With the final season of Game of Thrones upon us, many of us have questions that we are dying to have answered. Those who have read the books are curious to see if the showrunners and writers will keep some of the plot lines true to the series. But even those who haven’t read the book series have been busy dissecting the questions that have been recently brought to light.
While we’re only one episode into the season, there are only six episodes total. And even though they are longer than the traditional hour or so, they still leave us with very little time to tie up the countless loose ends and answer our many questions.
1. Who is the “Prince That Was Promised?”
Those familiar with the book series know of Azor Ahai as the “Prince That Was Promised.” Those that aren’t have heard Melisandre—the Red Priestess—reference him constantly. According to theory, Azor Ahai was “born from smoke and stone” and wielded a burning sword called Lightbringer. We do know there’s one person in the show with a burning sword—but, it doesn’t really match up with any of our “main characters.”
The theory also says Azor Ahai “wakes dragons from stone” which may be a reference to Daenerys. But, then again, Jon Snow rode himself a few dragons this week—could it be both of them?
2. Is Tyrion really a Targaryen?
There has been a theory that has been running around the web that there’s a possibility that the Mad King—Dany’s father—is actually Tyrion’s father and he’s not a Lannister at all. The prophecy of Game of Thrones that involves Tyrion being a Targaryen would have to do with the “dragon has three heads.” If Tyrion ends up riding a dragon along with Daenerys and Jon—it could very well be that he has some Targaryen blood in his body.
3. Is Maggy the Frog’s prophecy about Cersei true?
Earlier in the show, Cersei (as a child) spoke with Maggy the Frog, a fortune-teller and witch. Maggy read Cersei’s future to her—and, so far, the majority of the prophecy has come true.
You will never wed the prince, you will wed the king. […] You will be queen, for a time. Then comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear. […] The king will have 20 children, and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.
Cersei did wed the king—Robert—and he did have bastard children (Gendry!!!!). She also did have three children, all with blonde hair, and all who perished, fathered by her twin brother Jaime. However, if Maggy the Frog’s prophecy is true, that means there’s a pretty slim chance Cersei is actually pregnant with Jaime (or anyone else’s) child.
4. Can Bran use his powers as the Three-Eyed Raven to influence the Night King?
We know that Bran is hella weird thus far, and ever since he became the Three-Eyed Raven, he’s been even weirder. While he can see just about everything in the past and present, many people are wondering if it’s possible for him to travel into the past and possibly influence the Night King in any way—some even wonder if he can become the Night King himself.
There is also the theory running around that Bran is the Night King—but, that seems a bit outlandish.
5. Will Khal Drogo return?
As everyone knows, Dany’s husband Khal Drogo died all the way back in Season 1. After he died and Dany lost her son (and the ability to conceive at all), a witch told her that her husband would come back only under one condition:
When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves.
The prophecy seems to be a bit confusing, but with the White Walkers on the verge of hitting Winterfell and a Night Dragon breathing blue fire—maybe the sea will go dry (or freeze over). Who knows—maybe Dany will finally be reunited with her first true love.
6. Will Daenerys give birth to the one true king/queen?
When Dany was still back in Vaes Dothrak, she ate the heart of a freshly slaughtered horse. At the time, Khal Drogo was still around and the dosh khaleen (a group of former khaleesi Dothraki crones that live in Vaes Dothrak) recite a prophecy foretelling that Dany’s child will be the “Stallion Who Mounts the World.”
A prince is riding. I’ve heard the thunder of his hooves, swift as the wind he rides. His enemies will cower before him and their wives will weep tears of blood. The Stallion Who Mounts the World! The Stallion is the Khal of Khals. He shall unite the people into a single khalisar, all the people of the world will be his herd.
While her child with Khal Drogo is long dead and gone—does this mean that if she has a child with Jon Snow, that their child will be the one true ruler of the 7 Kingdoms?
7. Will Melisandre and Varys die?
Melisandre was “banished” from Westeros the last time we saw her and returned to Essos. That was after she got busy killing people for Robert Baratheon’s brother Stannis and birthing weird mounds of smoke—but, hey, she did bring back Jon Snow. Before she left, she told Varys that she was “done whispering in the ears of kings,” but would also have to return to Westeros once more because “she has to die in this strange country,” and told Varys—”just like you.”
It leaves fans wondering just why do Melisandre and Varys have to die in Westeros? And, will they both die?