Film students predict how 'Game of Thrones' will end

Forecasting who will reign supreme in Westeros

The hit show's final season premieres in mid-April.

On April 14, Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will premiere on HBO, and the world will start saying goodbye to the biggest cultural juggernaut of this past decade.

The Journal asked students in Queen’s Film and Media program for predictions on how GoT will end to see if campus’ resident filmmakers can provide any insight into who’ll end up on the Iron Throne.

This article contains spoilers for all seasons of Game of Thrones. Continue reading at your own peril.


“Based on the show’s constant flow of murders, I think GoT will die as it lived: killing off every last character.

Tyrion, who typically avoids death by talking circles around everyone, will get one final, Emmy-winning monologue before one of his many enemies—Jorah, Cersei, take your pick—ends his schtick for good.

Jamie will die in battle because he sucks and Cersei will perish at the hands of Arya, finishing her murderous list. The show will probably try to convince us that Cersei and Jamie’s incestuous relationship was humane and beautiful all along, but that won’t not stop me from fist pumping at their collective demise.

Fearless warrior Arya will meet her maker in battle with the Night King, who’s blindly unaware of how much fans want her to win. Her death will give Jon Snow the push he needs to take down the White Walkers and Viserion, Daenerys’ recently turned evil dragon.

Daenerys and Jon will both discover Jon’s true lineage, which revealed to audiences last season that Daenerys is actually Jon’s aunt. While this arrangement would totally fly in Westeros with any other couple, Daenerys will decide it’s not worth it and kill Jon as the final step to snatching the Iron Throne. 

However, before she’s officially crowned, Daenerys will be defeated by the one character the show has criminally underestimated for its entire duration: Sansa Stark. The mistreated princess will finally prove herself and ascend to the Iron Throne as GoT’s sole survivor.”

—Josh Granovsky, ArtSci ’20

“Let me make one thing clear: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are end game. 

While Daenerys’s character bored me season after season, Jon brings the unexpected to their relationship. His ability to hang out with her dragons and her insistence on rescuing Jon despite the considerable risks—she lost a damn dragon while picking him up—is just the beginning of forging what will be a power couple. 

While this golden couple, by far the most attractive members of the cast, will thrive in a new world order after defeating the White Walkers, I doubt the dragons will survive. One is already a White Walker and the other two will most definitely have some type of trauma battling their undead brother. 

Regardless, I think the dragons will fight to the death for Daenerys, who’ll find herself and Jon on the throne. Her precious dragons’ lives will be the price she has to pay for the power of the Iron Throne. The dragons will become extinct once again, only to rise up when the stability of Jon and Daenerys’ rule—or that of their descendants—falters.”

—Eli Nadler, ArtSci ’20

“I watched GoT’s first season and half of the second so, as far as I’m concerned, I’m caught up. I’ll take a guess about how the whole thing wraps up just based off of my well-known ability to predict series finales and general gossip surrounding the show’s final episode. 

Peter Dinklage’s character, Tyrion Lannister, is definitely going to say some sassy lines—assuming he hasn’t been killed off the show—and also drink some wine. A dragon’s also going to be there at some point, and for some reason. 

As far as the Iron Throne goes, right before it’s revealed to us who ends up on it, the episode’s just going to cut to the last 15 minutes of Grease. Olivia Newton John’s bodysuit and John Travolta’s piercing singing voice are going to make you forget that you ever even cared about Game of Thrones. You’ve finally been reunited with the only media production that’s ever mattered.”

—Jamie Urbanek, ArtSci ’20

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