And, as what follows is based, to a certain extent, on what I deem fairly reliable internet rumors, be doubly wary!
So, one more episode for this season, and it promises a great deal. The meeting of the Lannisters, Dany, and Jon, plus all their assorted allies, followers and twisted mad scientists (I’m looking at you, Qyburn). The final full revelation of Jon’s parentage. Dany and Jon’s first smooch (probably, although I doubt they’ll get as far as second base in this season). Arya turning Littlefinger into a throw rug (I admit, that’s just wishful thinking). The continuing advance of the Night King’s army, now complete with its own undead air force. And whatever stunning surprise the show-runners have in store for the season cliffhanger (although I don’t think it’s actually going to be that much of a surprise, as I shall explain below).
A few random predictions–
- I am definitely thinking just “first kiss”. No mojo, no bedroom rodeo, no makin’ bacon. If Dany and Jon do get down-and-dirty, I’ll actually be kind of disappointed– it’s still much too soon. I have no patience for those fans who have been panting to see these two get it on. C’mon, guys, take a cold shower or something.
- All the competing factions of Westeros– or, at least, the surviving ones– meet to under a flag of truce to see Jon and Dany’s evidence of the fact of the Night King and his army. It’s the pay-off of Episode Six’s intense raid beyond the wall. Unfortunately, for me the whole plan, concocted by Tyrion, has never made any sense. It seems more than a little contrived, and I doubt it would have the intended effect, if the characters involved are true to their own arcs. Cersei, in particular, with her superb ability to see only what she wants to see, will doubtless view it as some sort of trick. If the writers suddenly turn her into someone amenable to logical argument, then I will be sorely disappointed.
- On the other hand, I can see from a story-perspective why the writers would want to somehow fashion an alliance out of all these enemies– it would be a logical course of action in the face of the Night King. Of course, this would be the ultimate alliance of convenience, and if everyone survives then it will fall apart once the immediate danger is past. That would lead to the end-game for the Game of Thrones being played out in the last moments of Season Eight. That could be good, or it could be really bad….
- Tyrion’s deteriorating relationship with Dany– I don’t know where the writers are going with this. I know the essence of drama is conflict, but this one feels not only contrived, but also like a major character is being marginalized prior to being…eliminated. I hope I’m wrong….
- Just for the heck of it, I’m shipping Bronn and Arya. It sure ain’t going to be Bronn and Sansa.
- Unless…he’s always wanted a high-born wife and a castle…no, no, no, I can’t go there….
- Brienne and Tormund have to have a scene in this last episode, one in which Brienne either starts to warm to Tormund a little bit, or slices him open to get at his liver, just as the Hound suggested. It could go either way, but we need resolution.
- We also need to see Yara and Ellaria, at least just a brief scene each. Doubtless Tyene is dead by now, so that’s a bit of inevitable heartbreak. If a genuine truce is established between the Lannisters and Dany, it would be logical to me for Dany to demand Yara and Ellaria’s release as part of the truce. Whether Cersei can be convinced to do so is another question.
- I predict the whole scary/weird interaction between Arya and Sansa is actually a ploy, at least by Arya and maybe by both of them, to wrong-foot Littlefinger and set him up for a fall. Again, this may be wishful thinking.
- Actually, he’d make a pretty poor throw-rug. Turn him into a drum-head instead.
- I am increasingly in the camp of those who think the Night King laid a trap for the Magnificent Seven so he could get a wight-dragon.
- Of course, one of the huge gaps in the story-line itself has been the motivation of the Night King. What does Mr. Freeze want, anyway? Aside from wiping out humanity and turning the world into a snow-cone. At this point you got me.
- They’re probably going to hold off on killing off any major characters in the season finale. Because they’ve never done that before, right?
- I think it’s obvious that the season cliffhanger is going to be Viserion destroying the Wall. What else is the Night King going to use him for, aerial advertising?
Enough of that. I was going to express some opinions about the overall course of Season Seven in general, but I decided to wait until after Episode Seven. That’s because 1). the season is not over and I want to be fair, and 2). my opinion may just get me chased around the countryside with pitch-forks and torches. I’ll wait.