Winter Is Here: The Best Game of Thrones Fan Theories [UPDATED]

With only a couple episodes left, time's running out on some of these fan favorite theories and predictions.

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Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

Hard to believe, but we have only a few Game of Thrones episodes left until we a.) finally discover who escapes the tyranny of the Night King, b.) who ends up on the Iron Throne, and c.) what it's like to go to bed on a Sunday night without spending hours searching the internet for answers.

So with only a handful of episodes left, here are the five theories that still might—or might not—play out in the ongoing political—and apocalyptic—machinations of Westeros.

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The Night King Will Reanimate the Dead Starks in Winterfell's Crypts
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Status: CONFIRMED

In the second episode of the Season 8, we heard Sam, Gilly, and Jon repeat the same thing: The crypts are the safest place for those who will not be fighting the dead. However, by definition, a crypt is where the dead are housed. And a certain undead someone has the power to resurrect the dearly departed.

To make matters worse, at the end of episode two, when the army of wights, led by the White Walkers (there's a hierarchy and it puts the Night King at the very top), pauses to stare at Winterfell in the distance, the Night King (and Viserion) are noticeably absent.

This leads us to believe that maybe he's already at Winterfell. If so, is he preparing to reanimate the bodies of Starks long (and more recently) passed?

We Will Finally See Lady Stoneheart
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Status: DEBUNKED

Fans (and ) have expressed wishes to see the Stark matriarch come back as the vengeful and ruthless Lady Stoneheart.

In the books, Catelyn is revived by the Brotherhood Without Banners after being slaughtered at the Red Wedding. When she comes back, she becomes the leader of the Brotherhood and sets out to seek revenge on those who wronged her family. (Freys, Lannisters, Boltons, et al.)

Although producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided to forego this particular storyline in previous seasons, they may give us a glimpse of undead Catelyn before the finale.

Jaime Is the Valonqar
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Status: TBD

In season five, Maggy the Frog prophesied that Cersei would become the queen "for a while," before another "younger, more beautiful" one would come to replace her. Maggy's prophecy also promised that Cersei would have three children and live to bury all of them.

The final part of Maggy's prophecy—which appears in the books but did not make it into the show—was, “when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

In High Valyrian, a fictional and ancient language, "valonqar" translates to "little brother." Cersei has two: Tyrion and Jaime. Even though Jaime and Cersei are twins, she was born first.

While there are those who support the theory that posits Tyrion is the valonqar (a win for him considering how much he hates Cersei), we're sticking to the theory that places Jaime as the little brother who will end up killing Cersei.

Because the Game of Thrones universe takes no prisoners, making Tyrion the valonqar doesn't really fit. Game of Thrones is synonymous with anguish and suffering, and what would be more painful than Jaime having to kill the love of his life?

It remains to be seen who will take up the mantle of "valonqar," or if Cersei will meet her maker in another fashion.

There Is a Dragon Beneath Winterfell
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Status: DEBUNKED

One of the more outlandish theories posits that a there's a sleeping dragon under Winterfell whose breath warms the hot springs in and around the northern castle.

During the reign of the Targaryen dynasty, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon rode the dragon Vermax up north to secure alliances on his mother's behalf as she was at war with her half-brother, Aegon.

A Targaryen court jester named claimed that while Jacaerys was negotiating a pact, Vermax laid eggs in Winterfell's crypts that have yet to be discovered.

We should also consider the allusions made to something major happening in Winterfell's crypts in the weeks leading up to and extending into this final season.

We've already seen some major plot points occur in the crypts, including Sam telling Jon about who his parents really were and Jon revealing this information to Daenerys down there, too.

While there are a couple of reasons this theory might be a stretch (for one, Vermax was believed to be a male dragon), it does present an interesting opportunity for another dragon (and maybe dragon rider) to arise.

Bran Is the Night King
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Status: DEBUNKED

This is one of the most popular theories floating around. We're into it.

The gist? Bran warged into the the man who was turned into the very first White Walker and became the Night King.

The Children of the Forest, a non-human race of beings, were fighting (and losing) a thousands-of-years-long war with The First Men when they took the drastic measure of creating the Night King by inserting a chunk of dragonglass into his chest (while he was still a human) to end the slaughter of their kind. Their plan backfired in the worst possible way.

Per the theory, Bran traveled back in time to prevent the Children from creating the Night King and got stuck because he stayed in the past too long (something the deceased Three-Eyed Raven warned Bran about).

It's a cool theory, but there's a big hole: When Bran wargs into other beings, he completely leaves his own body. If he became trapped in the Night King's body, he wouldn't be cognizant the way we've seen him in the current season.

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