The Best Reddit Theories About Game Of Thrones Season 8

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Television has been suffering its own Long Night for nearly a full year, since Game Of Thrones season 7 wrapped in late August 2017. Although the HBO blockbuster quickly became a beloved annual television extravaganza since its 2011 debut, it disappeared off the airwaves after season 7 finale, “The Lion And The Wolf.”
As HBO eventually confirmed, the saga of Westeros’ most powerful, murder-y families would take a nearly year-and-a-half hiatus ahead of its eighth and final season. Now, we know Game Of Thrones will officially return during the first half of 2019 for season 8.
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Yet, Thrones’ painfully long time away from our TV screens hasn’t dampened the imaginations of the fantasy epic’s dedicated fans. Rather, Reddit, the bustling hub of all things Game Of Thrones, is bubbling with more fantastic fan theories than ever about the drama’s last season. Right now, you can speculate about everything from Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) shocking demise to the meaning of Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) dreams.
While we all wait for Thrones’ heralded comeback, fans can quench their Westeros thirst with all of these musings and more. So keep reading for most intricate, mind-blowing theories about Game Of Thrones season 8.
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The Story Of Bran Stark & Bran The Builder

Game Of Thrones fans have long speculated Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) of present-day Westeros and the storied Bran The Builder — aka Bran Stark of the Age Of Heroes — are one in the same. They do have identical names.

One Redditor has figured out how the Bran we all know (and roll our eyes at) may become the super cool Bran who builds everything from Winterfell to The Wall. Essentially, Bran realises the Horn Of Winter (an ancient, legendary object with far more importance in the book series Thrones is based on than Thrones itself) may help battle the Night King. Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) has seemingly been in possession of that exact horn for seasons, and he is now safely settled into Winterfell with Bran. The only problem is, in the present-day, the horn is broken. So, Bran will go back in time to stop the Horn from being ruined in the first place and warg into the man who does the breaking. That man will be Bran The (Soon-To-Be) Builder.

Unfortunately, it's expected that Bran’s mental connection to his body will be severed by the Night King during the upcoming, already-teased battle at Winterfell, leaving the boy in the past forever. Then, Bran, knowing the horrors of the White Walkers to come, will build things like The Wall to protect Westeros. He’ll drop the horn of winter and dragon glass at the Fist Of The First Men, where Sam will find it hundreds of years later, as he does in Thrones season 2.

Talk about full circle (although Bran leaving the horn at the Fist only continues this failing timeline, but, maybe that’s simple fate? Maybe leave a note this time, Bran?).
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Tyrion Will Betray Daenerys — But Not For The Reason You Think

Speaking of coming full circle, it's possible Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) will stab his queen, Dany, in the back in season 8. But, one Redditor suggests, it won’t be over the apparent pangs of jealousy season 7 finale “The Lion And The Wolf” hinted at. Rather, it’s possible Tyrion will free his older brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in return for that time Jaime freed him from certain death in season 4.

If you’re wondering what Tyrion might have to free Jaime from, the Redditor predicts the Kingslayer will be imprisoned arriving at Winterfell for throwing Bran out a window eight seasons ago. Remember that one? Even though it’s doubtful Bran will care about the attempted murder he suffered, time has proven his sisters are not so forgiving.
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Arya Will Have Take One Last, Great Face

Dire-hard Thrones fans know all about the “valonqar” prophecy, which predicts Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) will be murdered by the “little brother.” But, we know High Valyrian, where the word “valonqar” comes from, doesn’t specify gender. So the valonqar simply means “younger sibling.” Well, we know one famous younger sibling jonesing to off the queen: Arya Stark.

As one Redditor says, it’s highly probable Arya will hear about Cersei’s decision to lie about joining the war against the Night King, take matters into her own hands, head to King’s Landing, and assassinate Cersei, someone who has been on her kill list for years. This is an especially smart move since Arya could then easily take Cersei’s face and send Lannister troops north to protect Westeros, all with everyone around her none the wiser.

There is only one problem here…
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Arya Might Slip Up In Her Grand Plan (But It Will Lead To Cleganebowl)

If Arya gets to murdering Cersei too quickly, she won’t find out the queen is pregnant. And, obviously, Arya is going to have to remain in King's Landing for some time as a double agent, if only to keep helping her family’s agenda. So, when Arya-as-Cersei doesn’t start producing a baby bump, the few people in the capital who know about the pregnancy are going to get very, very, very suspicious, as a Redditor points out.

When someone — either The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) or Qyburn (Anton Lesser) — realises “Cersei” isn’t actually Cersei, some fighting will arise. Luckily, as another Redditor predicts, The Hound (Rory McCann) will end up accompanying Arya for whatever reason to King's Landing. If this theory comes to pass, this is when The Hound will finally fight his brother, The Mountain.

Cleganebowl, activated.
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Varys Will Become The Father Of Westerosi Democracy By Way of Murder

Very few people have played the game of thrones as well as Varys (Conleth Hill), a former slave from across the Narrow Sea. After clawing his way to grabbing a seat in King Robert’s (Mark Addy) court for years, he has now switched sides and serves the Dragon Queen, to whom he is supposedly loyal. But, what if Varys is truly only loyal to the people, as he has repeatedly said.

One Redditor points out the fact Varys has managed to have a hand in the undoing of countless powerful families. It’s possible he has only installed himself next to Dany because she and her dragons have the ability to wipe out every royal family save for her own. Then, when the fighting is over and she has won, he simply has to kill her — officially breaking the wheel forever. The Redditor who built with this theory even came up with some very compelling, Varys-like parting words to explain the deadly twist.

With Dany, and every single one of her power-playing, royal-blooded adversaries, dead Varys can officially leave Westeros in the hands of the common folk.
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The Long-Dead Will Rise

Honestly, this theory is only here because I want to live in a world where dearly beloved bae Robb Stark (Richard Madden) returns to Game Of Thrones, if only for a moment as a reanimated corpse.

One Redditor points out in that the Song Of Ice And Fire series, Jon Snow dreams of a wight with his father’s face attacking him, suggesting those who have been long-dead may rise during the Long Winter. The extremely handsome Robb Stark, you will also remember, is one of those long-dead.

Bring back Richard Madden!
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