Daenerys Targaryen is poised to lead humanity in a war against an undead army in Game of Thrones Season 8, but the Mother of Dragons could be dealing with betrayal from her closest allies as well. Previous leaks and a recent Game of Thrones theory both suggest that Dany could lose two of her most valuable supporters in Season 8.
Possible spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 ahead.
Ok, let’s stop being so cryptic. Here’s why Jon and Tyrion could both betray Dany in Game of Thrones Season 8. The latter comes from a recent fan theory shared on Reddit, which got us thinking about what happened at the end of Season 7. The former comes from a year-old leak, which takes on fresh meaning combined with the Tyrion theory.
Let’s talk about Tyrion first. As redditor u/u/sophieinthenight notes, there are a “few theories” out there that suggest he’ll betray Dany. It all hinges on a few key details. The first is this conversation between Tyrion and Cersei, which occurs near the end of Season 7 when all the main characters convene at Kings Landing.
After speaking for about five minutes, Tyrion realizes that Cersei is pregnant and the scene abruptly ends. What do they say after that moment? We have no idea, but it likely has something to do with that pregnancy. Tyrion clearly feels guilty about the death of Cersei’s other children. Maybe he promised that this one could eventually take the throne?
It might sound ridiculous, but this isn’t the first time Tyrion has expressed concern over Dany’s line of succession, and if she can’t have children then someone else will have to take over. Maybe Tyrion thinks he can raise this new Lannister baby to be a better ruler.
Of course, we doubt Dany will be pleased when she finds out Tyrion struck a deal like that with Cersei, which could explain why Jon also ends up turning away from the Targaryen leader. And we know Jon and Cersei will have some sort of meeting thanks to a set photo leak revealing the two of them talking during a scene at Kings Landing.
It’s unclear exactly why Jon would turn on Dany, and there’s little reason to believe he’d simply do it to follow Tyrion. It’s possible the Night King could beat Jon and Dany so badly in that big upcoming battle that they need to turn to Cersei for help. It’s also possible Dany could die in that battle, which might explain why she’s missing from this set photo.
That might seem like a bit of a stretch, but if one thing is clear, it’s that Daenerys’ most important allies may not be as reliable as she thinks. As we head into Game of Thrones Season 8, that could be a big issue for the Dany and her two remaining dragons.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 14 on HBO.