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Game of Thrones Season 8 Theories: Likely, Possibly or Unlikely?

Fan theories and predictions have been swirling around Game of Thrones ever since the show diverged from the books in Season 5. Here are some of the biggest theories and plot point predictions and whether or not we think they hold any weight.

Cersei is not actually pregnant: Likely

Cersei is one of the best liars ever conceived. She’ll do anything to get her way, including misleading those around her. And what better way to gain sympathy than pretending to be pregnant?

Daenerys is pregnant: Likely

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Game of Thrones, it’s that if something is said repeatedly throughout the show, the opposite is probably true. We heard through seven seasons that Jon is a bastard, which he ended up not to be and we’ve heard that Daenerys can’t have children since Season 2. And speaking of things that are repeated too much…

Tyrion is actually a Targaryen bastard: Likely

Lots of people who watch the show put a lot of weight on Tywin Lannister’s last words “You’re no son of mine,” but I think the more telling fact is that Tywin refers to Tyrion as a Lannister time and time again. Tywin also says at one point that he has to let Tyrion wear the Lannister lion because he “cannot prove that you aren’t mine.” Before Robert’s Rebellion, Tywin served as Hand of the King to Aerys Targaryen for many years, which would have given his wife plenty of time to mess around with the Mad King herself.

Jaime will kill Cersei: Possibly

Almost everyone thinks this is obvious, but I’m not quite convinced. Remember when Cersei got that prophecy from the witch as a child? In the books there’s more to that prophecy. It says that she will be killed by the “valonqar,” which means “little brother” in High Valyrian. But that part of the prophecy wasn’t shown on screen. Was it simply a casualty of editing or was it left out on purpose? I think there are many more exciting and unexpected ways that Cersei could be killed.

Bran is the Night King: Unlikely

If you read about this theory online, it involves a number of very complicated plot events including a crazy amount of time travel. While we know that Bran can alter things in the past (poor Hodor) I find this time travel idea to be a bit too sci-fi for Game of Thrones.

Arya will finish her list: Unlikely

As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think Arya will live long enough to take out both the Mountain and Cersei. She’s extremely over confident in her abilities as an assassin and I have a feeling that’s what will end up getting her killed.

The Mountain and the Hound will battle: Likely

This one is pretty obvious to me. The two brothers’ contentious relationship has been a defining factor in the Hound’s life for the entirety of the series. And the stand-off between the two in the last episode of Season 7 basically seals the deal.

Jon will kill Daenerys or vice versa: Possibly

Jon and Daenerys have been wrapped up in the prophecy of Azor Ahai. We’ve never heard it explained on the show, but the previous incarnation of Azor Ahai had to plunge his sword into his beloved’s heart to give it the magic to become Lightbringer. Both seem to have traits of the legendary hero, but Melisandre herself said that “prophecies are dangerous things.”

So what do you think? Post in the comments below. I’ll be detailing my more specific predictions in the coming weeks leading up to the premiere.