The Night King’s reign of terror finally came to an abrupt conclusion in episode 3 of Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Watching Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) deliver the final blow was one of the biggest twists this season, though some fans are convinced that the biggest surprises have yet to come. Here are all of the signs that Game of Thrones will end with an epic battle between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
Jon and Daenerys join forces to take down Cersei
With Battle of Winterfell over, Jon and Daenerys will now turn
their attention toward Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who has been holding up
in King’s Landing. The trailer for the upcoming episode shows Daenerys and Jon
gathering support and promising to destroy Cersei once and for all. Their
armies, however, were decimated after the battle with the Night King and they
will need all the help they can get for the coming battle.
Following the events in “The Long Night,” Jon and
Daenerys no longer hold the advantage over Cersei. But even if they somehow
defeat Cersei and gain the Iron Throne, the chances that the show ends on a
happy note are unlikely. According to Decider,
some fans are convinced that once Cersei is killed, Jon and Daenerys will turn
against each other — and only one of them will make it out alive.
Jon Snow is the true heir to the Iron Throne
Jon’s claim to the throne is why some fans believe he will rule Westeros at the end of Season 8. Before the Battle of Winterfell, Jon told Daenerys that his father was actually Rhaegar Targaryen, which makes him, not Daenerys, next in line to the throne. Daenerys did not take the news well, though we didn’t get to see her full reaction because of the Night King’s arrival.
While Jon may give up his birthright, there is no way Daenerys would do the same for him. After all, she has spent her entire life trying to win the Iron Throne and believes it is her destiny to rule Westeros and restore the Targaryen dynasty.
In an ideal scenario, Jon ignores the fact that he is the rightful heir and throws his full support behind Daenerys. The only problem with that outcome is that the people of Westeros are more likely to get behind Jon.
Not only is he the true heir to the Iron Throne, but he already has a massive following in the north. Daenerys is also still viewed as an outsider and a lot of people are not keen on the idea of another Targaryen ruling Westeros.
Daenerys makes enemies in Season 8 of Game of Thrones
Joining forces with Daenerys may have saved the day, but the
Mother of Dragons has already made a lot of enemies in Westeros. For starters,
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has made it clear that she isn’t ready to blindly
In the second episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Sansa expressed concerned about how Daenerys will handle the northern kingdom and questioned if they will retain their autonomy.
There’s also the fact that Jon’s best friend, Samwell Tarley (John Bradley), is not a fan of Daenerys after learning that she burned his father and brother to a crisp.
Jon may have already made his first move against Daenerys
One of the most head-scratching moments in the Battle of Winterfell was the decision to have the Dothraki charge the Night King’s forces. In a matter of minutes, all of the Dothraki were killed, leaving fans wondering if they could have been used in a more effective manner.
But there is also a theory that argues Jon intentionally slaughtered the Dothraki so that he wouldn’t have to fight them later on.
That said, killing off the Dothraki at the beginning of the
battle would have been a huge gamble on Jon’s part and could have easily lost
them the fight. The Dothraki would also have been a valuable resource in the
coming battle with Cersei.
Not to mention that intentionally murdering thousands goes
against Jon’s character and sense of morals. Then again, perhaps Jon’s newfound
desire to sit on the Iron Throne is clouding his judgement.
New episodes of Game of Thrones air Sunday nights on HBO.