'Game of Thrones' Final Season Theories and Predictions: What to Expect in Season 8—Will Daenerys Be Pregnant?

Cleganebowl? The Hound and Mountain face off
The Hound and the Mountain. Macall B. Polay/HBO

It's never too early to begin discussing Game of Thrones Season 8.

With the seventh and penultimate season of the HBO fantasy drama now done and dusted, already there is a vociferous amount of speculation about what might happen to Queen Cersei (Lena Headey), Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) as our journey through Westeros comes to a conclusion.

The eighth and final season of GoT —which is rumored to be delayed until 2019—will consist of just six episodes and there's still plenty of story arcs that need to be wrapped up, including the war for the Iron Throne and the threat of the White Walkers, which became even more imminent when the Night King brought the Wall down with the help of his new dragon ally Viserion.

If indeed we do have to wait two years for more GoT then at least we've got plenty to think about in the meantime.

Here, we take a look at some of the most prevalent theories and predictions for the final episodes.

Queen Cersei's demise

As enchanting and joyous as Lena Headey is to watch in the role of Cersei Lannister, the character's villainy over the course of the series cannot possibly go unpunished. So the smart money would be on the reigning—and embattled—queen of the Seven Kingdoms perishing at some point in Season 8.

After the big reveal in the Season 7 finale that Jon Snow is, in fact, Aegon Targaryen, the son of the slain would-be king Rhaegar (more on that lineage here) and rightful heir to the Iron Throne, there are now three likely monarchs that could overthrow Cersei. As well as Jon, there's his paramor, Dany, who believes its her birthright as the last-living Targaryen (or so she believes) to rule the Seven Kingdoms. And there's also Gendry (Joe Dempsie), the bastard son of Cersei's former husband, King Robert Baratheon.

The most popular theory about how Cersei will die in Season 8 is that she will be killed by her brother/lover, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). That would be the ultimate betrayal, but the seeds were planted in the Season 7 finale when Jaime walked out on Cersei and left King's Landing, presumably heading North. Jaime objected to Cersei giving her word that she'd call a truce and support Jon and Dany in the fight against the army of the dead, only to then tell him that she has no intention of honoring her promise.

Will Jaime kill Cersei?
Will Jaime kill Cersei? Macall B. Polay/HBO

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It's apparent that while one incestuous romance—between Jon and Dany is blossoming—this one is over.

There's also compelling evidence to support the theory that Jaime will kill Cersei. Back in the Season 5 premiere, "The Wars to Come," there was a flashback scene featuring a young Cersei meeting with fortune teller Maggy the Frog.

Maggy successfully foretold that Cersei would be queen, at least until a younger, more beautiful queen came along—possibly referring to Daenerys or Margaery Tyrell. Maggy also told Cersei she would have three children, all of whom she'd outlive; that, too, turned out to be true.

But in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels there was another prophecy Maggy revealed: That after Cersei's children all died "the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you."

Valonqar is High Valyrian for little brother. While most might assume that refers to her other brother, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), whom she despises, it is now looking like it could be Jaime.

Viserion vs. Drogon

Game of Thrones' biggest game-changer came in the Season 7 episode "Beyond the Wall," when the Night King killed and then reanimated one of Dany's dragons, Viserion. Now part of his undead army, an almighty clash between undead Viserion and his bigger, stronger brother—and Dany's most powerful weapon—Drogon is all but a certainty.

As we saw in the season finale, Viserion, though now a wight, is still able to breathe fire—but instead of traditional orange flames, he breathes blue flames. That should make one hell of a scene if—and when—Viserion and Drogon face off.

Daenerys will get pregnant

In the Season 7 finale, Jon Snow and Daenerys took their relationship to the next level by sleeping together.

But curiously, Dany mentioned several times that she can no longer bear children, after she lost her child with Khal Drogo in Season 1. To refresh your memory, Drogo was severely injured and Dany begged the blood magic practitioner Mirri Maz Duur to heal him. Duur warned her that "only death can pay for life" before performing a ritual on him—and Dany lost her baby soon after.

In "Beyond the Wall," Dany made two references to her infertility, first to Tyrion and then to Jon, which is probably not a coincidence. She also said that her dragons are her children.

Daenerys and Jon get it on
So wrong it was right, seeing Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) make hot, sweaty Targaryen love was enough to make the most sane person root for this incestuous romance a little bit. Dany and Jon's steamy boat scene in the season finale marked the Seven Kingdom's most powerful union. One that is sure to come crashing down in Season 8 when they find out they're related. HBO

There's two things to consider here: Inbreeding was the way of the Targaryen dynasty. Though they don't know it, Dany and Jon are related. Perhaps there is some physiological harmony that they will strike and produce a child.

Secondly, reflecting back to Duur's prophecy that "only death can pay for life," perhaps the death of Viserion in Season 7 has lifted the curse that was placed on Dany?


The Season 7 finale "The Dragon and the Wolf" pretty much confirmed that the fight dubbed "Cleganebowl" by fans is coming.

Estranged brothers the Hound (Rory McCann) and the Mountain (Hafþór Björnsson) reunited in the huge Dragonpit scene and the Hound gave his sibling an ominous warning. "You know who's coming for you. You've always known," he said.

Spoiler: It's him.

The Hound, a.k.a. Sandor Clegane, was left disfigured by his brother during childhood when the Mountain, a.k.a. Gregor Clegane, burned his face for playing with one of his toys without permission.

As well as scarring the Hound for life, it left the fan favorite with a huge fear of fire that has haunted him into adulthood.

The Hound's warning in the Season 7 finale was basically a promise of Kill Bill-style revenge. Which we'll probably see at some point in the final season.

Is it 2019 yet?