Author George R. R. Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire series provides the basis for HBO’s Game of Thrones, recently stated that some fans have correctly guessed the ending to his series on online message boards. There are almost limitless theories out there speculating how it’s all going to go down, but who has it right? Here are some of the more likely candidates.

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Dany and Jon unite. One popular theory suggests that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will join forces, marry, and rule together. Jon represents the North and the Night’s Watch, i.e., “Ice”, while Dany has the blood of dragons, “Fire”, ergo, A Song of Ice and Fire. However, the phrase could also apply to Jon alone, since most fans believe Jon is the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, making his the Song of Ice and Fire with no need for his Aunt Dany (yes, she would be his aunt in this scenario).

The Dragons take on the White Walkers. Once again playing on the idea of ice and fire, this theory puts the two against one another, with the White Walkers fighting on the side of ice and the dragons on the side of fire. Some take this theory even further and align the Starks (Bran and Jon Snow) with the White Walkers, whose motives probably aren’t evil, against Dany (and maybe Tyrion) and the dragons, meaning that one fan-favorite is guaranteed to lose, setting up the oft-cited “bittersweet ending.”

The Iron Throne is destroyed. With war and soon winter ravaging the landscape, many fans believe the Iron Throne will cease to exist. So much time and attention has been paid to wondering who will sit on it when the dust (or snow) clears that it seems very GRRM-esque to take it away, leaving seven true kingdoms in its wake. The show seems to hint at this as well, showing imagery of snow falling on an abandoned throne room on two occasions.

Jon Snow is Azor Ahai. Melisandre long-believed Stannis to be the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, the savior of the religion of R’hllor. Recent events suggest that it is actually Jon Snow, and that Melisandre will magically revive Jon after his stabbing and he will then fulfill his destiny and defeat the White Walkers. Azor Ahai may or may not be the same foretold savior as the Prince Who was Promised, whom Aemon Targaryen believes to be Dany.

The Wall comes down. Several fans think the Wall is destined to fall, probably opening up the floodgates (literally) for the White Walker invasion. Once it’s down, the kingdom will never be the same, and it could tie in with the Iron Throne being destroyed as well. The map of Westeros could look very different at the end of the series.

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