*Warning: I am going to spoil the living shit out of season five of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading now!*
I am sitting here with the fifth season of this amazing series, I am thinking about what’s to come. It’ll be another month before we get to see what happens next. Still, I have been pondering what is coming for some time. It’s hard to see where the series is going to go. The show-runners are swearing that they are going to make sure this series goes to eight seasons. I think that’s good. Part of the problem of season five has been the fact that too much plot was crammed into too few episodes. They need to space it out more. It’s clear that they are setting up the final players of this grand game, now that it’s pretty clear that the Long Night is making a comeback. For those who are hoping that I will comment on the thing that is on everybody’s mind, let me head that expectation off. Someone on the Internet already spoiled it for me. I do believe that Jon Snow is dead. But it’s been made clear that he is coming back to life. Somebody on the Internet decided to go through the newest trailer with a fine-toothed comb and showed him in a scene riding a horse. So whatever happens next, he isn’t out of the series. Moving on, here are my top 10 predictions about what I think will happen this season.
10. The truth about Jon Snow’s lineage will be revealed
I think this will happen right at the very beginning of the season. There’s a reason. As I said, I have already had the fate of Snow revealed spoiled by the Internet. Gotta love insane fandom culture. But, with that said, there has been a scene in the trailer showing some unknown soldiers fighting it out with soldiers with Targeryan crests on their armor. I would bet a pretty penny that that is the flashback scene that they have said is coming. At this point, the truth about Jon Snow’s lineage has been all but figured out by the Internet. It’s been hinted a ton of times in the series. Now I think we’ll get a definitive picture. That’s another hint, by the way. The fact is that when you have this mystery about Snow’s parentage being so up in the air for so long means that it’s important. Now we will get to find out what it is. That’s a great thing. I bet it will be epic, too. Seeing what happened in the Tower of Joy.
9. Jon Snow becomes leader of the wildlings
A scene in the trailer showed the wildlings fighting in a battle. Now that there are thousands of them below the Wall, it’s clear that they are going to have to deal with the free folk now that they are settling down. When Jon went to meet with the remaining wildlings, they called him “King Crow.” If that isn’t foreshadowing, I don’t know what is. These people respect him. He came and gave them peace when they thought that it was all over. He even fought beside them, to save them. However he comes back (I do think he is dead. But he will be coming back), it’s clear that he is going to leave the Night’s Watch. Way I see it, he will be going back to them. He found kinship among their people, and now has earned their respect. One way or another, he will become a leader among them. Maybe not the head honcho of the bunch, but still a respected leader behind Tormund
8. Tyrion befriends a dragon
One of the big things about the dragons in Mereen is the fact that they are there and not much is going on with them. They can’t just leave the series. Drogon will be dealing with what’s happening to the mother of the bunch and the dothraki. I have a feeling that that dragon will bond with Jorah. But I think that Tyrion is going to have some bonding time with the dragons there. He has been going from strength to strength as the series has gone on. The previous season had him staring at a dragon in awe and wonder. That also is foreshadowing if I have ever seen it. I get the feeling that he will be paying the dragons down in the dungeons a visit, and will make nice with them. I suppose this is just wishful thinking, but it would still be awesome all the same.
7. Theon/Reek gets his honor back
One of the things that has been such a weird turnaround for this character has been his growth from a friend, to a cowardly traitor, to a broken slave. Now, he has been given a chance to redeem himself when he saved Sansa. I think that we’re going to start to like this character more when he is regaining is trying to protect her. I think that we’re going to see him become more than he has been, and finally regain some of his honor.
6. The Hound returns
As I said, a character isn’t dead until you see their dead body. When we last saw the Hound, he was being left for dead by Arya. It was pretty understood that his chances for survival were something between nil and nada. But we didn’t see him die, so he isn’t. Given that his brother has been turned into a zombie, it only seems fitting that he is going to be the one who finally puts an end to that monster. I get the feeling that in the months since we last saw him, he’s got himself some religion. The fight between the two will be interesting. You know, because the brother’s a zombie.
5. Sansa takes the throne at Winterfell, and gives Jon Snow his name
Last we saw of the forces loyal to the north, Sansa’s brother was declared the King in the North. The people who followed him would hold to that. Sansa will be looking to go to where the people are loyal to her. She already knows that there are loyal forces in hiding. If she finds them (and I’m convinced she does), they will see her as the next in the line of succession. A king can give a person a bastard their name. I think that Jon Snow is going to get the name he has always wanted from her. Or, at the very least, the two will be reunited. About time she had herself some good luck, eh?
4. Arya stays blind
One of the biggest upsets in the last season at the end was Arya losing her sight. She had this amazing revenge moment. It was something out of a slasher movie. But her need for vengeance came at a cost. Now she is going to have to learn to survive without her eyes. I think that this is going to be a good thing. She has become too consumed by her need for revenge. Now she is going to be able to focus on other things. Like becoming one of the Faceless Men. I look forward to seeing how her story pans out. She’s having a bad day, but it might be better for her in the long run.
3. Daenerys gets a valyrian blade
One of the things that has made each of the great Targeryan leaders what they are is the wielding over valyrian blades while they rode their dragons into battle. Daenerys has been my least-favorite character throughout the series. Her vanity bugs me. She’s so damn smug. Whenever her ability to lead is challenged by very rational problems, she falls back on the whole “mother of dragons” bullshit. It’s frustrating. I don’t get why she’s so popular. She’s like a millennial. All smug without having earned it. It’s time for her to learn some humility. I daresay, she’s in a situation where she might. She’s going to FINALLY have to have her skills tested. I think that her test will end with her wielding a blade that is to her namesake, with drogon being the champion she rides with.
2. War consumes King’s Landing
I think we all knew that this was coming. The Faith Militant has been reinstated, and they are gaining ground. We have already seen soldiers from Highgarden squaring off against them. Lady Olena means business. I kind of love her character. She’s the most badass character in the whole series, and she’s old as fuck. Her grandchildren mean everything to her, and she will do anything to protect them. Meanwhile, Cersei is on the war-path with her enemies. With another of her children dead (Maggy the Frog was a prophet!), she is going to be even more filled with unpleasant emotions. Margery is in the Black Cells, and things are heating up worse and worse. By the time this season is done, things are going to get ugly as it gets in King’s Landing. Way I figure it, the place is going to be burning by the time this season is over.
And the biggest thing I think will happen this season is…
1. The Wall is coming down
We all know that it’s going to happen. The only question is when. What a perfect way to close out the season. Everything is looking a little grim. Things in the north are starting to settle when the Boltons are skinned in the same way as their banners. Everything looks to be getting to a fever pitch. Then, the army of the dead arrives at the Wall. The Night’s Watch is fucked. Especially now that Jon will be gone. The Night’s King will do some kind of crazy magic shit, and the entire Wall is going to be coming down. It would make for a spectacular way to close out the season, It would set the stage for the War for the Dawn. Way I figure it, it will either be this season or the next one, but a season is going to end with the Wall coming down.
So, what do you think is going to happen in the season to come? Let me know down in the comments.
Until next time, a quote,
“You’re in the great game now. And the great game is terrifying.” -Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones