Spoiler alert: a lot of people have theories about how Game of Thronesis going to end. Though the bittersweet conclusion won't come until later this spring after the final six episodes air, plenty of people think they already have the sure-to-be epic ending figured out and the internet is practically bursting at the margins with intel that helps fans dissect the tiniest of clues for some insight. Will Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) take her rightful place on the Iron Throne? Will Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) lineage position him to actualize prophecy? Will the Night King destroy everybody before either of those things can occur? The only people who really know can't even whisper it in their prayers lest HBO be legally able to seize their great-grandchildren according to terms of non-disclosure agreements that are more ironclad than the throne itself.
That said, some people's theories are more sound than others. The people who are truly best equipped to peer into Game of Thrones' future aren't wizards or soothsayers but experts whose predications are based in skill and science -- and by skill and science we mean psychic insight, cold hard math and obsessive knowledge of the show and the books they are based on. Honestly, who better to ask what's going to happen in Game of Thrones than someone whose built his career of knowing the future, as well as a human computer who makes theories for a living, and someone who's seen every episode more times than the people in them? That's why TV Guide asked professional psychic Jack Rourke, who has extensive expertise in future gazing and the paranormal; University of Southern California math professor Sami Assaf; and David Rosenblatt, writer for GoT website Watchers On The Wall four crucial questions about the season. So what are the odds Cersei (Lena Headey) is going to perish? Who is definitely not sitting atop the throne at the end of the series finale? Check out the video to find out.
Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 14 at 9/8c on HBO.