Prophecies have all the time played a main role in Game of Thrones. But until the final season comes to a close, there are still many loose ends to fasten about the show’s most important predictions.
“Prophecies are dangerous things,” Melisandre told Daenerys in season 7, a reality that the Red Priestess came to realize all too well as she sought out the Prince That Was Promised through the span of the series. Actually, it wasn’t until the third episode of season 8, “The Long Night,” that one of Melisandre’s visions at last played out how she originally forecasted it would.
With that being said, let’s take an in-depth look at every Game of Thrones prediction that could still play a role in season 8.
Prophecy name: The Prince That Was Promised
Leading up to Game of Thrones‘ eighth season, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen had both been affirmed the Prince Who Was Promised — a forecasted rescuer in the belief of R’hllor who is the rebirth of renowned legend Azor Ahai — by Red Priestesses of the Lord of Light.
And for a long time, there was a tough dispute to be made in support of either character, particularly considering the word “prince” is considered gender-neutral in High Valyrian.
“The Long Night is coming. Only the Prince Who Was Promised can bring the dawn,” Melisandre told Dany in season 7 “Prophecies are dangerous things. I believe you have a role to play, as does another — the King in the North, Jon Snow.”
But in the suitably titled third episode of season 8, “The Long Night,” it was exposed that Arya Stark was in fact the one who was destined to murder the Night King. This twist came as a shock to several fans, but retrospectively, Game of Thrones has been prophesying Arya’s daring act for years.
When Arya was training with ace swordsman Syrio Forel in season 1, he taught her a slogan that wedged with her all through the series: “What do we say to the god of death? Not today.” And when she first met Melisandre in season 3, it was obvious that Mel recognized her as someone important.
“I see a darkness in you,” Melisandre told her. “And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again.”
Judging by Melisandre’s persistence that Stannis Baratheon, and afterwards, a grouping of Jon and Daenerys was the Prince That Was Promised, it appears that she didn’t know accurately how Arya would fit into the Great War. But when the pair locked eyes at Winterfell following Melisandre’s return, it was apparent that all of the pieces were falling into place for her.
After Beric Dondarrion sacrificed himself for Arya during the battle, Arya turned to find Melisandre waiting to speak to her. “The Lord brought him back for a purpose,” Melisandre told her, suggesting that Beric was resurrected on six separate events exclusively to save Arya. “Now that purpose has been served.”
The two then recalled about their first conversation, with Melisandre representing to Arya that she was destined to murder the Night King by putting an importance on the blue eyes that she had told her she would shut. Mel then echoed Syrio Forel’s question of “What do we say to the god of death,” prompting Arya to respond “Not today” and sprint off.
Arya, obviously, proceeded to kill the Night King by wounding him with the Valyrian steel dagger that has been an essential part of the Stark family’s storyline since Game of Thrones‘ second episode.
However, Arya being the Prince That Was Promised isn’t inevitably steady with the details of the prediction. Mainly, other than the fact that she killed the Night King, Arya doesn’t fit any of the criteria for being the selected one. Mostly, according to the prediction, the Prince was fated to “lead the people against a darkness” with a flaming sword called Lightbringer.
“There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world,” it reads. “In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.”
Arya killed the Night King with a dagger, not a sword, and absolutely not a flaming sword. She also wasn’t born under a bleeding star “amidst salt and smoke,” and hasn’t woken dragons from stone as Melisandre says will be true of the Prince in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.
So was the entire Prince That Was Promised thing just a confusion? Perhaps. There are many clues throughout the books that predictions can be erratic and possibly shouldn’t be fully trusted. Not to mention that Martin has never met a fantasy trope he didn’t enjoy playing with.
But it’s also possible that there’s still more we don’t know about the truth of the prophecy.
Prophecy name: Valonqar
In a flashback sequence in the season 5 premiere, we saw a young Cersei having her future told by a witch named Maggy the Frog. “You will never wed the prince, you will wed the king,” Maggy told her.
“You’ll be queen, for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful — to cast you down and take all you hold dear…The king will have 20 children, and you will have three…Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
Whether or not it’s because the prediction has become self-fulfilling, nearly all of these forecasts have just worked out as expected. Cersei was promised to Prince Rhaegar Targaryen as a young girl, but ended up marrying King Robert Baratheon following Robert’s Rebellion.
He proceeded to father numerous unlawful kids while Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen — who are all dead — were a result of Cersei’s incestuous bond with her twin brother Jaime. As for the younger, more attractive queen, the name Daenerys Targaryen comes to mind.
However, in George R .R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, there is a final line to the prophecy that the show did not incorporate: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
Since “valonqar” means “little brother” in High Valyrian, several fans think that this line was deliberately cut from the show to abstain from giving too much away about what was to come. In the books, Cersei long presumes that Maggy was talking about Tyrion and even has a revelation of him murdering her in A Feast For Crows — the fourth novel in Martin’s series — after he kills Tywin.
