeros.” If you think about it, he’s kind of right. The white walkers aren’t murderous rapists. They aren’t depicted burning children to enhance magic. They don’t covet the iron throne. Victor says that the show has been “flipping the script” and focusing on the antagonists (humanity), rather than the protagonists (the white walkers). The white walkers have done some (arguably) noble things, such as when they repeatedly saved Craster’s children whom he abandoned to the cold. You may be thinking, “But they kill people…” But do they, really? They have eternal life, which is pretty awesome, and they pass it to humans often. Who doesn’t want to live forever? As Victor put it, “How thoughtful! How generous!”
10. Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) Takes The Iron Throne
Lord Petyr Baelish is a clever devil, and he’s rapidly climbing the chaos. “Chaos is a pit,” he told Varys. “Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb but refuse. They cling to the realm, or love, or the gods… illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.” Littlefinger is certainly climbing the figurative ladder, and in this non-plausible ending, he takes the iron throne. His devilish plotting finally puts him in a real position of power. Imagine it his plan to put the bastard Ramsay Bolton’s child in Sansa Stark, thus threatening her position in Winterfell. Consider then that Littlefinger proposes marriage to Stark, so that she may pretend her unborn child is his. Suppose then that they take the iron throne by force, besting Daenerys and Cersei with help from the knights of the Vale. This would put Baelish at the top rung of the ladder.
9. The White Walkers Get Burnt To A Crisp
In all likelihood, Daenerys and her dragons won’t enter the fray between The Wall and the white walkers. In this totally non-plausible ending, though, she does. She lands in King’s Landing with her army at the same time the white walkers breach the wall. (Side note: wouldn’t it be epic if the show had the white walkers collapse the wall?) The threat of the white walkers interrupts any fighting occurring at King’s Landing. Basically, the threat of the white walkers unites humanity. Cersei acknowledges that she doesn’t know the first thing about white walkers and commands the Lannister army to fight alongside Daenerys and her Dothraki army. Fire always melts ice, so Daenerys and her dragons burn through the masses of white walkers, eventually burning the dreaded Night King. When the white walkers are no longer able to turn humans to walkers, they are defeated. Their corpses litter the lands surrounding the wall, and everyone basically accepts Daenerys as queen.
8. Daenerys And Cersei Get Into A Cat Fight
In an epic finale, the mother of dragons and the mother of two dead kings face off in one-on-one battle. Both women are fearsome, but Cersei fights dirty, and for a time, it seems she will win the battle. One for the ages, the fighting takes place next to the iron throne and begins with sword fighting but ends in fisticuffs. Weaponry is eventually wrestled away, and the thing ends in a bare-fisted and bloodied brawl. Whoever can take the most punches will inherit the throne. Cersei takes the upper hand because she’s scrappier and taller than Daenerys, so she has more reach. Just when Dany thinks she’s done, her dragon forces its way into the throne room. Drogon can sense when she’s in trouble, and he wasn’t about to let his mother be taken down by Cersei. He spits enough fire to instantly kill her; then, his sister and brother enter the room, and the three dragons tear her to pieces. “Enjoying your dinner?” Dany asks her kids after taking her seat on the throne.
7. All Our Ships Come True
Season three teased us with a romance between Jaime and Brienne, and since then, we’ve not been able to stop shipping these two. In this make-believe ending, Jaime and Brienne find themselves shackled up, the coldness of the war heated by the warmth of their love. While the world they know changes all around them, Braime (that couple name, though) find their happy ending in each other. This enrages Cersei, but Braime’s passions are far removed from her control. Distraught and without a lover of her own, she sets her eyes on her bodyguard, the zombified Mountain. Looks aren’t everything, right? Either Daenerys or Jon Snow takes the iron throne, but who really cares? Better yet, it’s love at first sight, and those two become one and all that. Jonerys is born, and they have some kids in a flash forward (dragon body, human head?). In this happiest of endings, Jaime and Brienne are parents to a horde of incredibly tall daughters, and the Stark daughters remain independent ladies because they’re not about that drama life.
6. Time Travel Saves Everyone
It’s unlikely GoT will have a happy ending because it’s not really a happy show. Everyone is miserable. Misery is everyone. But, isn’t it possible that Bran Stark could travel through time and eliminate all the most negative people, thus changing the present for the better? It’s already been established that Bran can travel through time, and he’s capable of changing the past as evidenced by his mangling of Hodor’s mind. With this gift (curse?), Bran is one of the more powerful beings in Westeros. Although we know he won’t, wouldn’t it be awesome if he just traveled back in time and started picking off the worst characters before they could wreak havoc on the world? This ending is unlikely not because it’s cliched and an easy out but because it may already be established that Bran travels through time and has made a significant impact on it already. For example, the man who built the wall was a Stark relative named “Bran the Builder.” Was this the Bran we know? Probably, so the idea he can go back and save everyone is bogus because he’s probably tried and failed already.
