Day 196: I, too, am excited about tonight’s Game of Thrones (possible spoilers and predictions)

Wow, it’s been a long wait, but I’m sure it’s all worth it. Last season started slow and finished strong (really strong — the Battle of the Bastards alone featured some of the best scenes ever filmed on television). I’m trying to figure out when and where, but I’ll definitely be watching it tonight.

HERE BE SPOILERS — DON’T READ ON IF YOU’RE NOT UP TO SPEED.

I’ve never read the books, but I’ve watched and re-watched every episode to date and spend my downtime watching the in-depth lore videos that correlate with each season’s release. For example, this video explaining Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish’s rise to the top, as he’s one of the most hip-hop inspired characters in the entire show.

This season, I’m hoping for:

More Brotherhood Without Banners

Although they do practice some rogue-like qualities, I do appreciate their ethos to a certain degree. Semi-anarchist groups often lead to some interesting conflict in a world where class is everything. Also, a guy who can’t seem to die wields a flaming sword. SWEET.

Euron Greyjoy as the New Supervillian

As much as I hate to admit it, this show is about suffering and discord. The show gets boring without a greedy, sadistic character. Joffrey served that role from Seasons 1–4, Ramsay from 3–6, and now… all signs point to Euron as the harbinger of mayhem to Westeros.

Check out this backstory on Euron — he’s horrible.

How many more names Arya will cross off her list

Her latest kill was a satisfying one — don’t f*** with guest rights, people. The remaining names on Arya’s list:

  • Cersei Lannister
  • Ilyn Payne
  • Mellisandre (The Red Woman)
  • Beric Dondarrion
  • Thoros of Myr
  • Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane
  • Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

Will she (or someone else) get through them all? I thought Season 6 ended oddly between her and Jaqen H’ghar with her killing the waif, renouncing the order, and reclaiming her identity. She’s abusing her assassin powers.

“A man cannot let a girl simply steal all the gifts from The Many-Faced God to use for her own agenda. Valar morghulis. Valar doharis.”

Side note: Arya may be up-to-date with the killings after watching that satire in Braavos.

A stronger Dorne presence

Generally I dig the whole culture of Dorne — gender and bastard inclusive and full of good wine. Book fans have expressed disappointment over how little they’ve been featured in the show. I’d love a return, and ideally a better battle scene than this one.

The New Queen (and what it means for Daenerys)

I’m going to take a risk here (considering the political climate) to ask what it means to have a woman on the Iron Throne. Does it make Daenerys’s claim to the throne less legitimate? We can’t help but feel uneasy about Cersei’s new position, knowing what she had to do to get there.

Is that any different than the lives Daenerys took to get to her place? Do people still support her because she’s an emancipator with magical fire-resistant powers and three dragons? Is that enough to merit supreme executive power over the kingdoms?

What I’m trying to say is that I can get behind the argument that a woman should be on the Iron Throne, considering how much women suffer in this fantasy world and deserve representation.

Now the real question is … which one?

The White Walker Assault on The Wall

All of the above doesn’t matter when there’s an ice zombie army who can’t be killed with anything except obsidian spears and Valyrian steel. Now that winter is here, the zombies have all the advantages to advance.

There’s one barrier that they can’t cross, however: The Wall.

According to legend, there’s magic in the wall that prevents it from crumbling or melting entirely during the long summer years. That magic prevented Uncle Benjen from crossing it. There’s allegedly one way to bring it down, and it was discovered by none other than Sam Tarly:

Where is the horn now? I actually don’t know. How might it come into the possession of The Night King? What’s inevitable for the sake of story is that the Wall must come down for there to be a true clash of … ice and fire.

How will it all end?

To me, I think it’s obvious how Game of Thrones will conclude if you look at the history on which it is based. I won’t spell it out for you — but this great video from TED-Ed will.

PS: I’m working on a data science project that may or may not be related to this. I think it’s save to say that it’s at least … inspired?

I’ll keep you posted!

— Lee