Reigns: Game of Thrones was something of a surprise.
Arriving not long after the release of Reigns: Her Majesty, itself a sequel to the original Reigns, this card-based rule-em-up let you step into the shoes of various Game of Thrones characters. At least, that is, the ones who hadn’t been cruelly dispatched by author George R.R. Martin or the show’s writing team.
Also surprising is the way that the game hints at events – and deaths – that may occur in the TV show, which is entering its final season this year. Having played the game very nearly to death, we’ve chronicled some of these events, along with just how likely we think it is that they’ll occur.
Warning: if you haven’t watched Game of Thrones right up to the end of Season 7, be prepared for some spoilery surprises.
The Hound burns the Mountain to death
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane has a long-held fear of fire, having been badly burnt by his brother, The Mountain. Now a re-animated corpse, The Mountain is likely hard to kill by conventional means and we already know that, in the Game of Thrones world, the undead are vulnerable to fire. Having The Hound use the object of his fear to dispatch his brother seems rather poetic.
Arya Stark takes Cersei Lannister’s place
Season 6 and 7 have shown that Arya now has the ability to disguise herself as any dead, and possibly living, person. It’s been teased that she will be left alone at the end of the show, but in Reigns: Game of Thrones she does so in order to claim the Iron Throne, which would require Daenerys Targaryen to be uninterested in or unable to claim the throne.
A famine hits King’s Landing
With the White Walkers working their way down from the North and Winter now well and truly here, King’s Landing could start running out of food. Reigns: Game of Thrones has a famine hitting Kings Landing and while the North has started stockpiling grain, there’s no indication that Cersei Lannister is in any way prepared for what might happen if the North falls.
The Iron Bank orders the death of a major character
In Reigns: Game of Thrones, any character can die if they run out of money. Cersei Lannister conquered the Tyrells in Season 7 of Game of Thrones, intending to use their gold to hire enough mercenaries to win the war. But what if the Iron Fleet, lead by Euron Greyjoy is destroyed or plundered? The Iron Bank have already shown themselves to be rather testy, so ordering the death of a major debtor doesn’t seem impossible.
Gendry becomes king
Gendry, the bastard son of Westeros’ former king, is well aware of his lineage, as are several other characters. But for him to become king seems like a long shot. While George R.R. Martin isn’t writing the show, he’s reportedly told Game of Thrones’ showrunners details as to how his saga ends and he’s already gone on record as stating that good men, as Gendry has proven himself to be, don’t make good kings.
The Children of the Forest help save the day
It’s already been revealed that the White Walkers were created by the elf-esque Children of the Forest, so it’s not much of a stretch to see them returning to further assist mankind in combating the undead menace, as they do in Reigns: Game of Thrones.
Major character becomes a wight
Fail to beat the undead in Reigns: Game of Thrones and your character becomes a zombie, a wight, sitting slack-jawed and drooling on the iron throne. While we doubt the dead will make it as far as King’s Landing, the series has been getting more cinematic since the narrative moved ahead of George R.R. Martin’s books. We therefore wouldn’t put it past the show’s writers to shock viewers by turning a beloved character into a walking corpse. Hodor want braaaaaaaains!
There are other potential spoilers to be found in Reigns: Game of Thrones, though some were clearly in place just to put the game’s various characters on the Iron Throne. It’s a shame we’ll have to wait until April 2019 to see if we were right or not.