Game of Thrones — 18 things to expect of Seasons 7 and 8
Winter is finally here.
After a longer than usual wait, the new season of Game of Thrones is back on TV for the delight of their massive audience across the world.
Having watched the show and read through a third of the three tomes that inspired the show in its first six season, I speculate freely about what will unfold starting July 16th.
Attention: SPOILERS and SPECULATIONS ahead
Before starting with predictions, let’s review where each of the major character is at the end of Season 6.
Season 6 recap
1.Cersey is now Queen of the Seven Kingdoms
2.Jon is King in the North, sided by his (half) sister Sansa, under the watchful eye and for the smirky satisfaction of the Lord of the Valle, Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger
3.Danaerys is sailing from Mereen to Westeros to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. Besides the Unsullied and her Khal riders, she’s supported by a large fleet in an alliance forged by Varys with Dorne and House Tyrell. They are reinforced by the fleet of the Iron Islands, stolen by Yara and Theon Greyjoy. Did I mention the three Dragons? Extra: she’s considering candidates for marriage to forge alliances.
4.House Lannister conquered Riverun from House Tully, forming the alliance with the Freys supporting the newly crowned Queen Cersey
5.Aria is now a full-blown assassin, newly graduated from the school of the Many-Faced God of Death, back in Westeros to avenge her father. She’s already taken care of the Freys, and Cersey is top of the list
6.The Children of the Forest are the dead, as much as the previous Three-Eyed Raven. Bran is the new Three-Eyed Raven, still learning to fly, interact with the present and past, and to take over other beings to accomplish his mysterious purpose
7.Sam Tarly is beginning his training to become a Maester at The Citadel.
The great premise
Much to the chagrin to a significant portion of the show’s audience, this is not a show about a hero (or a collection of them) consummating their ultimate victory through a loop of drawbacks, losses, learning opportunities, and blood.
Don’t get me wrong: there are plenty of heroes and villains in the plot, each developing their own journey and story arch. Nonetheless, these would-be heroes are forged by complex pasts and forced to evolve their own narratives, which make them more much more human and closer to the average spectator.
This may not be apparent throughout the episodes, but the story of Westeros start with the First Men invading the continent that belonged to The Children of the Forest and the weirwood that watched over them, more than thousands of years ago.
To protect themselves from the advance of the First Men, The Children of the Forest created the White Walkers by assassinating a few select men with dragonstone. Ultimately, men conquered the continent and pushed the opposing forces north of a wall built to contain their seasonal advances.
Game of Thrones is a metaphysical show. It is about the fate of the supernatural forces that forged this universe, inspired women and men to take action for their cause, and are meant to have a definitive outcome during this winter season.
This means you shouldn’t get attach to a particular character: good and bad people will die, a few resurrect, some will rise to the many occasions that will be presented, but in the end, even the most likable of them, are just supportive characters in the plot.
Just like the series Lost, whose audience failed to comprehend it’s spiritual nature, reasoning and message: remember, let go, and move on, Game of Thrones fans are invited to make peace with that in order to enjoy the show.
Ready to take that leap? If not, I don’t blame you. You were trained to expect strong heroes that eventually triumph over villains and teach the remainder of us great truths about life, death, and our purpose. You were read tales specifically miniaturized to fit an entire arch into the time allowed by our ever narrowing attention spans. You were told to expect heroes to save the day, the world, and your skin when it was in jeopardy.
Not here, folks. This story will surprise you until the final end. It already has and will continue to betray your instincts, not only to antagonize our strict sense of western fiction, but also because it has a loftier goal to attain: a fresher approach to mythology.
If I’m right, what needs to happen next
1.Who were the men turned White Walkers, and who’s the driving force and power driving their march south?
2.Who is the promised Prince mentioned by the ministries of The Lord of Light?
3.How will the many forces contending for the Seven Kingdoms negotiate power and unite to defend the Kingdom from the White Walkers?
4.What is the nature of irregular and erratic seasons?
5.How will the many forces contending for the Seven Kingdoms negotiate power and unite to defend the Kingdom from the advance of the White Walkers?
6.The true nature of the many divine entities mentioned throughout the show?
AThe Old Gods of the Forest aka weirwood
BThe Lord of the Light
CThe Faith of the Seven
DThe Drowned God
EThe Great Stalion
FThe Many-Faced God of Death
among many others religions mentioned in the three tomes.
7.How will Winter aka the fight against the White Walkers shape the remainder of Westeros?
8.The formidable familiarity between the Imp and the Three Dragons
9.How Sir Jorrah Mormont will find healing for his terminal disease?
