'Game of Thrones' Season 8 brought back the age-old hysteria of what will be left once the Great War is over. While some fans are hopeful about the unfathomable victory of the living, others are doubtful if the main characters will be able to make it out alive.
Whatever it may be, we are sure Episode 3 of Season 8 will give us the most nonpareil few hours on television as the army in the North finally comes face to face with the White Walkers who have already broken the Wall. Some fans believe this war might just be a version of the great battle of Ragnarok while has a significant place in Norse mythology. Fans on Reddit are already claiming that, just like the battle of Ragnarok, there won't be a happy ending for the victors — no matter which side they belong to.
However, before we get into discussing the similarities between Ragnarok and the Great War, let's take a brief look at what the ancient battle actually is about. Ragnarok is a series of events, including a great battle, that leads to the death of a number of great figures (including the Gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr and Loki) aside from natural disasters and the submersion of the world in water. After these events, the world will resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and returning gods will meet and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors.
Vigrid - the plateau, where according to Norse mythology, the forces of Order and Chaos are encountered at last battle, or Ragnarok. pic.twitter.com/HOULhTvPLi— Anat The Goddess (@anat_goddess) July 28, 2018
In one of the teaser trailers we had seen a spanning view of Winterfell in the aftermath of the war. Check it out below:
The place was completely shattered, and weapons and sigils laid on the snow, clearly signifying the destruction that the war brought with it. Perhaps once the war is done, and the White Walkers have been chased far away in the North, chances are the remaining survivors will march South — as planned — and rebuild Westeros from the leftovers.
The Great War has begun.#GameofThrones #FortheThrone pic.twitter.com/YXQO02IJC9— Gabs (@gabrielfarac) April 13, 2019
One fan on Reddit explained, "I predict that the upcoming WW battle at Winterfell in E03 will mirror the Ragnarök battle heavily. We should therefore expect a MASSIVE death count, almost all of our male heroes will die. The question is therefore not who will die in E03 but rather, who will survive. It would fit in nicely with GoT's character killing sprees and also with Valar Morghulis, a Braavosi greeting said in the High Valyrian language, which literally translates to "All men must die".
Fans have also come up with a theory that, just like the battle of Ragnarok where the women had survived, this time too it will be the women who come out of the battle alive. One fan wrote, "The reason why I think women will survive is because most of them (Arya, Brienne excluded) are not warriors. Also in the "real" Ragnarök, the women survive."
Some fans are even hopeful that perhaps more characters will be alive than we expect. "A lot of people will die, but I also think more people will survive than we think. We still have three episodes afterward and another big battle in episode 5. Some people have to survive to carry on the story. I’m guessing most of the main characters will make it aside from maybe Jaime or Theon, but we will lose a lot of the popular side characters. People like Tormund, Jorah, Bronn, Podrick, and Gendry probably won’t make it."
Whatever it may be, the Great War will truly be one of the most volatile spectacles on television, and we will only be able to see that once Episode 2, which will air on April 21, prepares us for the Long Night to come.