How Will ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 End?

The final season of Game of Thrones has just started and fans of the show are already buzzing about how it will all end. It will end with a spoiler, of course.

Okay, that may not be of much help, since seemingly every other scene in any given episode has a spoiler of some kind that sends fans into a social media tizzy. A lot of people associated with the show have a lot of insight – or at least they think they do.

The ‘Game of Thrones’ ending is a big secret

This will be a short season, with only six episodes. That means that the answer to that million-dollar question will arrive even before summer officially starts, on May 19. Harper’s Bazaar has estimated that the final episode will be about an hour and 20 minutes, which is about 10 minutes shorter than the average episode.

Even on the slim chance that you know someone who works on Game of Thrones, they may not be much help. Entertainment Weekly noted that “only crew members wearing a special Episode 6 badge were allowed on set during filming and some scenes were shot on a closed set.”

Security was so strict that according to director David Nutter, not even any kind of paper was allowed on set.  Some people close to the cast, like Sophie Turner’s boyfriend Joe Jonas knows, but you’ll never get it out of him. The show made him sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. If he spills, there will be consequences – and Turner already has enough on her plate, playing the tormented Jean Gray in the next X-Men movie due out in June.

Will ‘Game of Thrones’ let fans choose their own ending?

To muddy the waters even more, HBO even toyed with the idea of shooting multiple endings, so that not even the cast could be sure of what went down.

“You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end,” said HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys.

Maybe HBO might have done well to borrow Netflix’s Bandersnatch tech from Black Mirror. Still, it’s a bit misleading to say that no one knows how the show ends.

“I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think,” Turner said. “I think it will be really interesting to see people’s reactions, but for me reading the script it was just like heartbreaking to read at the very final page of the script it just says, ‘End of Game of Thrones.’ That was really emotional.”

Showrunner David Benioff told EW that he and DB Weiss have had some idea of how they show would end, having mapped it out “from the beginning.”

Or is even that a bit of misdirection? Below are some of the best educated guesses on how it will all wrap up

The ‘Game of Thrones’ ending is murky

Even people with only the barest idea of what Game of Thrones is has heard of Jon Snow, so the ending may very well heavily involve him. If Jon Snow really is the great warrior Azor Ahai reborn, the great warrior who will save all men, all he’d need to do is reveal his true parentage.

Kit Harrington, who plays Snow, told Deadline:

“The thing is, with so few characters left, they (the viewers) should get used to and get ready for next year is Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly.”

Or Game of Thrones could resort to that age-old device predicting a future of some kind: a baby, as in Baby Targaryen. Thrillist notes that the final episodes of season 7 had an awful lot of talk about offspring, Daenerys insisted she’s infertile, but Jorah Mormont told Snow that he should keep his sword to give to his children. A “miracle baby” may be a stretch, but creator George R.R. Martin says the ending is “bittersweet” and nothing says bittersweet like a baby in this world.

Then there’s the questions surrounding death: which characters will make it and which will not? Rumors are circulating that Jamie Lannister will kill his sister (and love interest) Cersei Lannister; Tyrion Lannister is speculated to die; and Cersei ordered a hit on her brothers — Tyrion and Jamie — in the first episode of the final season. Who dies?

We’ll find out next month.