WARNING: Don’t go any further if you don’t want to encounter White Walkers or spoilers.
Many have fought for it, and many more have died because of it, but the question still burns deep: Who will ultimately claim the Iron Throne?
With the season finale premiering on HBO on the 26th June 2016, winter has now truly come to Westeros and into our lives – the latter, at least, until the next season begins airing sometime next year in March or April.
Of course, the Internet is abuzz with rumours, theories, hypotheses and debates on how the whole series will end, particularly since George R R Martin hasn’t even published the ending yet. However, he has confirmed that some people have correctly guessed how the story will end and who will finally nab the throne for themselves.
So, with a deep void in my heart and life and a long wait ahead, here are some theories I’ve come across about how Game of Thrones will probably conclude.
The Wall is destroyed – With the White Walker invasion only being delayed by the Wall in the North, can you imagine what would happen if it was brought down? It would literally spell disaster for all the heroes and villains of the story and forever change the map of Westeros as we know it. Seems unlikely? Well, it’s one of the theories out there, and we know George loves to kill our favourite characters, so why not literally kill them all?
Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow will wed – Some fans are speculating that the title of the books that the show is based on actually foreshadows how the series will end. Entitled A Song of Ice and Fire, the ice is meant to represent the cold in the North – and, by association, Jon Snow – while the fire symbolises the dragons and their mother, Daenerys Targaryen. Other fans insist that the title of the book actually refers only to Jon Snow, who many believe is the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen (rather than Ned Stark’s). In this case, it would mean that Daenerys is actually Jon Snow’s aunt!
Jon Snow… the Messiah – Religion plays a pivotal part in Game of Thrones, so it’s quite possible for there to be a Messiah destined to save Westeros from the White Walkers. This would probably be Jon Snow, who some people believe is the reincarnation of AzorAhai, the saviour of R’hllor – the religion Melisandre forms part of. This theory stands on the fact that Melisandre, following Jon Snow’s reawakening from the dead, now believes that Jon is actually Azor and not Stannis.
Bye, bye Iron Throne – Much like the Crown is a concept for the rule, majesty, and power of the Monarchy in England (on top of the actual, physical crown), so is the Iron Throne to people of Westeros. It represents the power of the king or queen and that Westeros is united under them. What might happen is that the Iron Throne will cease to exist once the White Walkers ravage through the Westeros – both as a physical object and as a concept.
Long live the dragons – Going back to the title of the books, it would make sense to believe that the final epic battle will be between the White Walkers (the ice) and the dragons (the fire), and we know that dragon fire can kill White Walkers, so it’s even more likely. Some fans, however, have gone even further in aligning Jon Snow and Bran Stark with the White Walkers and the ice, and Daenerys and Tyrion with the dragons and the fire. The theory here states that we do not actually know why the White Walkers are waging war on humans and, so, their motives may not be evil after all! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
…so I guess we’ll just have to wait it out.
Have you come across any other fan theories about the Game of Thrones ending?
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