It’s been a long journey from the warm summer days of early Game of Thrones, and winter is well and truly here for us all. After a prolonged wait that had fans searching for as many Game of Thrones recaps as they could find, Season 8 is off to a typical GoT start with characters jockeying for power amid the encroaching White Walker threat.
It wouldn't be Game of Thrones if fans the world over weren't combing through new episodes frame by frame in order to predict what will happen to their favorite characters, and the Season 8 premiere added fuel to the fire of a particularly juicy new theory about Daenerys Targaryen. While she starts the season allied with the Northerners against the White Walkers, some think she's fated to lose her humanity become the Night Queen as the aftereffect of her dragon's getting killed—then resurrected—by the Night King. It would be a tragic fate for the Mother of Dragons, but as the previous seven seasons have shown, Game of Thrones rarely gives its characters a happy ending.
Redditor /u/marisaann26 theorized that Daenerys may end up as the Night Queen based on the vision she had while trapped in the House of the Undying in Season 2.
It may have taken years, but a significant portion of her vision seems to have come true in Season 7. The first part of the vision shows Dany approaching a snow-covered Iron Throne before she is lured beyond the Wall. This clearly parallels her intentions to invade King’s Landing in Season 7 before Jon persuades her to help his cause in the North first. She also hears the painful cries of dragons in her vision, which are echoed when the Night King takes down Viserion beyond the Wall. Finally, some GoT fans believe her death is represented in her House of the Undead vision by her reuinion (in the afterlife, the theory goes) with Khal Drogo and thier unborn child.
If she does die, as the vision seems to predict, the table would be set for her to become the Night Queen at the side of the Night King.
In Season 7, the Night King took down one of Dany's dragons, so we know he has it in him. What if he takes out the other two? We'll get to that in a sec.
At the end of Daenerys’s vision, she's given the chance to reunite with Khal Drogo and their unborn son in the Night Lands; however, she chooses to leave them and return to her dragons instead. When she returns, the warlock responds with the prophetic words, “You’ll be with your dragons through winter, summer, and winter again.” Since seasons in Westeros can last for years or even decades, some interpret this part of Dany's vision to mean Dany is destined to "live" far longer than an average human—as an undead White Walker. If Dany loses all her dragons to the Night King, it's possible she may choose to join the White Walkers to stay by her children’s side, rather than to remain in the ranks of the living.
The season eight premiere did give us reason to believe the other two dragons might just meet their end by the series finale.
Have you ever noticed how pets have an eerie way of sensing danger coming before you do? Plenty of movies have scenes of animals hightailing it away from an incoming threat before their human counterparts realize they should be running, too.
In the Season 8 premiere, Daenerys worries about how little Drogon and Rhaegal are eating in the North. While they could be grieving over the untimely loss of their brother Viserion, their uncharacteristic behavior could also be a sign of impending danger as the Night King approaches. Their distressed behavior could mean that they sense their lives are going to come to an end. This would allow the Night King to resurrect them as ice dragons, and Dany to follow.
Shortly after filming her final scenes for Game of Thrones, actress Emilia Clarke gave Vanity Fair some cryptic responses when asked about her character’s fate. She described "all this weird sh*t" they filmed for Season 8. The actress claimed, “It f*cked me up... knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is." Clarke's response may be an innocent example of poor word choice. But what if it wasnt? What if the fact that she referred to Dany as a “what” instead of a “who” is evidence that Dany looses her humanity to become the Night Queen?