“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” This is even true for the viewers of the show. Well, sort of.I mean we don’t die, but then we don’t win either. Maybe I chose the wrong quote? Game of Thrones is solidly cemented as one of the best TV shows ever in my opinion so I thought I’d take you through some of my favourite moments of the show as a whole but also where we currently are in Season 6.
Spoilers are coming.
From the moment that Bran Stark was pushed out of the castle tower in the very first episode I was hooked. I had to watch another, then another and then another, then 7 more episodes and then I had to wait a year for the next season. Being able to successfully do that with a storyline that is so interwoven with backstory, lore and more characters that I can name (without looking them up) is a testament to how well David Benioff and D.B Weiss have done with their adaptation of the much-loved series of novels. George R.R Martin himself has so much trust in these two that he has actually told them his plans for certain characters before actually publishing them himself. A relevant example of this is Hodor.
I am of course talking about Episode 5 of Season 6 – ‘The Door’. First of all I want to say that although it is by no far the worst reaction I have had to a character death (I will come onto that later) Hodors demise was so heartbreaking for a number of reasons. In my eyes he is (was. Got to get used to that.) the only innocent character in the entire show. Some will probably argue that Podrick belongs in this category too but at this point I am not sure. The loveable giant only had one goal, to serve the Starks. Little did he know that it was Bran who was not only responsible for his death but also the reason that he could only say his name and nothing else. This hit me like a ton of bricks and has actually made me dislike Bran as a character, his selfishness cause the entire White Walker army to descend on the cave of the Three Eyed Raven. As much as I don’t like him at the moment he is by far the most complex and interesting character on the show. The revelation that he can mess with the timelines means that he could actually be the cause of the entire chain of events leading up to the start of the show. This theory has been further explored because of the flashbacks in the episode after Hodors sacrifice. We saw Aerys Targaryen – The Mad King & father of Daenerys Targaryen – shouting his orders and then being killed by Jamie Lannister. What if Bran started talking to him in a Vision and caused him to go mad in the first place? Now that’s something to think about.
Let’s continue talking about The Mad King for a moment, now we know that he had a thing for killing people and that certain people – Ned Stark for example – took a massive disliking to this. In the last few episodes we have seen Daenerys come to the realisation that she is not as much a ruler as she thinks she is. This started really in the last season after she had realised that – other than Meereen – Slavers Bay had been taken back by the Masters and that slavery still exists and is unlikely to go away. Then the attacks by the Sons of the Harpy start and she even starts losing control of Meereen. We know that her endgame is to sail on over to Westeros and take the Seven Kingdoms by force. Maybe more force than we first thought. Her final speech of episode 6 pretty much mirrors what Khal Drogo promised her – the delivery of that speech however seemed fairly sinister though. Maybe she is more like her father than we all thought? I definitely think that this episode was hinting at the possibility that at some point in the near future we may have a Mad Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Mhysa, Breaker of Chains, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons. The show writers have turned bad guys into good guys – okay likable guys – I am thinking of Jamie Lannister and The Hound. So why can’t we have it the other way around?
Another popular theory is that we will see the return of some forgotten characters before the end of Season 6, one of which being the aforementioned Hound. Last we saw he was left to die by Arya at the bottom of a Cliff. It is heavily rumoured that he is to be nursed back to health by Ian McShanes unrevealed character. If this is the case I for one will be very happy – not only was he one of the best characters in the show he delivered what is still my favourite line ever – “I understand that if any more words come pouring out of you **** mouth, I’m going to eat every ******* chicken in this room.” Just brilliant. Here’s is what I would like to happen. Although unrevealed at this point we assume that Ian McShanes Character is to be of a religious sort, possibly connected to the High Sparrow. We see him caring for someone in the Sept, it is not revealed who it is to the audience. The High Sparrow calls Cersei to trial, to which she responds with ‘I want a trial by combat’. She throws her hand in – The Mountain. Then in walks Ian with a soldier in tow, he lifts his helmet – The Hound. Brother vs. Brother! Monster vs. Monster! Hound vs. Mountain! It would be perfect. I’m not sure who I would like to win though, I hate Cersei but I have other ideas on what I would like to happen to her.
