With episode four releasing today, we are now halfway through the final season of Game of Thrones. The Battle of Winterfell was excruciating in the sense that it induced severe anxiety on my part that I could not care less that the Night King was defeated so quickly. I’m glad that’s all over and done with and the darkness added to the terror. But it begs the question: is it going to get even more terrifying? What will happen in the final three episodes?
I have a lot of thoughts (albeit over-analysed) on the final season so far , so I’ve compiled a list and I’ll be adding more as the season continues!
- We find out what happened to the character of ‘Eddy’ which Ed Sheeran played back in Season 7 in Bronn’s scene in the first episode. During the Field of Fire, Eddy’s eyelids were burnt off. This is interesting because D&D clearly gave us the scene of Arya and the Lannister soldiers to show us the reality of the lives of these soldiers. They just want to go home to their families. They’re unwilling participants of the wars that these nobles have raged on Westeros. It ties in to the Broken Man speech from the book as I talked about in a previous post. The common people that Daenerys wishes to serve are also the people she’s murdering in her pursuit of the Iron Throne. How Tyrion reacts in the aftermath, soldiers burnt to ashes, is the reaction of the audience – at least I hope so.
George R. R. Martin, though not a complete pacifist, questioned the unnecessary loss of lives in World War I in his South Bank documentary; whereas, WWII was the war that he “would have been glad to fight in.” Essentially, the battle against the White Walkers (notice that it is often abbreviated as WW?) is somewhat of a parallel because it was a war that could not be sat out. One could argue that Cersei v Daenerys will be somewhat loosely based on the aftermath of WWII – two superpowers fighting to become the numero uno superpower. However, I do expect our expectations to be subverted as this is Martin’s story after all. I will be surprised if the Iron Throne isn’t destroyed in the end. That’s the only effective way of truly “breaking the wheel.” I don’t see Jon nor Sansa wanting the throne. Establishing a Small Council would perhaps be one of the better solutions for the people of Westeros.
- The #FortheThrone Twitter campaign coupled with the Power is Power song is ominous in that it is a stark reminder of the glamorisation of power (also, a great song). Interestingly, it makes me wonder if the video is foreshadowing Jon killing Daenerys. Strangely, I don’t see Daenerys killing Jon. The line “only love can kill me now” is paired with Jon and Daenerys coupling as we saw in Season 7. In the books, Daenerys receives a prophecy that she shall know three treasons: once for blood, once for gold, and once for love. Many book readers believe that the final treason, the treason for love, is yet to happen and that it could be Jon who betrays Daenerys. Personally, I believe Tyrion could betray Daenerys for either Cersei or Jaime (or maybe even Sansa as she was kinda sorta hinting that he could still get it if he ditched Dany… right?). I think Jon could betray Daenerys for the good of the realm and for his family if Daenerys does descend into tyranny. Perhaps, she’ll know two treasons for love. Either way, I expect someone to betray Daenerys.
- Why did Bran urge Sam to reveal Jon’s parentage right after Daenerys revealed to Sam that she had murdered both his brother and father? Is there any significance to the reveal being made after Jon has ridden Rhaegal effectively becoming a dragonrider? I am somewhat torn here. But I’m leaning towards it not being a coincidence as Bran knew where exactly to park himself, so that he could meet his “old friend” Jaime – which, let’s be honest, was Bran’s best moment in the show’s history. He also gave Arya the dagger in the same spot that Arya defeated the Night King. I don’t believe it’s a mere coincidence. It has to be building up to something!
- I don’t think we’re completely done with the White Walkers yet. The mysterious messages left by the White Walkers, as we saw in Winterfell towards the end with Ned Umber, looks a lot like the Targaryen banner. I’ve thought for a long time that Ice and Fire are dualities, two sides of the same coin. Is this a warning that fire is as destructive as ice? I think there’ll be more to it and I’ll be frustrated if there isn’t a pay-off to Sam going on and on about stealing those books from the Citadel. There has to be something in one of those books. Or perhaps one of the books contains a record of the marriage of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen?
This is only 1/10th of all my thoughts so far. I am in a strange zone currently where most of my attention has shifted to Game of Thrones and it’s getting really hard to pull out of it. Thankfully, this show is worth it and I choose to embrace the nerd in me.
What are your thoughts on the Night King being defeated so quickly? What did you make of the Battle of Winterfell? Is Ice and Fire two sides of the same coin? Does Bran know more than he’s letting on? Let me know in the comments!
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