One month to go for Game of Thrones season 8 premiere and fan forums are being bombarded left, right and centre with theories on how it will end, who will die (rather who will survive) and who is going to take the Iron Throne.
Speculations are rife, theories are abundant and our excitement unrestrained. As Game of Thrones comes to a close, these are some of the most talked about points of the show regarding its ending. The Night King and his army have surpassed the wall. Viserion, one of Daenerys's dragons, is now part of his undead army. And the rest of Westeros still has very little clue about winning the war.
If theories are to be believed, or at least followed on fan forums, Game of Thrones could very well come to an end thanks to the 'prince that was promised' or Azor Ahai. The character Azor Ahai is a legendary figure who is to be reborn to destroy the darkness.
Azor Ahai has not been introduced to the show yet, and it is unlikely that the character would make an entrance now that we are only six episodes from the end. But has Azor Ahai already made his entry into the show without his identity being revealed? We are too far into the game and there is no time to bring this character into the story arc otherwise.
The Game of Thrones showrunners have taken some liberties with the story and merged some of the story arcs and traits of certain characters from the book to the show. The books refer to the character as Aegon, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell. But, according to the show, Aegon is also Jon Snow, the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark as revealed in the season 7 finale. And what we do know is Jon has a right to the throne.
However, knowing Jon, he may not stake a claim to it. We know how he had to be pushed into taking up the titles of the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and the King of the North. But, now that his true lineage has been revealed, would Jon have a change of heart? If yes, that would put him in conflict with Daenerys and that seems unlikely considering they're allies (and also doing it).
This brings us to the question whether Jon/Aegon and Daenerys would 'engage in a dance of the dragons'. The dance of the dragons is referred to the war between Rhaenyra Targaryen, heir of King Viserys I, and Aegon Targaryen II, Viserys's son from his second marriage. Both parties staked claim to the throne after Viserys's death and the ensuing war that Westeros witnessed killed thousands and lay waste to the land.
If Jon and Daenerys decide to stand on opposite sides, claiming the throne as their birthright, there is a chance that Westeros would see another dance of the dragons. George R.R. Martin has also alluded to a second dance of the dragons. And if that is the case, would this truly be the end?