With this being the final season, every scene in Game of Thrones seems to have something riding on it. Whether it be a long-awaited reunion, a brutal battle scene or the most earth-shattering news, things are HAPPENING. Now that The Night King and his Army of Dead have been defeated, focus turns to King’s Landing and the Last War.
For the timebeing I can knock a few names off my Death Pool and still wonder who’ll survive. Of those remaining there are character arcs left to be completed and the Last War is still to come.
- Someone on the Iron Throne. Anyone! However, I’m now warming to the possibility of the throne being destroyed at the end of all this. When you consider what Daenerys has lost to get to this point you can see why. Khal Drogo, her unborn son, Jorah, most of the Dothraki and Unsullied, Rhaegal, Viserion, Missandei and now arguably Jon with her claim to the throne. She has threatened to break the wheel and if she has her way I can see the throne being melted and the feudal system abolished. Given how strained her relationship with Jon could become and the way he recoiled from her now he knows they’re related hints that the fairytale finish of them ruling side by side looks to be just that. Doubtful too whether Jon WANTS to be the True King given all that Daenerys has lost to get to this point while he would have it on a technicality. As the final season reaches its climax expect three suitors for the crown (Dany, Jon and Cersei) to be reduced to two then one. Incidentally it’s Mother’s Day in America meaning that in typically cruel fashion either the Mother of Dragons or Cersei could meet their end. A bittersweet ending is to be expected, could it be that Dany and Jon defeat Cersei only to argue over who gets to rule? With Jon being the True King as the remaining male Targaryen heir and Dany starting to lose her mind it would be a shame if the show ended with a tyrant whose reign could spark another war as there’s a suitor with a greater claim who doesn’t even want the throne. Then again, one of the show’s great markers is to subvert the expected.
- Gendry to land a telling blow with his warhammer (not a euphemism). There’s still time for this in King’s Landing on his home turf.
Jon Snow rides Rhaegon. He’s got some practice in now too.And that’s all the practice he’s ever going to get.
- 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. Was he truly after Bran? Did he want an heir in the form of another baby? Who was he before he became The Night King?
- The Valonqar prophecy comes true. Now that Arya has killed The Night King it’s doubtful she’d also claim Cersei, even wearing Jaime’s face. Now he’s left Brienne to head to King’s Landing, maybe it’ll be left to Jaime himself to kill his sister or perhaps Bronn will turn on her. You get the impression this isn’t the last we’ll see of the sellsword and he’ll have a final kill left in him. Considering the prophecy, one line now sticks out. ‘Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful’. I’ve always interpreted that as being someone female yet Jaime has always been considered handsome and the prettier of the two siblings. Jaime looks to be turning away from his sister and her evil ways and going closer to her throat.
- CLEGANEBOWLLLLLLL. It’s so on. Especially if it’s the one thing that’ll make The Hound happy.
- Arya ticks off her kill list. The Hound (though Arya did confirm he was no longer on the list),
Meryn Trant, Cersei Lannister, Joffrey, Ilyn Payne, Polliver,The Mountain (debatable whether you can still count that monstrosity as him), Rorge, Walder Frey, Tywin Lannister, Melisandre, Beric Dondarrionand Thoros of Myr. She’s killed The Night King, could she really claim Cersei too? Theon’s redemption against Euron. At least he redeemed himself as a good man in the eyes of Bran, sorry, the Three Eyed Raven.
- Happy endings. Brienne rejected Tormund, then he was cockblocked then Jaime left her for his sister then Arya turned down Gendry’s proposal to be the Lady of Storm’s End then Missandei lost her head and Jon has turned away from Dany and WON’T THERE BE ANY HAPPY COUPLES ON THIS SHOW!?
Bran warging into Viserion. What was Bran doing during the Battle of Winterfell if he wasn’t even trying to do this?
- Samwell Tarly becomes George R.R. Martin. In the final scene of the final episode I can now envisage him penning the history of Game of Thrones then reading it to even littler Sam as if he was George R.R. Martin. He kinda looks like him too, maybe that was the plan all along.
