With the premiere of its final season less than three weeks away, the Game of Thrones publicity tour has begun. It seems kind of unnecessary to promote what may be the most anticipated season of television ever, but we’re not complaining: a post-Thrones world is fast approaching, so the more we can obsess over the show now the better.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner discuss their instant friendship, what it was like filming the final season, and how they feel about the ending of the show.
“I feel very satisfied with the ending of the entire show,” Turner says. “Every story arc came to a really good close.”
But the most interesting tidbit is a hint from Williams: “After I read Season Eight, I watched Season One — there’s a lot of similarities.” What could it mean? Here’s are four of our more outlandish guesses.
There Will Be Another Beheading
Game of Thrones has become known for its willingness to kill off major characters, no death more surprising or heart-wrenching than Ned Stark’s beheading at the end of season one. We know there’s a ton of carnage coming in the massive battle coming at the climax of the show, but who might not make it far courtesy of a swift sword through the throat? Our best guess: Jamie, whose affair indirectly led to Ned’s death and who already lost a major appendage earlier in the series.
The Starks Will Break Up Again
Season one introduces us to the Starks living an idyllic life in Winterfeld, far from the political machinations of King’s Landing. That all ends with King Robert’s request for Ned to serve as his Hand. Our optimistic side hopes that Winterfell becomes a nice place again. But with the Stark reunion at the end of season 7, it wouldn’t be surprising if the show brutally rips them apart yet again.
Someone Is Coming Back from the Dead
Jon Snow came back from the dead, so why not someone else? There have been 196 deaths so far, according to one count, so there’s no shortage of people the producers could resurrect. There’s no shortage of characters we’d love to see come back (including one dead character that book fans have been waiting to return for a while), but seeing Hodor, who became Bran’s caretaker and confidant in season 1, hug the young Stark again would be a guaranteed tearjerker.
The Stark Girls Will Be a Force to Be Reckoned With
There’s always been a tension between Arya and Sansa, going back to the former’s season one identity as the tomboy of Winterfell and the latter’s complicity in the death of Mycah at the hand of the Hound on Joffrey’s order. Arya’s spent the intervening years learning combat from Syrio Forel; Sansa’s learned a lot about politics and palace intrigue. They’re complementary in many ways, and it seems like an obvious choice to bring them together to help each other get some revenge.