When the Game of Thrones series first premiered on HBO, people were instantly captivated by the world that George R. R. Martin created in the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. One of the biggest reasons why many claimed that the series was so successful was how the showrunners were able to adhere to the intricate storyline from the books. Yet, George R. R. Martin's slow process in writing soon became a huge issue for the show because it wasn't long before the TV series surpassed the books. While the showrunners claimed that they had a close relationship with the author and that he actually divulged the ending of the Game of Thrones series, there's still no guarantee that the series is exactly like the books. There have already been some glaring differences, and the changes that have been made to the storyline may affect the ending of the series as well.
Although fans of the show would love for the storyline to continue forever, it's already been announced that the Game of Thrones series is coming to an end. People have already started to speculate how the series will end, with everyone having their own predictions as to who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne and what will happen to the main characters in the series. Whether you're a diehard Game of Thrones fan or you're just interested in what people are saying about the conclusion of the story, check out our list of the 15 theories how Game of Thrones will end.
15 Sansa Stark Betrays Jon Snow
During Season 7 of Game of Thrones, the audience seemed focused on the relationship between Sansa and Arya Stark. Having them reunite was a huge gift to the audience, but it didn't seem like they had resolved all of their issues from childhood. It wasn't until the very end of the season that fans got to see how united they were since "the lone wolf dies but the pack survives." This is great because it shows House Stark is truly united. Yet, that doesn't mean that Sansa will choose to stick behind Jon Snow. She seemed to be at odds with him at every turn when they were together at Winterfell, and she didn't agree with his decision to align with House Targaryen. The worst-case scenario would be for her to betray him and turn the North against him upon his return.
14 The Hound Dies While Battling The Mountain
Ever since the very first season of Game of Thrones, there was obvious tension between The Hound and The Mountain. Littlefinger told the tale of how Sandor Clegane had his face burned by his older brother when he was just a child during an altercation over a toy. The Hound even interceded during a fight his brother was having with Loras Tyrell. During Season 7, The Hound approached The Mountain (or whatever he is now that Qyburn performed some crazy experiments on him) and made a statement that eluded to a fight that would be inevitable between them. The chips are stacked against The Hound in this would-be fight since The Mountain is much bigger and is basically a giant zombie by now. Also, The Hound was practically killed by a girl during his last big fight.
13 Gendry Becoming The New King
The notion of succession in the Game of Thrones series is a little bit tricky since there are so many different elements that are involved. For example, gender doesn't come into play in the same way in Dorne. Under their guidelines, Myrcella Baratheon would've been the person to take the Iron Throne over King Tommen. Also, the children who are meant to be the last living descendants of King Robert Baratheon aren't even true Baratheons since they're the bastard offspring of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. This would mean that Gendry is truly the only last living offspring of King Robert Baratheon, so technically, this is who should be seated on the Iron Throne. While Gendry is definitely a likable character, it would be quite disappointing for fans of the series to see the show ending with him being the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
12 Cersei Will Win It All
While House Lannister has a number of characters that were highly respected, that doesn't exactly mean that it's a House worth rooting for. Tywin Lannister was a force to be reckoned with and always seemed to have some sort of plan in the works to ensure that he would leave a dynasty for generations. While people may not have thought of him as a favorite for the series, he was definitely someone worth watching. His death allowed Cersei to take on her own ideas of what would be best for House Lannister, which didn't exactly seem like the smartest course of action. She chose to eliminate the Tyrells as their closest ally and basically pushed everyone out of the inner circle. The worst-case scenario for the end of Game of Thrones would be for Cersei to end up in complete and utter control by killing off all of her opposition.
11 The Night King Wins It All
While everyone in the Game of Thrones series seems to be focused on the fight over the Iron Throne, the real "war to come" has to do with the living vs. the dead. Although it would be bad enough to deal with the dead rising up and becoming unstoppable forces in their own right, the real threat is the fact that the Night King has the ability to strategize the dead as his own army. This isn't just a hoard of zombie-like creatures without any real thought. This is a huge force to be reckoned with, where the Night King stands in command. It seems like the chips are stacked against the living, and the worst-case scenario would be for the Night King to go unstopped and all of the people in Westeros being under the control of the dead.
10 Arya Seated On The Iron Throne As The Faceless Man
One of the biggest theories on what will happen at the end of the Game of Thrones series is that Arya will somehow make it to the Iron Throne. Her abilities as a Faceless Man proved that she could actually take over anyone's body and sound just like them in a truly convincing manner. She's already stated that she has a plan to kill Cersei but got a little sidetracked when she made her way to Winterfell. There's no telling whether or not she'll abandon her plan to head to King's Landing for good. One of the theories is that she'll head to King's Landing and kill Cersei. She could then sit on the Iron Throne in Cersei's stead. This could lead to her ruling benevolently in her place, or she could spend that time ruling or give up the seat to someone more worthy.
9 Jon Snow And Daenerys Wind Up Living Happily Ever After
Season 7 of Game of Thrones was filled with a number of huge revelations that changed the way viewers saw Jon Snow. At first, he was presented as the bastard son of Eddard Stark, but the identity of his mother was a mystery. Later, it was revealed that he was actually the son of Lyanna Stark. It was said that she was kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen, which was the part of the reason behind Robert's Rebellion. Yet, the biggest revelation was when it was discovered that Rhaegar and Lyanna actually had a secret wedding, which meant that Jon Snow was actually the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. This is a huge factor in his relationship with Daenerys Targaryen since House Targaryen was known to try and keep the bloodlines pure by marrying within the family. One theory for the end of the series is that Jon will find out his true heritage and then marry Daenerys to retake the Iron Throne.
