“There is only one war that matters. The Great War. And it is here”
14 April 2019- the premiere date for the final season of Game of Thrones is probably going to be the most promising and much-awaited event of the year. The fans are tickled pink with the return of their favorite series, but are emotional as well knowing that it’s the last time they’re going to see their heroes fight in an epic battle of the Game of Thrones.
The old and the new gods are upon us, the winter is finally here, and the time has come to see all the mysteries unfolding and see who is going to be crowned as the heir to the iron throne. Or is there going to be any? Astounding battles, unimaginable fantasy, charming sarcasm, passionate sensuality, enticing suspense, eccentric theories, legendary characters, and the Game of Thrones that had the audience at the edge of their seats for so many years. Is there anything that the HBO classic has not provided us? The answer surprisingly is yes. Season 7 finished on a high, but left so many questions to be answered. George R.R. Martin is one hell of a man and him along with the makers have kept so many secrets throughout the entire series. Here we are trying to elicit some of such shrewd questions that the audience is seeking answers for in the finale season.
How will Jon Snow and Daenerys react to the Aunt-Nephew relation?
Last time we saw Jon and Daenerys, they were on one of Dany’s ship indulged in passionate love-making, completely unaware of the fact of their true relation. Jon Snow-Ned Stark’s bastard or well let’s say Aegon Targaryen is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen- the elder brother of Daenerys, which makes her Jon’s aunt.
Bran with his visions and Sam with his peculiar willingness to sneak into things have finally found out the scattered pieces of R+L=J mystery, which makes it interesting to see how would Jon react after knowing that he’s the actual heir to the iron throne, and how will it affect his relationship with Daenerys, who also will have a huge role to play in how the things will pan out.
Is Viserion now the Ice Dragon?
In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, ice dragons are described as breathing cold rather than fire. In the penultimate episode of Season 7, Viserion was dragged out of the icy water through colossal chains and reincarnated by the Night King as the undead. The Night King then crosses the wall with the help of Viserion’s vision, but the question is how did Viserion nullify the magic protecting the wall? It appeared that Viserion broke the walls down with blue flames, leaving the fans with a lot of speculative theories and unanswered questions.
However, the finale’s director, Jeremy Podeswa tried to clear some air and ease a few doubts in an interview- “It’s funny because people really accepted the green fire [of wildfire], which burned down the Sept [of Baelor] and the sea battle in the earlier season. I think that fire can have many different manifestations. I think that the ice dragon fire is clearly still fire because it does melt the Wall and tear it down, but it had a particular quality because it’s coming from an undead dragon. So what the chemical nature of that is and the chemical nature of fire would actually be different coming from a non-sentient being…But obviously, an ice dragon is going to have an icy kind of fire but it is still fire.”
The answer still leaves gaping holes that are to be filled.
Is Cersei really pregnant? If so, will she be able to give birth?
If we go back to Season 5 and recall a flashback sequence, Cersei had her future expressed by the witch Maggy the Frog, who said- “You will never wed the Prince, you will wed the King…You’ll be Queen, for a time. Then comes another — younger, more beautiful — to cast you down and take all you hold dear…The King will have 20 children, and you will have three…Gold will be their crowns, gold their shrouds.”
Also, In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Maggy’s prediction includes a final line that the show left out: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar [High Valyrian for “little brother”] shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Most of the fans believe the little brother to be Tyrion, who has all sorts of reasons to want Cersei dead. However, the growing tension seen in the seventh season between Jamie and Cersei after Cersei’s fake pact with Daenerys sees Jamie angry and distorted. The little brother may well be Jamie, who knows?
Most of these predictions have already come true. Cersei was promised to Prince Rhaegar Targaryen as a young girl, but ended up marrying King Robert Baratheon following Robert’s Rebellion. However, Cersei’s all three children are dead. Does that mean that she won’t be able to give birth to her fourth child and be killed? Or will she somehow survive through a miscarriage?
It remains to be seen whether Maggy’s prophecy comes true and Cersei becomes her own reason for the downfall.
Which direction will Jamie turn to?
Jamie is furious after seeing Cersei’s behavior; he just cannot believe that Cersei is keeping herself above the kingdom and their people. He walks out of the King’s Landing on his own. While we’re sure of the fact that he’s someone who’s capable of taking care of himself and survive brutality, there are still doubts about which way he’ll turn to. Will he go and reunite with Brienne of Tarth, or will he follow his honor and fight against the army of the dead? Will he go and see Tyrion or is he out to kill Euron Greyjoy? A lot of theories, isn’t it?
Are Beric and Tormund dead?
