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From the Maester’s Desk – Endgame: A Time for Wolves | Watchers on the Wall

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Again in 2006 (how time flies!) writer George R.R. Martin determined to vary the title of the seventh ASOIAF novel, then named A Time for Wolves, to A Dream of Spring.

I’ve to agree with him that the new title matches better- spring does come after winter after all- so it implies that there’s some hope for our beloved characters normally, whereas the working title appeared to refer particularly to the Starks. And actually, I don’t assume it’s loopy to imagine most followers need some justice for Home Stark. Identical to the direwolf pups, the mother and father of the Stark youngsters have been killed they usually have been pressured to fend for themselves – and I gotta add: that second when the corpse of the mom direwolf was discovered is a few delicate and superbly finished foreshadowing. There have been comparable scenes in the present that aren’t in the novels, similar to the second when Tywin is skinning a stag or in the deleted scene from S3 the place he’s fishing.

The three surviving Stark youngsters (to date at the least) have grown, each in age and in the roles they’ve adopted, as Woman of Winterfell, No-one and the Three-Eyed Raven.

Now they’re again at residence, after the defeat of each Ramsay Bolton and Petyr Baelish, however sadly they will’t get too snug. The White Walkers are on their solution to Winterfell and shortly they could need to cope with Cersei Lannister too, since there’s no method she gained’t contemplate them a menace to her reign.

They’re no lone wolves anymore, however will this wolf pack survive the coming storm? Please be a part of me as soon as extra in my predictions, this time about what’s awaiting for Home Stark in the ultimate season of the present.

ARYA STARK

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All three Stark youngsters have confronted totally different risks, and whereas Arya sums up her experiences as merely “training”, we as an viewers know she hasn’t simply been strolling via countryside or going to class with a kindly and sensible previous instructor. She’s been coping with a few of the most ruthless and environment friendly killers in the world, from Sandor Clegane to the Faceless Males, to not point out outlaws, troopers and even Tywin Lannister himself, and she or he’s managed to outlive because of her sharp wit and arduous-earned expertise. And in addition plenty of luck.

She might have developed a knack for taking lives, however stays a morally good individual (as contradictory as which will sound), since she doesn’t hurt harmless individuals, solely those that are evil and/or abusive.

Although she doesn’t have expertise with the undead, I feel she’ll have the ability to deal with them. Given the probability, she might even kill a White Walker, why not. And wouldn’t that be satisfying? To see her destroying the final foe with relative ease. All her coaching (with Syrio, the Hound and the Faceless Males) paying off huge time.

The second in Season 7 when she practices with Brienne (Episode four: “The Spoils of War”) was certainly one of the highlights for me, however it’s additionally used to argue Arya is now too overpowered, or a Mary Sue, even. I disagree with that sentiment, as a result of even when the plot armor has been apparent typically (like when she will get stabbed in the abdomen by the Waif), she’s gotten her ass kicked sufficient occasions and her cool murderer talents didn’t come out of nowhere.

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The place she is now’s pure story development, since the second Ned determined to rent Syrio to coach her. Is she supposed to maintain getting dragged via the mud as a result of “it’s not realistic” to have her mastering the Water Dance by now? This maester says hell no. Season eight is her time to shine, sufficient of getting slapped or humbled by stern academics.

With out additional ado, these are my predictions for the the rest of Arya’s storyline:

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The Kill Listing: Solely two individuals stay in Arya’s kill listing. Cersei Lannister and Gregor Clegane. The remaining at the moment are lifeless or have been spared, the exception being Ilyn Payne, who disappeared from the present due to the actor’s battle with most cancers (a struggle Wilko Johnson thankfully gained, and although he couldn’t return to his GoT position for no matter purpose, he’s doing what he loves and that’s what issues).

I predicted in a previous article that Arya might use Littlefinger’s face (and even Jaime’s, if he dies in fight or some other method and Cersei doesn’t know- Qyburn’s an alternative choice) to idiot Cersei and get shut sufficient to go valonqar on her. After Rickon’s dying, Arya is now the youngest Stark member and has each the means and the motivation to take revenge.

