With ice finally meeting fire, Starks getting back together and Jamie hopefully coming to his senses and abandoning Cersei and of course, Night King, White Walkers, and the Army of the penetrating the wall with a ice dragon in tow, GoT Season 8 has in store much to look forward to and dread. Here are a few fan theories of what might come to pass in Season 8.
Will Jaime kill Cersei?
One ever enduring fan theory is that Jaime will kill Cersei. There is a prophesy about Cersei’s death in the fourth book in The Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast for Crows. It goes; “And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Valonqar is Valyrian for ‘little brother’, which may hint that either Tyrion or Jaime will eventually kill Cersei.
Judging by the bitterness with which they parted in final episode of season 7 it’s safe to say that this theory might be proven in season 8. In fact, season 6 ended with the same air of bitterness hanging over them. After all it’s not a long way from the Kingslayer to becoming the Queenslayer. In the bath scene of Season 3, Episode 5: ‘Kissed by Fire’, Jamie goes into a recount of the incidents which lead to the slaying of the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen.
Jamie knew that, after Robert Baratheon emerged triumphant at the Trident, his father, Tywin Lannister would not take the losing side. Jamie urged the Mad King to surrender after Tywin sacked the city. But he asked Jamie to bring his father’s head and commanded his pyromancer to burn the inhabitants of the city, “Burn them all. Burn them in their homes. Burn them in their beds.” Most believe that Jamie killed the Mad King for his own gains. But if the bath speech is to be believed he most likely averted a catastrophe by saving thousands of innocent lives.
In a strange twist of events Cersei seems to be slowly but surely reaching the same level of madness, when she reveals to Jamie that she has no intension of joining forces with Jon and Daenerys. In fact, according to another fan theory Cersei will become the Mad Queen. Will Jamie kill Cersei for the greater good? Only time will tell. However, as the prophesy goes the Valonqar is supposed to wrap his hands around Cersei’s neck. Jamie is an amputee.
Is Tyrion a Targaryen?
Fans theorize that Mad King Aerys Targaryen was in love with Joanna Lannister, Tyrion’s mother. In fact in book form Tyrion is a Targaryen-Lannister hybrid in appearance with pale blonde hair and one black eye and one green eye. Targaryens are reputed for their purple eyes and silver hair, while Lannisters have green eyes and golden hair.
Gendry is son of Cersei and Robert Baratheon
After a period of absence Gendry again makes an appearance in season 7. Gendry’s earliest memory of his mother is her ‘yellow hair’. In season 1 Cersei tells Lady Stark how her ‘baby boy’ died. Cersei may have opted to get rid of Gendry because his dark hair alerted her to his paternity. He was not hers and Jamie’s but hers and Roberts. She may have wanted her and Jamie’s son to ascend the throne.
Jon Snow is Azor Ahai
This age-old prophesy claims that Azor Ahai, The Prince That Was Promised, would be “born amidst salt and smoke, beneath a bleeding star.” Ned Stark enters the birth chamber where his sister Lyanna had just given birth to Jon with Ser Arthur Dayne’s blood stained sword just after killing him. It is said that the sword was made from the metal of a fallen star.
The ‘salt and smoke’ reference maybe explained by the presence of Melisandre (fire, smoke) and Ser Davos Seaworth (ocean, salt) during Jon’s re-‘birth’. Prophesy has it that Azor Ahai would defeat the White Walkers with his sword, Lightbringer. In season 5, Episode 8 Jon killed a White Walker with his Valyrian steel sword.
Bran is actually Bran The Builder
Bran The Builder was the man who built Winterfell and raised The Wall over 8000 years ago. Being the Three Eyed Raven, Bran is able to influence the past. According to fan theories Bran The Builder and Brandon Stark are one and the same. Perhaps a future Bran went to the past to build the wall until man was ready to fight the White Walkers.