Bran’s visions have become increasingly important in Game of Thrones as we head into Season 8, especially since that’s how we learned about Jon Snow’s true parents and his Targaryen lineage. However, it turns out another vision Bran saw back in Season 4 could have an even bigger impact on Game of Thrones’ final season, especially when it comes to who lives and dies in Season 8.
Warning: There are potential Game of Thrones Season 8 spoilers below.
Bran’s vision showed him the three-eyed raven, Ned Stark, a wight, and the Iron Throne in the empty, snow-filled room. However, the most important moment in his vision may be an image of King’s Landing seen from above with the shadow of what looks like a dragon flying over it.
Not dragons, but a single dragon. This could suggest that by the end of Game of Thrones Season 8 there will only be one dragon left standing, though u/GirlOnDracarys also notes this might just be a flashback to the original Targaryen invasion of Westeros.
It’s also possible the lone dragon flying over Westeros is Viserion, who’s now under the control of the Night King. However, King’s Landing looks pretty warm and sunny in Bran’s vision, which suggests we could be seeing whatever happens after winter is over. In that case, this solitary dragon might be the only one that survives.
If that’s the case, then it may also say something about which characters will survive Game of Thrones Season 8. The current dragon riders are Daenerys, the Night King, and (presumably) Jon Snow. So, if only one of them survives, who will it be?
Everything we’ve seen so far about Game of Thrones Season 8 seems to suggest it’s all about Jon Snow, who still needs to learn that he’s actually a Targaryen. The teaser trailer set in the crypts of Winterfell was all about Jon’s lineage, and it may have also revealed that he’ll outlive his remaining siblings.
If Bran’s vision comes true, it’s possible Jon could also outlive Daenerys and the Night King. Of course, it’s just as likely that Dany could end up taking the Iron Throne, even if it means sacrificing Jon in the process.
Then again, considering how Game of Thrones seems to enjoy killing off the good guys, we wouldn’t be surprised if that solitary dragon flying over King’s Landing actually belongs to the Night King. We’ll just have to wait until the end of GoT Season 8 to find out.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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