Finally, winter is upon us… this Sunday, HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season. And, to celebrate what is sure to be a dramatic conclusion, I thought I’d share eight predictions for the upcoming season!
1.) Dany will be, or already is, pregnant and will bear Jon’s child. They mentioned her inability to have children last season far too much, as though they really wanted to remind the audience of her alleged infertility. Though the idea of the Targaryen cycle of incest continuing on any longer – even though they are unaware of it at this point – is a bit questionable.
2.) Gendry will be legitimized, inherit Storm’s End, and marry Sansa. I waver on the idea of “Gendrya,” and see him instead making a match for Sansa, who is in need of someone who won’t be cruel to her and will see her as a partner. However, if he does marry Sansa, I think that would be a show-only thing, as I doubt that will be the outcome for her in the books.
3.) Either Jon or Dany will die, but not both. Probably.
4.) Bronn will finally get his castle – and I think it will be Walder Frey’s old domain, The Twins. Bronn’s been through a lot trailing Tyrion and Jaimie around, and I think he’ll make it through whatever comes next. Plus, I so hope he teams up with the Hound, Beric, and Tormund somehow.
5.) Tyrion will betray Dany. I don’t know how he will do it or what the long-lasting implications will be, but he wasn’t fully on board with much of Daenerys’ strategies last season (frying the Tarlys, flying beyond the wall, and hookin’ up with Jon), and I see his faith in her waning. Will he turn to Cersei because of it? Maybe. I hope not, but I don’t think he’s happy with his position right now, and see him seeking to change it.
6.) Cleganebowl will happen but it won’t be as satisfying as years of hype has built it up to be.
7.) Arya will kill Melisandre. They are meant to meet again, after all, according to Melisandre’s statement in season 3 – and it hasn’t happened yet. Plus, she’s on Arya’s list.
8.) And – just for the heck of it – Cersei and Jaime are secret Targaryens. I don’t necessarily think this is true (though I do think it is more likely than Tyrion being one) but if it is, I want to be able to say I called it.
Whatever is to come in the final season, I cannot wait to see it unfold onscreen!