However what can be actually shocking is the prospect of Arya becoming a member of the Cleganebowl (get hype!). In fact, the entire level of that occasion is having the two Clegane brothers preventing one another, so a 3rd participant has actually no place there. This leaves us with three prospects:

  • Arya both isn’t capable of be a part of the struggle, or is content material with leaving Sandor crossing Gregor’s identify off her record. She additionally wasn’t accountable for Joffrey’s demise, or Tywin’s. So long as the result’s the desired individual’s dying, the means to succeed in that finish don’t actually matter.
  • Let’s up the ante much more. If the present goes to ship on such a crowd-pleasing second (that at this level has even become a meme), why not let the Arya-Sandor duo take on the Mountain at the similar time? It wouldn’t essentially be an unfair battle, since Gregor is freakishly robust and large. Like Bronn says: one misstep they usually’re lifeless.

Sandor could possibly battle his brother on his personal, however getting some assist wouldn’t harm.

  • We’re all rooting for Sandor to win the match, however there’s an opportunity Gregor might pull a second shock victory, prefer it occurred when he fought Oberyn Martell. After which Arya must intervene to both defend an injured Hound, or to take it upon herself to kill Gregor if Sandor dies preventing.

Whereas it will be unhappy, contemplating the Hound has principally modified his methods ever since leaving Joffrey’s service, and might be now thought-about one in every of the “good guys”, his standing as a fan favourite makes him considered one of the apparent choices for the inevitable character deaths to return.

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The wolf pack survives: The Stark storyline in Season 7 ended by making the level that the siblings have solved their variations and are an efficient staff when working collectively. Bran and Sansa are not any warriors, however Arya could be very a lot a fighter and I feel she’ll play an element in the struggle towards the Military of the Lifeless.

Her distinctive preventing type will come as a shock for the Walkers. They’re used to struggle wildlings and brothers of the Night time’s Watch, however when the Night time King assaults Winterfell they’re going to face a mixture of totally different sorts of warriors: dothrakis, unsullied and a water dancer. Not that it’ll matter a lot to the wights, since their power is in numbers: no difficult methods, simply piling on somebody after which stabbing or tearing aside. And but, I feel Arya’s agility and smaller measurement than most troopers will show invaluable.

Additionally, maybe she’ll obtain some assist from Nymeria. The looks of the direwolf throughout the second episode of Season 7 (“Stormborn”) proved that Nymeria is untamed and enjoys her freedom. She has a pack of her personal now, and doesn’t want to return to Winterfell and be a pet as soon as once more. That door might be very nicely closed for good, however I’ve a sense she (and her pack) might make an look similarly to the cavalry arriving when all appears misplaced. Dozens of wolves tearing some wights (or Golden Firm mercenaries) aside.

Nym displaying as much as save the day might be thrilling, and in addition present a chance for drama if she, like Summer time, dies to save lots of her former grasp.

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Assembly with Melisandre: In a previous article about Melisandre and Varys I stated that I don’t actually assume that these characters assembly once more will quantity to a lot. And I nonetheless really feel that method, to be trustworthy.

Melisandre nonetheless has an necessary position to play in the story, in any other case I feel she would’ve been already killed for the half she performed in Shireen’s homicide. However the writers spared her life and the Season 2 veteran will return one final time subsequent yr. How Arya will slot in what’s left of the Pink Priestess story continues to be a thriller, nevertheless. There was zero construct-as much as it, and Arya has no cause to kill her anymore.

However the reality stays: Melisandre predicted they might see one another once more in the future. Perhaps she’ll reveal one thing to Arya. It might be enjoyable if, very similar to the voice Varys heard in the hearth when the sorcerer burned his elements, Melisandre tells her one thing the viewers can’t hear. We might simply see the expression in Arya’s face. Excellent news? Dangerous ones?

It could possibly be a second that may permit us to maintain speculating lengthy after the present is over, with out being too essential for us to get labored up about it.

On the different hand, if there’s certainly a plan for this specific character reunion, then I’m absolutely anticipating to be stunned. Even when plans modified alongside the means and there’s no solution to make it an enormous deal now, I do hope they don’t overlook about it (or anticipate us to overlook) and handle that hanging thread. However to be truthful, it wouldn’t be the first time the present abandons a factor that simply turned irrelevant with the passing of time, like the warlocks’ want to assassinate Dany (they tried it as soon as after which…gave up).

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Turning into a lone wolf: Very similar to her direwolf, Arya is a free spirit. As soon as the conflict is over and all her enemies are lifeless, I don’t image her staying at residence, knitting scarfs or studying books in her free time. I really feel like that may be insufferable for her.

She’ll almost certainly journey to different lands, assembly new individuals and even placing her face-altering talents to good use by punishing evildoers like some sort of medieval vigilante. Previous seasons have confirmed us that she doesn’t tolerate injustice and individuals who prey on the weak.

