WARNING: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.
With the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones less than two weeks away, fans of the beloved fantasy series are locking in their final theories about who will live, who will die, and who will end up on the Iron Throne. And fans are currently combing through earlier episodes looking for clues…and coming to some seriously startling conclusions.
And a new fan theory from Redditor marisaann26 posits that Daenerys Targaryen will become the Night Queen. Yes, really.
It’s a pretty startling conclusion, considering the fact that when we last left her, she was busy hooking up with her long-lost nephew, Jon Snow—who is currently on a mission to defeat the Night King.
As with many theories before it, this current one is largely based on Dany’s vision from the House of the Undying in Season 2, where she encounters an icy Iron Throne and reunites with her late husband and son in a warm Dothraki tent seemingly beyond the Wall—only to leave again when she hears a crying dragon. According to marisaann26, this vision plays out in a series of parallels during Season 7, with the most important parallels set to come in Season 8. In Season 7, marisaann26 argues, Dany forgoes her immediate quest for the Iron Throne to aid Jon Snow in his war beyond the Wall, and she hears the cries of her dragons after Viserion is killed.
The theory suggests the third parallel will see Dany getting pregnant with Jon’s baby, but after losing Drogon and Rhaegal to the Night King, she’ll make the decision to leave Jon and their baby to join the Night King and reunite with all three of her dragons.
The theory also cites an interview with Vladimir Furdik in which he says the upcoming season will reveal who the Night King is targeting, as well as Emilia Clarke’s unsettling words regarding what Dany really is. “It f-cked me up,” she said in a Vanity Fair interview, “knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is.”
Whether this theory is totally bonkers or not, it’s definitely compelling, especially considering it’s based on Dany’s devotion to her dragons over everything—which we know to be one of the truest facts on GoT. We’ll find out how accurate this theory is soon enough when Game of Thrones returns for its final season on April 14th.