Half the fun of watching “Game of Thrones” is predicting what might happen. Ever since the show beheaded Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in Season 1, it proved that anything goes and nobody’s safe. But if you don’t have time to monitor online chatter, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your guide to the biggest predictions about Season 8.
A Jonerys baby
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) were last seen canoodling at the end of Season 7. Many fans think that union will produce a child. Why? Well, first of all, the book series is called “A Song of Ice and Fire.” So having a baby would make that title literal: ice (Jon, who’s spent most of the show shivering on glaciers) coming together with fire (Dany, who’s walked through flames multiple times). Dany also thinks she can’t have kids, although her source — a shady witch from Season 1 — is unreliable. Dany discussed this with Jon in Season 7… which seems like a Chekhov’s gun if we ever heard one. Author George R. R. Martin has also said the ending will be “bittersweet.” If both Jon and Dany die, but their legacy lives on in the form of their kid who gets the Throne, that would sure fit the bill.
Jaime kills Cersei
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has to die, but who will do the deed? Will it be Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), completing her kill list? Or Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), killing the sister who never loved him? Or will it be her twin and lover Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)? Many believe it will be the latter. Remember the beginning of Season 5, when the show did a flashback to a young Cersei visiting a witch in the woods? The witch predicted her children’s deaths (“gold will be their crowns and gold their shrouds”). In the books, she also says that Cersei will die at the hands of “the little brother.” There’s debate about what this means — it could be The Hound (Rory McCann), since he’s a little brother, just not hers. And he sure hates the Lannisters. It could be Tyrion. It could be Arya wearing Tyrion’s face. But Jaime also counts as her “little brother,” since he’s the younger twin. And he’d be the most dramatic choice.
The likelihood of this happening: 7/10. It seems very likely, but since pretty much everyone thinks that the writers might also decide it’s too predictable. Or they might go for Arya wearing his face, rather than Jaime himself.