Boston athletes have all kinds of theories about the final season and episode of Game of Thrones

The series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

HBO original series Game of Thrones: Season 7; Episode 4; debut: 8/6/2017. Pictured:  Conleth Hill, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke, Liam Cunningham, Kit Harington. photo: Macall B. Polay / Courtesy of HBO
The series finale of "Game of Thrones" airs Sunday night. –Macall B. Polay / Courtesy of HBO

Before the Bruins swept the Hurricanes in Game 4 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final Thursday, forward Jake DeBrusk had to answer a tough question.

Who’s the best character on HBO’s Game of Thrones?

“Well, obviously Jon [Snow], he’s the rightful heir – spoiler alert – I would say him,” DeBrusk said. “He’s always done everything right. Seems to have a good heart, and all that stuff…”

DeBrusk hardly finished his sentence before another member of the Stark family came to mind.

“Arya’s also the GOAT, so I might say Arya, actually,” he added. “I mean, she’s the GOAT. You can’t go wrong with that.”


Game of Thrones‘s series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m., and the landmark fantasy show is ending its eight-season run as one of the most popular shows on television. Its popularity has spilled into social media as fans have live-tweeted and discussed the final season on Twitter over the last six weeks, and professional athletes certainly have not held out of the conversation.

Here are what Boston athletes, past and present, have said about Game of Thrones:

Duron Harmon offered his predictions for Sunday’s series finale.

“I think Dany’s going to die. I think Arya’s going to kill Dany,” the Patriots safety said at a press conference Thursday. “I don’t know if she’s going to kill Grey Worm first, take his face, and then kill Dany that way or what, but I just think what Dany did, I don’t think Jon is going to stand by her anymore. I don’t think Arya is standing by her, especially with Sansa pushing her out.”

Harmon also predicted that Sansa Stark will take the Iron Throne and rule Westeros.

“That’s the only person who really wants it,” he said. “Jon, I think he’s going to go to the far north with the wildlings, chill out, and live a good life out there.”


Harmon has also been posting episode recaps on IGTV.

Former Patriots receiver Donté Stallworth had a lot of thoughts after last week’s episode.

Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long has taken an in-depth approach.

Long has been contributing to Sports Illustrated’s website throughout the Game of Thrones season to recap each episode.

Here’s an excerpt from his recap of Episode Five, “The Bells”:

“For some viewers, [Danaerys Targaryen is] too worshipped to cope with her fate. They say she deserved better, that she had no history of unjustified violence. Some see it as emblematic of the show’s struggles to represent female characters appropriately. And for many, the frustration has blurred the lines between fiction and reality altogether. This especially well-represented crowd has aimed their collective animus squarely in the direction of the lately maligned showrunners — two guys who seem more like irresponsible tenants renting a GRRM’s beautiful hand-crafted home. But Dany did not deserve better. There are far stronger, more compelling female characters I’d love to see sitting on the Iron Throne (actually at this point, please don’t let it be any man but Samwell).”