With this being the final season, every scene in Game of Thrones seems to have something riding on it. Whether it be a long-awaiting reunion or the most earth-shattering news, things are HAPPENING. There is also the prospect of the upcoming Apocalypse via the Army of the Dead so episode 2 felt like the night before the very end for several characters.
Brienne became a Ser, Jon told Dany he’s actually the true Targaryen heir to the throne then Arya and Gendry got down. The Battle of Winterfell should see me finally ticking some names off my Death Pool but for now there’s still several things I want to see, and some that have already happened.
- Someone on the Iron Throne. Anyone!
- Gendry to land a telling blow with his warhammer (not a euphemism). At least he showed Arya the pointy end of his weapon. Her weapon I mean, the one he gave her.
Jon Snow rides Rhaegon.
- Revealed: Tyrion is also a Targaryen. Pfft, little chance of that now considering the palaver that Jon has caused telling Dany.
- Revealed: The identity and motive of The Night King. The chilling end to the first episode looked horribly familiar didn’t it. The spiral of body parts first appeared in the show’s opening episode when the White Walkers killed a group of wildlings. The pattern then appears in ‘The Door’ as created by the Children of the Forest just before they create The Night King. We last saw the pattern in the cave walls under Dragonstone so it goes back some way. To me the spiral looks eerily similar to the Targaryen sigil and considering The Night King can ride a dragon looks to indicate that. Thrones is great at symbolism and if you were to look really hard, apparently the path that the Army of the Dead takes after breaking through the wall kinda looks like the Stark sigil of a wolf’s head which leads me to think it’s got something to do with a union of those two houses. Finally, there is something to be said about the victim in the previous episode being Ned Umber, particularly his youth. Put bluntly, The Night King has a thing for kids. While he can turn fallen enemies into wights, he craves newborns. Maybe that’s key to his motive, not only has he come for Gilly’s baby but he also wants an heir; one born of ice and fire. Maybe he’s after Dany’s unborn baby.
- The Valonqar prophecy comes true. Considering that Jaime didn’t get executed at the start of episode 2, the theory that he dies in battle only for Arya to take his face and kill Cersei is gathering speed.
- CLEGANEBOWLLLLLLL. Again, depending on if The Hound survives
- Arya ticks off her kill list. The Hound,
Meryn Trant, Cersei Lannister, Joffrey, Ilyn Payne, Polliver,The Mountain (debatable), Rorge, Walder Frey, Tywin Lannister, Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr. Judging by their brief scene together, it looks like The Hound and Beric have been scrubbed off the list.
- Theon’s redemption against Euron. Now he’s back at Winterfell his chances of getting out alive look slim, let alone killing Euron, but you never know.
- Happy endings. While Tormund’s best lines still failed to convince Brienne (no matter how hilarious they were), she did get her own potentially happy ending when Jaime made her into a Ser.
- Bran warging into Viserion. Increasingly unlikely now Bran is being used to bait The Night King out of position to the Godswood.
- Samwell Tarly as the Bookworm Saviour. Should he also avoid an early death I’m hoping he has some revelation that helps them win the Battle of Winterfell.
- The Prince That Was Promised. Given that now Dany knows, perhaps Rhaegar himself believed that his son was to be the chosen one. If Jon is, perhaps that means he’s meant to survive all this.
- Arya and Gendry become a couple, did you see how they were looking at each other? YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, and how wonderfully played that scene was too.
- Jon somehow manages to either keep the secret that he’s King of The Seven Kingdoms under wraps or tells the relevant people and still gets to keep everyone onside. At least Dany knows before he goes into battle yet should he surive he’s now a very real threat to Dany’s claim to the throne. Bit of a dick move considering she has a pair of dragons at her disposal (is Jon also flameproof?)
And some bonus things I want to see –
- Starks coming back as wights in the crypts. A lot of talk about the crypts being the safest place in Winterfell yet a graveyard is the worst place to play when you have an enemy that can raise the dead. Arya isn’t scared of much yet if Catelyn comes back as Lady Stoneheart that would scare the beejesus out of her
- Ghost somehow getting through the battle alive. They brought him back just to remind us they can kill him off
- Cersei let’s people believe that the baby is Euron’s and not Jaime’s. Just to mess with people. There’s still time for this.
- No Lannister troops are heading up North. They never were. And now both Lannister boys look like fools.
- Sansa comes to realise that she has to back Dany or risk losing the Great War before it’s even begun. Then again, she’s also playing the long game in ensuring the future of the North should anyone survive the battle, even if it does strain their relationship.
- Jaime fights for the living then teams up with Tyrion to defeat Cersei, both of them know her and King’s Landing far too well to let this opportunity slip. Whether either of them will kill their sister is debatable.
- Bronn has a crisis of conscience when faced with aiming a crossbow at either Jaime or Tyrion. Yes, he’s a sellsword yet he’s also a friend.
- Daario persuades The Golden Company to fight against Cersei. They’re mercenaries, plus there is some mention in the book of a long-ago Targaryen link having been founded by Ser Aegor Rivers, a legitimized bastard of King Aegon IV Targaryen.