But how will they go?
*This post contains spoilers.
Game of Thrones, the popular HBO series, is just about to end and everyone has theories. I thought I’d throw in my two cents as someone who is fond of interpreting prophecies and examining what part we play in bringing our prophecies to pass.
I’m predicting that before this final season ends, every one of the main characters will die. Some literally. Some figuratively. But everyone goes. (I know, I know. If it’s true, it’s gonna be a bummer.)
The basics of prophecy
When I read tarot for my friends, occasionally for strangers, the questions go something like this:
Will I find love?
Will I be rich?
Am I gonna die?
I try to calm them down and assure them that tarot is a lot more complex than most people understand. I explain, as best I can, that tarot isn’t necessarily about telling your future. The tarot cards often act as simply a mirror, letting you know what path you are on currently. Depending on your actions moving forward, that path could change at any moment. Prophecy is similar to tarot in that way.
It is a prediction that can be altered or changed — depending on the actions you take moving forward.
Sometimes the prophecy will be avoided. But most of the time, people will adhere to the prophecy by making decisions that make it certain the prophecy will come to pass. Let’s take a look at a few of these.
The Stark Direwolves
In the first season, we find six pups whose mother was killed fighting a stag. Of those six pups, two are female and four are male. One of the wolves is albino.
We all know how this turned out. The wolves were literal representations of each of their owners. One by one, we see the fate of the Stark children mirrored by their wolves. Here are a few notable deaths and three predictions.
- Catelyn Stark, a direwolf, is killed on orders from Twyin Lannister, the Hand of the King to Joffrey I. Baratheon, a stag. (Literal death.)
- Bran’s direwolf dies in the cave beneath the weirwood tree protecting Bran during his escape. Meera’s infamous rant in Season 7 includes this fun little quotable: “You died in that cave.” (Figurative death.)
- Rickon’s direwolf is beheaded. If Bran is now “dead” to his position as the last legitimate Lord of Winterfell (which he repeats over and over to anyone who will listen) then Rickon is the next in line for the title as head of the household. Except, well, he’s murdered by Ramsay. (Literal death.)
- Arya’s direwolf becomes feral and roams the land with a new pack after their separation. I predict that Arya will lead a new pack of assassins, possibly becoming the next “No one” leader before the end of the series.
- Jon’s albino direwolf is sent back North with Tormund. Jon is recently recognized as Aegon Targaryen, son of white-haired Rhaegar Targaryen. His direwolf is a visual representation of Jon’s lineage. Their parting does not bode well for Jon. More on my Jon prediction later.
- Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, is killed (at the coaxing of Cersei) before all of the other direwolves and it is the death of her innocence. However, it could also have another interpretation if my predictions about Sansa are true. Sansa is currently the Lady of Winterfell. Does this earlier death of her “Lady” predict what will eventually happen to Sansa? More on my Sansa prediction later.
House of the Undying/ The Witch’s Prophecy/ The One That Was Promised
Daenerys and Jon
So the House of the Undying has come up again and again as a prediction for the end of the series. So has the witch’s prophecy. And don’t forget the prince/princess prophecy. It was Daenerys’ vision walk and Daenerys’ witch but I can’t talk about Daenerys without talking about Jon. So here we go.
The witch’s prophecy goes a little something like this:
“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and the mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again and you bear a living child, then he will return and not before.”
I wouldn’t have given the curse too much mind if it wasn’t for the fact that this has been brought up over and over again throughout the series. And now for the second prophecy.
She enters with a torch and finds herself in the throne room of King’s Landing. It’s covered in snow and the roof is caved in. She then walks through to emerge from the wall in a snowstorm before she enters a tent where she meets with Drogo and their son Rhaego. She leaves and finds herself in a room with her chained dragons, where she is also chained up. She is only able to break free because of the dragon’s fire.
So many images to consider! How do they all make sense? How about this third prophecy.
Our champion will be reborn to wake dragons from stone and reforge the great sword Lightbringer that defeated the darkness those thousands of years ago. If the old tales are true, a terrible weapon forged with a loving wife’s heart. Part of me thinks man was well rid of it, but great power requires great sacrifice. That much at least the Lord of Light is clear on.
Let me get a little wild with ya.
My unpopular opinion: Both Daenerys and Jon will die. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. Are you done with your anger? Cool. Let’s get to some of my evidence.
When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east.
The sun that will rise in the west is the unborn son of Cersei. This son will set in the East, as either a stillborn or will die in utero while Cersei is in the far unexplored East Essos, running away from the final fight for the throne.
