All good things comes to an end, with only one more year to go for Game of Thrones, the show we all love will end. It’s sad but true.
HBO showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss adopted the vast fantastical realm of George R. R. Martin’s series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire and they planned to tell a grand narrative. They knew the end of the narrative from day one but now the question arises how?
How things are gonna end up in the upcoming season and will they satisfy the huge fanbase?
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An Epic Reddit Theory Could Predict The Ending of Game of Thrones
Reddit is one of the major source of some inspired fan theories and speculation when it comes to Game of Thrones as this subject is very dense.
This Reddit theory is as epic as the show itself. This theory is based on the Azor Ahai and the prophecy.
Now first check out what’s the prophecy of Azor Ahai is:
The prophecy suggests, to save the world from impending doom in the form of White Walkers, a second coming of the mythical figure, Azor Ahai, will have to forge a special sword (Lightbringer) and temper it by driving it through the heart of the one he loves.
Now, this is a bit heavy so we will break down this theory into pieces so that it’s easily get digested. The theory goes as follows:
- The prophecy is a metaphor
- The original Azor Ahai was Bran the Builder (the founder of House Stark and creator of Winterfell and The Wall)
- Winterfell is considered as Lightbringer in this theory
- Jon Snow is the second Azor Ahai and he will save the world again
- The ending is going to break our hearts (more on that later)
The Prophecy Is A Metaphor And Winterfell Is Lightbringer
Many theories suggest the prophecy is a metaphor, and this one is no different. Now Let’s throw some light on the literal meaning of Lightbringer.
According to this theory, Winterfell itself is actually a Lightbringer. What, but how?
For this theory to be true it hinges on Bran the Builder (also known as Brandon Stark) to be the original Azor Ahai.
The theory suggests that Brandon Stark build the Winterfell as a weapon to repel and eventually conquer the Walkers. More evidence lies in the fact that the castle was built on the hot springs, which would prevent the Walkers from attacking the base as they are made from Ice.
Also, the Lightbringer is described as “giving off heat,” which the hot springs would do. They are hot springs after all.
A Sword Forged Three Times
Now it seems interesting, for the theory to stand it must fulfill the three forging criteria (forget three time, breaking twice) from the prophecy. These are:
- Tempered in water. It broke.
- Tempered by driving the blade into a lion’s heart. It broke.
- Tempered by driving the blade into the heart and soul of Azor’s most beloved, Nissa Nissa.
So how does it apply to Winterfell? We have to again enter in the land of metaphor.
Tempered in water. It broke: Winterfell/Lightbringer was forged by water when Theon Greyjoy attempted to wield its power but it shattered. This fulfilled the first forging criteria.
Tempered by driving the blade into a lion’s heart. It broke: Now this comes in the form of Jon Snow defeating Ramsay Boltan, working under the joint Bolton/Lannister’s rule. The house symbol of Lannister’s is a Lion. This fulfilled the second forging criteria.
Now the third forging criteria will happen at the end of the season and it is going to break our hearts.
This theory has the solid foundation and to complete the third forging criteria the redditor said in his own words that:
“Now the third forging. I think this leads to the ‘bittersweet’ ending GRRM has promised, and Dany’s third betrayal. After Dany makes it to Westeros, I believe J = R+L will be revealed, and Jon and Dany will fall in love. This will be in the middle of the fight against the Others.
“I believe two of Dany’s dragons will have died by this point of the invasion and she will be left with only Drogon, the last child she will ever have (since she is barren): Drogon = her soul. Dany will be Nissa Nissa and Jon Snow must bind her soul (Drogon) to Lightbringer (Winterfell) in order to fight back the Others.”
Now lets break into different parts:
- The third betrayal links to Dany’s Three Treason Prophecy, you can read more on that here.
- If Jon and Dany fall in love, this will fulfill the criteria of the third forging, making Dany Nissa Nissa.
- That means Jon will have to sacrifice Drogon and bind him to Winterfell, betraying Dany in the process, but saving Westeros from the Others.
Game of Thrones will end with Dany being betrayed by love, or possibly even be sacrificed by Jon herself.
This is one of the most convincing theory out there on Reddit and I am ready to put my money on it.
Game of Thrones season 8 will most probably premiere on HBO in April 2018
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