Yes, the seventh season of Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago, but that doesn't mean fans of the show have stopped dissecting every single scene. If you can't wait until April for some answers, we've curated the best GOT merchandise and compiled some of the best Game of Thrones Season Eight theories and predictions that might actually come true. If spoilers are a thing that concerns you, then maybe stop reading now because, since fans are basically writing this show at this point, some of these will probably happen (OK, maybe not the last one, but we can hope).
1. Our sweet boy Sam is actually the Prince That Was Promised
In George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Azor Ahai is a legendary figure "who fought against [the darkness] with a red sword" and "arose to give courage to the race of men and lead the virtuous into battle with his blazing sword Lightbringer." As one Game of Thrones theory outlines, Sam could very well be a secret Targaryen—the child of Rhaegar and Elia Martell (his first wife whose marriage he had annulled).
2. Melisandre will return with an army to save the day
When we last saw the Red Priestess Melisandre in Season Seven, she shot a not-so-subtle threat at Varys before announcing that she was going to sail across the Narrow Sea to Volantis, which is one of the Free Cities of Essos. But that's not the last we'll see of her—she told us as much. "I will return, dear Spider, one last time," she said to Varys. "I have to die in this strange country, just like you."
3. Ned Stark is alive and will return
OK, this sounds crazy, but there's a lot of evidence out there that this could possibly happen in their early report from the set of Season Eight. Who would be more unexpected than Ned Stark? Plus, people die all the time on this show and come back. Jon Snow, The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, The Mountain, and, in the books, Catelyn Stark—they all are resurrected in some form or another.
4. Tyrion made a deal with Cersei and will betray Daenerys
While this would make the previous theory pretty complicated, many fans believe that an important conversation went down between Tyrion and Cersei that wasn't shown in the Season Seven finale.
5. Tyrion is actually a Targaryen, too
Now that we know Jon Snow is a Targaryen, the next surprise sibling will be none other than Tyrion. This comes from the popular A + J = T theory, which means Aerys plus Joanna equals Tyrion.
6. Arya will become Littlefinger
Although news seems to travel inexplicably fast in Westeros, it's possible that most of the south is unaware of Littlefinger's demise in the Season Seven finale. This would make it pretty convenient for Arya to travel to King's Landing (where Littlefinger used to have a great deal of power) using his face as a mask.
7. Bran is the Night King
While there's little evidence going into the final season of Game of Thrones, fans are convinced that Bran could be the Night King. They're comparing the two characters' wardrobe, and the man whom the Children of the Forest used to create the first White Walker (largely believed to be a Stark). Anything can happen on Game of Thrones.
8. Bran Built the Wall
Season Six revealed that Bran Stark can not only see the past—he can manipulate it, too. There are a number of theories that consider the endless possibilities of his powers. Overall, they seem to connect Bran to every key moment in Westeros history. Bran already accidentally destroyed poor Hodor's mind by traveling to the past, and some speculate that he'll do the same thing to the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, who was known to "hear voices."
9. Jaime will kill Cersei, his lover/sister
It would be tragic, and beautiful, and satisfying all at once. Jaime must kill his sister/lover Cersei as she becomes the Mad Queen. In the Season Seven finale, Cersei tells Jaime that she plans to betray Jon and Dany even if it means the destruction of the human race. That was the last straw for Jaime, who finally left Cersei to head North, before she could kill him. Now that they're on opposite sides of a war, Jaime might be forced to face, and even kill, his own sister.
10. Jon or Daenerys is the promised one
Melisandre has been holding out for the return of Azor, whom she believed was Stannis Baratheon. Since Stannis didn't work out all too well, it's likely that her new hero is Jon Snow, whom she helped resurrect in Season Six. This theory took a twist in Season Seven, when it's pointed out that the translation of the prophecy could also mean the Princess That Was Promised, meaning it could be either Jon or Daenerys.
11. What if Sam is the one telling this whole story?
Who is telling this story? Is the narrator Jon? Is it George R.R. Martin? Is it Bran? In an interview a couple of years ago, John Bradley—who plays Sam—noted that it could be his character who is narrating the story. One theory is that what we're seeing now and how we're experiencing Game of Thrones is Sam telling the story of Game of Thrones. If you take the logic of the story now, the story of Westeros and the story of the battle for the Iron Throne, it would be a book in that library.
12. The White Walkers are probably going to win
As we know all too well on Game of Thrones, our heroes almost never win. They die tragically and suddenly. Real justice is rare, if ever. So why should the ending of this saga be any different? And, let's face it, things aren't looking too good for Team Human. At the end of Season Seven, the Night King turned one of Daenerys's dragons into a White Walker dragon, then used it to demolish The Wall that had been keeping them out for thousands of years. At this point, given the constant bickering and manipulation in Team Human, who's to say the White Walkers shouldn't win?
Have you formulated any theories of your own? Keep the bubbling till the 8th of April.