Okay, week one of this final season we got all of the players on the board. Week two, we said our goodbyes and laid out the plan of battle. This is flowing very much like a chapter or two of a BattleTech novel in all honestly.
This week comes the battle.
No plan survives contact with the enemy and that is the case with this battle. We did not see the Night King on the field of battle – either eluding to a grand entrance on a dragon, or something more sinister. So far, he has not displayed a great deal of strategy. He uses his army like a blunt object to pummel his foe with overwhelming numbers. He has to be a credible threat though, so I would count on strategy. He will whip up a blizzard to obscure his armies. Fear is his greatest weapon. He will not necessarily fight on Jon’s terms.
I surmise the following:
- Those crypts under Winterfell are going to be a kill zone. Everyone keeps saying that the crypts are safe. We are putting the innocents and weak there. We see the crypts in the opening sequence. Everyone keeps going down there to chat. They built those sets for a reason! These are red flags. As a D&D player, let me assure you, they are full of dead Starks and the Night King can raise the dead. See where I’m going with this? Those people are locking themselves in with a potential slaughter machine. Even if we don’t get to see headless Ned rambling about, all he has to do is get a few of his troops in there and those poor people will die.
- We all expect people to die. If I was one of the writers, I’d kill someone right off the bat, just to throw the audience off.
- Jon will ride a dragon in battle. He’s had his training, that was deliberate. Now comes the time to fly and burn.
- Bran has a bigger role than just bait. You would have thought someone would have asked him, “How did they defeat the Night King the last time around?” Seems like some pretty useful information.
- Arya is the best killing machine Jon has. And she has had a special weapon made. This is no small coincidence. Is it her destiny to take out the Night King, his wights, or perhaps the undead dragon? I can’t fathom that she had the weapon made to knock apart some level one skeletons.
- I am hoping Bronn shows up for the big dance.
- There will be a moment when the battle will appear lost. We saw it at the Battle of Castle Black and at the Battle of the Bastards. You have to have that moment when the good guys are on the verge of defeat. Otherwise victory is meaningless.
- We have only seen a few of the Night’s Watch. I am counting on the rest of the brothers in black to arrive at some point.
Who knows, we may end on a cliff-hanger this week – I can easily picture that. No matter what, we are at the big dance and the music has started. Game on!