This story is dark and full of spoilers. Picture: HBO via AP
This story is dark and full of spoilers. Picture: HBO via AP

Burning question ahead of GoT finale

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.

If you haven't seen Game of Thrones season eight, episode five - "The Bells" - and don't want to know what happens, stop reading now.

 

Someone is definitely going to die in the series finale, and it looks more and more like Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) may be the first to go.

After the horrific events of the penultimate episode, it seems Dany has lost the love of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), support of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and respect of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

Transformed into a violent tyrant, Daenerys might hold power over King's Landing, but we're betting she won't rule for long.

As the teaser for the finale suggests, it seems likely Jon, Tyrion, and Arya are being put into place to assassinate the triumphant Dragon Queen.

So who's it going to be? Which Game of Thrones character has the steel, ability and guts to try to murder Daenerys Targaryen?

WILL JON SNOW KILL DAENERYS TARGARYEN?

Until the very end of last week's episode of Game of Thrones, it seemed Jon Snow might be the last person in Westeros rooting for the Targaryen queen. He loves her, but he's just not in love with her anymore. (The whole "she's his aunt" thing seems to creep him out as a half-Stark.)

Jon and Dany’s relationship has hit a rough patch. Picture: Courtesy of HBO
Jon and Dany’s relationship has hit a rough patch. Picture: Courtesy of HBO

However, during the Battle of King's Landing, Jon was horrified to realise what his beloved Dany was capable of.

Not only did she burn the city to the ground, but her actions gave their troops sanctions to commit war crimes. (Again, as a half-Stark, he feels bad about that.)

Jon Snow always reluctantly does the right thing, even if it means he loses. This being the case, he might be the one person capable of getting close enough to Daenerys to kill her, thus saving Westeros.

He would likely die for such an act, as Grey Worm and the Dothraki are still vicious and still loyal to her.

However, he's died before, so what's the big deal? And if he survives, he can either take his rightful place on the Iron Throne or take the Black and scoot back north with Tormund.

It feels very plausible Jon Snow will kill Daenerys Targaryen.

WILL TYRION LANNISTER KILL DAENERYS TARGARYEN?

One doesn't typically think of Tyrion Lannister as a killer, but he is one.

He not only strategised a huge part of the defeat of Stannis Baratheon's forces during the Battle of the Blackwater, but he murdered the love of his life, Shae, and his father, Lord Tywin Lannister.

That merely means he has the capacity to kill, but usually, it comes out of passion. So does Tyrion have an emotional reason to want to see Dany dead?

Tyrion has proven himself capable of murder.
Tyrion has proven himself capable of murder.

Well, yeah, because she killed Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and their unborn baby. Tyrion does love his family, and he arguably did his best to prevent the burning of King's Landing to spare the lives of his siblings.

In burning King's Landing, Dany betrayed Tyrion's trust in a way.

Dany really did a number on King’s Landing. Picture: Supplied/ HBO
Dany really did a number on King’s Landing. Picture: Supplied/ HBO

He steadfastly believed she would do the right thing, and she didn't. He might feel upset enough to do something about it … like try to kill her before she inflicts worse on Westeros.

Of course, it seems unlikely Tyrion will do this because he hasn't been able to stand up to Daenerys yet. A (suicidal) kill would feel out of nowhere.

(Then again, there's been a lot lately that's felt out of nowhere.)

WILL ARYA STARK KILL DAENERYS TARGARYEN?

Well, well, well … we might have a winner here. Arya Stark is hands down the best trained killer in all of Westeros and she is mighty annoyed at Dany.

So Arya has the means to kill Daenerys, and she could do it in close quarters by stealing a face or wind up doing it in sniper fashion with a bow and arrow. She has the motive to murder the woman who not only killed a whole metropolis of civilians, but who is standing in her family's way to ruling the North. Finally, she is in position to do it.

After killing the Night King in the Battle of Winterfell, Arya wound up having precious little to do with the far more fiery Battle of King's Landing.

Arya’s already pulled off a very impressive kill this season. Picture: Foxtel
Arya’s already pulled off a very impressive kill this season. Picture: Foxtel

So plot-wise, why is she there? Why bother bringing her down to the capital if not to set up a major kill?

While it makes more tragic sense for Jon to kill Dany, it makes more logical sense for Arya to do it. If so, she would also offer Jon Snow a guilt-free path to the Iron Throne.

COULD DAENERYS TARGARYEN SURVIVE GAME OF THRONES?

It's entirely possible no one will kill Daenerys Targaryen, and Game of Thrones will end with her as queen of the ashes.

However, this seems unlikely, especially since it looks like Varys (Conleth Hill) may have succeeded in getting word of Jon Snow's parentage out to the other noble houses.

All of her friends are pretty much dead, and her actions in King's Landing will fail to endear her to the war-weary small folk of Westeros.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO


So, we're pretty sure Daenerys won't last long. The question remains: who's going to kill her? Will it be Jon Snow, her noble lover, Tyrion Lannister, her scorned adviser, or Arya Stark, the avenging assassin?

Or could it be someone no one sees coming?

The sixth and final episode of Game of Thrones will air next Monday on Foxtel at 11am and 8:30pm. Keep an eye out for the recap and podcast analysing the episode.

In the meantime you can subscribe to the podcast, Winter is Here, on iTunes.

This story originally appeared in Decider.


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