Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 5.
So, uh… who gets to kill Dany?
In Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, we watched the once beloved Mother of Dragons go full Mad Queen, barbecuing innocent civilians, the Lannister army, and a sizable portion of King’s Landing out of sheer spite. Her enemies had already surrendered, no more blood needed to be shed, and yet she went full-flamethrower anyway. It was a very bad look.
Now, two things are crystal clear: First, Varys was totally right (sorry, buddy.) Second, there’s no way in hell Dany is surviving this finale.
Here are some of our favorite theories on how The Unburnt will go up in flames in Thrones’ last chapter, finally taking her rightful place as the series’ Biggest Bad.
Jon betrays Dany thanks to the Azor Ahai prophecy
Long-time Melisandre stans are still waiting on The Prince That Was Promised to do whatever it is he was promising. In the series’ final episode, that moment could finally come.
The full history behind this bit of Thrones lore is markedly complex, and has yet to be resolved in the books. In the simplest of terms and as it applies here: If Jon Snow is in fact Azor Ahai come again as Melisandre believed, then to fulfill The Legend of Lightbringer he will have to do a number of things — not the least of which involves making an ominous sacrifice.
That sacrifice could very well involve killing the woman he loves for the good of the realm and taking his rightful place as King. But whether or not Jon has the guts to take on the title of Queenslayer remains to be seen.
However, if that Lord of Light prophesy is to be resolved during the series’ run, then it has to happen during the finale, and it might as well happen to Jon.
Tyrion makes an executive decision
The Queen’s Hand has had a rough go of it since taking on the job in Season 6 — and while he’s not mad (just disappointed) it could be time for Tyrion to take matters into his own hands.
After watching Dany murder his friend Varys, both of his siblings, and thousands of innocents in Episode 5, Tyrion has all the motivation needed to commit treason against the once promising Targaryen Queen. But how would he do it?
While we’re rooting for a cross-bow on the toilet situation à la Tywin Lannister, it is far more likely that Tyrion would conspire with other dissenters to assassinate Dany. We could see Brienne, Podrick, Tormund, Sam, really any surviving character offering to help out at this point. Seriously, she messed up.
House Stark takes the Iron Throne
With a disproportionate amount of the remaining cast hailing from House Stark, it’s not too late to place one of these northerners on the Iron Throne — and consequently, on Team «Let’s Murder the New Queen.»
Arya and Sansa have more than a few reasons to want Dany dead, and Bran (aka ruler of all that is weird, but generally reasonable) likely also sees the major threat she poses to The Seven Kingdoms.