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There are few shows that manage to be as simultaneously infuriating and engaging as HBO’s Game of Thrones. With so many characters to root for (and root against), we fans can get as wrapped up in the action of Westeros and Essos as any of the poor souls lucky enough to be fictional. The twists and turns of the story that has aired so far have bred a healthy paranoia among viewers, and it’s difficult to trust the showrunners nowadays even when vouching for a plot to the President of the United States. Even the actors don’t know much about the future of the series, and they have to theorize and speculate as much as any of us. Recently, Finn Jones has stepped beyond the bounds of his role as Loras Tyrell and come up with a plan for ending the series. Here's what he had to say:
Basically, I think there will be a big battle between Ice and Fire. My theory is they're going to have to dissolve the Iron Throne to defeat the White Walkers…and then I think out of the ashes will come the tree people, they'll grow [out the new world]. Bran, Hodor, Tyrion [will survive] to bring peace back to the realm. But knowing Game of Thrones, it'll be Littlefinger on the throne and there will be no help.
Finn Jones’ speculation to THR – which rather entertainingly leaves out Ser Loras entirely – is not without merit. As far as crazy theories go, this one is on the possible end of the spectrum.
A battle between Ice and Fire is a pretty safe prediction. Game of Thrones is after all based upon a book saga entitled A Song of Ice and Fire, and the epic battle between Jon Snow and the wildlings against the White Walkers and hordes of ice zombies in Season 5 was likely just a taste of the threat that ice will pose for the kingdom. With Daenerys playing mom – albeit, a slightly neglectful mom – to three handy dandy dragons, Fire will likely come from above, as well.
Of course, if Dany’s vision from the House of the Undying is to be taken literally, the Iron Throne will be consumed by the forces of Ice and winter. While that would not be a great turn of events for the people of King’s Landing, it would at least mean that Littlefinger would freeze his little fingers off if he tried to take the throne.
All in all, Finn Jones’ speculation looks pretty damn good. His optimism is heartening, and coupled with author George R. R. Martin’s assurance that the end of the saga will be “bittersweet,” we can hope that an alliance against the White Walkers will be enough to overwhelm the political squabbling. As the show begins to overtake the books in earnest, readers are in the same boat as viewers waiting for an ending, and the man behind Loras Tyrell is as good an authority as anybody.