The Handbook
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Who will win? Who will die? Who will sit on the Iron Throne? A question we have literally been asking ourselves for the past eight years – blimey, we’re knackered – and, with only two episodes left to go, we’re sitting on the edge of our iron thrones waiting to see if Cersei will finally get a life, or whether, after all of this, some rando like Ghost the direwolf will end up with the crown on – nothing would surprise us anymore. Alas, within the fortnight we shall know, but if you’re just as bloodthirsty as we are for some action then here’s a roundup of all the theories that are brewing on the Game of Thrones grapevine.

P.s. If you haven’t indulged in season eight yet then you might want to swerve the spoiler alerts below…

Gold Will Be Their Crowns... Gold Their Shrouds

“You’ll never wed the prince, you’ll wed the king, 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.” We’re so intrigued as to what this quote means. It was said to Cersei when she was a child and she and her friend, Melara, visited a witch who lived in a forest.

We know all of Cersei’s children died, and theories have bubbled that Cersei’s unborn child or a future child by Daenerys, who perhaps doesn’t know she’s pregnant yet, will take the throne. After all, as the witch who murdered Khal Drogo and her baby said “Death pays for life.”

Maggy the Frog predicted in both the show and the books—that Cersei would have only three children. Now, she’s about to have five – a “black-haired beauty” she had with Robert, died of fever shortly after his birth – so, if Maggy’s theory is correct then Cersei’s final child will die.

The Prince (Or Princess) That Was Promised

“After a long summer, when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world, He shall be born again amidst smoke and salt, He shall wake dragons out of stone, He shall draw from the fire a burning sword, Lightbringer.” 

For generations the people in Game of Thrones have raved about “The Prince that was Promised”, but before we go into detail of what the prophecy actually means and, more importantly, who it relates to. Let’s go back to the original Prince, Azor Ahai, The Last Hero. The last man who drove back The White Walkers with the help of The Children of the Forest. No living person really knows how he did it, apart from maybe Bran. 

The prophecy was supposed to tell us who would help defeat the white walkers and save the world from another Long Night, but with Ayra doing the deed in episode three we might need to re-evaluate what this prophecy is and who it is about… Thanks to Missandei we know that the Prince could be a Princess or even a triad of people – the dragon has three heads you know! But we do know that the Prince is supposed to be of Targaryen Blood. Either way, we’ve dug deep and based on the above, narrowed it down to the following: Danaerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Ayra Stark and Stannis Baratheon (but he’s dead so it kinda cancels him out of the mix).

Could Drogon The Dragon Be Pregnant?

With Dany’s dragons all gone but one, could dragons live on if Drogon is pregnant? Ooft, now there’s a question for you! With Reaghal dying in Ep.4 from Euron Greyjoy’s masterful shot(s), it would seem a little sad if dragons didn’t live on…

And while there is not much to go on in terms of proving that Drogon could be pregnant, we can take a peek at the G.O.T title sequence. Specifically the rings around the sun. One shows the night king on his dead dragon taking down the wall, the next shows Robb Stark with his direwolf head sown on from the infamous red wedding. And finally, on the third, a giant dragon showing flames with 3 surrounding smaller dragons. Could this prove that Drogon is pregnant or symbolise Dany and her three “children”?

Will Jamie Kill Cersei?

Jamie Lannister; the classic bildungsroman character, altered his moral compass so dramatically that we were shocked when he rode off from Brienne – boasting the question, is he off to kill Cersei? “She’s hateful, and so am I,” Jaime tells Brienne as he rides off to see the sister he once, and possibly still holds as his one true love. And, if Jaime isn’t going back to King’s Landing to stand by Cersei’s side, why is he going?

There’s the Valonqar theory, where Maggy the Frog tells Cersei about her “Valonqar” which means little brother, and Cersei has always believed it referred to Tyrion who is hateful towards Cersei, but could it have actually been referencing Jamie this whole time, who is her younger twin by a matter of minutes?

Has Dany Gone Mad Just Like Her Father?

With THAT ending in episode four – you all know the one- and the look on Dany’s face after the tragic death of Messandei, you just know something is about to be set on fire. But with Dany’s father going mad and burning people – including Jon Snows’ uncle and grandfather – will she go the same way? Well hopefully not. But Tyrion has been carefully reminding Dany that she doesn’t want to be “Queen of the Ashes” so she may just be a bit angry. Which we guess you would be if you had just had you closest friend, a dragon and Jorah murdered. But what we do know is that she is gunning for Cersei now… but that’s always been the case!

The North Remembers But Will It Become Independent And Sansa Queen?

With Sansa still not liking Dany – flipping ‘eck – and many of the North favouring “you know nothing” Jon Snow (Or rather Aegon Targaryen). Will Sansa get her wish of the North being Independent. Well If Cersei wins, no – if she wins everyone will end up dead. And while Sansa sits up in Winterfell with her wits, if she sits back and lets everyone destroy each other, she might just get her wish of the North staying Independent.

Is Bran The Big Bad Wolf Of The Series And Not The White Walkers?

Bran Stark, you do nothing!

Bran is currently one of the most mysterious characters on GoT; he’s The Three Eyed Raven, Brandon Stark and a
Cripple. Why did the White Walkers want him? Where did he Warg to when The Battle of Winterfell happened? These are all questions we need to find out before the series ends! But what if he is the big bad wolf of the entire series? What we know is that he see the future past and present through various visions – he knows his history! He can warg and control animals and even humans – R.I.P Hodor – and he has no emotions or ‘wants’
Could he have been taken over by the mysterious “Three Eyed Raven” and is that why the White Walkers wanted him dead? It could well be, but what we do know is that maybe Bran did actually die in that dingy cave North of the Wall. Even Meera Reed exclaims he did. Spooky.

We can only but theorise over what’s to come but boy are we excited about the two episodes left to finally see who claims the Iron Throne.

For those who want to try and get the goss before everyone else you can try and pry information from Emilia Clarke’s, Kit Harrington and Lena Headey’s Agents here, but we can’t promise anything. And, as for Game of Thrones, fear not as a prequel has been announced called “The Long Night” featuring Naomi Watts as the Lead. Eek!