The agonising wait for April 15th, the premiere for season eight, seems longer than ever with nothing but short promos and vague teasers to study.
We here at H&B are hardcore GoT fans, and thought we might try to make the anticipation a little better (but possibly worse) by considering the top 5 theories for season eight.
WARNING **Spoilers** AHEAD
1. Jaime will kill Cersei
Wouldn’t it be fitting that the one person who really love(ed)s Cersei is destined to kill her? This theory is, in a way, backed by the childhood prophecy that TV viewers got a glimpse of but was revealed in full in chapter 36 of A Feast for Crows.”And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Maggy the Frog, the prophet who tells Cersei of her fate, warns her that the valonqar, which is High Valyrian for “little brother,” will be her killer. This has commonly been considered to be Tyrion Lannister, but it could equally be Jaime, as he was born a few minutes after Cersei, and at the end of season 7, left her side. The way in which she will die has also been debated, as at end of season 7 it was revealed that Cersei was once again pregnant to Jaime. If Cersei was to die in childbirth, and her child with her, it would still technically be by Jaime’s actions and the witch’s prophecy would remain true. There also remains Jaime’s title, ‘Kingslayer,’ which he earned by killing the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen. Cersei is quickly becoming known as the ‘Mad Queen,’ as she slips deeper into her own madness brought on by the deaths of her children. For Jaime to slay her, he would be up keeping and upgrading that title.
2. Tyrion is a Targaryen
There may be more to Tyrion’s loyalty to Daenerys than meets the eye. The theory goes that Aerys Targaryen and Joanna Lannister are the parents to Tyrion. This is enforced by Tywin Lannisters last words, “You’re no son of mine,” and in chapter 43 of A Dance with Dragons, the Mad King’s interest in Joanna is detailed, “Prince Aerys … as a youth, he was taken with a certain lady of Casterly Rock, a cousin of Tywin Lannister.” Joanna died giving birth to Tyrion, and if he truly was the son of Aerys, it would explain Tywin’s intense dislike for him. It would also explain the scene from season 6 when Tyrion is able to touch and interact with the dragons.
3. Samwell Tarly has a bigger role to play than we know
The theories surrounding Sam Tarly are numerous; however all of them position him as being a very significant part of the GoT endgame. Some claim that Sam will end up being the narrator of The Song of Ice and Fire (GoT), while others claim he is actually Aegon Targaryen, and by extension, Azhor Ahai, the “prince that was promised.” According to the prophecy spouted by Melisandre, after a long summer, Azor Ahai will be reborn amidst smoke and salt wielding the flaming sword Lightbringer to defend the world from R’hllor’s (the Lord of Light) nemesis, the Other. The theory states that Sam is the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and his first wife Elia Martell, but was smuggled to live with the Tarlys after King Robert’s rebellion. The claim that he is also Azhor Ahai is reinforced by a vision which was had by Daenerys in chapter 48 of A Clash of Kings, “Aegon; What better name for a king… He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” This does not necessarily align Sam Tarly with Aegon Targaryen, but it is interesting.
4. Bran is responsible for… everything?
Bran has been a catalyst for many events that have transpired since the very first episode. He was thrown out of a window, for which Catelyn Stark tried to avenge him by kidnapping Tyrion Lannister, which in turn evoked a response from the Lannisters, and started the South and North’s war for the Iron Throne. Not only has he been in the crossfires for many major moments, but he is magically gifted and has even dabbled in time travel. This had led to theories that Bran (Brandon), which is a Stark family name, has actually lived before his own time as another Bran, even to the extent that he has been every Bran in the family up until that point. In the book A Game of Thrones, Nan’s stories of all the Brandon Starks throughout history “had become one person in her head.” There is another theory that Bran is the Night King. While the Bran that we know is good, and wants to save humanity, we know that his time travel can have an effect on a person’s psyche, and directly affect the present. If Bran chooses to go back and try and stop the first White Walker being made, in which the theory dictates he would warg into the man having dragonglass shoved through his heart (who coincidentally is suspected of being a Stark) but fail and hence become the Night King. This would also explain how the Night King was able to touch and mark Bran when he travelled through time to see him.
5. There are MANY viable options for the prince who was promised
It has been officially confirmed that Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen (which means, yes, there have been/are two Aegon Targaryens that were fathered by Rhaegar Targaryen) and from this revelation it became a very popular theory that he is the “prince who was promised.” However, in the TV series, Missandei informs Melisandre that her translation of the prophecy was incorrect, and that there no gender was specified, meaning that it could be the prince or the princess that was promised. Hence, Daenerys could be the reborn Azhor Ahai. The prophecy states that “When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.” Daenerys was born on Dragonstone, near the narrow sea (amidst salt) and reborn as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre (amidst smoke) and she hatched her three dragon eggs on the pyre (wake dragons out of stone). It is looking very likely that she is a serious contender.