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Winter is Here: Game of Thrones - The Final Season


Fire and Blood

The final season of Game of Thrones is finally here, and everyone has plenty of theories about how it's going to end. I first read the books back in 2006 during my Senior year of High School, so I've been waiting a LONG time to find out how this story ends. Granted, there's still some major differences in the books, so not everything will play out the same, and I'll still read the books when they come out. This post is mostly going to be my thoughts on theories, differences, and who survives the endgame. And by theories, I mostly mean how likely someone's death is. Needless to say, HEAVY SPOILERS follow, as this post assumes you are caught up with the show, and at least familiar with the major divergences in the books. Read at your own peril.

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When we last left the Seven Kingdoms, Jon and Daenerys were on their way to Winterfell, Cersei finally lost Jamie, and the Night King brought the Wall down via an undead dragon with a horde of ice zombies at his back, ready to destroy the world of men. Or at least we think so, we still don't really know what the Night King wants, if anything. He may very well end up being a villain whose true end goals are beyond our own comprehension. He's one of the only characters I honestly have no theory for other than "he dies, but at great cost." Which seems like a given, but George loves to pull the rug out from under fans, so we'll see.

So, who's still alive and who's going down?

  1. Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen) - I'm putting these two together because I firmly believe that one of them will survive the show and the other one will perish. Now which is which? I'm honestly 50/50, as I could see it going either way. Ideally, they both survive, somehow look past that they're related, and rule together, eventually putting their own psychotic incest baby on the throne. But we don't live in an ideal world, and GRRM is much crueler than that anyway. I say either Daenerys lives, and Jon dies, or Daenerys dies, and Jon lives, and I honestly can't decide which scenario is more likely.

  2. Arya Stark - I'm going to say Arya survives because of everything she's survived so far, and because I simply cannot deal with the possibility of her dying. Everyone is looking forward to her reunion with Jon Snow, and so am I. But I'm actually looking forward to her reunion with Gendry even more. We always knew the reunion with Jon was inevitable, but a reunion with Gendry was