As we enter the final season of Game of Thrones, all of the fans have an anticipation of what is coming. I can only come at this as an author/novelist; that is the optic I view the series from. “What would I do if I were writing this?”
As such, I am going to offer my predictions for the final season. I can’t say these are right, but they are how I would approach this as a fiction writer. As such, if I am totally wrong, so be it…I can live with that. As a writer, I look to not doing the obvious for viewers, but what would make their jaws drop.
The Mountain and the Hound will fight…together. Everyone expects these two to fight each other. It is so predictable and obvious that I would go another direction. Rather than battle each other, they will fight side-by-side. Also, the Mountain has taken a vow of silence until all of the queen’s enemies have been killed. That was said at the end of season five. So we may yet hear the Mountain speak. Will the Hound eventually kill him? We shall see. He’s basically dead now, so how will the army of the dead react to him? Will he turn?
We will see Jaqen H’ghar again. The writers have shown a knack for bringing back characters after a long time off-screen. We will see the faceless man again…in fact, he may end up facing Arya in a duel to the death, you never know. The Many-Faced-god demands a price and the girl has been busy with her list.
Speaking of our favorite cold-blooded killer, Arya may very well find herself on the throne at Winterfell. GoT is about putting characters where they don’t want to be. Jon never wanted to be the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, for example. To be honest, no tear will be shed if Sansa dies. Arya has no interest in the northern throne, so she may very well end up there as the Lady of Winterfell.
Cersei will be the death of Jamie. We all expect that Jamie will kill his sister at some point – it almost make sense. I think her actions, or inactions, will result in Jamie’s death. The Queen of Thorns predicted it and I think it will happen. I just don’t picture it being Cersei stabbing him. Her actions (betrayal) causing his death could be the last thing that drives her bat-shit crazy.
Daario Naharis will return with the Second Sons. We all know that Euron Greyjoy has set off to go get the Golden Company (mercenaries) for Cersei. But we have all forgotten about Daario back in Mereen with the Second Sons. Don’t be shocked when he shows up at a surprising moment.
The Redemption of Theon. I know everyone thinks Theon Greyjoy will die…but as a writer I think he will survive all of this carnage. Theon has been part of the series from episode one. It’s too easy to let him die heroically. I think his arc will have him surviving at the end, proving to the world he is a good person.
The Death of the Red Witch. Here’s the thing, you don’t want to be on Arya’s list. When the Red Witch took Gendry, she said that she and Arya would meet again. That can’t bode well for her.
Podrick Payne will emerge as a heroic figure. Our favorite boy with the magic cock has been evolving through the whole series. His character’s arc is such that we will see him become a true warrior. Whether he lives or dies…that is up in the air. Bronn has taught him, so as Brienne – so we can assume Pod will be a full-blown killing machine by this time. From a writer’s perspective, it is important that he save either Bronn or Brienne’s life at one point or another. The student becomes the master.
Bran will fly! The Three-Eyed Raven promised us this. Now Bran has “flown” as ravens scouting the army of the dead. I tend to believe he will warg into a dragon at some point. Otherwise, what purpose does he serve from a plot perspective – other than to tell Jon his true origins – and we have Sam for that.
Ellaria Sand gets her revenge. Captured by Euron Greyjoy and forced into the dungeons under the Red Keep and made to watch her daughter die from Cersei’s poisoning – she is likely to be mad by the time our characters rescue her. I picture her being the one to kill Cersei, closing out that longstanding demand for revenge. It’s either going to be her, or that nun that Cersei left to the hands of the Mountain in the dungeon. That’s right, I haven’t forgotten about her. We never saw her death, so you can assume she has some role to play, even if only a cameo. While we all expect to see Jamie be responsible for his whack-a-doodle sister’s demise, I think characters that create their own demons and bring themselves down is more powerful. Sidebar: I think it is actually more interesting to not kill Cersei but leave her mad, locked away in the Red Keep.
Dany is pregnant. Jon was right, she shouldn’t have taken the word of an angry witch as gospel.
The good guys will win, but… The cost will be high – it has to be. Dany and Jon have to lose some of the folks close to them. Victory has to hurt, it has to come at a cost. Greyworm and Missandei seem ill-fated, and their deaths would be painful for Dany to cope with. Sansa and Bran dying, while a moment of joy for many of us in the case of Sansa, will tear Jon apart. The loss of Jamie will tear at Tyrion and Cersei. Our heroes have to lose something close and dear to them to make them stronger, to give them something to overcome.
Sam the Slayer. Sam will survive this all, I swear it on the old gods and new. Remember he is armed with Heartsbane, a Valyrian Steel sword he stole from his father. Valyrian Steel destroys wights. See where I’m going? The writers put that scene of him stealing the sword for a reason. Sam has killed white walkers before, and it will happen again.
Yara Greyjoy will see the world through Theon’s eyes. Being taken prisoner by a crazy-pirate-uncle is bound to have been horrific for her. She will be damaged, mentally and otherwise, just like Theon had been at the hands of the Ramsey. His inevitable rescue of her will change both of them as characters…if it is done right. What is dead shall never die!
A Hot Pie cameo. I could see that being tossed in.
Beric Dondarrion (the dude with the flaming sword) has a key role to play. It’s easy to say Jon Snow kills the Night King, but I would not rule this guy out. He’s actually a pretty cool character and the fact that he has died six times already may make him some sort of ringer.
Tyrion’s hope for the future. I want him to get what he desires. “One day, I’d like to have my own vineyard. Make my own wine – the Imp’s Delight. Only my close friends could drink it.” Personally, that is how the series should end, in Tyrion’s vineyard, children of the survivors running around, him pouring his brand of wine.
Gendry’s romance. Gendry is as classical character thrust into circumstances beyond his control. Will he find love? Will it be Sansa, Arya, or someone else? Let’s face it, Robert’s bastard deserves more than a glorious death.
Moments We Want to See
- The battle of the dragons. You know it’s coming.
- Bronn and Pod fighting side by side.
- Gendry and Arya’s reunion.
- Brienne and Jamie’s reunion.
- As creepy as it is, I want Tormund and Brienne to hook-up.
- The dragons battle. We have to see this.
- Jorah fighting and dying with Dany crying. We love it when Jorah saves her life and I’d like to see it one more time.
- Lyanna Mormont. I don’t just want to hear her talk…I want to see her fight. I think it would be great to have a scene with Jorah and her together too, even if just for few seconds.
While I am sure I get a lot of things wrong with these – I’m at least documenting them. What are your predictions?