Note: this piece contains multiple spoilers concerning the plot of Game of Thrones seasons 1-8
There are only a few major players left standing in this most brutal of games. But, as season eight comes to an end, the finale is still bound to have plenty of twists and turns in store.
In the lull before each episode we’ve been speculating on directions the plot might take. We've been using your responses, to generate our collective best guesses for each week’s twists and turns. Your predictions in the comments section below have also been fed into the game.
Do let us know your hopes and fears for the final episode of the series in the comments below after playing.
Your Game of Thrones predictions
Week 5: The Bells
By some margin the most popular predictions from last week had both Bronn and Jaime trying to kill Cersei. Unless we see a truly mind-blowing twist in the finale that doesn’t seem to be on the cards. On the more accurate side of things, regular readers were not remotely surprised at Dany’s turn to the dark side – hey, there was even wildfire just the way her dad would have wanted!
In other news, two of our picks for the chop met their end this week. Euron did indeed meet his end, although it might have been wishful thinking that had him picked as our fan favourite to die. Readers are also pretty firmly of the opinion that we’ve seen the last of the wildlings.
Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Sansa Stark. Surprising, but at least it wasn’t Cersei!
Week 4: The Last of the Starks
Last week’s biggest prediction was that we’d be seeing friction between Cersei and Euron. Bafflingly, that doesn’t seem to have been the case with the pirate king deliriously happy and perhaps we even saw a little twinkle in Cersei’s habitual smirk. Next week though, it has to kick off as Tyrion seems to have rather let the cat out of the bag about the coming baby.
Wisely, our readers warned that Sansa is a huge threat to Dany’s ambitions and this did play out, with some judiciously-spread information to her loyal advisers. Perhaps unexpectedly, there was also support for Sansa and Tyrion giving their marriage a second chance.
In other news, Bran Stark is not as benevolent as he seems and has a nefarious plan for the Seven Kingdoms. Oh, and in a triumph for the predictor crowd, we all saw Jaime/Brienne as on the cards two weeks before it happened!
Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Sansa Stark, in her first week on our contenders list
Week 3:The Long Night
Last week saw a big upswell of support for Tyrion Lannister, as overwhelmingly readers put him down as loyal and to remain at Daenerys’s right hand for the foreseeable future.
The dead-pool we ran turned out to get nothing right – perhaps Game of Thrones is turning into a show that surprises you by not killing off the main characters. Several times we thought Grey Worm was definitely done for, in the whirl of action around Winterfell – close but no cigar.
On a downer note, maybe we’re never going to learn what those spiral patterns the White Walkers left actually meant. If the Night King was going to get a monologue, this would have been the week.
On the longer-term view, almost nobody thinks that Sansa and Dany will wind up best buds. Are these two the main contenders for who will rule Westeros at the end of the show?
Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Daenerys Targaryen, back on top
Week 2: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
This second predictor was on the money for quite a few plot developments. Far and away most readers don’t see Samwell Tarly as the vengeful type – we’ve yet to see if they’re 100 per cent right.
On the other hand, we did successfully predict Arya and Gendry’s eve of battle tryst – and that Bran wouldn’t be blabbing anyone’s secrets for the foreseeable future. Unless you count weird, cryptic remarks that only the audience would necessarily get. Also, no elephants for Cersei this week and possibly never.
Jaime Lannister also wound up getting inducted into the northern army pretty quickly, just as you predicted last week.
Interestingly, a large number of readers want Jon and Dany to stay together, despite their auntie/nephew relationship. Perhaps that’s just because it’s Westeros’s best hope to defeat the White Walkers...
Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Jon Snow
Week 1: Winterfell
Our first edition of the Game of Thrones predictor was quite speculative, due to the year-plus gap between seasons seven and eight. Nonetheless, several trends emerged. In short, people wanted a happy ending and the real baddies punished.
Wildly the most popular theory was that Cersei has been lying about being pregnant again, as a ploy to manipulate her brothers. Surely she would never sink so low! People also want to see Arya wreak vengeance against the Lannister queen – a real tribute to Lena Headey’s performance.
The third most-popular plot outcome was that Jaime Lannister would be welcomed to the North with open arms. That’s still in the process of playing out, but puts the Lannister siblings at the dramatic heart of the show going forward.
Most popular candidate for the Iron Throne: Daenerys Targaryen
Check back next Monday: we’ll be looking at how your predictions pan out for episode 6.
Latest odds on who will rule Westeros?
Latest odds on who will sit on the Iron Throne?
There are six key players remaining in the race to the Iron Throne - but who will be the character to rule Westeros in the season eight finale?
- Bran Stark - 1/5
- Sansa Stark - 4/1
- Tyrion Lannister - 7/1
- Aegon Targaryen/Jon Snow - 8/1
- Daenerys Targaryen - 15/1
- Arya Stark - 30/1
- Gendry - 30/1
- Samwell Tarly - 50/1
Odds last updated 16 May, 2019.
Who will win and who will die? Conniving Cersei, Mother of Dragons Daenerys, King in the North Jon, downtrodden Tyrion? Or could a new contender emerge from the ashes?
Do you have a suggestion for someone with an even stronger claim to the Iron Throne? Who will be the first character to meet their grisly end? Will the living prevail over the Night King and the forces of the undead? Share your Game of Thrones predictions in the comments section below.