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Game of Thrones finale leaks and theories: how could it end? 

Warning: possible spoilers ahead

And so here we are: the last ever episode of Game of Thrones approaches. Perhaps the biggest surprise is quite how underwhelmed we all are: the deaths have been feeble, the writing worse and neither villain turned out to be as scary as we hoped.

But still, the imaginations of fans have become only more feverish with disappointment, which means that seeing which crazy theories crop up on Reddit has become far more entertaining than season eight itself. Although the leakers have a had a pretty good hit rate so far, there’s still much confusion about how the series will end. 

Here’s a handy guide to the most popular theories. Note: not all of the below will come to pass, but some of it could. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Daenerys will be killed by Jon

She’s his queen (and his aunt/girlfriend) and no, he doesn’t to rule. But that doesn’t mean that Jon “Aegon Targaryen” Snow’s claim to the throne doesn’t threaten that of Daenerys, whom, as The Bells showed, will happily murder people to sit on that chair made of swords. Tyrion, it’s rumoured, will convince Jon that he and his family are unsafe while Daenerys is still alive, and in the wake of her killing spree in episode five, her formerly loyal subject / nephew, is given no option but to kill her. After that he returns to join the Night’s Watch where, some hope, he is reunited with Very Good Boy Ghost.

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in Game of Thrones Credit: HBO/Helen Sloan

Bran will sit on the Iron Throne

Yes, we know, it isn’t the thrilling ending to Thrones that we were all hoping for. But Bran Stark, the boy who hoped to be a knight-turned-prescient time-traveller, is believed by some to wind up in King’s Landing after it is decreed by a King’s Council consisting of Bronn (Highgarden status: unclear); Samwell Tarly, Davos Seaworth and Tyrion Lannister.

The Unsullied carry on Daenerys’s work

She may have burned thousands of innocents in King’s Landing, but Daenerys’s vows to liberate the enslaved in Essos aren’t for nought. The Unsullied, once they’ve dusted themselves down, head over the sea to continue Daenerys’s work in the wake of her murder by Jon.

Maisie Williams as Arya

Maisie Williams as Arya Credit: HBO

Arya will kill Daenerys…

Remember the closing moments of The Last of the Starks, in which the camera concentrated on both the very green eyes of Cersei and Daenerys? It felt a particularly pertinent decision in the wake of Melisandre’s reminder of her prophecy to Arya the episode before, that the youngest Stark girl would “shut forever” brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, given Arya had annihilated the icy peepers of the Night King. Obviously, Arya will never tick Cersei off her kill list (thanks, Sandor!) but Daenerys’s green eyes may well be shut by the best swordswoman in King’s Landing.

There’s also the rather untapped resource of Arya’s Faceless Men training – that somewhat interminable education she received in the House of Black and White in season five. Perhaps Jon reunites with Arya when he least expects it because she kills Daenerys under the guise of somebody else.

…or Drogon

Bit more offbeat, but it’s been mooted nonetheless: that Arya would take down Drogon in order to enable Jon better access to Dany. The question over her method remains: Arya is a deft hand with needle, but it’s difficult to imagine her diminutive sword would come close to puncturing the dragon’s hide. As Qyburn told a distraught Cersei last week: there are no scorpions left. Alternatively – and poetically – Arya could ape the Night King in throwing a javelin at Drogon. It still feels slightly far-fetched: Arya’s a ruthless killer but she’s not one for murdering beasts that have been following human command. Still, she’s lurking around in King’s Landing for a reason, and something’s got to happen to the Seven Kingdoms’ last dragon.

Jon takes Drogon to the North

It’s difficult to imagine Drogon being keen to escort the man who murdered his mother anywhere, but Jon is, after all, a Targaryen and has shown that he knows how to fly them. Given the dragons’ previous unhappiness in the snowy wastelands of the North, though (not eating, being generally full of malaise) it wouldn’t be as happy an ending as a picturesque one.

Daenerys rides Drogon 

Daenerys rides Drogon 

Drogon takes Daenerys’s body, possibly destroys the Iron Throne

This makes a bit more sense. The Iron Throne clearly holds significance for season eight, as suggested by the fascination it holds in the updated opening credits. Daenerys has been hungry for it since she knew it existed. What if the Throne was destroyed, thus changing the rule that holds the Seven Kingdoms so bloodily? If it’s survived the sacking of King’s Landing, then the only way to be rid of the Iron Throne is with fire: enter Drogon.

Of course, it’s unlikely that Drogon would do this before his mother manages to sit on it. But if she is killed, then the dragon would be her most loyal living subject and could take Daenerys’s body away.

Tyrion dies

There’s some chatter about Tyrion dramatically throwing down his Hand of the Queen pin in the wake of Daenerys torching his childhood home and killing his siblings in spite of King’s Landing surrendering (a situation he had helped to engineer). This, of course, will not go down well with Dany but rather than subjecting him to the dracarys, she gives Tyrion a trial.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Credit: HBO

Speculation varies as to who is present, but it’s likely that the scene will take place in the dragonpit and act as one of the finale’s major scenes. Ser Davos will lead the trial, supported by a motley crew of surviving Westeros elite including Brienne and Samwell Tarly as well as Robyn Aryn (remember him?).

Perhaps Grey Worm will be there too, as Daenerys’ de facto defender. Given the significance of Tyrion on trial throughout the show (in season four), it would be a neat mirror to the role “The Imp” has played in directing Game of Thrones’s plot. Might it transpire that Tyrion has been working for the Lannisters all along, acting as a mole for Cersei while seeming to support Daenerys?

Don’t expect, though, a trial by combat. After all, there are few warriors left. Instead, Tyrion is expected to fall to his knees, dragged down by the weight of his actions.

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