Winterfell

SPOILERS AHEAD – Don’t read if you’re not all the way caught up on Game of Thrones…. And if you’re not, why not??

This morning it occurred to me that I hadn’t really thought through what’s about to hit Winterfell. The Night King is on the march towards the wall, or at least towards Eastgate, and possibly around The Wall. He’s got a shiny new dead dragon to probably blow a hole through that Wall. That’s the immediate future. What’s after that? Winterfell.

One of several things is going to happen there:

Littlefinger will stage a coup to take over Winterfell. He has the troops on his side, and thinks that Arya is going to do his dirty work for him and get rid of Sansa. If that was going to happen, she probably would have done it last week while she had that knife in her hand. (That knife is the one the assassin tried to kill Bran with, and was stolen by Littlefinger after Ned Stark’s death. It was on Ned’s desk in King’s landing). So, I don’t think Arya’s going to do Littlefinger’s dirty work for him, because chances are pretty good she’s on to him. Arya could outright kill Littlefinger.

I think there’s an additional possibility that would be a lot more interesting. In the midst of plotting how to take care of Littlefinger, Bran intervenes and tells Arya and Sansa they have to get the heck out of Winterfell. Sansa will probably resist, thinking that she’s got to stay at Winterfell to hold the family home. Arya would tell her that Littlefinger has been plotting, and they need to run for their lives. On the face of things, it’ll seem that is what Bran is warning about.

Cut to Sansa, Arya and Bran getting the heck out of Winterfell. Littlefinger enjoys his victory at taking over Winterfell – and then the thing that Bran was really worried about happens – The Night King and the Dead arrive, and swarm the castle. Bet Littlefinger hasn’t thought through all the possibilities and has come up with that scenario.

A much worse scenario would be for Sansa to be stuck there only to die when the dead take over. Since Bran presumably has to survive through all this, it could just be that Arya and Bran end up leaving. Or they could all end up hiding in the family catacombs. Wouldn’t be very good to be hiding out down there, with the Night King wandering through bringing back their dead relatives though.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale Theories

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First, one of my predictions that was made “pre-season” came true last week, unfortunately. With that out of the way, let’s try to make some guesses at what might happen in the Season 7 finale.

First off, what the heck is up with Bran? If he can see everything that’s going to happen, shouldn’t he be telling someone by now? Side note: I have a wild theory that Bran is really Bran the Builder, having somehow transported himself back in time. He might even end up being the Three-Eyed Raven bound up in that tree…. You know, young Bran meeting the old version of himself? I’m having a really hard time coming up with any kind of story thread that would make that satisfying at all, because that would mean the whole show is a giant time loop, and that wouldn’t be fun at all. Probably make a lot of people really upset too….

And remember how Hodor reacted to Bran getting inside his head, and made Wylis convulse and become Hodor? What if Bran does more of this “traveling” and is the reason the Mad King went mad in the first place?

And what about that grab that the Night King made for Bran? It allowed the Night King to waltz on by the enchantments and kill the Three-Eyed Raven. Wouldn’t that mean the Night King could just walk through any enchantments The Wall has? …Although, it appears now that everything is getting colder, he could just walk around the wall on the ice out on the water. Or maybe fly that dragon over it.

Anyway, back to the finale.

There are a few hints about what we’ll see in the previews. Grey Worm and a cast of thousands of Dothraki getting ready for battle, people looking worried on a ship, a meeting of the houses in what I presume is going to be some kind of parlay, probably to show off the wight they took with them.

Cersei is so mad right now that even seeing a wight probably wouldn’t convince her. In fact, since Qyburn seems to be quite adept and keeping things alive (“The Mountain”), he might even try and convince Cersei the wight is a complete hoax. If that happens, about the only thing that could convince Cersei that the Night King threat is real is for that new dragon pet of his to come over and lay waste to everything. Might even kill Cersei, but I think it’s more likely Jaime will end up doing it because Cersei is getting a bit too dangerous. Especially with that warning she gave Jaime “Never betray me again”.

