All the Best 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Theories, Leaks, and Spoilers So Far

Game of Thrones will finally return to HBO after a two-year break for its 8th and final season this April, but die-hard fans have been thinking about the series pretty much non-stop even since Season 7 ended in August 2017. As a result, there’s a ton of theories about what will happen in GoT Season 8, along with the occasional leak or spoiler shared by a careless cast member.

Being huge fans of Game of Thrones ourselves, we’ve seen the last few years collecting some of the best Season 8 theories around (while also thinking up a few of our own). So while we wait for the show’s final episodes to arrive, here’s a quick rundown of some of the best GoT theories, leaks, and spoilers around. We’ll keep updating this post too, so check back soon anytime the wait for Season 8 gets to be too much for you to handle.

Westeros is actually a Westworld theme park

Here’s a classic fan theory we really love that ties together two popular HBO shows. The theory goes that Game of Thrones will end by revealing that the entire series has actually been about pre-programmed robots in a fantasy-themed resort that also includes Westworld. There’s almost no way this will actually happen, but just imagine if the final shot of Game of Thrones is Ed Harris as the Man in Black shooting the Night King while riding on the back of a flying dragon…

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What Varys Heard in the Flames

As a child, Varys was sold into slavery and castrated by an evil sorcerer as part of a spell. As an adult, Varys describes hearing a voice from the flames used in the spell speak in a foreign language, but we never learn what it said. However, a recent leak claimed to reveal exactly what the fire said, and why it could be relevant to Game of Thrones Season 8.

Read more: Will Game of Thrones Season 8 Reveal What Varys Heard in the Flames?

Arya Saves the World

This interesting theory combines Arya’s boring Season 6 arc — the plot where she had to do assassin training while blind for some reason — with some interesting tidbits about Season 8’s big battle scene. Based on the knowledge that filming the final showdown between humanity and the White Walkers took “55 nights,” along with the fact that Arya knows how to fight without being able to see, one fan guessed that her skills could come in handy during that epic battle. She might even be the one to kill the Night King.

Read more: Game of Thrones Season 8 Leaks Suggest Arya’s Assassin Skills Will Be Key

The Science of Survival in Game of Thrones

Let’s take a break from the theories for a moment to discuss this study from two Australian researchers who turned their love of Game of Thrones into science. By watching every episode of the show and recording data on each character who died, they were able to explain which traits lower your lifespan in Westeros. To almost no one’s surprise, it turns out the best way to stay alive is to “change your allegiance” by betraying whichever house you were born into at some point and switching sides, which probably explains why the noble Starks keep ending up dead.

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Jamie Lannister Kills the Night King

They don’t call him the Kingslayer for nothing, right? As this theory points out, Jamie may also have the weapon to do it: the giant crossbow he used to fight the dragon in Season 7.

Read more: A New Game of Thrones Theory Gives Jaime a Very Important Role to Play

What George R.R. Martin Means by “Bittersweet”

Martin may never finish writing the books that inspired Game of Thrones, but he already knows how the story ends, and as he’s said multiple times, it’s “bittersweet.” Now that the final season is within sight, we may have a better idea of what that actually means. Our best guess? Almost everyone dies and the remaining human survivors are forced to build a new wall further south, leaving them with even less space to live at the end of Season 8.

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Cersei Becomes the Night Queen

This is a popular theory that no one really takes seriously. Would it be cool (and fitting) if Cersei become a White Walker? Absolutely. Will it actually happen? Probably not. However, a new theory suggests one reason it could come to pass. What if Cersei decides to become an undead monster intentionally, seeing an alliance with the Night King as a better alternative to bending the knee to Daenerys? It might be drastic, but it’s also just petty enough to be the exact type of maneuver Cersei might seriously consider.

Read more: Chilling Game of Thrones Theory Explains How Cersei Becomes Night Queen

“Winterfell is yours, Your Grace”

HBO released a five second clip of Game of Thrones during the Golden Globes, but it was enough to launch an army of new fan theories. What does Sansa mean when she welcome Daenerys to the North with those words? And what kind of Easter eggs could be hiding in this tense Game of Thrones moment. That one line of dialogue has led us down a few different interesting paths regarding the future of both Sansa and her younger sister Arya.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in April on HBO.

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