One other risk I like would have her returning to Braavos and comply with Syrio’s footsteps, turning into First Sword or an teacher, passing her water dancing information to younger trainees, very similar to she as soon as was. That means, she could possibly be an instance and inspiration for women and girls hindered by social expectations.

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Settling down: That is the “fanservice” end result, and doubtless a fairly unlikely one. If Gendry survives and will get legitimized as a Baratheon, wouldn’t it be attainable for him to start out a romantic relationship with Arya? Story-sensible, it will be a solution to revive the previous Stark-Baratheon alliance, with a wedding that doesn’t lead right into a struggle prefer it occurred with Robert’s Insurrection.

And if each characters are in love and really feel comfortable about it, I’d be like “Why not?”. It might not occur, nevertheless, as a result of even when Joe Dempsie stated that Gentry would love to satisfy Arya once more, he looks like their relationship has virtually a sibling factor to it, and we even have the age distinction to think about. Nothing’s confirmed for the time being, so I assume time will inform.

BRAN STARK

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Though “Bran Stark” technically is not any extra, since he’s now the Three-Eyed Raven, the identify of the character hasn’t actually modified (in contrast to Jon’s, and man, is it going to be troublesome to get used to him as “Aegon”) nor was his bodily look altered, so we will safely embrace him together with his surviving two sisters.

Bran used to dream of turning into a knight, till the day Jaime Lannister crippled him. Mockingly sufficient, that gave him extra energy than he might’ve ever achieved as a warrior. He now can see and get to study the whole lot, and regardless of Cersei ridicules the notion that “knowledge is power”, it was information what obtained Littlefinger killed (I’m unsure if the screenwriters deliberate it this manner, however it’s enjoyable to understand how that smug assertion did come again to chew Petyr in the ass) and it’ll certainly be an enormous a part of what our heroes have to win the Nice Conflict. Troopers and weapons alone gained’t be sufficient to save lots of the day.

Clearly, Bran gained’t be capable of struggle. He stated so himself when giving the Valyrian metal dagger to Arya: “It’s wasted on a cripple”. And his position can’t be lowered to that of a easy sentry: after witnessing the fall of the Wall and realizing the Night time King has discovered a brand new mount for himself, he may give a heads as much as his household. Positive, that’s going to be helpful, however what else can he do to assist? All that coaching should have a big pay-off.

Listed here are a few of my (hopefully not too bonkers) concepts:

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Witness the finish of the Lengthy Night time: As the previous two seasons confirmed, Bran isn’t actually omniscient, however he’s seemingly in a position to return in time to witness any previous occasions. In the guide it’s implied that Bran can solely see via the many eyes that have been carved in Weirwoods, however the limits aren’t as clear in the adaptation: it might be awfully handy to have a coronary heart tree in the place the place Lyanna and Rhaegar received married, and downright unimaginable in the throne room, the place Aerys was slain by Jaime Lannister. So it is sensible to eliminate such narrative constraints.

That opens a can of worms I’m unsure the screenwriters will cope with, nevertheless. How far again in time might Bran journey? Sufficient to seek out himself in a primeval world earlier than the existence of human beings? Is he restricted by geography or can he see occasions that passed off in Essos or different continents? It’s fascinating meals for thought, however admittedly irrelevant for the drawback at hand.

The best way to beat the Night time King? We already know the Walkers and the Wights are weak to valyrian metal, dragonglass and hearth, so it ought to be fairly simple, like Beric stated: Kill the Night time King, he’s the one who turned all the relaxation.

Until the present pulls a quick one on us and divulges that the Night time King is impervious to such supplies, then managing to stab him ought to suffice to destroy him and his complete military. However why wasn’t this tried earlier than? How was the Night time King defeated by the First Males and the Youngsters of the Forest throughout the Struggle for the Daybreak?

Going again in time to seek out out ought to be a no-brainer for Bran. There’s just one main drawback with this principle, and that’s the HBO prequel, which allegedly will happen throughout the Age of Heroes.

In fact, understanding how the occasions will unfold shouldn’t forestall you from having fun with one thing (or else what can be the level of display variations of books, comics and different issues?) however it might undermine the prequel undertaking in a approach: what can be the level if we all know the means the primary battle will finish?

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Forestall the creation of the Night time King: “The Door” (Episode 5 of Season 6) confirmed that Bran isn’t simply capable of discover the previous, however he may also alter it (and the future, consequently). His father apparently heard his voice in the Tower of Pleasure, and he unintentionally broken Hodor’s thoughts.