8 There's A New Night King
One of the events that truly shaped Daenerys Targaryen was the death of her first husband, Khal Drogo. The witch told her that she would never have children again, and she took these words to mean that she was barren. Yet, she might want to consider the source of this statement, and the fact that Jon Snow has Targaryen blood might help her chances of being able to conceive. One theory on the end of the series is that Daenerys will have his child, but then, the child would be turned by the Night King. The Night King seems to be obsessed with Jon Snow, and the next season will surely have the two of them in close proximity. There's a chance that the Night King could see the worth of turning the child of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen in order to ensure that there will always be a Night King.
7 Daenerys Turns Into The Mad King
Although Daenerys started out in the series as a meek girl who was at the whim of those around her, she evolved into a force to be reckoned with. In fact, there were many times when she was outright ruthless. While no one seemed to mind much when she had her dragon set fire to Master Kraznys in order to obtain the Unsullied, things got a tad more questionable when she became Queen of Meereen. In an effort to weed out the Sons of the Harpy, she didn't find anything wrong with letting her dragons burn and eat a member of a noble family. When she finally made it to Westeros, the battle with the Lannister army was just another example of Daenerys unleashing her fury on her enemies. When she set fire to Lord Randyll Tarly and Dickon Tarly, people started to wonder whether she would be able to be reigned in, and there's a chance that she'll end up going the route of The Mad King in the series finale.
6 Bran Is Actually The Night King
With Bran being able to travel back in time, there are a number of theories that he might try and stop the war between the living and the dead by returning to the time of the Children of the Forest. Bran is unlike any other warg in the Game of Thrones series because he can enter the minds of more than just animals. Just as he entered the mind of Hodor, it's possible that he could enter the mind of another human from the time of the First Men. Yet, he didn't truly learn everything he could from the Three-Eyed Raven prior to his death. He doesn't seem absolutely ready to step into those shoes, and one theory is that Bran will return to the time when the Children of the Forest make the first Wight but will then become trapped as The Night King.
5 Bran Goes Back In Time And Makes It So That None Of It Ever Happened
One theory of how the series will end centers around the idea that Bran could go back in time and stop all of the events from the entire series from ever happening. This would entail Bran being able to perfect his time-traveling abilities. Some have thought that there's already evidence of this in the Mad King because he claimed to hear voices telling him to do certain things. Some theorize that it was Bran who was whispering things to the Mad King in order to stop the rebellion from happening. If he were to perfect his time-traveling abilities, he could stop the entire series from ever occurring, which would essentially turn the first seven seasons into a dream sequence that never even occurred.
4 Sansa And Tyrion Rule Together
While the marriage between Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister wasn't exactly what either of them wanted, there's no denying that it wasn't the worst match in history. Tyrion had an extreme amount of empathy toward her plight in King's Landing at the hands of Joffrey, and he would've been completely devoted to her. Sansa seemed to be starting to get won over by his wit and charm, but all of that went away after the murder of her brother and mother. Her marriage to Ramsay Bolton showed her that her marriage to Tyrion was a dream, in comparison, and some people are theorizing that these two will reunite in the end. With Daenerys and Jon Snow teaming up, there's a huge chance that Tyrion will also make his way to Winterfell and that these two could wind up ruling together (in the chance that Daenerys, Cersei, and Jon Snow all die).
3 Jon Snow Becomes The Ultimate Ruler
Daenerys Targaryen seems to think that she's absolutely invincible and always seems hell-bent on going into battle with her dragons. Yet, that's a hugely dangerous thing to do, especially since one carefully placed arrow could kill her. Some people have theorized that Daenerys will end up dying and that Jon Snow's true heritage of being a legitimate Targaryen will be revealed to everyone in the Seven Kingdoms. This will allow him to take hold of the remaining dragons, and it also gives him the biggest claim to the Iron Throne. The Northern Houses have already rallied to his side, and they would definitely be willing to remain under control of the Iron Throne if their King of the North was seated in King's Landing.
2 Tyrion Becomes The Ruler Of The Seven Kingdoms
While there are others who have a far more legitimate claim to the Iron Throne than Tyrion Lannister, not everyone wants to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys saw how difficult it was to keep everyone in line at Slaver's Bay, and she may want a quiet life with Jon Snow rather than the headache of sitting on the Iron Throne. Cersei could also opt out of being the most hated woman in the world, and perhaps, she and Jaime could reconcile to raise their baby together. Tyrion Lannister seemed to really enjoy his time in King's Landing when he was the acting Hand of the King for his father, Tywin Lannister. He was heartbroken to give up his position, and he would probably do a much better job at ruling than anyone else in the series.
1 Jaime And Brienne Make A Life Together
When Jaime and Cersei Lannister were first shown in the Game of Thrones series, people didn't know exactly how to feel about their incestuous relationship. While it was definitely unspeakable by the standards of our lives, the fantasy world of the Seven Kingdoms had its own rules. Jaime seemed to truly love Cersei, and after a while, people began to feel sorry for him for being stuck in such a horrible situation. People wished for him to finally snap out of it so that he could go on to try and better himself and become that honorable Knight that everyone knew he could be. At the end of Season 7, Jaime finally saw Cersei for what she was, and he left her alone in King's Landing. There's hope that he'll be able to find love in the arms of Brienne of Tarth, but only time will tell.
Sources: Glamour, Thrillist, Daily Mail