'Game of Thrones' Season 8 leaked script, fan theories hint at a bloody Great War and King's Landing going up in flames
'Game of Thrones' Season 8 is merely four days away and, thankfully, the final season has been kept well under guards as compared to the former seven.
HBO's epic fantasy show based on George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' is about to reach the final stage where the minimum number of survivors are about to fight the Great War against the dead. Coming from creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the final season of the show will premiere on April 14, but there are already numerous theories that the show's loyal fandom has churned out over the course of the last few months.
Meanwhile, both Benioff and Weiss have declared that they plan to get really drunk and stay far away from the internet for as long as possible. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the two creators admitted they’re worried about letting fans down with the ending, even if they are fully aware that’s going to happen on some scale. The creators confessed, individually, "We’ll be in an undisclosed location, turning off our phones and opening various bottles" and "I plan to be very drunk and very far from the internet.”
The show already ran the risk of watching Season 8 fall in the wrong hands since, last year, the script of the finale season was somehow leaked and revealed the terrible fate of Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) now estranged son Viserion.
We know Viserion was turned into a zombie by the Night King and that almost broke Daenerys who pledged that she would see the end of the White Walkers. The leaked script, which had been claimed to be real, revealed that Viserion is caught in a terrible situation in the war and, unlike his brothers, he might meet a fate which he otherwise hadn't signed up for.
However, the Great War will happen and there will be survivors who will march all the way down to King's Landing in order to usurp the Iron Throne. It is rumoured that King's Landing, which will perhaps be the final destination for the surviving characters on the show, will be crumbled into ashes by fire — we can guess where that comes from!
Although we cannot reveal any more than this, fans themselves have ever since been mixing up theories with their own myths in order to find out what might happen in Season 8. While most fans have chosen to do away with the leaked out scripts, others have taken up the responsibility to predict the future.
One such fan theory has been vying for Sansa's (Sophie Turner) rightful occupation of the throne. Although Sansa has grown up to be the Lady of Winterfell, even though she was Joffrey Baratheon's (Jack Gleeson) wife for a brief time, she does not yet have a rightful claim to the throne. Fans are hoping that perhaps Sansa will end up with Gendry (Joe Dempsie), the unclaimed bastard of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), and in that way she might finally be able to sit on the throne.
While the future for Sansa seems to be a little promising, at least according to fans, it is doubtful if her brother Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and his newfound love Daenerys will make it to the end.
However, even if the two heroes fall, their child might just be the promised prince. Although we already know Daenerys had declared that she will never be able to bear a child of her own, back in Season 1, the witch who had told her about Khal Drogo's (Jason Momoa) death in the complicated riddle that he would never be able to ride again, she had told Daenerys, "When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east [... and] when [her] womb quickens again."
Considering the situation, Daenerys had presumed that since the sun never rises in the east, perhaps she will never bear a child but that was not confirmed. Hence, chances are the Targaryan relatives — who still don't know about their relation — might just produce an heir to the throne.
Also, Season 8 will be the time when Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) will perhaps finally tell Jon about his true parentage, and as for Jon, he is yet to tell Daenerys about his resurrection from death. Amidst this already complicated storyline, Bran's fate might just be the most betraying yet revealing of them all.
The teaser which had shown us the Stark children meeting at the crypt revealed two important factors. Jon's statue indicated that he perhaps dies well in an old age but Sansa and Arya's statues are of the exact same age as they are now. However, Bran's statue is missing, which might be indicative of Bran's immortality. This can happen in two ways — Bran is either the Night King who is basically a living dead or the three-eyed raven who lives for a very long time.
There are several more theories and ideas around 'Game of Thrones' and, hopefully, nothing more will be leaked in the course of Season 8. The only confirmed facts about the final season are the characters' final meet, the Great War, and perhaps the return of the Azor Ahai.
To find out more, we should faithfully await the show's return on April 14 on HBO.