Now, I understand this might really feel like a cop-out in a means. Going again in time to stop the villain from ever present? It’s a simple means out, but in addition an apparent option to make in case you can keep away from  pointless bloodshed.

The extent through which Bran can have an effect on previous occasions is undetermined: maybe he can’t do a lot, however perhaps he can do exactly sufficient to cease the creation of the Night time King and the White Walkers?

Might he warg into Leaf?

In the novels we haven’t seen (but) anybody efficiently warging right into a human being, solely animals. Warging into people is taken into account an enormous no-no for skinchangers, an abhorrent motion. Hodor is, in fact, the exception right here, although it may be argued he was a mentally challenged particular person (and but, he turned that means as a consequence of Bran warging into him when he was a child).

The wildling Varamyr Sixskins did try and warg right into a wildling lady (Thistle) towards her will, which he wasn’t capable of do as a result of he was weak and she or he put up a battle. Thistle, nevertheless, was pushed mad and tore her eyes out and bit her tongue off throughout the wrestle.

Placing apart the risk that Leaf could possibly be pushed mad in an analogous means as Thistle (to not point out how awkward it might be if the warging is profitable and Leaf acts like “You know what? I changed my mind about this”), there’s an essential issue to think about: the butterfly impact.

If the Night time King and the White Walkers disappeared from historical past, how would that impression every little thing else? They have been meant to guard the Youngsters from the First Males, till they escaped management and became a menace for all dwelling issues. With out them, would the Youngsters turn out to be extinct approach earlier than the current time occasions of the storyline?

There are such a lot of variables, you’ll be able to see why messing with previous occasions is a sophisticated matter. Like a Jenga tower, if you’ll. You’ll be able to’t take away a bit with out compromising the complete construction. Contemplating it’s unlikely the screenwriters are prepared to go down that sort of rabbit gap, I don’t assume this principle will fly, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an fascinating risk (in any other case, why set up that Bran can mess with the previous? Aside from affecting poor Hodor’s thoughts).

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Warg right into a dragon or the undead Viserion: The concept Bran will warg right into a dragon has been round ever since the Three-Eyed Raven (Crow in the e-book) stated that the younger greenseer gained’t be capable of stroll once more, however “he will fly”. I need to admit that whereas I’m not the largest fan of the principle, there’s a superb probability it might occur. Not precisely as a result of the Three-Eyed Raven’s phrases will show prophetic (I critically doubt it’s meant that means, however that’s simply me), however as a result of permitting Bran to take management of a dragon can be a type to showcase his powers with out him altering previous occasions.

On the different hand, it could possibly be dangerous: Bran has by no means warged right into a dragon earlier than and it positive as hell gained’t be the similar as warging right into a raven. And little question Dany would like to have Drogon following her instructions than trusting Bran will know what to do. The identical can apply to Rhaegal, if Jon/Aegon will get to experience him. A dragon can’t have two riders, so to talk.

And even when Rhaegal is “available”, wouldn’t it be higher to have Bran controlling it than permitting him to comply with Dany or his personal instincts? Bran might be a hindrance on this state of affairs and that’s a part of the cause I’m not solely bought on the concept.

Him warging into the undead Viserion might flip the battle’s tide, nevertheless. It’s not clear if Bran or wargs/skinchangers usually can warg into wights, since they’re reanimated corpses with no thoughts or will of their very own. In different phrases, trying to warg right into a wight can be like making an attempt to entry a spot that isn’t there.

If he’s capable of do it, then he’d simply have to drop the Night time King and switch towards the military of the lifeless. It’s an enormous “if”, although, even when pulling off such a plan sounds simpler than it in all probability can be in apply (how shut does he have to get?).

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Warg into Ghost: A much less spectacular choice than the dragon one, and but one which is sensible, since Bran used to warg into his personal direwolf, Summer time. Ghost is infamous for being considered one of the two surviving direwolves, and in addition for being principally absent because of price range restrictions. He didn’t even seem in the seventh season of the present, a lot to the disappointment of the followers who needed to see him.

Since the eighth season shall be the final hurrah for Thrones, it will be a disgrace if Ghost doesn’t make a powerful comeback. The albino direwolf deserves greater than a small cameo, and hopefully, he’ll stay to inform the story (I’m half resigned that the reverse will occur, however in the meantime, a person can dream).