5. Jon Snow Conquers With An Ice Dragon
In his books, George R.R. Martin never mentions an ice dragon; however, he did write a short story about ice dragons twenty years before he published A Song Of Ice and Fire. The short story doesn’t include any characters from GoT, so there’s no reason to believe ice dragons will make a cameo in the series finale, but what if? What if Jon Snow comes upon an ice dragon, which Martin describes as “crystalline white, that shade of white that is so hard and cold that it is almost blue,” and they’re huge and breathe cold ice forms. Remember, there’s the ancient prophecy that promises a hero to save everyone. “The prince who was promised” is said to have “a song of ice and fire.” That doesn’t sound like Daenerys, so it’s probably Snow. We can only hope that means there’s an ice dragon just waiting for him beyond the wall.
4. Daenerys Targaryen Turns Evil Queen
In this entirely-not-possible series end, Daenerys marries Euron in season 7. He’s a fairly handsome evil dude, so it’s a match made in hell. The two take the iron throne by force, and the battle is bloody and disturbing. The Starks flee to the north, but Daenerys is left disappointed by their lack of support. She seeks battle with them, too, which is simply revenge-seeking and totally within her character at this point. Although this ending won’t happen, it is entirely possible. Daenerys has already established herself as someone who seeks vengeance. In season one, she vengefully killed Mirri Maz Duur. Later, she kills 163 Great Masters in an act of revenge. Although she is mostly good, she defines justness on her own terms and does not live by a defined code. She could go rogue and finish the series an evil queen who is eventually vanquished by someone truly good, such as Sansa or Arya.
3. Sansa Stark Takes The Iron Throne
This one is a stretch for sure, but it’s plausible nonetheless. In this theory, Sansa is named the Queen of the North, and her people want to see her as queen of the seven kingdoms because they’re basically sick of the Lannisters and all the death they bring. They go to war for her, are joined by the knights of the Vale, and ultimately defeat the Lannister army and kill Cersei. Either Sansa’s army takes out Daenerys and her army, or Daenerys agrees to be ruled by Sansa as she is a fair and balanced girl. It would be awful to see a fight happen between Daenerys and Sansa as both women seem reasonable and oftentimes heroic. Plus, it would be a stretch to think Sansa could kill Daenerys who has actual battlefield experience. It’s also plausible (no, it isn’t) that Daenerys simply never makes it to Westeros. She’s only been traveling for six seasons, so another two seasons of just moving along aren’t impossible. The series ends, and she’s still on a boat or something.
2. Tyrion Lannister Is Secretly A Targaryen
Tyrion Lannister admitted to always having an affinity for dragons. Is he drawn to them, such as Targaryens are? In episode 602, Tyrion proves he can commune with dragons. He unchains them and isn’t burned alive, which doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense because dragons love the taste of scorched humans. Some Redditors believe that’s just one example that proves Tyrion isn’t a Lannister at all, but rather, the illegitimate son of The Mad King, Aerys Targaryen. That would make him Daenerys’s brother, and it’s not entirely outside the realm of thinking because the Mad King lusted after his mother even after she was married. That’s a lot to put into the thirteen remaining episodes. There’s been no foreshadowing on the show to suggest this will play out in the finale, so it’s unlikely Daenerys and Tyrion will team up for the final showdown, but wouldn’t that be awesome?
1. A Suicide Squad Is Formed
This highly unlikely ending would really satisfy fans of the series who just want to see their favorite characters make it out alive. A happy ending is so unlikely, though. These are George R.R. Martin and HBO after all, but wouldn’t it be satisfying if Arya learned Tyrion was a good guy? If everyone we rooted for joined forces to take down what remained of the bad (Cersei, the white walkers, etc.)? Imagine if the Starks (Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran) joined up with Daenerys, Tyrion, the Hound, Jaime, and Brienne? They all somehow recognize the goodness in one another and align to take out the evil in the world? That isn’t to say Jaime is necessarily good, but we’re still sold on him and Brienne hooking up, and he’s redeemed himself a bit since season one. This ending is simply too idealistic to be believable, but it’s what we all hope for. We simply want our favorite characters to reunite with their loved ones and overcome the drama and war that oppress them. In this scenario, it doesn’t really matter who takes the iron throne. Maybe they all agree it’s a corrupting force, so they destroy it.