The ending of this season was amazing! No joke, I loved it. So much character payoff, the series went back to a lot of its roots with the political intrigue, and ended on a note so crazy that I had literal chills. Not to mention, am I the only person who caught this – the dragon that goes evil is the one named after Dany’s piece of shit brother. It’s too perfect. I genuinely am amazed no one else caught that. I swear, the moment the writers were thinking about this season, they knew which dragon to have turn to the Night King’s side. Can’t wait to see how they finally bring down that monster. Turns out that most of my predictions for this season were right. I’m digging that! I have a gift for predicting this series. With that in mind, let’s get down to my predictions for the final season of the most epic and ambitious series ever created.
10. Jaime and Bronn take the Lannister army north
Probably my second-favorite scene in the episode is where Jaime chose to finally abandon Cersei. He’s broken free of his need for her, and now we’ll get to see him get to reclaim his honor. It truly is a pity that he is almost-guaranteed to die in this series. I’m assuming it will be when they head back south to deal with Cersei. Them dying together is fitting. However, I think that the season will begin with him meeting up with the Lannister forces and persuading them to head north to join the fight against the dead. Bronn has grown more than a little in this series, and I think he’s going to join him, because while he isn’t itching to die, he’s not going to just wait for the end. I cannot wait to see what happens to Jaime. Once the series is over, I’m going to do my top 15 characters list, and he’s going to be on there.
9. The Hound kills the Undead Mountain
Who else could it be? They couldn’t have possibly made it more clear how their story is going to play out. The Hound knows that his last battle will be to destroy the brother that he has always hated. I get the feeling we will see some truly fantastic character development as he confronts all the anger and pain he’s kept inside over the years in one last showdown. It will probably kill both of them, but it’ll be worth it. There’s a TON of character payoff coming with the fight between these two.
8. Arya takes Littlefinger’s face
I refuse to believe that her list of names is gone, just because she’s back home. Arya is still a killer. And why let a face with as much influence as Littlefinger go to waste? Personally, I think she’s going to put it to good use. Or, if nothing else, to have his face in her own little collection of faces. This girl is going to be getting into some crazy shit this season, and I think we’ll have a truly dark character moment when Sansa sees her taking a face and has to confront that Arya truly has become a Faceless Man.
7. Tyrion and Sansa remarry
It’s a perfect political union. Sansa knows how to play the game now. What’s more, she knows that Tyrion is the best of the Lannisters. Since it’s a guarantee that the Lannister house is going to continue through him as Warden of the Westerlands, having a union between the Starks and the Lannisters through their marriage and child is a perfect course of action. I also get the feeling that she was genuinely coming to like him before everything with her brother dying forced them apart.
6. Melisandre brings an army of fire priests
The magic of the Lord of Light is something that we haven’t gotten to see a huge amount of. Magic in this series is rooted in darkness, blood, ice, and fire. When you have an army of the dead, who have a huge Achilles heel to fire, what better than to have some of those who worship your god come in and bring fire with them? She said she would have to die in Westeros. Given how the faith of the Lord of Light is taking root all over Essos, her bringing a ton of priests and priestesses who can wield the flame with her is fitting. I also get the feeling that it will be Jon who kills her. He said that if she ever came back to the North, he’d hang her for murder. Ser Davos said that he’d kill her before he got the chance. I get the feeling that one of them will make good on that.
5. Jon becomes a dragon rider
I suppose this should be obvious. I mean, did anyone notice that one of the dragons is named after his father? Come on! I guess this is a given, considering that the Night King now has Viscerion under his control, and so we will get an epic battle a lot like the Dance of Dragons between the two. Part of me is desperately hoping the episodes of the final season are full-length. As in, well over an hour. I want to see what it’s like for Jon to learn how to ride a dragon. The real bummer for me is that I get the feeling we’ll never see Ghost on screen again. That just kills me. I miss that direwolf. But the budget only goes so far, unfortunately.
4. Arya kills the Night King
Why else would they have given her a Valyrian steel dagger if she wasn’t going to do something really badass with it? Everyone is thinking the final battle will be between Jon and the Night King. That would be cool, but I get the feeling that Arya will be the one to land the killing blow that ends The Long Night, Part II. I’m sure their last battle will be insane. I wanted to say that I still think she’ll be the one to do Cersei in, but I think they’ll keep her in the North (which is BORING!) and have her deal the killing blow to end the War for the Dawn.
3. Euron turns on Cersei
This also feels like a given. Everyone has said that they think Theon will be the one to kill him, and I don’t think that’s entirely true. I think it will be him and Yara. I think he’s going to go back to Pike and rescue her, finding the whole place empty, except her, in whatever twisted torture chamber Euron has for her. As I said, it feels like a given. When Euron said he wanted to join forces with Daenerys, it was all to marry her and usurp the throne after doing so to become king. Way I see it, he will have The Golden Company at his command, so he’ll use that power to turn on her and take the power for himself. Maybe it will allude to Robert’s Rebellion, where Cersei opens the gates to let him in, and they start sacking the city. Would be some poetic irony in that.
2. Jon hides the fact that he’s a Targaryan and takes the name Stark
This was also alluded to, when he told Theon that he doesn’t have to choose between the name Greyjoy and Stark. He can be both. Jon is loyal. He’s loyal to his family. In either the first or second episode of the last season, he’s going to be hit with the fact that he’s the last son of Rheagar, and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. I think he’ll work with Daenerys to cover up the truth about his name, and choose to leave her as the only Targaryan, in exchange for getting his name and joining their houses by marriage. It would end a potential war before it starts and secure a large portion of the land. I think it will be Tyrion who poses this idea to them. Here’s hoping he can finally convince Jon to lie.
And my biggest prediction for the final season is…
1. The war with the Night King isn’t the final war
Since we know that Cersei is going to take over the country while Daenerys is up north, it’s pretty clear that the series will end with the combined armies that she has left marching south to retake the Iron Throne and end the war, bringing peace to the Seven Kingdoms. Personally, I’d like to see the very end of the series be set after the winter is over and have some kind of epilogue to show how the story ends for all the great houses. How the Seven Kingdoms finally finds peace. But yeah, the War for the Dawn is the biggest fight and will be the most epic, but the true end of the series is going to be much further south.
What do you all think is going to happen? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time, a quote,
“That which is dead, shall never die.” – Theon’s Balls