Who Will Die in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, According to These Fan Theories
Hint: Everyone dies, probably.
These 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theories Explain Who Will Die in Season 8
It’s time to dust off your HBO subscription because winter is almost here. After a grueling year without Game of Thrones, the fantasy drama is getting ready to air its final season. Naturally, the fandom has spent the year cooking up theories for season 8 of Game of Thrones, including a few convincing predictions about which characters will die before the series wraps. Because if there’s one thing a Game of Thrones fan can count on, it’s that all men must die.
For now, all viewers are on the same playing field. Fans who read George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire no longer have an edge up on spoilers compared to those that solely watched the HBO show. Everything is up in the air and with such a massive and dedicated fanbase swimming around in uncharted territory, it makes speculating endgame theories all the more terrifying and fun.
There’s still plenty of excruciating time before season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14. However, if you need to mentally prepare yourself for all the inevitable death coming in season 8, then these fan theories are sure to get you through.
1. Cersei Lannister
Given her bad reputation since the start of series, Cersei Lannister is a fan-favorite pick to die in season 8. While there’s a lot to unwrap and most fans just want to see justice served, there are actually a few compelling theories that signal that Cersei’s death might happen before the series is done.
In season 5, a witch named Maggy the Frog told a young Cersei her future. “You will never wed the Prince, you will wed the King,” Maggy says. “You’ll be Queen, for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful — to cast you down and take all you hold dear…The King will have 20 children, and you will have three…Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
Thus far, the prophecy has come true. Her late husband, King Robert Baratheon, had many illegitimate children and Cersei had three children – now dead – with her twin brother Jaime.
Book readers have noted that the show's prophecy left out a major piece that said Cersei's little brother, who fans believe is Jaime, would "choke the life" out of her. While this might be a popular fan theory for how Cersei will die in A Song of Ice and Fire, the show might be going in a different direction, considering the writers purposely left that information out of the script.
What we do know from the show's prophecy is that Cersei has 3 children that die. In season 7, Cersei revealed that she was pregnant with a fourth child. So, what could this mean for season 8?
On Reddit, a fan named Narglefoot wrote that Cersei could die during childbirth. If the show is still following the prophecy, it is likely that Cersei never lives to see baby number 4. And if you are set on the book’s little brother prophecy, then you should know that the Redditor also took the book into consideration, speculating that the child would still technically be her dead children's little brother.
2. Sansa Stark
There's no question that the six orphaned direwolf cubs symbolize each of the Stark children. Grey Wind and Robb were shot down with arrows and decapitated at the Red Wedding. Nymeria's scene with Arya in season 7 showed that, like Arya, Nymeria is not meant for domesticated life. Shaggydog was murdered after people betrayed Rickon to Ramsey, which foreshadowed Rickon's death. Summer died after Bran “died” and was reborn as the Three-Eyed Raven. Even Ghost's name is fitting for Jon since he was brought back to life. Now, fans are predicting that a scene from the first season will reflect how Sansa will die in the final season.
Reddit user TxOxRxI wrote, "Back in season 1, Nymeria bites Prince Joffrey and runs off. Sansa's direwolf, Lady, takes the punishment and is sentenced to die. I don't necessarily think Sansa will be sentenced to die, but I do believe that Sansa will die somehow by saving Arya or taking her place, just as her direwolf did."
While Sansa’s death would mean yet another major blow to the Starks of Winterfell, the direwolf to Stark children ratio is not in her favor. There are currently 4 deceased direwolf cubs and only 3 living Starks. If the showrunners choose to continue the parallel until the very end, it might be time to say goodbye to Sansa.
3. The Night King
While it’s certainly possible that everyone dies and the Night King takes over the world, there’s one theory that surprisingly stands out above the rest. Redditor theyusedthelamppost speculated that Jaime would be the one to kill the Night King. The Reddit user noted that killing the Night King would redeem Jaime’s nickname “Kingslayer,” after being ridiculed by it for years.
“Jaime killing the Night's King would be poetic justice,” the fan continued. “Aerys (the "Fire King") was threatening to burn everyone, Jamie killed him to stop it. Night King ("Ice King") threatens to freeze Westeros, Jaime could stop it by killing him. It would be so perfectly fitting for Jaime's whole character arc of ‘of Ice and Fire.’”
If you weren’t already convinced that Jaime is meant to defeat the Night King, the Reddit user edited their post, adding that Jaime is still holding Widow’s Wail, a Valyrian steel sword. And yes, Valyrian steel is known to kill White Walkers.
Some say that Game of Thrones will end in fire, some say in ice. Whatever happens, come April 14, all bets are off because if there’s anything these fan theories prove, it’s that anything could happen.
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