Game of Thrones fans has a tricky relationship with prophecies. Some get hyped up only to be ignored when it matters most (Azor Ahai anyone?) while others from the books never get mentioned onscreen but still get a subtle nod (Valonqar validated?). We’re still waiting to see if Arya’s “green eyes” prophecy will amount to anything, but there’s another major prophecy you might not know about that could play a huge role in the Game of Thrones series finale, specifically when it comes to how our remaining heroes will defeat the Mad Queen (aka Daenerys Targaryen).
Remember Quaithe? Probably not. This mysterious masked woman only appeared a few times back in Game of Thrones Season 2 to offer Daenerys some cryptic advice. However, in the original books, Quaithe plays a somewhat larger role, appearing to Dany several times to offer advice.
In one of her final appearances, Quaithe visits Daenerys in Meereen during A Dance with Dragons to deliver a bizarre warning that may also be a prophecy:
“No. Hear me, Daenerys Targaryen. The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.”
This prophecy means one thing in the context of A Dance With Dragons and another as we prepare for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6. So it’s worth including the subsequent lines of dialogue. Dany asks why Quaithe is saying these things, and the mysterious character replies, “To show you the way.” This suggests Quaithe may know the future and is attempting to warn Daenerys about what’s to come, but what exactly was she warning about? Let’s break it down.
The “glass candles” represent the return of magic to the world thanks to the birth of Dany’s dragons, but the first big clue here is “the pale mare.” In A Dance With Dragons, this seems to be a reference to a disease that had recently spread to Meereen, but after watching Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5, this feels like a direct premonition of the white horse that saved Arya during the Battle of King’s Landing.
So if Arya is the pale mare, then what about the rest of the prophecy?
The “Kraken” clearly represents House Greyjoy, which, at this point, is just Yara.
The “lion” is House Lannister, which means Tyrion.
“Sun’s son” sounds like a reference to Dorne, which could mean that “new Prince of Dorne.”
And the “dragon” is Jon Snow (aka Aegon Targaryen), the true heir to the Iron Throne.
We’re not sure what to make of the “griffin” or the “dark flame,” though that second one could be a reference to Moqorro, a red priest who serves the lord of light in the books.
As for the “perfumed seneschal” (a fancy medieval word for a politician or bureaucrat), at the time, Daenerys guessed this was Reznak, another character who never appears on HBO’s Game of Thrones. But in the context of Season 8, we’re guessing this is a reference to Varys, the political advisor who often wears perfume. Varys might have died in Season 8, Episode 5, but we’re pretty sure he set the wheels in motion for Dany’s downfall before she killed him.
What does this all mean for the Game of Thrones series finale? With Varys’ plan in motion, a coalition of Arya, Jon, Yara, and the new Prince of Dorne could be required to take down the new Mad Queen of Westeros, and if that’s what happens, it will be almost exactly as Quaithe predicted.
The Trailer for Game of Thrones Documentary “The Last Watch” Is Here
We’re all mourning the end of Game of Thrones. Regardless of how you feel about this final season, the show has been a huge part of the pop cultural digest for the last decade. It’s a big part of so many of our lives, and saying goodbye will be as bittersweet as the plot likely will be. The hole it will leave not just in our Sunday schedules, but also in our water cooler conversations and our social media feeds, will be astronomical. We’re not entirely sure that we’re ready for it to be over.
As we approach the final ever episode of the final ever season of the Game of Thrones, fans are looking everywhere for clues to find out how it’s all going to end, and who’s going to end up on the Iron Throne.
As one of the most highly anticipated, action-packed and visually stunning programmes ever, it should come as no surprise that the team behind Game of Thrones have also produced a documentary about the making of the final season.
It has been, it’s fair to say, the most tense season ever. With battles that lasted longer than we’ve ever seen, more White Walkers you could shake a stick at, and enough dragon riding to give you some major chafing.
And as much as we love the series, the visual effects and the epic battle sequences, we want to peek behind the curtain and see how it’s all made too.
Luckily for us, director Jeanie Finlay is dropping a Game of Thrones: The Last Watch on May 26, which documents the making of the final season.
All that’s to say that watching this trailer for a documentary about the making of the final season of Game of Thrones is an emotional journey.
Where to begin? Maybe with Kit Harington crying at the final table read? Don’t do that to us, Kit! Not so early in the trailer, when he haven’t even prepared ourselves yet. The Last Watch will surely have tons of heart-wrenching moments like that. From the looks of it, the doc will follow different groups as they prepare to say goodbye to the show. Undoubtedly, it changed the fabric of their lives, even more monumentally than it’s changed our own. From the costume designers to the writers to the extras—one of whom gets a spotlight moment in this footage—Game of Thrones was a massive undertaking for all involved. It’s so exciting to see the recognition of the hard work of people not typically afforded the spotlight.
The Last Watch comes from director Jeanie Finlay, and is described on the HBO website as “a farewell to Westeros with the people who built the realm.”