Medieval Scholar Predicts the End of Game of Thrones

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HBO's Game of Thrones is coming to an end, with only a couple of seasons left to go, and since George R.R. Martin's final two A Song of Ice and Fire books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, haven't been released yet, the series has left fans wondering how it will all end. Many have offered their speculations and theories on how the epic will end, who will end up in the Iron Throne, and whether or not the humans could defeat the White Walkers.

Carolyne Larrington, a medieval scholar who teaches at Oxford University and the author of Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, shared her prediction on how the series will end during a recent interview with

Carolyne said that there are two possibilities: the first one being, "One will be kind of like the end of Lord of the Rings. The right person ascends the throne – probably Jon marrying Daenerys – and that is going to usher in a period of happily ever after. We'll have a new dynasty and everything will be fine."

The following is her second prediction:

"More excitingly, there could just be a massive apocalypse, and the White Walkers march over everything. That might depend on HBO's budget for really big battles. It might also depend on [author George RR] Martin having the courage of his convictions."

That sounds too happy for something as morbid as Game of Thrones. Martin did say before that he wanted to end his series in a bittersweet note. She continued: "But that's not going to make much difference to the slaves in Essos, or the ordinary people in King's Landing."

The apocalypse theory would make sense but I don't think George R.R. Martin would show us that kind of ending.

Carolyne went on to compare ASOIAF to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy:

"Martin could have something up his sleeve, because he's been a bit sniffy about Tolkien's ending. It's all very well to say Aragorn is king and he's wise and just and he ruled for 100 years – but what was his tax policy, did he have a standing army, how did he rule? Tolkien doesn't tell us any of that."

Carolyne concluded with something that remind what many of us fear: "I don't think it's going to go for the apocalyptic ending. I'm really interested to see what Martin is going to make by way of an ending, if indeed he lives that long."

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