Warning: Major spoilers for Game of Thrones follow!
One of the best quotes to sum up any predictions we may have about how Game of Thrones will end, actually comes from one of the show’s worst characters, Ramsay Bolton. While torturing Theon in the third season’s sixth episode called “The Climb,” Ramsay taunts his victim with some vicious words of wisdom: “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” And sadly, he’s right. As we count down the hours until the final episode, theories have hit an all-time high, but none of them speak to the happy endings that are a mainstay for fairy tales about kings and queens. So, it’s with a heavy heart that we unpack five foreboding theories that may predict an end to the series we’ve loved for nearly a decade.