Through all the twists and turns over the last eight seasons, Game of Thrones has never been straightforward–until now. Season 8 Episode 3, “The Long Night,” brought one of Game of Thrones’ main storylines to its conclusion. The battle with the dead is over, the Night King is defeated, and the forces of the living are victorious. And it happened in the least inventive, most predictable way imaginable.
It’s possible that I’ve been immersed in the world of Game of Thrones theories, speculating, and prophecies for too long. But that’s a huge part of the fun of being a Game of Thrones fan: The books, and sometimes the show, are crafted so densely, with layers on layers of meaning and allusion, that combing through line-by-line to suss out every last secret feels endlessly rewarding. Fan communities across the internet have been cranking out theories for literally decades, even as the pace of book releases slowed to a crawl (and apparently stopped altogether at some point).