Just a side note while I am talking about returning Characters. I would love to see Bronn again, he was funniest character in Season 5 – and let’s be honest season 5 needed some comic relief with all the murder and rape and stuff. #BringBackBronn
‘Will we ever see Gendry again?’ Is a question that a lot of people have been asking. My question would be why would we need to see him again? As Kings Roberts only surviving ilegitimate son he is the only person still alive to have Baratheon blood within him so he could be a rival to Tommen on the Iron Throne but without any army or even friends that we know of he is not much of a threat. It was briefly mentioned by Walder Frey in the latest episode that the ‘Brotherhood’ are disrupting their supply lines in the Riverlands. This probably refers to the Brotherhood Without Banners and in my opinion is the most likely place we will Gendry again. Although even with this I struggle to find a purpose to bring him back.
When Jon Snow died at the end of Season 5 I was literally broken. Not the week before did I purchase myself a Jon Snow Pop Vinyl Collectible and was telling people how he was my favourite character and now he was dead. When Jon noticed the sign that read traitor I shot up right in my seat and screamed ‘NO!’. The credits rolled in silence and I didn’t move. It took me a while but by the time season 6 came around I had accepted the fact that he was gone and was not coming back. You should have seen the look on my stupid, happy little face when his eyes opened at the end of episode two. His story of being born in nobility and raised as a Stark but then giving everything up willingly to defend The Wall as part of The Nights Watch was truly epic. The Wildling Raid on the Wall and the White Walkers attacking Hardhome are without a doubt the best action sequences on the show so far. Now we see Jon – a free man, released from his watch – heading south to gather an army and – hopefully. Oh god hopefully – take back Winterfell from the evil Ramsey Bolton. Here’s how I think it will go down.
Jon, with the help of Sansa will gather some support to take on the Bolton forces but it won’t quite be enough. I think we will see Little Finger with his Knights of the Vale turn up at this point to help turn the tides in their favour. Jon and his forces will take the castle. We will hopefully get an entire episode focused on the battle and it will involve Wildling Giants doing awesome Wildling Giant things. Once Jon is inside he will head to the great hall – or whatever they call it – where he will find Ramsey. Who has Rickon. I unfortunately don’t see the youngest Stark leaving this one alive, I think that Ramsey will kill Rickon in front of Jon as a way of hitting one final blow to the Starks because at this point he knows that he has probably lost the battle. Jon however won’t waste time in killing Ramsey, he will do it quick and he will do it efficiently. He is not the sort of person to exact revenge on someone in a slow ‘flayed man’ sort of way. That’s it. The Starks have the North again! Time to start planning his trek to Kings Landing. I want you on that Throne Jon!
Lets stay with the Starks for a minute and talk about Arya. It would seem that has has given up the idea of becoming a faceless assassin and instead went to retrieve her sword – Needle. The last shot we saw of her showed her extinguishing a candle and plunging herself into complete darkness. This immediately sparked an idea in my head. We know that Arya was blind for a period of time. We also know that she started to learn to fight while blind. Thirdly we know that The Waif is going to be coming after her. What if Arya fights The Waif while in pitch darkness knowing that she has a massive advantage? Whatever the case I don’t think it will be long before she returns to Westeros and continues ticking people off of her list. Cersei. She’s coming for you.
I also predict two more characters will meet again. Now that he has been stripped of his title as the Lord Commander of the Kings Guard, Jamie has been tasked with helping the Freys take back the Riverlands from the Black Fish – Caitlin Starks Uncle. Sansa Stark has sent Brienne to talk with the Blackfish about helping Jon take Winterfell. As much as they parted as friends when Jamie asked Brienne to go looking for the Starks when they meet this time they will be on opposing sides of the battle field. I don’t want to predict what is going to happen here as I like both the characters. Still, could be very interesting indeed.
So there, you have it. You have heard my ramblings of what I would like/think will happen in Westeros over the second half of this Season. Tell me what you think. Do you want to see Jon on the Iron Throne? Will Daenerys kill everyone in her way? Will Ser Jorah find a cure for Grey Scale and actually get out of the ‘friend zone’? I guess we will all have to wait and see.
‘Sometimes there is no happy choice, only one less grievous than the others.’