10.Will some of the “villains” in the plot find redemption?
11.Will some of the “heroes” in the plot turn to less than noble ways? Sansa Stark comes to mind
12.Is Danaerys the rightful heir to the Iron Throne?
13.Will Danaerys and Jon Snow fall in love for one another, despite the fact that she is his aunt?
14.What is the true nature of the reborn Mountain, Sir Gregor Clegane?
15.Who is responsible for the rebirths of characters?
16.What is the interest of the ministries of the Lord of Light in Danaerys fighting the powers in Westeros?
17.What is Bran’s role as the Three-Eyed Raven?
18.What type of creatures inhabit beyond the wall?
This provides us with a landscape of questions to start speculating. How would you resolve this? Type in the comments.
My predictions below.
Let’s speculate freely: an approach to the questions
1.The White Walkers were prominent soldiers or their leaders
2.The promised Prince is a Princess: Danaerys Targaryen
3.Many will deny the existence of the White Walkers and will be surprised by the incoming threat. It will force fierce enemies like the Lannisters, the Starks and the the Targeryen to yield fragile terms of peace
4.Seasons are the most visible representation of the quintessential nature of Game of Thrones: the audience knows there’s something bigger to happen since the first scene: winter is coming.
The seasons in Game of Thrones will be revealed as the balance between those spiritual forces: Summer for the Lord of Light to prevail, Winter for its Enemy to advance from the north.
In this regard, Winter is a God, and enemy of mankind.
5.See #3 above. Shifts in immediate power will happen to those opportunistic minds that know how to raise to power when confusion ensues in the land
6.In the end, the story will reveal what’s real about the religions in the show:
AThe Old Gods of the Forest aka weirwood: are not divine, are simply the beings that populated Westeros before the arrival of men
BThe Lord of the Light: is truly divine and the force opposing Winter
CThe Faith of the Seven: will be busted as simply a systematized way to contain the collective of people ruled
DThe Drowned God: doesn’t exist; it’s a tale for the Iron Islanders, and nothing more
EThe Great Stalion: a tale for the Dothraki, and that’s about it
FThe Many-Faced God of Death is a creature, not a God. It could pivot as a servant to either of the two true deities in this world: Winter, and The God of Light.
7.Assuming that the nature of this series is supernatural, expect changes in the geology and weather of the entire Earth
8.Tyrion is not only a dwarf: he’s a bastard, and he’s got firey blood of the Targaryens in him, which explain both his fixation for Dragons and being treated as a bastard by his own father
9.Sir Jorrah Mormont will either be revealed as key protagonist, or die in service of the Queen of Dragons. We’ll see
10.Sandor Clegane will be tamer, but back into the fighting fold. Jaime Lannister loves his sister, but know she far she can go to win The Game of Thrones, so expect him to reflect and even support enemies in the right circumstances. Lord Baelish will die an horrific death, that I can promise you
11.Sansa Stark is plotting with Littlefinger. She plans on taking advantage of his Kingdom aspirations, for her own good. She will be a cunning force in season 7 and 8
12.Danaerys has a claim to the Iron Throne. Other Robert Baratheon’s bastards will state their claims as well. Danaerys will win though. She represents the female heroin whose arch is being built from the first pages of the book. This will be an element to appease the moods: the audience craves this type of more predictable outcome
13.Danaerys and Jon Snow connect early in Season 7, and potentially develop romantic feelings. They could marry to sustain Danaerys claim to power as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and The North
14.The Mountain is some Frankenstein experiment by the Maester, and will be crucial in Cersey’s fight for power
15.Spiritual beings responsible for the rebirths of characters, and claim pieces of the reborn characters in subtle ways
16.The ministries of the Lord of Light find in Danaerys and Jon Snow the best contender to unify the south and north of Westeros to fight against its enemy, winter.
17.The true nature of the Three-Eyed Raven is a mystery. In this role, Bran will have a major impact in the outcome of battles. His role will likely expand to the realms of men and he will influence how allies and enemies.
How do I know that? Because of the narratives from the previous Three-Eyed Raven and this detail from the opening credits: notice that as the video details each piece of geography, it is all observed from a flying observer whose views cut on and off, like a camera. That observer operates at the level of the fire that doesn’t extinguish — another hint at the spiritual level of this tale.
18.We’ll be surprised with the type of creatures that live beyond the Wall. We know of White Walkers, we know the Night King, and the army of wights they now possess, but that’s not all. Old Nan hints at cold spiders that hunt humans as hounds to their lords.
What are your predictions?