The Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Might Foreshadow Daenerys Sacrificing Herself

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A lot of things happened in "Winterfell," the season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones. Many of the show's biggest characters reunited, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen went on a dragon-riding date, and Samwell Tarly broke the news to Jon about his true lineage.

But could those reveals foreshadow Daenerys sacrificing herself?

One fan on Reddit believes that because Sam asks Jon if Daenerys would give up the throne to save her people like Jon did, it means Daenerys will want to prove Sam wrong and sacrifice herself while fighting the Night King. At first the user, u/jordiwankenobi66, thinks she wouldn't because she's been trying to reclaim the Iron Throne since the beginning of the show, but eventually came around to thinking that perhaps the Mother of Dragons would ultimately fall in battle.

"I started thinking that maybe this was some massive foreshadow, and Dany will surprise us and make a heroic sacrifice at the end of the story," the Redditor explained. "Maybe she will dramatically sacrifice herself fighting the Night King on Drogon and effectively 'give up the throne' by sacrificing her own life."

A second possible foreshadowing of a potential Daenerys sacrifice happened when Jon told her that the people of the North will never accept her until she's proven she's worthy. Dying for her people would certainly obtain that trust, even if it is the most extreme measure. Perhaps the Khaleesi's destiny is to save the realm, not rule it, but we'll have to wait until the rest of the season airs to find out.