Warning: This post contains spoilers if you have not finished the seventh season of “Game of Thrones.”
The season seven finale of “Game of Thrones” left viewers with a ton of questions.
There’s a never-ending number of theories circulating throughout the internet, trying to predict what will happen next season, and who will end up sitting on the Iron Throne.
It’s impossible to know for sure what we’re going to see in the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fairly clear clues.
Here are a couple of things you can expect from the final season of “Game of Thrones”:
In the season seven finale, Theon rallied a group of his fellow ironborn to help him find and rescue his sister Yara from their uncle Euron.
The last time Theon saw Yara, his uncle had taken hold of her after seizing their ships. Theon, instead of attempting to rescue Yara, became overwhelmed and jumped ship, literally.
It looks as though Theon is slowly starting to overcome the trauma he's endured the past couple of seasons, and we'll most likely see a very different version of him in the final season.
The last time we saw Jon and Daenerys, they were sailing north. We expect that their eventual arrival in Winterfell will cause some consternation.
It seems unlikely that Sansa and Arya will be thrilled that Jon has bent the knee to a woman they have never met, let alone a Targaryen, without consulting anyone.
And, lest we forget, there's some surprising information awaiting Jon regarding his identity when he returns to Winterfell.
While there have been a number of hints at Jon's true identity since season one, it was finally confirmed by both Samwell Tarly and Bran Stark in the season seven finale that Jon Snow is in fact the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
Oh, and his real name is Aegon Targaryen.
This makes Jon the true heir to the Iron Throne. It also makes Daenerys his aunt.
Bran and Samwell resolved to inform Jon that he's a Targaryen when returns to Winterfell. We can't imagine that this information will be great for his relationship with Daenerys.
But Targaryens have been known to wed their siblings, so perhaps this news won't be upsetting to the new couple.
Daenerys has quite the following of suitors now: Jon Snow, Ser Jorah Mormont (we feel for you buddy), and now possibly Tyrion Lannister.
Maybe it's wrong to insinuate that Daenerys will be in the midst of a love square, or parallelogram, or rhombus, or isosceles trapezium, since she's really only shown affection for one man recently -- her nephew, Jon.
But, it feels inevitable that tension will arise amongst Daenerys' varied group of gentlemen callers as they continue to vie for her attention.
There have been so, so, so many times in the past when Jaime should have broken things off with his sister, Queen Cersei. But it wasn't until she threatened his life and revealed her intentions to go back on her promise to fight the army of the undead that Jaime finally walked away from Cersei (literally and figuratively).
It's doubtful that the two will make any kind of reconciliation at this point. Cersei wants total world domination, Jaime wants to not have his life threatened. They're in really different places right now.
This recent rift between Jaime and Cersei could also be considered an indicator that Jaime will fulfil the Valonqar prophecy.
The prophecy comes from Maggy the Frog, the fortune teller in a season five flashback, who tells a young Cersei predictions about her future -- all of which have proven to be accurate so far.
However, in the books, there is one final prediction about Cersei's future that is left out of the series. In the fourth book in the 'Game of Thrones' series, 'A Feast for Crows,' Maggy tells Cersei, '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' in high Valyrian means little brother. Many have assumed that this is a clue that Tyrion will eventually kill Cersei, after all they don't have the best relationship, and she's already threatened to kill him a number of times. But Tyrion isn't Cersei's only little brother.
Despite being twins, Jaime was born after Cersei, technically making him a younger brother. Of course, this prophecy is only mentioned in the books, but given the acrimonious nature of the couple's relationship this season, and Jaime's 'Kingslayer' past, it's plausible that he could be the one to take Cersei's life next season.
The war between men and the White Walker and wight army was inevitable.
And after Viserion destroyed The Wall, leading the army of the undead into Westeros in the final scene of the seventh season, the Great War appears to be certain.
Daenerys and Jon Snow are preparing to head into battle to eliminate the White Walkers and wights once and for all.
'Game of Thrones' fans have been trying to figure out when they can expect the final season to premiere since its seventh season ended, less than a week ago.
As of right now, it's unclear when exactly the eighth and final season will premiere, but it is projected that it will come out sometime between 2018 and 2019 -- possibly two years from now!
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