This Sunday, HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones will be ending after eight bloody seasons. Watching it over the past almost-decade, we've witnessed horrific twists like the Red Wedding. We've fallen in love with romantic pairings, and grimaced at others. We've watched a lot of people die in all sorts of ways, from literal backstabbing to becoming casualties of war. We've seen a lot of naked women and hardly any naked men. But it's all coming to an end over the next six weeks.
To get in the mood for Game of Thrones again—considering season seven premiered nearly two years ago—I downloaded Reigns: Game of Thrones, a spinoff of Nerial's Reigns series that I've been meaning to check out since it was released in 2018 for mobile and PC. (It's also coming to Nintendo Switch soon on April 11.) Like past Reigns games, it's part-adventure, part-strategy game. I've always likened the series to one of my favorite random Steam purchases I've ever made: Long Live the Queen, a surprisingly macabre life management simulation game inspired by Princess Maker 2.
Like in Long Live the Queen, you steer a king or queen through their time on the throne. The decisions you make have mighty repercussions, resulting in dips in popularity, angry allies, or even death. In Reigns, situations come to you on handy cards, with a character positing a problem, and you having two answers on how to approach the situation. Like Tinder, Bumble, or other dating apps, you swipe right or left according to whatever answer you want to go with. Only in Reigns: Game of Thrones, the kings and queens you embody are the familiar faces of the television series, with more unlocking as you reach certain events.
Reigns: Game of Thrones suggests there are nine potential leaders who could end up on the Iron Throne: Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Robert Baratheon's bastard Gendry, and… the Three Eyed Raven? Some of the ones listed here make sense; heck, Cersei's sitting uncomfortably on it right now by the time season eight will kick off.
This week has been big for fan theories, with many making educated guesses as to what will befall our favorite heroes and villains of Game of Thrones. After playing loads of Reigns: Game of Thrones the past week, with it keeping me up a little bit past my bedtime on accident time and time again, I'm going to make my own guesses as to what will happen in Game of Thrones' last season. But I'm only using outcomes and scenarios I've seen in the Reigns spinoff as my guide.
Thus, here it all is: things that will happen in season eight of Game of Thrones, as determined by Reigns: Game of Thrones.
Spoiler Warning: Spoilers abound for seasons one through seven of Game of Thrones ahead. I warned you!
How Jon Learns That He's Boning His Aunt
As we learned at the tail end of season seven (and previously hinted in season six's finale too), Jon and Dany are related; both are of Targaryen blood. We get this confirmed when we see them do the dirty, which is pretty twisted. Strangely, throughout the series I always wondered if they would meet and get together. When they finally did, Game of Thrones had to shove yet another gross incest twist into the mix. C'mon!
In Reigns: Game of Thrones, there are a number of ways where they discover that they are actually related. That's because it's inevitable. With it being such a cliffhanger at the end of season seven, the two lovebirds learning that they are actually nephew and aunt is bound to cause a rift. I'm banking on it being the most mundane route: Samwell Tarly, who discovered the fact alongside Jon's warg of a brother (I guess now cousin?) Bran Stark, just tells him unceremoniously. Dany will find out via a whisper Varys or Tyrion has heard, but keeps the fact to herself until Jon brings it up. After all, they have a war against the White Walkers to deal with first, confronting that the new love of your life is related to you can be a matter settled later?
Jon will be upset, but I imagine they will resolve it somehow, because love. To Dany, incestuous relationships run in the Targaryen family, so maybe it's not as big of a deal to her when she thinks about the long lineage of Targaryen on Targaryen partnerships. I imagine Jon will be the one who finds himself more conflicted, but I believe they will find a way to work things out. Which leads me to the next tragedy that will happen in season eight.
People Learn Not to Mess With Sansa Stark
In Reigns, Sansa is one of the characters that makes the least amount of sense on the Iron Throne, only because of how horrible her time in King's Landing was. She was forced into a marriage with Tyrion Lannister, though luckily he never pressured her into consummating the marriage. She had a friend in Margaery Tyrell, and thanks to Margaery's now-late grandmother Olenna, was able to escape King's Landing when Olenna planned the assassination of Joffrey through poison at his own wedding. (In hearing about the abuse Sansa dealt with while with Joffrey, Olenna not only tried to originally arrange a wedding with Margaery's brother Loras—which was spoiled by the Lannisters hearing of it, leading to the Tyrion marriage—she also eventually slyly killed the evil boy-king to save Margaery from the same abusive fate.)
In recent seasons, Sansa's found her strength again, after growing up as a punching bag for the Lannisters and Boltons, the latter to which she was betrothed and raped by her husband Ramsay. Sansa's had a horrible life, basically; as if seeing her own father get beheaded while she was a mere child wasn't bad enough.
