With half of the final season of Game of Thrones in the books, we’ve watched Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen plot to reclaim the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister with bated breath. The fight to push Cersei out hasn’t been easy, and with the actual battle between the two camps looming, fans are no doubt dying to know how this will all shake out before the credits roll for the final time.
Jon and Dany may need some new (or old) allies if they hope to win in the coming Battle of King’s Landing. Here are four possible characters who could come to the rescue and help kick Cersei off the Iron Throne once and for all.
Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, “The Long Night.”
Jon and Dany suffered major losses in Episode 3, “The Long Night,” as they battled the Night King and his impossibly large army of frostbitten zombies. In the space of a few hours, all of Dany’s Dothraki horde and many Unsullied soldiers were killed, along with her longtime friend and advisor, Ser Jorah Mormont. Jon suffered just as much, watching as a majority of the Knights of the Vale, the Wildlings, the soldiers of Bear Island (RIP Lyanna Mormont), the Ironborn, the remaining members of the Night’s Watch, and most of the residents of Winterfell able to fight were quickly picked off by the undead.
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With a severely decimated army and the determination to defeat Cersei only growing stronger by the day, Jon and Dany are going to need all the help they can get. But who is left that could possibly serve as an ally? Let’s take a look at three strong options.
4. Daario Naharis and the Second Sons
Daario is one of the few people still living who understands everything that Dany has sacrificed to get to where she is in Season 8. Although Dany ordered Daario to keep order in Meereen at the end of Season 6 rather than allow him to follow her to Westeros, we should know better than to assume that everyone’s favorite sellsword would be cool with being left behind.
Although there have been no hints at Daario’s return (not even so much as an updated credit on actor Michiel Huisman’s IMDb), there’s a chance that Daario and the Second Sons, who were tasked with helping Daario, have joined up with the Golden Company as a means of getting back to Dany. If this is the case, expect to see Daario and the Second Sons (and maybe even a group of Golden Company soldiers, because anything is possible these days) break away from Cersei’s army when Dany needs them the most.
3. Yara Greyjoy and the Ironborn
The Season 8 premiere saw Theon Greyjoy freeing Yara from captivity while their evil uncle, Euron, was busy romancing Cersei at King’s Landing. Yara then told Theon she would return to the Iron Islands to reclaim her throne and immediately begin preparing the islands in case Dany needed a place to escape from the White Walkers.
Given Yara’s apparent allegiance to Dany, she could adjust her plans and bring her troop of Ironborn back to the shores of Westeros to help fight against Cersei and Euron (all those boats could come in handy). Not only keen to strike back at Euron, Yara will no doubt want to fight in her brother’s stead now that he’s dead, honoring his commitment to the Stark family in the process.
2. Bronn to the Rescue!
The last time we saw Bronn, he was headed North with a crossbow in hand and orders from Cersei to kill both Tyrion and Jaime. Somehow, despite the fact that Game of Thrones introduced “fast travel” in Season 7, Bronn still hasn’t arrived in Winterfell to finish the job. So what gives?
Despite basically being a glorified mercenary, we have a feeling that Bronn’s friendship with both Jaime and Tyrion will keep him from killing either of them. Instead, he may decide to join them on Team Dany. One extra soldier may not make a huge difference in the battle to come, but Bronn’s proven himself to be a talented fighter before, so don’t count him out just yet.
1. The Remaining Sand Snakes in Dorne
Although there have been no hints thus far in Season 8 that the show will return to Dorne, we know that some filming has been done in Spain this season, hinting at this possibility since Spain has served as a filming location for Dorne in the past.
Game of Thrones made quick work of offing the ruling Martell family, as well as Oberyn Martell’s partner, Ellaria Sand, and at least three of their daughters. But we know that Oberyn had eight daughters altogether, known as the “Sand Snakes,” meaning five daughters are presumably still alive and ready to avenge the deaths of their parents (four of the surviving five are Ellaria’s daughters). There’s no doubt that the living Sand Snakes would be on board to not only assist Jon and Dany, but they could also rally together Dornish soldiers to support their cause.
Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.