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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Game of Thrones: Predictions for Season 6 & beyond

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f you haven’t already guessed, I’m a huge fan of both the books and the TV series. I’ve made several predictions already about the show that came true, so apparently I’m pretty good at this. I thought that Rickon would die during the Battle of the Bastards, and that happened. I thought Jaime would take Riverrun for the Freys and that Brienne would lose but escape (rather than die), and I was right. Now I have a lot of other ideas about what’s to come, so I’m going to share them now and see which of them (if any) actually come to pass.

Predictions: Varys, Jon Snow, Dorne

Varys recently left Meereen to go find ships to help Daenerys sail to Westeros. Now, it’s possible he might have met with Theon and Yara Greyjoy, and that’s why they appeared there in the most recent episode, but they made no mention of Varys and we didn’t see him, so I think we can rule that out.

You know nothing, Jon Targaryen.
No, I think that whatever Varys is doing is more complicated. He’s always been playing the long game, and has been a hundred steps ahead of everyone else. We know he’s trying to put Daenerys on the Iron Throne, that he’s maneuvered Tyrion into the role of her advisor, and now . . . it’s possible he knows about Jon Snow’s true parentage, and it’s not really hard to believe that he has plans for Jon. 

Note: The prevailing rumor is that Jon is not the son of Ned Stark and an unknown woman, but rather, the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.

However, I believe that Varys has set sail for Dorne.

Sand Snakes + Ironborn + Mother of Dragons = Unstoppable?
Confused? Let me elaborate. Varys is looking for ships. That rules out Winterfell as being his destination, and probably King’s Landing, as well. What other place has ships? Dorne. And with the Dornish having quite a hate-on for all things Lannister, it’s likely that Varys will be trying to win them over to Daenerys’ cause with the promise that they will sail for King’s Landing when Dany is ready to conquer Westeros. 

Certainly, it would be logical for the Sand Snakes to see the appeal of joining up with Dany and Yara. But as I say, Varys is playing the long game, and he is probably going to use the Dornish’s approval of the Targaryens to get them to support Jon Snow (after revealing his true parentage to them). I think that Varys ultimately desires for Jon to rule in the North, while Dany governs the South. It would seem like a nice balance for the Seven Kingdoms, and it just may be the direction in which the series is headed.

Predictions: Arya, the Freys, the Hound, Lady Stoneheart

What do all these things have to do with one another? Bear with me, I’m going to explain. On her way back to Winterfell, Arya will need to pass Riverrun, which is now occupied by House Frey. Walder Frey is one of the people on Arya’s list. I think she’s going to put her new assassin skills to use and get some brutal revenge for the Red Wedding. Given how vicious Arya’s become, I wouldn’t be surprised if she orchestrated some sort of massacre.

She's making a list, she's checking it twice . . .
But things may get even more interesting. Let’s say Arya runs into the Hound, who’s now traveling with the Brotherhood Without Banners. In the books, a resurrected Catelyn Stark leads that group as Lady Stoneheart, a merciless killer who goes after anyone even remotely related to the betrayal of the Starks. Could a reunion of sorts happen, with Arya meeting her zombified mother? 

I’m betting that if there is a scene like this, it happens at the very end of the Season Six finale, giving us a truly shocking, bloody conclusion to the season and proving once and for all that The North Remembers.

Note: Remember that Gendry originally wanted to do smithing for the Brotherhood before Melisandre whisked him away to Dragonstone? We last saw him rowing away from there thanks to Davos; I’m willing to bet he’s since rejoined the Brotherhood, and we just might see him sometime soon.

Predictions: Jaime, Cersei, King’s Landing

"Burn them all."
Over in King’s Landing, I think all hell is going to break loose. Cersei is going to use the stockpile of wildfire hidden beneath the city to attack the Faith Militant, but I’m willing bet that things are going to quickly go sideways. Cersei just might burn the entire city down, along with everyone in it. 

I also think that Tommen is going to die in the season finale, probably while trying to get away from the wildfire.

When Jaime arrives and sees King’s Landing in ruins, on Cersei’s orders, he’s going to go fucking insane. Remember that he earned the name Kingslayer because he would not let the Mad King do what Cersei intends to do now. And in accordance with the prophecy Cersei heard as a girl, Jaime will be the “younger brother” who strangles her to death. (That part of the prophecy is from the books; and so even if this doesn’t happen in the actual series, I think it’s going to take place in The Winds of Winter.) Either way, I don’t think Cersei is going to make it to Season Seven.

Things I can’t predict

- What will happen with Sansa? Will she become Wardeness of the North? Or will she perhaps rule Riverrun and reunite with the Blackfish (who I don’t believe is really dead)?
Is another Lannister-style relationship on the way?

- Will Davos kill Melisandre? What role do the Red Women and the Lord of Light have to play in what’s to come?

- Who, when, and where will Euron Greyjoy choose to attack? What kind of power will he have behind him and who will oppose him?

- I’ve heard rumors that in the upcoming books, there’s a romance between Jon Snow and Arya Stark. That sounds rather bizarre, because even if Jon isn’t Ned’s son, he’s still Lyanna’s son and thus half a Stark, so there’s something of a creep factor to this theory. Although, to be fair, Game of Thrones has never shied away from sibling romances, so one could assume they'd have no problem with a relationship between cousins. Some sources maintain that this theory is, in fact, very likely. So would Arya be the Queen in the North?

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That’s all I can think of for now. This show and the books definitely keep you guessing. I have a lot of other ideas about what’s forthcoming in this series, so I’ll probably write about it at some point. If anyone who reads this is a Game of Thrones/ASOIAF fan, definitely share this page or comment on this with some of your own theories.

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you brought up Gendry.I was thinking the same thing to last week when the Hound was talking to the Brotherhood.would like to see what larger role he could play. We shall see how many of your predictions come true.

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