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– by Campbell Clark

A huge part of the fun for a show like Game of Thrones, is not just waiting to see what happens each week, or each season, but debating and speculating as to what will happen at the end of this landmark show. We fans do this with many shows and movies, but the nature of HBO’s Game of Thrones has so far made it both less easy to predict and also far more fun to do so.

However it occurred to me recently that there are many people out there who love the show, and yet have no idea at all about the many theories and the foreshadowing of future plots that goes on. For example many of my friends and family that watch it every week were completely caught unawares when Jon Snow ………..Wait a minute.

I better stop there for now!

Before we start I should point out the following.

If you are not up to date with Game of Thrones Season 7, then there WILL BE SPOILERS in this article!!!!

And even if you are up to date, the theories discussed here may well become SPOILERS for the remaining 2 episodes and Season 8, if correct.

So if you are someone that wants the surprise and doesn’t want to speculate too much, then I’d advise this article is not for you.

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Still here?

Okay then, stick with me a little longer. What we can say is that the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire fan community are amazing at deducing what is going to happen. Even George R R Martin, creator of the novels on which the show is based, has already said that fans have indeed guessed pretty much everything at some point or another. Of course he won’t be specific and that means that amongst the hundreds of current theories that are out there it’s going to be tough to correctly choose the ones that hit the nail on the head so to speak.

But that’s what I am going to attempt to do here. I have initially chosen the theories that I support strongly, though it should be noted there are websites dedicated to just fan theories alone and as such you will find many counter arguments to the one’s I am proposing here.

I’ll start with a theory that I am so committed to, we have taken vows.

The Valonqar

This is the theory that seeks to predict who will kill Cersei Lannister, I mean she has to die right? There are many characters who would love to be the one to do the deed: Arya, Dany, Tyrion, Gendry and likely more than half of Westeros. Cersei has really become the Darth Vader of Game of Thrones in recent seasons.

Now to understand where this theory comes from we must first remember the conversation Cersei had as a child with Maggy the Frog. Below you will see the scene in question in the video from Episode 1 of Season 5.

 

For those that can’t or just don’t want to, don’t worry, that’s what I am here for and the important thing is this: Everything Maggy predicted for Cersei has come true…Everything but her death. What did Maggy say about Cersei’s death?

“And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

Who is the valonqar? That’s the mystery, and it becomes clearer when we realize that in high Valyrian, Valonqar means ‘little brother. To begin with, many people therefore logically assumed that Tyrion would be the one to kill his elder sister — he even told her he would have his revenge on her in Season 2 Episode 8.

However…….Tyrion is not the person who I think will kill Cersei Lannister. No, that honor will go to her twin brother, lover and father of her children, Jaime Lannister. Before you laugh this off, I’ll present my evidence and we will start with the fact that yes Jaime is indeed the younger of the twins, he was definitely born after Cersei, which means he qualifies.

The most important thing for me is the character arc of Jaime Lannister. We end Episode 1 of the whole series finding out he is having an incestuous affair with his sister, and he was willing to kill a small boy in order to protect that secret. He’s arrogant, wants to fight, cares about no one except perhaps his own siblings. Jaime was a bad egg and we all hated him, yet I wonder how many people’s hearts were in their mouths when he charged at Drogon in Episode 5’s finale a week ago? That’s a testament to how good his character arc has been, he is a completely different man from the one we knew in Season 1. We can see that even he is starting to doubt Cersei, after all he killed the Mad King for wanting to use Wildfire to blow up the city, then watched as his sister actually did the same deed.

So in my opinion, Cersei will lose her child somehow, this seems inevitable considering Maggy the Frog predicted exactly how many children she would have, and that they would all die before her. It’s also why the reveal of her preganancy was such a shock to many viewers. Grief, I am betting, will make her just want to kill everyone. She will betray the alliance against the dead (Which we expect to happen this season) and attack her tenuous allies in the final battle against the White Walkers. Jaime will see that she will sacrifice everyone just to get revenge and in a final act of courage, he will strangle his sister and take command of the Lannister forces. He will end the show as a hero after beginning as a villain. His fate after this act, I have not yet guessed.