- The Prince That Was Promised. This could have been fulfilled. According to the prophecy, Lightbringer is a sword of legend that’s wielded by Azor Ahai, chosen by the Lord of Light to fight the darkness. Melisandre, as a disciple of the Lord of Light, gave the pep talk to Arya to shut ‘Ol Blue Eyes so that makes sense with Arya being Azor Ahai. That would mean that Lightbringer could be the dagger. Hear me out as this is no ordinary blade. Many believe that Jon would be Azor Ahai, indeed Kit Harrington was ‘pissed’ that it wasn’t him killing the Night King and ending The Long Night though the writers have known for three years. The book hints that The Prince That Was Promised was meant to be his father, Rhaegar. However, this reasoning doesn’t necessarily rule out Rhaegar’s role as the sword is meant to radiate heat; given he’s a Targaryen and the dagger’s hilt is made of dragonbone there’s still a heavy dragon influence there. Rhaegar is also said to be the original owner of the dagger and when Bran asked Littlefinger who the dagger belonged to, Littlefinger assumed it’s previous owner when perhaps Bran meant Rhaegar. There’s also history behind the blade itself as it likely came into the possession of Robert Baratheon after he killed Rhaegar at The Trident and of course it was then used in the Bran assassination attempt that kicked this whole thing off. That’s one legendary blade right there, fitting for the prophecy. There’s also the fact that Arya has been trained to become the most feared assassin and would have earned legendary status.
Jon somehow manages to either keep the secret that he’s True King of The Seven Kingdoms under wraps or tells the relevant people and still gets to keep everyone onside.While Ned kept the secret for 18 years now practically everyone knows who Jon really is (nice one, Sansa). This means Dany’s claim is even more undermined and soon enough the entire kingdom will know. However much Jon sounded like a True King in his opening speech he doesn’t want the throne. Likely, his own sense of duty will be the end of him, as it was for Ned. ‘Even if the truth destroys us’, because that’s what happens in Westeros.
- Cersei denies that the Battle of Winterfell ever actually happened and claims fake news. No photos, no videos so she can put her fingers in her ears and deny there ever was a battle. Hell, most of us watching didn’t see all of it anyway.
And some bonus things I want to see –
Starks coming back as wights in the crypts.Called it. Ghost somehow getting through the battle alive.He definitely deserved at least a farewell pat and a hug though the CGI budget denied it. Cersei lets people believe that the baby is Euron’s and not Jaime’s. Just to mess with people.Called it. No Lannister troops are heading up North. They never were.Yup
- Sansa comes to realise that she has to back Dany or risk losing the Last War before it’s even begun. Then again, she’s also playing the long game in ensuring the future of the North even if it does strain their relationship. Her letting people know of Jon’s rightful claim will only piss Dany off more.
- 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. Still a goer.
- Bronn has a crisis of conscience when faced with aiming a crossbow at either Jaime or Tyrion. Less a crisis of conscience and more a declaration of intent.
- 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. Also, Danaerys could really do with some help.
- Danaery’s fulfils her father’s intent and burns down King’s Landing. She’s certainly starting to lose her shit.
- Drogon has given birth to triplets. There’s also a weird rumour going around that explains Drogon’s absence in season five can be explained that he (she?) was away giving birth to triplets. Part of the rumour is based on the new opening credits featuring what appears to be a dragon and three smaller dragons. Let’s see how Euron would deal with that!
- Tyrion finally redeems himself with some wise decisions. Either he’s a terrible Hand or he’s betraying Danaerys with some sizably questionable decisions. There’s also the thought of whether Euron was tipped off. If there’s a chance to prove his worth and condemn his sister, will he take it?
- No cavalry to the rescue. This is the endgame and while it would be classic TV storytelling to have a hero return and ride to the rescue I’d much prefer to see these remaining characters play it to the end. That does mean it’s the last we’ll see of Yara, Tormund, Daario, and Ja’qen.