Speaking of Cersei, did anyone else think that Sansa sending Brienne off the King’s Landing was a monumentally stupid idea? I mean, there’s no good at could come of that, because I’m pretty sure that by the time Brienne gets there, Jaime won’t be there to be on her side. What would Cersei do? Well, she’d send Sir Gregor after her right there on the spot. There would be a short battle and then no more Brienne. I mean, she’d put up a good fight, but in the end she’d lose. Now, if that does happen, (and I hope it won’t… I like Brienne), Jaime and Tormund would be mad. (Yes, I know..understatement of the year). Brienne might not think much of Tormund, but he’s going to go berserk if Cersei ends up killing her.

Yikes… what will the landscape look like if Cersei considers this whole “parlay” thing a betrayal and kills Jaime and Brienne?

Well, whatever happens, I don’t think all the people entering that parlay will be coming back out. It’s just a question of who’s going to die. Hope it’s not Varys, Brienne or Jaime…

That whole Sansa/Arya interaction was pretty weird. I’ve come to the conclusion that Arya just wanted to show Sansa she’s not the same little Arya as before. I think Arya’s going to go after Little Finger, and will end up killing him.

Sam and Gilly are on the road. Bet Gilly still has that book with her, the one that listed the annulment. That’ll probably be the way that Daenerys and John find out they’re related. Not sure how Sam’s going to take the news that Daenerys had his father and brother burned. He’d probably be more upset about his brother than his father.

The whole Theon thing… That’s really up in the air. He’ll have to do something pretty big to get back in people’s good graces. About the only thing he can do at this point is sacrifice himself to save someone.

Could we finally see a Clegane match up? I hope we do, and I hope The Hound takes out the Mountain in a big, big way.

Of course, this is all wild speculation. Can’t wait to see what happens!

My Game of Thrones Dragon Rider Theory


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I’m going to come right out and say it. I think Tyrion is part Targaryen.

I’ve thought this since season 5, and only had a thin bit of evidence at that point: Tywin Lannister, before he dies says “Oh, …you’re no son of mine.” Before this, he did claim Tyrion has a Lannister, but grudgingly. …Like I said, pretty thin evidence.

Wild speculation:Did Tywin call Tyrion his son, just to save face, because his wife had an affair with a Targaryen? What if the Mad king was Tyrion’s real father? And wouldn’t that make him first in line for the throne, if the Targaryens end up winning the war?

Something that happened in season 6 gave a little bit more evidence to my Targaryen theory: Tyrion went into the holding area for the dragons and unshackled them. Now, before they were shackled these dragons had been out and about, torching animals (and children). They were locked up down there for a while… what was to stop them from outright torching Tyrion? Maybe it was because they sensed he was a Targaryen too, and that’s why he could get away with being so close to them.

We’ll have to see if this theory is just blowing smoke, but if there are to be three dragon riders, I think they’ll be Daenerys, Jon and Tyrion.

… The thing about those dragons though… If one of them dies, everyone better hope that the Night King doesn’t get control of it. Because if he does, it’s not going to be easy to deal with an undead dragon.

Game of Thrones Episode 2: Stormborn


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Lots to talk about this episode!

First, Daenerys gave off a distinct “mad king” vibe when she started going after Varys out of no where. It sure looked to me like everyone in the room was pretty surprised by her doing this, and I can’t remember even a hint of her being worried about this, at least recently. The only reason I can see that she talked about this at this point was that sometime before the end of the season Varys will either 1) really betray her trust or 2) do something to make Daenerys think that he betrayed her trust. If Tyrion isn’t around to talk her out of it, Varys won’t make it to next season. If that happens, Daenerys will definitely be on the path to be the “mad queen”.

Speaking of crazy people, Sam’s got to be one of the bravest (or stupidest) people on the show. Trying to help Jorah get a cure for grayscale? Something that contagious – well, one slip of the knife and a splat of that goo onto Sam, and that’d be it. Sam sure seems to be doing all the wrong things: Stealing books from the gated section of the library, trying to cure Jorah when it’s been forbidden because of the danger. Sure seems like he’s going to get kicked out quick, or he’ll be the new celebrated figure at The Citadel. I’m guessing the former, because Maesters seem to be the “by the book” (if you’ll excuse the expression) types.

Arya’s headed back to Winterfell, and will end up missing Jon, because he’s headed to see Daenerys. The interaction with the direwolf was a set up for something that’ll happen later in the season. Arya’s words, “That’s not you”, with a little smile while she said it makes me think Arya believes Nymeria’s acting out of character. Anyway, it seems likely to me that Nymeria won’t be by Arya’s side while she travels up north, at least initially, but will be trailing Arya (with the rest of the wolf pack) to make sure she’s safe.