When the seas go dry
Euron will die during the voyage. (Leaving Cersei with a smaller army or no army.)
and the mountains blow in the wind like leaves
Gregor Clegane hangs. (Leaving Cersei with no more protection.)
When your womb quickens again and you bear a living child
Jon and Daenerys have a child. (More on that in a minute.)
then he will return and not before.
Drogo is dead but waits for his wife which means, Daenerys will die too.
House of the Undying
Daenerys enters with a torch and finds herself in the throne room of King’s Landing.
Daenerys has been the last Targaryen for most of the show, carrying the torch of her family name the entire time.
It’s covered in snow and the roof is caved in.
Right before she gets to King’s Landing, she finds out that she is no longer the last Targaryen. She isn’t even the most legitimate heir. A northern man is. Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen is the most legitimate heir to the throne.
She then walks through to emerge from the wall into a snowstorm
The Battle with the Night King
before she enters a tent where she meets with Drogo and their son Rhaego.
IS THIS WHEN DAENERY’S DIES?!?! Before she even gets to try sitting on the throne, will she die and be reunited with her husband and stillborn child?
She leaves and finds herself in a room with her chained dragons,
Oh wait. Daenerys is the mother of dragons — who breathe fire — and fire brings light — oh crap. Is Daenerys serving the Lord of Light? Because if she is in any way, it’s possible that Daenerys will legit come back from death. Just like someone else we know. Jon?
where she is also chained up. She is only able to break free because of the dragon’s fire.
Maybe the Mother of Dragons simply goes mad. Or maybe…
The One Who Was Promised
Our champion will be reborn to wake dragons from stone
This can go two ways.
Either Daenerys could come back from literal death with the power to create new dragons or Daenerys can give birth to Jon Snow’s child — who can control dragons and wake them from the earth. Which would totally be possible considering some of the other fantastic abilities displayed by humans so far in this series.
and reforge the great sword Lightbringer that defeated the darkness those thousands of years ago.
This child could become the next great “Lightbringer” who brings lasting peace to the seven kingdoms. A super twisted happily ever after guy.
If the old tales are true, a terrible weapon forged with a loving wife’s heart.
Yes, Daenerys loves Jon but Jon will probably never be her husband. Which means that the only real husband Daenerys has ever had is Drogo. Daenerys could die in childbirth, which would be one way for a weapon to be forged with a loving heart.
Part of me thinks man was well rid of it, but great power requires great sacrifice.
Jon and Daenerys’ child’s ability to control dragons could be a direct consequence of Daenerys’ sacrifice when she dies in childbirth.
That much at least the Lord of Light is clear on.
Again with the Lord of Light. All the priests and priestesses we know of are dead. But the Lord of Light is still going to have something to do with how everything works out in the end.
What about Sansa?
Oh, you thought I forgot about Sansa Stark and Jon’s direwolf? Nope.
The separation of Jon from his direwolf, while not unlike Arya from her wolf, is foreboding. Jon sees himself, not as a Targaryen, but as a Stark. He sees himself as a Northerner and when he sends his wolf North, it feels as though he’s letting us he will always be a Northerner.
I predict Jon will die leaving the North. After Daenerys (theoretically) dies during childbirth, Jon will bring the child to Sansa to raise while Jon runs off after Cersei who is somewhere in the East.
But what about King’s Landing?
Who will be the new King/Queen if Cersei has abandoned it? If Jon and Daenerys are dead?
Remember when I pointed out that Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, was the first of the wolves to die? Let’s get figurative.
I predict that Sansa will be the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and Tyrion her consort. The Lady of Winterfell will put her title to “death” as she takes on a much more appropriate role. Sansa and Tyrion will raise Jon and Daenerys’ child as their own and the seven kingdoms will know peace under them.
A Stark. A Lannister. A Targaryen. All three in a single family to bring peace to the kingdom. A three-headed dragon that brings light to the land.
But what about Gendry Baratheon?
He will marry the only other Lady of Winterfell, Arya, and become the Warden of the North. While I predicted that Arya would lead a pack of assassins, I do not presume to say that she will have to give up her title in order to do so. In fact, she’d be the perfect decoy dagger to keep on the hip for the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms — Sansa Stark, first of her name.
Whew. You dizzy yet?
I am. Like I said in the beginning. Not everything is literal. Some of it has to do directly with the decisions we’ve already made or the decisions we make trying to run from our “destiny.”
I hope you enjoyed this little journey and I’ll catch you on the other side of the Season 8 finale.