As an author/historian, I tend to view Game of Thrones with a different lens. After all, Time Magazine listed one of my books as good source material on the Wildlings. http://time.com/4347517/game-of-thrones-history-books/ . That doesn’t really mean much, but I felt the plug was well-earned.
There are things we all want to see in this series, having invested 60+ hours into it. As an author, there are twists I would put in. I doubt any of mine are actually in the coming two seasons, but this helps kill the time while I wait.
Also, the authors have given us hints already, buried in previous seasons. So, here’s my list of things I would like to see – some predictions, some merely wish list items:
Things that should happen:
Daenerys Targaryen lands in Westros. Her family’s hereditary home is Dragonestone, where Stannis Baratheon led his attempt at the throne. This makes sense for her to go there first. It is the kind of thing that Tyrion would recommend. She still has to contend with a rogue Greyjoy uncle, but after that, the squeeze play on the Lannisters can begin.
Jon Snow and Daenerys meet. You may be wondering why would Jon waste time meeting her? Simple. The writers put in the previous seasons that Dragonestone is a source of dragon-glass, (obsidian) which kills the army of the dead. Jon’s going to need a source of that stuff if he hoped to hold out. Don’t count on their first meeting to be all hugs and kisses. The writers are good, they won’t make this a smooth first meeting but one where the characters gain respect for each other. Jon’s focus is on the army of the dead, Dany’s out to rid the world of pesky Lannisters. I imagine Jon being sent north to hold the line while Daenerys takes care of cleaning up the rest of Westros. No wedding in season seven.
The return of Gendry. An heir to House Baratheon, he disappeared seasons ago. I can see him playing some sort of role once Dany returns. The writers create characters to bring them back.
The return of Jorah Mormont. As a writer, I would have him arrive with reinforcements at the hour of Daenerys’s greatest need, right before she is about to lose a battle. I don’t want him to die in the attempt, but given the penchant for the writer’s to kill him – I can see that happening.
The return of Daario Naharis. Do you really think that mercenary will remain across the Narrow Sea? I don’t. I want him and the Second Sons to come and open a can of whoop-ass in Westros.
Cersei goes mad. I will grant you, it’s not a far trip for her. She is going to continue her spiral into madness I think. She will slaughter thousands to hold onto the power she had seized. I almost pity Jamie – well, almost.
Arya will meet up with Melisandre again. One thing about GoT is that it is a buddy show. The brilliant writers combine characters and hilarity (and death) ensues. Arya and Melisandre met and the Red Witch said, “We will meet again.” Ayra is riding north, Melisandre is riding south. They are bound to connect and I don’t think it will result in death.
Sam learns the secrets of making Valyrian steel. Look, I could care less about him and Gilly, but Sam’s research has helped out Jon in the past, and that is destined to continue (otherwise why follow his character at all). Jon has learned that Valyrian steel unleashes a shitstorm of pain on white walkers. Sam must learn this and possibly about the Horn of Winter. What is the Horn? Remember when Sam found the dragon glass at the Fist of the First Men. Go back to that – there was a horn found as well. It has to be the Horn of Winter. In the books, the Horn of Winter awoke the giants and had the power to shatter the wall. Sam innocently left it at Castle Black, the worst possible place for something that powerful.
The Brothers Without Banners will play a role in fighting the white walkers.
More Lyanna Mormont. She has more balls than most of the male characters, especially Theon. Shame on the writers if we don’t see her kicking some ass in the remaining seasons. She’s my favorite character of them all.
Pod and Bronn reunite with Tyrion. We all want to see this. It would be heartbreaking if they kill Bronn in the war. He’s my favorite mercenary.
Jamie and Tyrion. Talk about an uncomfortable family reunion.
Sam and Jon. It’s going to happen.
Cersei and the Queen of Thornes. You cannot get too much of Diana Rigg. Her scenes with Tyrion were priceless too, so perhaps we will get a good dose of that as well.
Melisandre and the Brothers Without Banners. Enough said here.
Brienne of Tarth and Tormund. Some of the best acting in Game of Thrones was the facial expressions between the wildling and the lady knight. We want more of this.
Brienne of Tarth and Jamie Lannister. The last they saw of each other was when Brienne left Riverrun and Jamie let her go. We need a counterpart to that scene, something to balance it out. Perhaps she will repay the favor in an upcoming battle?
Shagga, son of Dolf, is the leader of the Stone Crows, of the Hill Tribes that fought for Tyrion in Season One and Tyrion. They introduced this faction with Tyrion and I bet our favorite dwarf enlists their aid for Daenerys.
Arya and the Hound. She took the Hound off of her list (not an easy thing to do mind you). Both characters have changed since they last met. It would be a shame if we didn’t see them together again. Perhaps Arya will join the Brothers…?
Arya’s Stark. Let’s face it, this is one damaged character. She’s an assassin. I can’t picture her fitting in with the surviving family members because, well, she’s a murderess. I think her fate will be determined by Jaqen H’ghar. The Faceless God will take his toll here I believe.
Littlefinger. Let’s face it, Littlefinger set all of this crap in motion. He framed Tyron Lannister for attempting to kill Bran Stark, driving the two houses to war. Varys summed him up best, “He would burn the world to rule the ashes.” You would expect Sansa to be there at his downfall. I am a writer. I picture young Robin Arryn pushing Littlefinger through the Moon Door when he learns that he was responsible for the death of his mother. That would be awesome and fitting.
Jamie Lannister. The Kingslayer will have to die. Two options as a writer here. One, Tyrion must order it (hard to do, his brother saved him). The other, is at the hand of Brienne of Tarth. Those two have a love thing going. It’s very Shakespearian to have her deliver his death with the sword he gave her. (see my Cersei entry below for an alternate end to Jamie.)
Sansa Stark. Who cares? She’s starting to get interesting, but seriously, I just don’t like her. I could see her surviving everything that goes down. If Jon does marry Daenerys, which we’d all eventually like, she could take the helm at Winterfell as the head of House Stark.
Cersei Lannister. I picture the Mountain killing Cersei for some dark and forbidding reason. We all anticipate that the Mountain will face his downfall at the hands of the Hound. Too predictable. There is a real twist of fate there. We all want Tyrion to be the one to determine his sister’s fate, but I doubt we will get something that simple. My alternate ending: The ultimate irony would be that Jamie has to kill her, adding Queenslayer to his resume’. Frankly, Jamie would have to kill himself afterwards.
Tyrion Lannister. The authors have already told you the perfect end-cap for him. He wanted to retire to his own vineyards and pictures himself surrounded by his friends. Wouldn’t that be an awesome way to end the series? Ten years later…we see him with Grey Worm, Dany, and the other survivors, drinking wine with their old friend. Perfect ending.
Bran Stark. Bran’s role I think is bigger than what we know or understand. I think he could even be the old man in the tree that he meets later. A popular theory is that he is actually Bran the Builder – travelling back in time to build the wall. I think the key to Bran is that he can travel in time and can influence it. He may end up getting lost in time as well. Ultimately I cannot help but wonder if Bran is the Lord of Light?
Davos Seaworth. I see him as being an emissary to the Brothers Without Banners to enlist their aide.
Daenerys Targaryen. Remember when those wizards captured her dragons back in Season Two? Remember how she wandered in that tower from scene to scene. She found the Iron Throne in a destroyed throne room, snow falling, empty and alone. The writers are good and I believe that scene was deliberate. I think this is exactly how she will find the Iron Throne after her dragons unleash hell on the city.