Thursday, 2 July 2015

mourning the end of Season Five - Game of Thrones*: What happens next?

*Eoian, don't read this. Contains spoilers for end of series 5 plus for all the books published so far.

I mentioned the other day that I love Game of Thrones. I started reading the Song of Ice and Fire books in 2002 because I love reading fantasy novels, but like to wait until the trilogy is complete before I start reading. I just can't bear the waiting.


So that was a mistake, but I am so glad I read it. I remember everything about where I was when Ned Stark got his head chopped off. I had to read it again to check that I hadn't misread. After that I was willing to wait as long as it took to see where this complex and twisting tale would go.


I love the Game of Thrones TV series as well, and am fine with them doing things differently from the books. But now it's got to such an exciting bit - the series has caught up with/gone past the books, and some of the changes are getting interesting.


After finishing watching the last episode my mind was racing as to what is likely to happen to the characters next. I thought I'd share my thoughts. Let me know what you think.



Daenerys

We left Dany in an unfortunate situation of having an entire (very large) khalasar sneak up on her. What will she do?


Well, Dany is obviously going to awesome her way out of this situation (the dragon might help), after a little kidnapping, and kill those that opposed her, taking over the khalasar to take her rightful place as Khaleesi.


She is going to accept that you've got to keep a khalasar moving, and so take them, and the Unsullied over to Westeros, just as soon as Tyrion has learned to ride a dragon... I'm not sure how she's going to get Jon Snow on the other dragon, but suspect it will come after she's taken King's Landing.



Myrcella and Trystane

The sand snakes have killed Myrcella in order to stir up tension between Dorne and King's Landing. They have ordered a large serving, and Jaime is going to bring bloody vengeance to them.


Trystane meanwhile is free to explore other romantic options, and I suspect Prince Doran will send him to Mereen to find a certain Targaryen queen, with Areo Hotah at his side. There I fear he will try to ride a dragon and get burnt to a crisp.



Cersei

With Uncle Kevan back at Kings Landing I suspect that Cersei will be sent back to Casterley Rock in disgrace. However, she will escape having to go by having Uncle Kevan killed, no doubt in collaboration with Qyburn and Robert Strong.


She and Qyburn shall then attempt to control Tommen, guarded unceasingly by Robert Strong to keep him away from Margaery, and ostensibly to keep him safe, while Cersei goes mad with grief for the loss of Myrcella, and becomes more and more protective of Tommen. Her rivalry with Margaery will ramp up, but Lady Olleana has been pushed too far and may prove Cersei's undoing.



Stannis and Melisandre

Stannis Baratheon is dead, and the legitimate line of Baratheons is ended. Brienne has sentenced him to death and carried out the sentence herself, which is fitting for someone at Winterfell.


Melisandre knew the battle as a lost cause and got out of there before it happened, swiftly travelling to the wall, allegedly to tell them of the defeat, but really to seek out her new best bet: Jon Snow.


Sansa and Theon

In jumping from the walls of Winterfell with Theon has Sansa jumped out of the role of Jeyne Poole? In the books, Jeyne gets a frostbitten nose, causing nasty scarring, and is travelling up to see Jon Snow at the wall. In the show though, Brienne and Podrick are about, looking out of Sansa, and the makeup required for a frostbitten nose makes it seem unlikely. So, what will happen? 


I think Theon will break a leg landing in the snow, and providing Sansa with a soft landing. The pair will meet Brienne, who will help put a plan into place to kill the Boltons and put the Stark back in Winterfell. Brienne has been talking with local people and thinks that White Harbour is the place to go, but Sansa wishes to see her brother at the wall, and Theon is to join the Night's Watch in penance for his crimes.



Arya

Over in Braavos, Arya Stark is blind, but it's not permanent, and it will help in her training to be a faceless woman. She will gradually lose her list, learning to trust in Death, as all men must die.


Balon Greyjoy is still alive in the TV series, so I suspect that Arya may be dispatched as her first mission, to push him from a bridge. Perhaps while she's in the iron islands she could catch up with some other characters. What's Asha/Yara up to? When Balon dies there will be a power vacuum which could be of interest.


Ramsey

Ramsey will send a letter to Jon Snow, bragging about defeating Stannis, and asking Jon to return his sister, Ramsey's wife to him, as well as his servant, Reek. The letter will arrive before Sansa and Theon do, and will miss Jon Snow who might have told Brienne and Podrick secret ways into the castle, that they might return and kill Roose and Ramsey in their beds.


Without that information, Brienne, Sansa, and Podrick will go to White Harbour for support.



Jon Snow

Jon is dead. But so was Beric Dondarion, and happily Melisandre is on hand to revive him. Will he stay at the wall? Or take over the Lady Stoneheart role? It's doubtful he'll still need to keep his vows, having died; and it's unlikely he could remain as Lord Commander, but he will still see the threat from The Others. Perhaps now he'll have greater insight into them? I suspect that Melisandre will request his body and spirit him away to the Night Fort, where Bran will be able to communicate with him through the magic door. Jon will secretly meet with the remaining Wildlings who will help him in his battle against The Others.


So what do you think is going to happen next?


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