Throughout the last season of Game Of Thrones, things have started to get bleak for Daenerys Targaryen. She’s lost some of her most trusted advisers and a second dragon child, leading many people to hypothesize that she might be slowly following her father’s footsteps and descending into madness. But some new GoT fan theories take that idea even further and suggest that her fate will be so dark that she’ll end up betrayed—and even killed—by her lover/nephew Jon Snow.
Considering Dany’s death is not fun at all, but it’s necessary given how diabolical the showrunners have shown they can be with plot twists. Already, there have been a couple of indicators that the Mother of Dragons is heading toward demise: Her judgement has been questioned by the Stark sisters and her supposed advisers Varys and Tyrion, pushing the plot toward an unavoidable conflict over the true heir to the Iron Throne.
Then, of course, there’s the whole Azor Ahai Prophecy that has lurked in both the books and in the show: The Prince That Was Promised will save the Seven Kingdoms, but first he will kill the woman he loves. Tons of people think Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, and he’s sworn his allegiance to his Khaleesi so many times by now that it’s starting to get a little suspicious.
There is also the whole business of that vision Dany had in season two, when she saw herself walking into a trashed throne room in the dead of an icy winter. Then, she came across her dead husband, Khal Drogo, and her unborn baby. Some Reddit users have suggested that all of that—including the Iron Throne in her grasp—are symbols of things she’s wanted but will never attain. Others have thought that the ice in the vision might represent Jon Snow, who could be the one to end her dreams of ruling.
A Vox piece outlines the ways that the show has foreshadowed Dany’s dark turn and points out that she’s capable of great violence. On the most recent episode of the series, she went back and forth about burning down King’s Landing in order to rip Cersei out “room and stem” as she’s promised.
Personally, killing Dany and having Jon Snow save the day (after he’s fumbled so many times) seems like a massive waste of eight years that involved building up a powerful female warrior, who has become one of television’s most powerful and compassionate figures. But, then again, when you play the game of thrones…