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Game of Thrones Mid-Season(ish) 7

Warning: Spoilers ahead…I mean, it’s Friday, I’ve given you a lot of time to watch the episode from Sunday.  The fact that you’ve been able to stay away from spoilers this long while doing anything online makes you some kind of internet ninja…regardless, consider yourself warned of spoilers.

We’re through 4 of 7 episodes for this (sadly short) Season 7 of Game of Thrones.  So let’s do a quick recap and some fan theories –

1.  First, we learned that not even the Freys enjoy Walder’s dinner parties any more.

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Image credit: HBO

To be fair, Robb, I don’t think Walder is a fan them anymore either.  After all, the North does more than just remember now…

2.  Series symmetry!

Okay, so as a writer/nerd I have to point this out – In the beginning of the series, all of our Starks were at Winterfell before scattering about the land on their own adventures.  Each of the Starks were tested in their own grueling way, until there were only 3 and well, Jon.  Also, the series began with Jon and Tyrion meeting each other and having their own bonding moments.

And now, we find ourselves in series 7, and bursting with symmetry –

  • All of the Starks have returned to Winterfell (still waiting for the Jon-Arya reunion though)
  • Arya with the “that’s not you” comment to Nymeria as a throwback to her “that’s not me” comment to her Dad on being a lady living in a castle
  • Jon and Tyrion meeting again
  • Frey dinner parties – first, symmetry with the red wedding and then, with the stories old Nan used to tell

Series Symmetry! Love it.  It’s like closing the loop.

And there may be another bit of symmetry coming up, and that’s…

3. Jaime is probably going to be captured by his enemies (again)

Ah yes.  Oath-breaker, you attempted to kill another Targaryen when their back was toward you.  Fortunately for Daenerys, her bad-ass dragon was there to stop you.  

(Long side note:  Can I start using ‘dracarys’ in every day speech…I mean, without seeming overly weird?  Also, while we’re on the topic, who else was torn with Bronn and the dragon?  I mean, I was going to officially disown him if he killed Drogon but I wasn’t quite ready for him to become a mass of flames either…)

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ooh Burn! (Image credit: HBO)

Anyway… Jaime, you devilish oath-breaker, you find yourself with Bronn sinking to the bottom of the lake.  But…we all know you’re not dead.  Why?  Well, sir there are a few reasons – 1) you’re a main character and main characters don’t die like that, 2) aforementioned symmetry, 3) I think you’ve got a bit of prophecy to fulfill yet…

4. The valonqar still has to kill Cersei

This hasn’t been covered in the HBO series (yet), but along with the prediction that Cersei’s children would die and another, younger queen would unseat her, Maggy gave one more prediction.  It was that the valonqar (younger brother) would kill her.

Now..this is tricky, since Cersei has two younger brothers (even if Jaime is only younger by a minute or two).   I think it’s reasonable to assume that she thinks the man in this prophecy is Tyrion.  After all, she’s always been mean to him and has actively sought out his death.  But has this whole relationship with Jaime been a bit of a hedge as well?  I mean…what better way to ensure your safety than to align yourself with the stronger of the two and seek to control him through….eww gross incest.

But why would Jaime kill Cersei?  It’s clear throughout the WHOLE series that he loves her and has only ever been with her.  Cersei on the other hand, well, I’m pretty sure power is her only love.  Mayhap after Cersei refuses to step down after Tyrion attempts to use Jaime as a bargaining chip, Jaime would be motivated to kill her.  Maybe if she joins her forces with the Greyjoys through matrimony, it would be enough.  Or maybe, Jaime finally realizes that Cersei is not a good person and certainly not a peaceful ruler (a lot of people have been telling him that, after all).

Or maybe…hmmm.  You know, I am partial to Arya.  I really am.  And Cersei is on her list.  Maybe Jaime will die and Arya will use his face to fulfill the prophecy… ooooh wouldn’t that be awesome?

Either way, Cersei isn’t getting a happy ending.  Though I doubt that will happen this season.

5. What about the white walkers?

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I mean, these cold fools have been pretty quiet this season.  We know they’re making progress from north of the wall.  And we know – based on previews, that Beric Dondarrion is supposed to have a flaming sword…which I’d assume he could use against the white walkers. So, an easy prediction here – sometime before this season is out, we’ll see what the Night King has been up to. 🙂

But…rumor has it that they would cross the wall by the castle that Tormund Giantsbane is currently defending.  Does this mean that the man could perish??  Leaving us without his delightful fawning over Brienne?  Let’s hope not.  I really like that guy…

6. Grey Worm and Missandei

It finally happened.  You know what.  They never used to show that on TV or in movies, and even implying it would grant you a NC-17 rating.  So, when it did, I was literally squealing in my apartment.  Literal. Squeal.

But seriously – I’m really glad that these two characters were finally honest with each other about their feelings.  And the scene was done so very well.  You could see the longing and fear of rejection on Grey Worm’s face (it almost broke my heart), and then the sweetness and open honesty of their feelings.  Tots adorbs.  Thanks, HBO for granting us some sweet romance for two great characters – it was really lovely.

Speaking of which….

7. Jon and Daenerys

I feel like this is going to happen, folks.  I just have to wrap my head around that they’re related and it’s going to happen anyway.  Ugh.  The Targaryen’s are into that sort of thing though…  Maybe Bran will tell Jon beforehand, which should allow Jon to engage in what he does best – serious brooding.

