The end is nigh, dear readers: "Game of Thrones" comes to a close Sunday. But the fan theories, predictions, speculation and army of memes that have surrounded the epic series show no signs of slowing down. As the faithful (and the haters) await the series finale, here's a spoiler-heavy look at what could go down in Westeros.
BURNT TO A CRISP
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) incinerated King's Landing in "The Bells" — a fiery war crime that divided viewers and inspired enough think pieces to fill the Citadel.
The trailer for the final episode hints at the dreary, funereal aftermath. We see grim-faced Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and blood-stained Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) plodding through the ash-covered ruins of King's Landing. We see Dany, flanked by the Unsullied, gazing out over the heaps of wreckage. But the 37-second trailer is otherwise light on clues, although some viewers expect the newly-minted Mad Queen will face a reckoning ...
ARYA THE AVENGER
Arya endured and survived the horrors of "The Bells" — and now, many theorists believe, she will exact lethal punishment on the artist formerly known as the Breaker of Chains. But how exactly will the most nimble and cunning assassin on "Game of Thrones" take vengeance?
Reddit user hoowuurd predicted that Arya, the master of face-swapping, will disguise herself as stoic warrior Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) to kill Dany, "and set it up to look as if either Grey Worm killed Dany and then himself, or just flee the scene and leave it a mystery to the realm."
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Twitter lit up with speculation that Arya has been fated to assassinate Dany all along. You may recall the Red Priestess, Melisandre (Carice van Houten), prophesied that Arya would one day reveal her "darkness" to a person with green eyes. That's why some guessed Arya would fatally stab emerald-eyed Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in "The Bells." But what if her preordained target is actually the Targaryen queen?