"Game of Thrones" episodes continue to break the series' own viewership records, which means as many as 18 million people could be tuning in on Sunday for the finale of the show.
Now, MLB stars have weighed in with their predictions for how the remaining nobles of Westeros will fare, considering most of them were wiped out in last week’s episode. They were asked by ESPN who they thought would end up on the Iron Throne.
Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals had an opinion that would probably shock most fans.
“No one,” he says. “They're gonna smash it and give it back to the people of Westeros.”
This theory makes sense considering everything is in shambles since Daenerys released her fiery fury on all of King’s Landing.
Tony Sipp of the Nationals added: “I'd say Jon Snow. As much as he doesn't want it, destiny is destiny. Everyone wants him to be it.” Cubs player Kris Bryant had a similar opinion.
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto’s conflicted take ultimately has humble hero Jon Snow sitting on the throne – not because he deserves it, but because he believes the show has taken a turn for the more “Hollywood” ending.
“It just seems so Hollywood that Jon’s gonna end up being the guy on the throne,” he says. The theory reflects the thoughts of hundreds of thousands of fans who have signed a petition to get the enitre eighth season reworked by HBO, arguing that the ending was too dramatized for the sake of Hollywood.
Since episode 5 showed Daenerys descending into madness and taking her anger out on the innocent people of King's Landing, fans and MLB players alike have shown their distaste for any further power in Daenerys' hands.
Hunter Pence of the Texas Rangers is all for Khaleesi getting hers. “Not Daenerys,” he explains. “I mean, slaying innocents? You can’t really vouch for that.” He sides with Sipp and Bryant, saying Jon Snow will probably save the day.
Many fans believe that in typical "Game of Thrones" fashion, the show will take a turn for the unexpected.
Kevin Gausman of the Atlanta Braves has a unique theory: “It's going to be someone that no one expects.” He’s inclined to believe that Tyrion Lannister will be in the seat by episode 6’s end.
After betraying his queen Daenerys multiple times, it wouldn’t shock fans to see Tyrion finally oppose her, especially now that she's responsible for the deaths of people he loves, namely his siblings Cersei and Jaime.
But we still have the trusty Stark sisters, Arya and Sansa, who have been known to swoop in when they're most needed.
Ross Stripling of the Los Angeles Dodgers believes that the true battle for the throne comes down to these Stark favorites.
“I think now the Starks are going to basically team up against Khaleesi,” he explains. “She’ll fight back, which will end up, I think, killing Jon.”
This theory leaves Sansa and Arya as the only options, a good bet considering episode 5 has fans believing that the people of Westeros will team up for a Daenerys takedown.
But sometimes, with all the drama and turmoil the show creates, fans simply have to take a step back and let things unfold without getting too hung up on the theories.
After appearing on the show as a soldier in season 7, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is taking the innocent bystander approach.
“I have no clue,” he told ESPN. “I haven’t really had any speculation at all. I don’t really care because it’s not up to me.”