Even though the Game of Thrones series finale isn’t due to happen for another two seasons, fans are already speculating about the ending. And while some theories are completely out in left field (Lord Baelish on The Iron Throne? Really?), there are quite a few fan theories that make perfect sense.
Granted, the creators of the show have made clear that the next two seasons of Game of Thrones won’t be closely following the book series by George R.R. Martin, so everything at this point is considered speculation. Moreover, HBO has shown that they will definitely throw in a monkey wrench into a series when the viewers least expect it (remember Boardwalk Empire?), so it stands to reason that Game of Thrones is no different. However, here are some ideas that have come up for the Game of Thrones series finale.
First, Movie News Guide is suggesting that the Game of Thrones series finale will conclude with Daenerys Targaryen becoming Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. The Mother of Dragons, as played by Emilia Clarke, certainly has a valid claim to The Iron Throne, being that she is a legitimate child of “The Mad King,” and many in the Seven Kingdoms still believe that Robert Baratheon was “The Usurper.” If nothing else, Khaleesi has the armies — both the ones that she’s acquired, and the ones that have pledged allegiance to her along the way — and the dragons to take the throne by force, if she has to. But there’s the issue of Euron Greyjoy of The Iron Islands, who’s interested in both The Iron Throne and the dragons. There’s a possibility that she’ll be killed by Euron Greyjoy before the series is over — though, if it’s any consolation, she’ll take out the conniving Cersei Lannister in the process. Victory, we think?
Meanwhile, there’s another Game of Thrones series finale theory that’s floating around, and this one comes courtesy of the Guardian. In this theory, Jon Snow takes The Iron Throne and rules the Seven Kingdoms in peace. However, there’s a few tricks to this theory, and it’s not without its flaws: while Jon Snow has more of a claim to The Iron Throne than the Mother of Dragons (because he’s a male Targaryen, albeit an illegitimate one), he’s unaware of his lineage, so he may not even want it for himself — or know that he’s entitled to it. The fact that there are three dragons, and three powerful people in the Targaryen alliance, that have a vested interest in The Iron Throne — Khaleesi, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister — one of two things has to happen: either Jon Snow has to marry Daenerys for political purposes (yikes!) to secure the Targaryen claim to The Iron Throne, or Jon Snow has to sacrifice himself to save the people of Westeros from the White Walkers (yes, they’re still a threat) and earn a different kind of respect throughout Westeros. (We’ll recall, as well, that the name of the book series by Martin is A Song of Ice and Fire — and Jon Snow is both Ice (as a Stark) and Fire (as a Targaryen). The “real” Game of Thrones, then, is about Jon Snow — so it would stand to reason that it would cast him in the best light possible.)
Finally, the last possible Game of Thrones series finale theory comes courtesy of International Business Times. Their theories, however, concern the ancillary characters of the series — namely, Arya and Samwell Tarly. Arya, for her part, still has seven people on her “kill” list, and given her success at smiting her enemies thus far, there’s no doubt she’ll finish off her list by the time the show is over. As for Samwell — given his trade, it looks as though the conclusion of the series will be told through his eyes.
What are some of your favorite Game of Thrones series finale theories?
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