Many fans felt the highly anticipated conclusion of HBO’s epic fantasy series was a major let down after so much build-up. Rather than let the disappointment get them down, Game of Thrones viewers have been creating their own theories for the future of Westeros.
In true Game of Thrones fashion, the series finale, The Iron Throne, featured epic battles and shocking deaths.
Devoted fans watched in horror as fan favourite character Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) was possessed by a fit of rage and decided to burn King’s Landing to the ground.
Some believed the rushed narrative and shocking character heelturns were a side effect of showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss needing to overtake the source material.
Acclaimed fantasy author George R. R. Martin is infamous for taking years to write the next instalments in A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Winds of Winter has yet to make an appearance on shelves.
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Many fans have taken to online forums to discuss what they wanted to see in HBO’s acclaimed adaptation, as well as providing some enticing insight as to what readers could expect from the upcoming novels.
Reddit user marisaann26 has unearthed some intriguing clues that, if true, could completely rewrite the destiny of the powerful Mother of Dragons, Daenerys.
They took fellow fans all the way back to season two, reminding GOT viewers of Dany’s vision of the Iron Throne covered in ice.
An interview with the actor who played the Night King for the series, Richard Brake, was also raised, as the actor promised fans would finally find out who the Night King was after.
The post continued: “I believe that the Night King is after Dany to be either his new queen or to take over as queen. One way or another, both living dragons will die in battle.
“Distraught by losing her dragons, Dany with be persuaded to join the Night King to be reunited with her dragons, ie she gets her ice throne.”
If the series did decide to take this route it would be a tragic yet far more satisfying end for Dany, as the foreshadowing of her visions would finally be paid off.
Unfortunately, the Night King’s plan was scuppered by Arya Stark in what has been marked down as one of Game of Thrones’ most unsatisfying moments.
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The Redditor continued to add credential to the theory, looking back on Westeros’ extensive history centuries before the Battle of Winterfell.
They added: “In the history and lore of GoT, there is a story of the 13th commander of the Night Fort fell in love with ‘a woman made of ice’. She became his Ice Queen and they ruled together.”
By this fans logic, Game of Thrones was all set to draw a smart parallel between Daenerys, the Night King and the epic history of Westeros.
Sadly, it soon became clear that showrunners Benioff and Weiss seemingly weren’t taking the detailed lore of Westeros into account, with many of Martin’s ideas thrown out the window in an attempt to deliver the most satisfying finale possible.
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Another Thrones enthusiast latched onto the theory and added: “Oh I really do like this theory. I have always thought the ‘snow’ falling through the ceiling in her vision was actually ash, either after she conquers King’s Landing or after Cersei (Lena Headey) burns it with wildfire. But this would be a great ending.”
Whilst fans didn’t get to see their theories come to fruition, dedicated followers of Martin’s fantasy world are hoping for a more satisfying conclusion in the books.
Plus, the highly anticipated spin-off, House of the Dragon, is set to explore the history of Westeros even more when it chronicles the history of the Targaryens.
House of the Dragon will be premiering on HBO in 2022.
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