Sansa, though, deserves her home. She deserves the north. In most playthroughs of Reigns: Game of Thrones, that's exactly where she resides. In season seven, Jon's left Winterfell to make allies with Dany (which leads to you know what), leaving the more than capable Sansa in charge. And she deserves it. She even works with her siblings to execute the conniving Littlefinger, who tries to pin Arya and Bran against her. Sansa, at the end of season seven, is a woman shaped by her experiences, and is stronger for it. That's why in season eight, she will finally get her due. I think that will come in something explosive and unexpected: in her burning down House Frey's residence the Twins, just like in Reigns: Game of Thrones.
The situation comes up in a random occurrence, where Sansa asks for wildfire: a deadly, powerful green flame that once wrecked the Great Sept of Baelor at the whims of Cersei's orders. (Effectively killing the Tyrells, the Sparrows, and many others.) Sansa burns down the Twins to get justice on how the Freys murdered her brother Robb, mother Catelyn, and sister-in-law, even though Arya already exacted revenge in killing Walder Frey and the majority of the family under a disguise. This decision won't really affect much, but it will show her foes that Sansa is not to be toiled with anymore. She is a formidable leader, and will live out the rest of her days somewhere in the north, where she belongs. But it will come at a cost.
Humans Versus White Walkers Won't Be the Only Big Battle of the Season
Every Game of Thrones season has one big battle; usually Jon Snow is at the center of it, and gets at least one GIF-worthy moment. As we've seen in some cryptic teasers, it seems highly possible that Winterfell, the home of the series' heroes the Starks, will meet its end. But I don't think that's the only big casualty of war we'll see.
After the battle with the White Walkers, where a lot of people will probably die, I imagine we'll see a smaller scale, but also brutal fight against the forces of King's Landing. The Iron Fleet, allied with Cersei, will be involved in this battle too. This line of thinking matches why her lover and brother Jaime left King's Landing in the season seven finale: Cersei intends to battle whoever survives the war against the White Walkers, letting them wipe most of each other out.
In Reigns: Game of Thrones, a number of leaders can initiate battles with the likes of Dorne and other places, but I imagine Cersei will instigate this one, maybe unexpectedly during or after the war with the White Walkers. It will be a bloody battle, but the North will come out on top, even if they will be heavily weakened by it.
Arya Won't Finish Her Kill List
Arya has long been a lone wolf in Game of Thrones, but she's had a solid streak of getting revenge in the past couple seasons. I think the final season will be a big one for her too, but I think she'll fall short of finally killing Cersei Lannister. When she goes to meet her, The Mountain will surprise her from behind and strangle her to death. At least, that's how it goes in Reigns: Game of Thrones.
Unfortunately, I don't see the happy ending where Arya finishes her kill list, returns to the North again, and along the way reunites with her long lost dire wolf Nymeria. A girl with no name can dream though.
Cersei Will Die, But She'll Take Jaime With Her
In Reigns: Game of Thrones, Cersei will come to Jaime suggesting that the two take poison and die together. It's a scenario that makes sense. The sibling-couple have lost all their children, and despite Cersei's villainous nature and Jaime's new leaf, they still love one another. In Reigns, the question comes about because Jaime is ironically sitting on the throne, which I actually can't see being a thing in Game of Thrones proper. Still, the two of them dying by poison—also how Jaime kills Olenna Tyrell in season six—would be a proper ending for the two characters.
In how it shakes out, maybe Dany and the North will be fresh from the battle against the Iron Fleet and the White Walkers, and are coming to take King's Landing. Jaime can be sent in first to tell her of it, and despite the tense last interaction they had, Cersei's stubbornness might fade away, and she'll see that there is no victory possible for House Lannister. It wouldn't be the triumphant death by Arya we all hope comes for her, but it'll do.
Dany Will Get the Iron Throne, But Will Die Tragically
The entire series has been building up to Daenerys Targaryen of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons plopping down on the sword-spiked throne. I believe she will reign for some time, but eventually, she will die. By the time she passes away, she will have an heir to the throne though. While it is known that she, allegedly, cannot bear children, Jon will serve as the magical exception.
Oh, and how she'll pass? She'll get a cut, refuse to treat it, and get a fever and die. Just like one of the deaths in Reigns: Game of Thrones, and how her first love Khal Drogo basically met his end. (Ignoring that he was a vegetable and Dany smothered him to actually end his suffering.) Considering the latter, it would be a poetic way to go, as she may actually leave a child behind this time (rather than lose her baby, as she did with Drogo).
It's not an exciting way to go out, but considering Dany's legacy and stubborn personality, it's definitely possible. It would nudge towards future generations of Westeros, and bring Dany's long, trying arc full circle. And in Game of Thrones, a promising future with unfamiliar faces is maybe just what the series needs.
Are you excited for the Game of Thrones final season premiere on Sunday? What do you think will befall dear old Westeros? Or are you just a big fan of the Reigns series? Let us know in the comments!