Now if you want some foreshadowing of this, here is a shot from the opening episode in Season 7: Dragonstone you may have seen this before.

Notice where they are both standing? Cersei is standing on the region known as ‘The Neck’ and Jaime is standing on the region known as ‘The Fingers’, coincidence?

In the same episode we had an Ed Sheeran cameo and he was singing ‘Hands of Gold’, a song Tyrion in the books recited as he strangled Shae his former lover. The song never appeared in the matching episode in the show and yet the producers placed it here, with the imagery above and the ‘Hand of Gold’ possibly being Jaime’s golden hand, I think it was foreshadowing of Jaime being the ‘Valonqar.’

My second theory for this piece is one I originally thought might happen this season, but he lack of dragons in next week’s promo makes me wonder if it will.

An Ice Dragon Is Coming

The theory goes that one of Dany’s three dragons will be killed in battle and that the Night King will resurrect it and use it as his personal ice dragon steed.

My reasons for agreeing with this are as follows:

I have a funny feeling that Dany needs to lose a dragon, she needs to have her confidence completely knocked by something, and I think many fans were worried this may happen in Episode 5 when Bronn shot the scorpion at Drogon. I think that would have felt cheap. My preference would be for the Night King or another White Walker to kill one of the dragons, to once again show the true, real threat to Daenerys. In fact, almost losing Drogon made me think we may see this happen before the end of Season 7. But… I am not seeing any dragons so far in this coming week’s episode. I was hoping Dany would go with them to Eastwatch. Perhaps this will be more of a Season 8 happening than Season 7.

Which dragon will perish though? For me it has to be Vyserion, simply because Drogon is Dany’s personal favourite, and Rhaegal is named after Jon Snows real Father Rhaegar Targaryen. That leaves us with two dragons and two Targaryens who can ride them? Seems like it links up well to me. So well in fact that there doesn’t seem to be any story needs for Vyserion left other than this.

I am also personally desperate to see a battle in Season 8 which involves Jon and Dany on their dragons fighting the Night King on his ice dragon. My eyes need to see that one day, so it gets bonus points for being a really cool idea.

Below is a fan made image showing what an ice dragon may look like… It’s a popular theory after all.

The reason I think it will happen so quickly is because Dany needs to fear the Night King in the way Jon does, we need to see just how powerful they are, even compared to Dany and her dragons, something that really shakes her confidence.

And before I get into any more word heavy meaty theories, I will predict which of the Magnificent Seven who went out beyond the wall will make it back after this week’s coming episode.

Which of the Magnificent 7 will die?

Here are the characters I think will survive the next episode and why!

Jon –  Because he has to see this through now, surely, he has already died once?

The Hound – Because he needs to meet Arya again and also kill his brother ‘The Mountain'(another theory for another week)

Gendry – Because he just came back in and it appears he is now going to be a series regular as per industry rumour, also he needs to meet up with Arya again, those two could become a power couple after all?

Jorah – Because even greyscale, the dead warriors and the Night King himself can’t get Jorah out of the friend zone with Dany.

Tormund – Because we all need to see him get it on with Brienne of Tarth, and I’ll cry if he gets killed (not kidding, he’s one of my favourites)

Which leaves us, Thoros and Beric….. Sorry lads, but I think your time is up this week!

Last little thing this week from me, I don’t think Littlefinger will see out the season! I think he’s playing a dangerous game with Arya, the ultimate ninja assassin, and that dagger he gave Bran is going to end up back with its master if you know what I mean? Equally I know many people that think he will win it all and sit on the Iron Throne with Sansa, but for me he’s outlived his usefulness with so little time remaining.

There are so many more theories we could discuss here, but too many at once makes for a very long read and an awfully sore head. So I hope to bring you some more Game of Thrones theories before the season ends, or after we see the final episode.

Thanks to my fellow LRM writers Drew Carlton and Seth McDonald for staying up late and geeking out over email with me in recent weeks. And special thanks to my network of little spies who whisper secrets in my ear, my own Magnificent Seven the BumderCat clan aka my buddies.

What do you think of these predictions? Agree or disagree with my reasoning? Let us know in the comments down below…And remember…The night is dark and full of LRM writers….and Winter is coming!

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