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    Game of Thrones season 8 finale looks grim for Daenerys. So how will it end for the new Queen?

    There's one question fans are asking heading into Game of Thrones' big finale. And the show has already dropped some big clues that point to the answer. SPOILER WARNING

    There is only one conflict that matters in Game of Thrones now.

    The finale is set to be a clash between beloved characters that is already dividing fans.

    But how it ends is still up for debate.


    This story is dark and full of spoilers, so only continue reading if you've caught up on the latest episode of the show.

    We won't be spoiling anything from any production leaks that may or may not have found their way onto the internet.

    Last chance to back out now.

    The question everyone wants to know is who will kill Daenerys Targaryen?

    It's probably going to be Arya

    It's worth remembering there's no love lost between Dany and Arya.

    She's firmly supported Sansa's efforts to remind Daenerys that the North is her first, and only concern.

    In Jon's chat with the Starks before revealing his true identity, Arya didn't hold back.

    "We're doing the right thing, telling you we don't trust your Queen," she said.

    "I'll never know her. She's not one of us."

    In last week's massacre at King's Landing, we saw much of the carnage wrought by Daenerys's rampage through Arya's eyes.

    Once the literal dust had settled, it's not hard to interpret this look on Arya's face.

    It's the face of someone who just added another name to her list.

    And despite the beautiful last shot of Arya riding out of King's Landing, the preview for the next episode shows Arya back in the city, lurking behind some Unsullied looking less than impressed.

    Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes

    But the greatest evidence that Arya will be responsible for Daenerys's death is the prophecy from Melisandre.

    The one that already foretold of Arya's role in killing the Night King.

    Here's the prophecy again:

    "I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me: brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you'll shut forever,"

    Until this week, it's assumed the green eyes on Arya's list referred to Cersei.

    But with the Lannister twins dead and buried not at Arya's hand, the green eyes must refer to someone else.

    To remind you of Daenerys's eye colour:

    It seems pretty clear that the green eyes Arya will shut belong to the newly minted Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, especially since the show decided long ago to skip the traditional Targaryen eye colour from the books — purple.

    How's it happen?

    Getting closer to Daenerys isn't going to be easy. She's got the biggest guard dog in Westeros and we were shown last week how isolated she'd become before the attack on King's Landing.

    But there's still one person who Dany trusts, and is pretty cool with this new direction she's taken — Grey Worm.

    Dany's faith in her commander of the Unsullied extends to the point where she choose to talk in Valyrian when in the presence of Jon Snow:

    Here's my prediction — after a long chat with Jon, Arya kills Grey Worm for his role in the slaughter and takes his face.

    In some final Faceless Man shenanigans, Arya will get close to Daenerys.

    Bonus points if Daenerys discovers the ruse when she tries to talk to Grey Worm/Arya in Valyrian and gets some dodgy translation in response (just like we saw Tyrion struggle this week).

    If not Arya, then who?

    There aren't many left with the skills and proximity to do the deed.

    Daenerys is alone, and we know there's a pretty short list of people who will be able to get close to her.

    Jon Snow would be my next-best bet.

    There's no doubt he's had change of heart about his one-time lover after watching her rain destruction on innocent people.

    It'd also fit pretty squarely in that bittersweet ending George R R Martin promised for Jon to have to be the one to swing the sword.

    We've also seen Tyrion willing to put his life at risk for the sake of the realm last week.

    There's a good chance he'd be willing to do it again if it meant stopping Daenerys's turn to towards tyrant. Plus, Lannisters have a history of ending Targaryen dynasties after all.

    My longest of long-shots? Bronn.

    The man is more cunning than most, has shot a dragon with a crossbow before, and is running out of people who made him promises to cash in.

    What better way to win over the people and set himself up for life than by ending the Mad Queen?

    Heads up

    We'll be back with our regular recap on Monday evening after the finale, and you can catch up on the latest one here.

    And make sure you come back on Tuesday morning, when we'll host a special morning-after live blog to talk through our, and the world's, reactions to the finale.

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