The one drawback I see with the concept of Bran becoming a member of the battle as Ghost, is that Summer time didn’t final too lengthy towards a wave of wights. Poor factor was torn aside virtually immediately, partly as a result of the wights can’t really feel ache or worry and direwolves are huge targets which are straightforward to stab.

Gray Wind used to terrorize enemy troopers and Ghost did assist towards the wildlings, however wights could also be a bridge too far for the loyal Stark pets.

If Ghost survives the battle that’s positive to happen at Winterfell, and is current for the endgame at King’s Touchdown, then Bran might warg into him to maul some Lannister troopers or Golden Firm mercenaries. I’ll grant it’s not too massive of an element, though it’d be a method for each Bran and Ghost to assist and never sit the battle out.

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Warg into Gregor Clegane (!): Stick with me right here, as a result of I do know that initially look this sounds a bit absurd (and in addition extremely unlikely). However what makes me think about it’s Gregor’s unsure standing.

I don’t assume we’ll ever discover out what Qyburn did to him, however you recognize, I’m high-quality with it remaining a thriller. Level is, he’s clearly not lifeless. Not utterly, anyway. He will not be a traditional human being anymore, however he’s not a wight nor a zombie.

So whereas warging right into a reanimated corpse like Viserion is probably not attainable, Gregor might very properly match the invoice.

If Cersei decides to invade Winterfell (as an try and have her enemies attacked in two fronts, or to weaken them / kick them whereas they’re down), Gregor could also be there, and Bran might use him to deal some critical injury to both Cersei’s military or the Night time King’s, assuming he’d have the ability to take management of the Mountain’s physique, in fact. Or if the Mountain doesn’t go to Bran, Bran might go to the Mountain when everybody heads south for the showdown.

Solely factor that would forestall this from occurring is the Cleganebowl, clearly. Can’t have Bran utilizing Gregor as a software when there’s a pending battle with Sandor.

All these predictions have been principally relating to the battles, however what occurs to Bran after the conflict?

It’s solely attainable that he’ll die (and it’d match with my prediction that the majority, if not all, magical issues will disappear from Westeros after the Nice Conflict) however I’m feeling assured about him making it to the finish.

The least shocking state of affairs would have him following the steps of the earlier Three-Eyed Raven and both going again to the North (although now there’s nobody to hold him all the means there) or staying at Winterfell and turning into one with the coronary heart tree (if it survives the armed battle). I’m not saying it’s unattainable however going again to the cave appears pointless (and boring), now that apparently all the Youngsters are lifeless.

Staying at Winterfell would make sense. It’s his residence, his household is there and Bran appears snug sufficient. Nevertheless it’s additionally somewhat unexciting.

I’d wish to assume that after the mud settles, he’ll journey to Oldtown with Sam and Gilly, as heroes. And as huge sources of data. Bran might assist to unravel mysteries, shoot myths down and replace all types of books. Heck, he might grow to be a maester himself (skipping all the rest room scrubbing) and have a peaceable existence, feeling helpful and staying in firm of associates.

He could also be the final surviving male inheritor of Ned and Cat, however aside type the reality he doesn’t appear inquisitive about ruling Winterfell, I can’t think about he’d disagree with leaving that position to Sansa.

SANSA STARK

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When studying the books, Sansa wasn’t an prompt favourite of mine. However the character has grown on me, and I now actually like her lots. I can attribute loads of that to actress Sophie Turner: her position is just not a simple one by any means, however she’s carried out a superb job.

It may be straightforward to dismiss her as naive, or responsible her for a few of the misfortunes that Home Stark suffered, notably after she advised Cersei about his father’s plans to return to Winterfell. Saying that the grave penalties of that motion have been unintended is probably stating the apparent. It was the results of the Lannisters benefiting from Sansa’s innocence and willful ignorance of how terrible Joffrey was. And actually, Sansa can solely be accused of being human. It’s onerous to see defects in the individuals we love, or in those that we need to love. Notably once we are younger.

However even when us as readers or as an viewers are understanding, the world is never variety. And Sansa paid dearly for trusting the Lannisters.

She’s been pressured to develop up and toughen up after being utilized by totally different people as a political pawn and in addition as supply of merciless amusement. However now Joffrey Baratheon, Ramsay Bolton and Petyr Baelish are not any extra, and she or he gained’t let herself to be a prisoner of yet one more villain.

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I’ll admit it’s a bit troublesome to make predictions about Sansa’s position in what appears poised to be a battle-centric last season. The destiny of Home Stark and Westeros as an entire can be determined in the subject of battle and never by way of political maneuvering.