During the astonishing breaking of the wall by Viserion- The Undead Dragon, Beric and Tormund were seen running for their lives. However, they completely disappear amidst the scene and the following events don’t tell much of their whereabouts. Have they been able to survive the crashing of the wall by the blue fire?
Kristofer Hivju — who plays Tormund — told The Hollywood Reporter that even he isn’t sure about his character’s fate. “If this is my way out…well, it’s the huge cliffhanger of the season,” he replied when asked if that would be a satisfying way for Tormund to meet his end. “So, in that way, that people might have to wait two years to know whether he’s dead or alive? If I was [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss], and I wanted to kill Tormund and Beric off, I wouldn’t end the season with the death. I would end it with the cliffhanger.”
What role will Melisandre play in the final season?
In her last appearance on the show, she told Varys that she was planning to head to Volantis, one of the Free Cities of Essos. She also made a vow to Varys and said- “I will return, dear spider. One last time. I have to die in this strange country, just like you.”
Volantis is the location of a prominent Red Temple; Melisandre may have plans to rally an army of Red Priests and Priestesses to fight against the White Walkers. However, she has always been mysterious and it’d be pretty nerve-wrecking to find out how and actually what she brings with herself in unforeseen circumstances.
Why is Tyrion worried with Jon and Daenerys’s proximity?
Tyrion is seen a bit worried and broken following the intense love-making of Jon and Daenerys on Dany’s ship. The fans have claimed that Tyrion may have felt a sense of insecurity about his own importance in the eyes of Daenerys, that he might have visualized Jon replacing him as Daenerys’s closest counselling partner.
However, people also suggest that Tyrion is probably just worried about the fact that sometimes closeness and love overpowers logical thinking and sensible decision making, and he hopes that there would be no such consequences of Jon’s relation with Daenerys.
The finale’s director, Jeremy Podeswa in an interview throws some light upon Jon and Daenerys’s intimacy- "Nobody really knows how that's going to play out or what kind of decisions they'll make based on the fact that they're now connected to each other in a much more intimate way.”
Will Jon ride a dragon?
Fans have a theory that suggests Jon will be seen riding a dragon in the final season. Jon confronted and touched the dragon for the first time in the seventh season.
In the books, Dany’s prophecy in the House of the Undying is clear: “The dragon has three heads.” Daenerys herself is one of the dragon riders. With Viserion surrendering to the army of the dead, the Night King is number two. Rhaegal, however, still lacks a rider. Considering the fact that Daenerys named Rhaegal after her elder brother Rhaegar Targaryen, it would be safe to assume that at some point Jon will be seen as the dragon rider, being the son of Rhaegar.
Even though there are some speculations that suggest that it might well be Tyrion. Tyrion once freed and fed the dragons under the pyramid in Meereen. Therefore, he has potentially proved that he too can communicate and be the partner in crime to a dragon.
What makes Bran’s power work?
Bran seemed to have creeped the hell out of everyone in the last season. He knows everything about everything, or he may well figure it out with his visionary calculations and time traveling ability. Yet he still needed Sam’s help to figure out that Rhaegar Targaryen had wed Lyanna Stark after annuling his marriage to Elia Martell, making Jon a trueborn Targaryen.
Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran, in an interview with Vulture, explains about his character- “The way I understand, it works like Bran has access. It’s like he’s got a Kindle library of every book of everything that’s ever happened in the world. He can access any of it in a heartbeat, but he hasn’t yet sat there and read it all. The old Three-Eyed Raven had a thousand years to sit in that cave to read every single page of everything that’s happened in the universe, and therefore be completely all knowing. Bran isn’t completely omniscient. He can look up anything he wants, but he hasn’t got it all by heart yet.”
There have been ever so growing theories about Bran being the Night King, with various justifications and facts by provided by fans. However, it remains the wildest theory of Game of Thrones and the final season should clear all the doubts about Bran and the actual truth behind his character.
How will Sansa and the Northern Lords react to Jon’s allegiance to Daenerys?
There is no rocket science in knowing that Sansa herself has had her desires for power.
“This is the way he is, the way he’s always been. He never asked for my opinion. Why would he start now?” she told Littlefinger after receiving Jon’s letter containing the news. “This is his writing, his signature. He pledged to fight for Daenerys Targaryen. He’s bent the knee.”
Another thing that goes against Jon and Daenerys’s hopes to have helping hands of the Northern people is when they find out Jon’s true identity as a Targaryen. Targaryens clearly aren’t admired much in that region of the seven kingdoms, so what exactly will the situation turn into? Will Sansa and the Northerners still support Jon? Assuming that Sansa won’t bow to another queen without putting up a fight, things can really get tricky in the Winterfell.
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