The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on 14th April 2019. Game of Thrones Season 7 bowed out with an epic final episode in which we learned of Jon’s true parentage and saw The Night King and its Ice Dragon break down The Wall and move on to Westeros. So, finally, we will get to see the fate of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and the rest of the Westeros.
What we know so far
The two-minute preview was all about building up to the final showdown between the living and the dead that’s supposed to blow the Battle of the Bastards out of the water. All eyes were on an injured Arya Stark running away and in another key shot, an uninjured Arya with a dragonglass dagger in hand. Another revelation? Tormund and Beric live! And most interesting of all, Deanerys and Jon visit Drogon and Rhaegal, fueling speculation that it might be time for Jon to ride the dragon named after his father. Watch the full trailer below.
It’s time to review all the major fan theories out there. How will it all end? Who will die? Or rather, who won’t die? Here is a list of the most important theories and predictions to think about while you wait for Game of Thrones to return.
Sweet boy Sam could be a secret Targaryen prince
In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Azor Ahai is a legendary figure “who fought against [the darkness] with a red sword.” As one Game of Thrones theory outlines, Sam could very well be a secret Targaryen—the child of Rhaegar and Elia Martell (his first wife whose marriage he had annulled). This child was smuggled away by Varys and sent to one of the most faithful Targaryen families the Tarlys.
Tyrion will betray Daenerys
Many fans believe that an important conversation went down between Tyrion and Cersei that wasn’t shown in the Season Seven finale. Remember when Tyrion was convincing Cersei to work with Jon/Dany and noticed that she was pregnant, then the next scene cut to them back in the Dragonpit? During that gap, Tyrion might have made a deal with Cersei to ensure that her unborn child would be the king/queen to succeed Daenerys, who Tyrion believes is unable to have children.
Bran is the Night King
Bran has always been kind of the worst, but now when he’s omniscient, he has gone to another level. He’s definitely the Three-Eyed Raven, but is he also the Night King? A more detailed explanation is that Bran keeps going back in time throughout history to stop the Night King and eventually got stuck inside him.
For what it’s worth, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, doesn’t buy this theory. “I think it’s less that they’re the same person and more that they’re two of the ancient beings of Westeros,” he told Vulture after the season seven finale. “Perhaps we can think of it as these are two characters with a huge amount of power, but one is a Frankenstein’s monster who is driven by nothing but hatred and violence. Then there’s Bran, who uses his powers for good.” (It’s also worth noting that Isaac had not seen scripts for season eight when he said this.)
Jamie is going to kill Cersei
The stage is now set for a final showdown between Jaime and his sister/lover. After she revealed her plans to sit around and let everyone else fight the Night King, Jaime left Cersei and their alleged unborn child and rode northward. If and when he and Cersei meet again, you can bet it won’t be a happy reunion.
The episodes of the Game of Thrones will start broadcasting on Sunday (April 14), 9 pm ET on HBO in the US while at the same time, the Indian viewers will also be able to see the show on Hotstar on Monday (April 15), 6:30 am IST. The time difference between the ET and the IST is approximately 9 hours and 30 minutes, thus the difference in broadcast time between the two countries.
Source – time.com, nme.com, esquire.com, cosmopolitan.com, gamesradar.com