'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Spoilers: 5 Ways Daenerys Could Survive (or Die)
The Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere is still months away, and we still don’t even know when in April the first episode will air. However, while we wait, we’re taking a look ahead and speculating at how the series could end for our favorite main characters. Will Daenerys end up on the Iron Throne? Or could there be another fate awaiting her?
Here are five possible endings we could see for Daenerys in Game of Thrones Season 8.
5. Daenerys Sits on the Iron Throne
Daenerys Targaryen wants the Iron Throne. That’s not a secret. Of course, it’s possible the series could end with no one setting on the throne at all (because they’re all dead), but assuming that doesn’t happen we wouldn’t be surprised to see Daenerys come out on top.
While “bittersweet” has been used to describe both the final season and the kind of ending that author George R.R. Martin likes, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Daenerys couldn’t still accomplish her goal. What if she ends up on the Iron Throne but loses something else — or someone else, perhaps Jon Snow, who has become important to her? What if she has to choose between him and the Throne, and she picks the latter?
4. Daenerys Lives But Doesn’t End up on the Throne
That could certainly be a “bittersweet” ending for Daenerys. With so many people vying for the Iron Throne, it’s not a guarantee she’ll come out on top.
Just consider Jon Snow. We now know he’s a Targaryen. In fact, he’s the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
3. Daenerys Dies as Part of the Azor Ahai Theory
According to the theory, Azor Ahai ended the Long Night by forging the Lightbringer sword by stabbing his wife’s heart. If Jon Snow turns out to be Azor Ahai, his and Daenerys’ relationship could very well mean her death.
2. Daenerys Dies in Some Other Way
The Azor Ahai theory doesn’t have to play a role in a tragic ending for Daenerys. Some fans think that the series simply can’t end with both Jon Snow and Daenerys alive.
“That would be too happy of an ending,” redditor u/J2thK writes. “And I think it’s clear that Jon is the main protagonist of the story. So he has to live. Which means it’s Dany who dies.”
However, redditor u/decals42 has a theory that includes the deaths of both Jon and Daenerys — and the latter would be a surprise.
“Jon dies killing the Night King and does so with at least a couple episodes remaining in the season,” they write. “After Jon dies, Daenerys dies shockingly in a scene where her death is not at all expected (with at least a couple episodes also remaining).”
1. Daenerys Learns She’s Pregnant
It’s unclear if Daenerys can even have children, though some fans think that she’s going to be pregnant as a result of having sex with Jon Snow in the Season 7 finale.
Redditor u/SmokeyBearz’s theory takes into account comments about a “bittersweet” ending.
“The most likely ending at this point is Jon will sacrifice himself to kill the Night King,” they write of the “bitter part,” while the “sweet part will be that Daenerys finds out she’s pregnant with Jon’s child after he’s gone.”
If Daenerys is pregnant, that doesn’t rule out her death, either. As well all know, Game of Thrones isn’t the kind of show that would shy away from killing a pregnant woman.
Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere in April 2019 on HBO.
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