Hope you’re looking forward to Sunday’s episode…I know I am. 🙂

Battle of the Bastards

Nope, that title is not a nod to the current state of many political battles, it’s about the latest installment of Game of Thrones Season 6 – Episode 9.  There are spoilers below, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now….

Recap – Many of the last few episodes were set up chapters – moving the characters along and moving the story along, but at a pace that recent fans who binge-watched the whole series earlier this year (me) found slow.  Writers, why must you tease!

Until episode 9.  And boom, we learn a lesson that should be added to the top of the life lessons for GoT: always remember to feed and care for your pets.

Thanks for the public service announcement, Ramsay.

I could summarize the events of the episode for you, but really, I want to talk about how the #1 hated character on the show (at least for the last few seasons) died.

Done in by his starving dogs – animals he used as a means to kill, hunt, and terrify people – at the hand of the woman he raped, abused, and tried to break.

And her walk away from it was my favorite part of the whole episode, as just a hint of a smile twitched at her lips (and she practically strutted).  Ah GoT revenge, you are so sweet.

I’m all for it.  And I’m glad Sansa got her revenge (as many of us hoped she would). But…the killing by the dogs. <sigh> As a writer, I get it.  Really, I do.  The neat and tidy wrap-up, the symmetry in the story, the “master” being killed by his instruments of torture, perhaps even a statement of the limits of loyalty even by the most loyal beings in the world..all of that are not lost on me.

But…

I would have almost rather seen Sansa get her hands dirty on this one.  Granted, her hands aren’t all that clean, she did release the dogs and she did stay and watch the beginnings of Ramsay’s demise.  But, and maybe it’s because I’m used to Arya’s hands-on approach, I would have liked to see Sansa do the complete dirty work.  It would have helped bolster the story of Sansa taking charge of her destiny, taking care of things herself, and her growing power.  Or maybe she’s taking after her mentor (and the devil she recently made a deal with) – getting rid of people without doing any of the nasty bits herself…

What say you, fellow fans?

The Genesis of Jon

You’ve been warned, spoilers and theories below.

Season 6 Episode 2 gave fans (are there fans that didn’t want it to happen?!) what we’ve wanted since leaving us with Jon Snow bleeding in the snow at the end of Season 5.  Finally! They also gave us an update for our life lessons by Game of Thrones – no one loves you like your dog.  Everyone left that room, except for Ghost.  He never gave up.

Aww.  Dogs are great. 🙂

But back to our topic of today – the Genesis of Jon and why the writers behind Game of Thrones are ready to reveal it.

#1. Jon coming back to life makes his background relevant to the story again.  It’s true.  If he were actually gone, while some of those mysteries would continue to tickle many fan brains, they wouldn’t necessary be solved (which is the worst).  Now we can find out if Jon has a real claim to the Iron Throne, as so many fans believe…

#2. Bran Stark, Three-Eyed Raven, and time travel = GoT mystery wagon.  Yep.  While Bran is supposed to learning about how to defeat the white walkers, the three-eyed raven lets him see his father, uncle, and  Hodor as children as well as Lyanna…And if Bran can control where they go, why wouldn’t he watch as much as he could?

R + L = J …..but which R?

<Sigh> Jon…Lyanna makes you a Stark. As for your father, who knows?  But I hope we find out this season.

And now for more Season 6 forecasts:

  1. Awkward reunion at the Wall…  Jon to Olly: Remember that time you tried to kill me?  lols.  Now go clean my chamber pot.
  2. Arya gets new eyes…but how?
  3. Sansa shows up at Castle Black slightly ahead of Ramsay’s men and convinces him to help her retake Winterfell.  Side note: Does being murdered mean that Jon’s life dedication to the night’s watch has been served?
  4. Amusing anecdotes when Brienne of Tarth meets Tormund Giantsbane (pleeeeease?)
  5. Jaime and Cersei versus the High Sparrow…and maybe Jaime’s death.
  6. And where the f*ck is Baelish?  I don’t want to say I’m missing him…but I’m missing him.
  7. Hodor’s background solved, but what will it be? Kicked in the head by a horse?  Hurt by someone named Hodor?  Something happened to him that caused Benjen to become a crow?

Just a few days left until the next episode.  Are you ready?

 

For the watch(ers)

 

Game of Thrones is just a few days away.  And what better way to celebrate the upcoming new episodes then to review important life lessons it has imparted to its viewers…

#1.  Don’t go to your ex’s wedding…

They’ll either throw daggers at you (hopefully only with their eyes)

or rant that you ruined your ex’s life.

#2.  Don’t trust religious fanatics.  Even when they’re on your side, the still want to burn your daughter or shame <shame!> you.

#3.  Don’t trust people who have taken a vow of celibacy either.  All that pent up frustration will be your undoing.

#4. Listen to your mother…


or you’ll inadvertently cause a string of events that will kill 85% of your family. (Thanks, George R.R. Martin for the ultimate mom guilt trip.)

#5. And finally, things aren’t always what they seem. 

I mean, you thought you were watching a drama about a power struggle, somewhat based off of the War of Roses…


And then suddenly, you realize that you’re essentially watching a Renaissance  zombie show.

Only a few more days to go for the next season!  Let the count down begin!