I said I was going to put Game of Throne to rest for the hiatus, and now here I am again. I wouldn’t quite use the word “obsession”, but I’m close, really close….
I realized today that I didn’t get around to making any predictions for Season 8 in my last post. Now, it has been proven that my ability to actually prognosticate the direction of the show, even in the short term, is pretty much crap, but my hubris, acknowledging no restraint, will not allow me to sleep tonight until I’ve scribbled down at least a few. I can come back in a year or a year and a half (or two years, God forbid) and see how far off the mark I actually flung the predictive darts. Hopefully nobody gets punctured in the volley….
- Dany and Jon will have perhaps one episode, perhaps less, of happiness, and then Bran and Sam are going to drop their bomb, and I-cannot-tell-a-lie Aegon Targaryen will tell Dany, and the two of them will breakup in sorrow and remorse.
- Not before Jon knocks Dany up, however. It is known.
- Not sure how Dany will handle finding out that Jon has a better claim to the Iron Throne than she does, even though I am sure Jon will repudiate any interest in it. Dany’s self-identified for so long as the one legitimate heir that finding out who Jon really is may send her spinning off in dangerous directions.
- Clegane Bowl will happen. Count on it. There is no way the two of them are going to settle their hatred any other way but with a knock-down, drag-out blood-match, not after their face-off the in the Dragonpit. Anything less would be anti-climactic.
- You can also count on a showdown between Euron and Theon. Theon’s redemptive arc demands it, and if he dies saving Yara, it will be with Theon having found himself at last.
- Drogon vs. Viserion– it’s coming. There’s no way the showrunners can refuse to give us that spectacle. Just no way.
- Poor Rhaegal, though– something dire is going to happen to him in the Great War before we get to the climax, if only to even the odds for DvV.
- The writers appear to be positioning Tyrion to do something stupid/traitorous. I hope I am wrong, and I think it would be a horrifying mistake with his character, but hey, I’m just a watcher, not a writer. Otherwise the good guys would have fuel-air bombs to use on the wights.
- Wait a minute– wildfire? High altitude bombing? Hmmm….
- How Tyrion’s retrograde character development will play into the Jaime-Cersei dynamic is unclear, but that’s another face-off that will resolve itself, probably in blood.
- And talking about showdowns the story arc demands– how about the biggest of them all, Jon going mano-a-mano with the Night King? This was set up right in front of us in Episode Six, when Beric pointed his sword at the Night King and suggested that killing him would destroy all the wights. Even without that setup, how could we wrap this tale up without the lead good guy, Jon, facing off against the lead bad guy, the Night King? Three thousand years of Western literary tradition insists on this climactic confrontation, from the Odyssey to Star Wars.
- Jon, of course, will die heroically in this fight, after vanquishing the Night King. For extra points he’ll die in Dany’s arms (crap, this is writing itself).
- Which brings us to the subject of who will die. Actually, it’s easier to say who I think will live. Personally, I feel fairly secure in saying that the survivors will include–
- Yara (if only because Theon has to rescue her)
- Little Sam
And that’s about all I feel sure of. Every other character in this show has at least the potential of supplying a really gripping death scene to the story. Every other one. I’m sure there will be other survivors, but my instinct cannot predict with certainty who they may be. Brace for a blood-bath.
Thinking about what may happen in Season Eight actually sharpens for me an insight other people have shared, that Season Seven really was about getting all the pieces in place, and establishing the inevitable, climactic confrontations that have to play out so this epic can have a halfway satisfying resolution. From that perspective, despite the haste that typified Season Seven, the show-runners did their job, and I applaud them.
And, now, for sure, I need to put GoT aside for a while. It’s going to be a long wait, no doubt filled with frustration and spoilerish temptations. Fortunately, I know, if not a remedy, then at least a means of distracting myself.
Write my own epic. ‘Nuff said.