The whole battle at sea with Euron and Yara, and yes, Theon, surprised me… I hadn’t expected that. I was under the impression at first the Euron was just out to get Yara. Turns out that was a bonus, because he was really after Ellaria, who was in the hold below. That’s the prize that Euron promised Cersei last episode. Last week I expected it would be Tyrion. How the heck did Euron know that fleet carried Ellaria?

Theon jumping overboard was a surprise, but after thinking it over, it was really his only move if he wanted to stand a chance against Euron at some point in the future. If he’d have tried to kill Euron on that boat, I’m pretty sure Theon knew he would have died. I’m sure that Euron thinks he could take out Theon with no problem. He wouldn’t have needed Yara to entice Theon to fight. If Euron wanted Yara dead, he’d have killed her on the spot. Likely another prize for Cersei.

Speaking of which… Did Nymeria Sand die? Or was she the one down in the hold with Ellaria? You did know that Arya named her dire wolf after her, right?

Edit: Yup. Nymeria Sand, died. She was the one with the bullwhip.

Game of Thrones: The Problem with Bran Stark

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I rewatched season 6 of Game of Thrones in preparation for the season 7 premiere tonight, and it just occurred to me The Wall has a big problem: Bran Stark.

As Benjen was leaving, he explained to that since he was partially dead, he couldn’t travel with Bran to go past The Wall. There are all kinds of enchantments built into the foundation of The Wall itself which makes it impossible for the Night King and his army to pass. These are the same enchantments that prevent Benjen from going past the wall.

The Three-Eyed Raven was surrounded by similar enchantments, but was able to break through those because Bran had been “marked” when he was on a vision quest. Remember that burn on Bran’s arm when the Night King grabbed him?

This is probably blatantly obvious to some of you since last season, but I think that as soon as Bran gets past The Wall, it’ll give The Night King a free pass to go right through. There will be a big fight, sure, but the Night King and his army will make it through – all because of Bran.

A Short Set of Season 7 of Game of Thrones Theories


SPOILERS AHEAD… Don’t read this theory until you’re all caught up…

Some brief theories about what I think we’ll see in Season 7:

One thing I think will happen for sure: One of Daenerys’ dragons is going to be killed, and the Night King will raise that thing for his own army. And the Wall? If that falls to a dragon’s breath, that’s a whole lot of water that’ll suddenly flood everything in sight.

Sometime… maybe we’ll have to wait until Season 8… Jaime is going to try to kill Cersei. Whether or not he succeeds or not is a different question. I really don’t see either of them surviving until the end.

Who do I think will sit on the Iron Throne at the end? Tyrion.

What do I hope we don’t see? An Undead Hodor. That would be terrible.

Game of Thrones Preview – Theories -Season Six Finale

SPOILERS AHEAD – You’ve been warned

Tonight’s episode could be a real crazy one. I’m just going to jump in here and list a few things that might happen.

First, a cold open for the show, meaning no titles right at the beginning, with a big surprise reveal Something in the books hasn’t happened, and I’ve been waiting to see it happen for four seasons. The Frey’s got away with a lot in The Red Wedding. Well, now it’s time for payback, and someone’s mom is still really ticked off. Look
for a surprise visit from Catelyn Stark.

Cersei’s going to stand trial for her crimes, and she’s not going to go quietly now that everyone in town has turned against her. This is going to be one of those, “If I can’t have it, no one can”, things. Look for her to light King’s Landing up with Wildfire.

Jon’s in for a visit from the Night King, I’d wager, and that will be the main concern of everyone for the last two seasons. I’m looking for the Night’s Watch and The Wall to be overrun with the army of the dead. They’ll be headed straight for Winterfell and Jon Snow.

Speaking of Jon, I’m still in the camp that he’s half Targaryen, because of Ned’s sister. That would mean he’s half sister to The Mother of Dragons. I guess that would mean he’s the Uncle of Dragons.

Melissandre is going to have a run in with Davos; we’ve already seen that in the previews. Her true self will likely be revealed.

