Well, it’s almost over, people. After eight grueling seasons, Game of Thrones is about to come to an end on Sunday, May 19. We’ll finally know everything: who lived, who died, how that whole Iron Throne nonsense turned out. That also means no more speculation, so all those fan theories we love so much are closing up shop.
Honestly, reading Game of Thrones theories this season was more fun than watching the show—and some of them actually turned out to be true. (Others, however, held up worse than King’s Landing.) Regardless of what happened, these theories are physical proof GoT fans are the most dedicated and have a sharp attention to detail.
So let’s go through the best ones from this season and see which ones never came to pass, shall we? Careful: Spoilers ahead.
A YouTuber brought forth the idea that Petyr Baelish paid one of the Faceless Men of Braavos to die in his place so he could get the hell out of dodge. But this didn’t check out: We experienced the entire eighth season of GoT without Littlefinger, which all but confirms he’s dead, dead, dead.
This theory was delicious: It posed that the Night King only sent his army to Winterfell as a distraction for him to go to King’s Landing undetected and murder Queen Cersei. Of course, this didn’t happen. The Night King very much went to Winterfell—and Arya very much killed him.
Evidence for this was mostly rooted in the books. Unfortunately, though, no resurrected ancestors came to the Starks’ defense. Not that they needed help, of course. Please see: Arya stabbing the Night King all by her damn self.
Fans thought Dany’s trusted adviser wasn’t who she said she was, pointing to her demeanor and ability to speak 19 languages as evidence. Alas, she turned out to be just a regular gal from Astapor whose heart beats for Grey Worm.
Sadly, it was the pesky ceiling that did Cersei in—but for a while fans posited it could be Sansa. After all, Maggy did tell Cersei in her prophecy, “Queen you shall be…until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.”
Wouldn’t it have been the scam of the century if it turned out she was lying about her pregnancy, like so many fans believed at one point? (She was filmed in one scene drinking wine, after all.) But no: She actually was expecting, which made her sudden death all the more tragic.
It doesn’t really matter what he did at this point. Tyrion didn’t stop Cersei from retaining her position on the throne: that ceiling did.
This goes back to Maggy’s prophecy, which states, “The valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” “Valonqar” is High Valyrian for “little brother,” so it was hypothesized that either Tyrion or Jaime Lannister would be Cersei’s undoing. But then a Redditor pointed out her unborn baby could be her demise as well, pending that he was a boy. He’d technically be the “little brother” of Cersei’s dead children. (Maggy’s prophecy didn’t say her valonqar, just the valonquar.) None of this ended up happening. CC: that damn ceiling.
Ugh, this one was just so brilliant. Its main roots were in what Melisandre told Arya back in season three: “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever.” Arya had already murdered people with brown eyes and blue eyes, but no one with green eyes, which Cersei has. It made perfect sense, then, that Arya would be the one to end Cersei once and for all.