He killed Father as he killed Mother, as he killed Joff. The dwarf would come for her as well, the queen knew, just as the old woman had promised her in the dimness of that tent. I laughed in her face, but she had powers. I saw my future in a drop of blood. My doom. Her legs were weak as water…It is blood I need, not water. Tyrion’s blood, the blood of the valonqar.
The torches spun around her. Cersei closed her eyes, and saw the dwarf grinning at her. No, she thought, no, I was almost rid of you. But his fingers had closed around her neck, and she could feel them beginning to tighten.
However, as the second-born twin, Jaime is theoretically also her little brother.
The pregnancy storyline introduced in season 7 has also added an additional level of deception to the prediction. Prophecies in Game of Thrones are seldom factual — for instance, the baby’s father, Jaime, could theoretically be interpreted as Cersei’s killer if she dies in childbirth. That is, if she’s really pregnant.
In the season 8 premiere, Cersei fulfilled her relationship with Euron after he mainly endangered to discontinue the support of the Iron Fleet if she didn’t. The scene finished with Euron telling Cersei, “I’m going to put a prince in your belly,” while she downed a glass of wine.
Euron’s statement to Cersei would be unattainable if she’s already pregnant. But when Tyrion and Cersei were reunited in the season 7 finale, it seemed like part of the reason he was able to presume that she was expecting was that she wouldn’t drink the wine he poured her. Does that indicate that her drinking in the season 8 premiere is a sign that she’s no longer — or never actually was — pregnant?
With Jaime gone, this could open the door to possibilities like a different “little brother” being the one who kills Cersei. Several fans now guess that her end will eventually come at the hands of Euron, who is the younger brother of Balon Greyjoy and obviously doesn’t have the purest of intentions.
Prophecy name: Three Heads of the Dragon
The three heads of the dragon prophecy comes from a book scene in which Daenerys has a vision of her brother Rhaegar in the House of the Undying in Qarth. Show viewers saw this sequence in season 2, but that particular scene, along with a few others, was not incorporated.
During the vision, Daenerys sees Rhaegar naming his newborn son Aegon — his second child with Elia Martell, not Jon, whose real name is also Aegon — as a wet nurse feeds him.
“He has a song. He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire,” Rhaegar tells the nurse before looking directly at Daenerys and saying, “There must be one more. The dragon has three heads.”
Several fans long assumed that the three heads of the dragon was a indication to the three people who would ultimately ride Daenerys’ three dragons. But after the Night King killed and reanimated Viserion as a wight dragon, that speculation went out the window.
Now there’s assumption that the three heads are not three dragon riders, but rather three Targaryens who will come together to save the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys is apparently a Targaryen and we know that Jon is the secret son of Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark. But who could the third Targaryen be?
One famous theory holds that Tyrion is in fact the Mad King’s bastard, which would make him another secret Targaryen. In the books, it’s alleged that the Mad King was excessively fond of Joanna Lannister and may have raped her around the time that Tyrion was conceived.
Joanna’s association with the Mad King is never talked about in the show, but Tywin does make some comments to Tyrion that appear as though they could be hints to this effect.
“You are an ill-made, spiteful little creature, full of envy, lust, and low cunning,” Tywin tells Tyrion in season 3. “Men’s laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors, since I cannot prove that you are not mine. And to teach me humility the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about wearing that proud lion that was my father’s sigil and his father’s before him.”
Not to point out that Tywin’s last words to Tyrion are exactly, “You’re no son of mine.”
There’s also the fact that Tyrion has long felt an association to dragons and, in season 6, he even managed to get up close and personal with Viserion and Rhaegal without getting barbecued.
However, other fans think the third head of the dragon will turn out to be Jon and Daenerys’ potential child. In the books, when Daenerys’ son Rhaego is stillborn after she enters the tent in which Mirri Maz Duur is performing a blood magic ritual on Khal Drogo, Mirri entails to Daenerys that she is now unproductive.
“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,” Mirri tells her after she demands to know when the catatonic Drogo will be back to normal. “When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before.”
Mirri delivered a similar prophecy in the show, but the line about Daenerys’ womb was left out. Cut to season 7 when Daenerys’ imaginary unproductiveness is mentioned on numerous occasions. One such indication comes during a discussion she has with Tyrion about progression in that season’s sixth episode, “Beyond the Wall.”
Tyrion: The world you want to build doesn’t get built all at once, probably not in a single lifetime. How do we ensure your vision endures? After you break the wheel, how do we make sure it stays broken?
Daenerys: You want to know who sits on the Iron Throne after I’m dead, is that it?
Tyrion: You say you can’t have children, but there are other ways of choosing a successor. The Night’s Watch has once method. The Ironborn, for all their many flaws, have another.
Daenerys: We will discuss the succession after I wear the crown.
Following Viserion’s death, Daenerys also reveals her unproductiveness to Jon. “The dragons are my children,” she tells him. “They’re the only children I’ll ever have. Do you understand?”
Obviously, judging by the nature of prophecies in the world of Thrones, Daenerys’ belief that she can no longer have children may be totally off base. And if Daenerys and Jon do make a successor, he or she could very well turn out to be the person who unites the Seven Kingdoms.