One thing that’s really be unnerving. When the Army of The Dead comes, they’ll be bringing people we’ll remember. Undead Wun-Wun, Ygritte, and lots of Night’s Watch. Not sure if that’ll happen tonight, but …yikes…

Edit: Via Twitter, John writes: “If Jon Snow is son of Rhaegar, he would be the nephew of Daenerys.”

ok ok…Jon Snow, Cousin of Dragons

Game of Thrones Preview – Battle of the Bastards

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First, before going into any theories about next episode, a few words about last episode.

Arya survives! Just not exactly like either of the theories in the previous post suggested. From the look on Jaqen’s face at the end, it appears that he had been trying to prepare Arya with the necessary skills to survive out in the real world, rather than actually becoming a Faceless Man. At least, I like to think that. It’s really tough to read Jaqen, which I guess is the whole point of his character in the first place. Sure hope this isn’t the last time we see him.

We have really little to go on here other than there’s going to be a big battle, that Jon doesn’t want to be brought back if he dies, and that Davos sees something behind him while he waits to light a signal fire.

So, I’m sitting here thinking, what would make this episode great? Well, Ramsay Bolton dying would be #1 on the list for me. Hate that guy. What would be a great way for this to happen? Jon Snow battling him? Nah, nothing exciting about that. Sansa striking him down? Yeah, satisfying, but nothing really big.

A good story has characters getting into deeper and deeper trouble, and finally find a satisfying way out of all the mess.

What do you think of the following scenario?

Jon and Ramsay’s armies face each other and start the battle (duh…we see that in the preview). Thing go OK for Jon at first, but as things progress, things start turning in Ramsay’s favor. Just as things look really grim, Ramsay realizes he’s being attacked from another army. Who’s doing the attacking? The Night King’s army, with all the men from The Wall as part of his army. Ramsay and the rest of his army get killed in a big, big way. Of course, they’d have to get around Jon’s army first…

I know it might be a bit early for this to all happen in the story, but seeing Ramsay taken out by the army of the dead would sure be memorable.

Arya’s Fate?

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About an hour and forty five minutes until this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, and I’m going to throw this out there so we can all point at it and either say “Ha! He didn’t have any idea what he was talking about” or “Ha! He figured it out!”

I’m talking about Arya’s stabbing during the last show. First, I don’t think she’s going to die. I say that because they’re not going to draw something like that out across two shows.

Having said that, I’ve heard a theory that goes something like this: It wasn’t Arya that got stabbed, it was actually Jaqen H’ghar in disguise! Why? Because Arya named him as someone that he has to kill, and he never took the third life (this goes back a season or two) that he promised… therefore, he’s fulfilling his promise. Or something like that.

I don’t like this theory. Arya told Jaqen at the time that he wouldn’t have to kill himself if he helped her escape, and he did that. She did not, however, ever name the third person to kill.

What I think is going on is this – Arya was sent on the mission to kill the actress and didn’t… I believe this was all part of her training – that she shouldn’t kill someone that didn’t do anything wrong. Jaqen is also testing the Waif who, you’ll note, didn’t make it “quick” the way Jaqen suggested. With Arya staggering through town, Jaqen is probably nearby watching. At some point Arya, the Waif and Jaqen will all be together… and Arya will get her final requested kill: The Waif. At this point, Jaqen will kill the Waif, save Arya and tell her this is all part of her training.

The reason I think this is part of her training is that they’d never send her out into the world to kill people without having to be able to deal with being attacked in some way.

Anyway, I think this is at least partially plausible. I still think that “third kill” is in play (I really don’t recall if Jaqen killed that person for Arya or not), and that’ll be the Waif.

Of course, that could happen and then Arya could get saved and still be on the run with a death sentence on her head… That’s probably more likely, since it would be much more dramatic for the show. Not sure I like that happening though. Arya would have to be constantly looking over her shoulder. And if that happens, I’d be surprised if she survived to the finale and beyond, because the Faceless Men will catch up to her.

Tell me in the comments what I missed… I’m sure I missed something!

Tyrion Targaryen?

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So, three minutes to GoT. In the previews, Tyrion takes a look at the dragons. One breathes fire… Could Tyrion be immune to it? Or will the dragon react the Tyrion in some unexpected way? Tyrion Kabobs? I hope he’s immune… (But, it’s probably nothing). We’ll see!