Sansa’s no warrior or army strategist, so whereas she’ll certainly be current throughout discussions of what to do subsequent, she gained’t participate in any of the fights. That may put her able just like Missandei or Varys in a method: they’re all clever and have political savvy, however they’d be misplaced throughout an armed battle. The identical might be stated about Bran and Tyrion, although the latter can present intel of the enemy’s actions and the former has truly some preventing expertise (although he definitely didn’t take pleasure in it) and deliberate the protection of King’s Touchdown towards Stannis.

I think about most (if not all) of them should go into hiding whereas the warfare rages. They’re too invaluable to danger them getting captured or killed, by both the Walkers or Cersei’s forces.

I’m clearly unsure how a lot time of Season eight can be dedicated to the publish-conflict state of affairs, however that’s the place I feel Sansa will actually get to shine. She gained’t die, of that a lot I can really feel sure. Recreation of Thrones prides itself in shocking us all with some sudden and surprising deaths, however killing Sansa simply as she’s lastly taking management of her personal story and after enduring a lot struggling wouldn’t be satisfying in any respect.

The conclusion of her storyline calls for one thing uplifting, the method I see it. Positive, Winterfell might fall, very similar to the snow fort she constructed throughout her time at the Eyrie, however quoting Bran’s ideas (after the sacking of Winterfell):

“The stone is strong. The roots of the trees grow deep, and under the ground the Kings of Winter sit their thrones. So long as those remained, Winterfell remained. It was not dead, just broken. Like me, I’m not dead either”.

So long as she and her siblings are alive, the fort may be rebuilt and populated once more. And with no extra threats coming from the North or King’s Touchdown, all of them would take pleasure in a brand new interval of peace.

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Regardless if Jon dies or not, Winterfell goes to belong to Sansa, as a result of even when Jon/Aegon lives, he’ll almost definitely transfer to King’s Touchdown and marry Daenerys. She might as nicely do it on her personal, I don’t assume she wants a companion. She’s a succesful chief, worthy of the respect of Winterfell’s bannermen.

Personally, I feel it’d be candy for her to seek out somebody who’s sort and actually loves her, and doesn’t simply see her as a option to have the North. Alas, I’ve no candidates in any way (and I’m not likely into any of the shippings, sorry!), it’d need to be a brand new character.

Even when it appears there aren’t many prospects or they don’t sound too thrilling, I feel that’s simply high quality. Not all characters get to be motion heroes or to have particular powers, however they’re simply as necessary. To me, it’s actually fascinating to assume in the potential change of the established order that might include the finish of the Nice Struggle: Daenerys as queen, Yara as ruler of the Iron Islands, Sansa as Woman of Winterfell. And perhaps little Lyanna Mormont may also get a much bigger place than the ruler of a small island? The way forward for Westeros could possibly be feminine.

If something, I’d simply hope the screenwriters keep away from a rivalry between Sansa and Dany. I can see the northerners being cautious of the dragon queen’s intentions, that’d be completely regular, however as soon as it’s clear she’s an ally and Jon is actually in love together with her, can all of them simply get alongside? The sister rivalry of Season 7 was sufficient for me.


This in all probability gained’t shock anybody, but when I needed to decide a favourite home, I’d almost definitely go for the Starks. Not solely can they be thought-about the principal characters of the collection, however we’ve been rising with them fairly actually. It’s an analogous feeling to the one Harry Potter followers had with the film collection. The journey began with the characters as youngsters, and can finish with them reaching maturity.

Quickly it’ll be our flip, and It’s actually thrilling (and in addition a bit unhappy!) to assume the tales of the Stark siblings (and all the different characters’) are about to succeed in the finish. After studying the first ebook (and watching the first season of the present), I didn’t think about these characters can be the place they’re now. I used to be a bit of naive, even, considering that Rickon and most direwolves would stay to inform the story (“How could they kill Rickon?” I questioned. “Or poor Shaggydog? Nah, that’s why they exited the story, to come back at the end”. Boy, was I mistaken).

In a approach, the additional yr of wait for the ultimate season has been a little bit of a blessing, because it has allowed us to maintain speculating a bit extra, to revisit the previous seasons and in addition the 5 books that began all of it, and to make us really feel sure that the workforce behind the collection is giving its swan music the time it wants to organize, so it will probably ship on its many guarantees and surpass all our expectations.

If none of my predictions hit the goal, hopefully I’ll be right in assuming no extra Starks will die subsequent yr. That’s one household custom they don’t have to hold!

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