HBO’s Emmy Award-winning fantasy TV-show Game of Thrones just confirmed that the eighth and final season will be released on April 14th, 2019.

Based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, the show is known to be unpredictable. And with Martin describing the show’s finale as “bittersweet,” fans have been speculating more and more. Here are our top 5 theories of what will happen.

*Spoiler warning! Do not continue reading if you haven’t caught up with Game of Thrones until the end of Season 7!

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1) Bran is not just Bran

Bran Stark, the three-eyed raven, just found out that his “half-brother” Jon Snow is actually his cousin. But what if Bran isn’t actually on his cousin’s side, and rather, the most feared enemy: the King of the White Walkers?

After the official season 8 trailer was released (watch below), the fact that Arya, Sansa, and Jon were shown reuniting in the crypts below Winterfell, ready to fight against the White Walkers, fans have been wondering why Bran Stark was left out from the family meeting. Is it because he’s a time-traveling Night King?

This theory is really complicated and involves a lot of time travel. Basically, fans think it’s possible that Bran will travel to the past (to the era of the Mad King and even before the wall was built), and possess the body of the Night King.

As fans know, if you stay too long in one person’s body, you get stuck in it. This could explain how Bran becomes the Night King and why he let Jon go at the Hardhome. If Jon kills his “brother” Bran, the ending would surely be “bittersweet.”

To read more about this theory, check out this article on Nerdist.

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2) Cersei is not who we think she is

If there was a Mad King, there must also be Mad Queen. Some fans speculate that it’s Daenerys Targaryen, but personally, I think Cersei Lannister is more likely to take that title.

Before Robert’s rebellion, Aerys Targaryen (Daenerys’ father) was the so-called “Mad King.” And he loved to see his enemies burn. So did Cersei, when burning down the Sept of Baelor with wildfire. It was actually Aerys’ plan to burn down the city, with the so-told voice whispering to him, “to burn them all,” so Cersei copied his idea.

Similar to Aerys, Cersei likes taking revenge; for example, on Ellaria Sand, for poisoning her daughter Myrcella. She does this by torturing Ellaria and making Tyene (Ellaria’s daughter) watch.

The Mad King got killed by Jamie Lannister, breaking the vow of the king’s guard and earning him the nickname “King’s Slayer.” Many fans speculate if he will kill his beloved sister too.

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3) Arya Stark is dead

This theory is a real fan favorite. And according to a Reddit user, Arya Stark is in fact already dead.

The theory originated from the fight scene between Arya and the Waif, where Arya cuts off the top of a candle, eliminating all source of light. The fight is happening without the audience seeing or hearing it, so they can only make the assumption that Arya is the winner, when the fight is pictured next time.

But the Waif is the one who taught Arya how to fight, meaning the Waif’s chances of winning are bigger than Aryas. What if it’s not Arya who won, but the Waif, who is now wearing her face?

Assuming that this theory is true, what could the Waif’s intention in Westeros be? Comment your guess below.

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4) The Azor Ahai (or “The Prince who was Promised”) will save the day

The Prince who was Promised is a prophecy in the religion of the Lord of the Light. The prophecy is translated from High Valyrin; and as Missandei (Daenerys’ translator) explains, the word “Prince” was actually gender neutral in the original prophecy. This little detail suggests that the “Prince” could also be a “Princess,” which makes Daenerys a candidate for the title.

Azor Ahai is also known as the Son of Fire. The Targaryen is referred to as the house of dragons (aka fire). Daenerys was also the one who “gave birth” to the dragons and is named “Mother of Dragons,” concluding in the theory that Daenerys is the Prince who was Promised.

This assumes that Daenerys will be the one to sit on the Iron Throne, potentially having to eliminate Jon to secure her throne, resulting in a “bittersweet” ending.

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5) Game of Thrones and climate change

Anthropogenic climate change describes the scientific phenomenon of our earth warming up because of human activity. If you imagine the different houses (Stark, Lannister, Targaryen or Baratheon) as states or countries, and pretend that the White Walkers resemble climate change, you get the modern politics regarding global warming.

George R. R. Martin confirmed this theory in an interview with the New York Times, saying: “The people in Westeros are fighting their individual battles over power and status and wealth. And those are so distracting them that they’re ignoring the threat of ‘winter is coming,’ which has the potential to destroy all of them and to destroy their world. And there is a great parallel […] to what I see this planet doing here, where we’re fighting our own battles.”

He goes on about how Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, is really similar to one of the most hated characters on the show, Joffrey Baratheon. “They have the same level of emotional maturity,” explains Martin.

So how will the end of Game of Thrones relate to climate change? Since the show is so unpredictable there have been theories that the Night King will win and everyone else will die, meaning that “Climate Change” will win over humankind.

Who do you think is going to sit on the Iron Throne? What is your favorite theory? Let us know in the comment section below!