Monday, April 15, 2019

Discussing Game of Thrones: Endgame


Game of Thrones finally, FINALLY returned last night, after signing off way back in 2017 (!). I could have rewatched the series from the beginning multiple times during its sad hiatus from my TV AND reread the books, but as usual, neither of those things ever materialized, lol. I meant to post this sort of look back/look ahead before last night's Season 8 premiere, but yeah, that didn't happen either. See, my intentions are good, it's just the follow through that's a bit lacking, lol.

Getting back on topic—GoT—how's it going to end? How is everything going to wrap up in just 6 episodes?! Who will still be alive at the end of those 6 episodes? Will fire prevail over ice? Will Jon Snow finally know something?

There is A LOT to wind down over 6 measly episodes. Here are a few of the things that I'm especially keen to see resolved (or, maybe not, because you know how this show goes: every character is expendable):

  • The Secret Annulment: Last season, we learned that Jon's real parents are indeed Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, confirming a long-standing fan theory. But there was even more to this huge reveal: Jon isn't a bastard. Rhaegar's marriage to Elia Martell was annulled, and he then married Lyanna. While R + L = J wasn't a surprise, I need some more backstory on the annulment part. Like, the whole, how did this happen? part. I'm not overly optimistic that we'll get the lowdown this season with the fate of Westeros up in the air, but this fangirl can hope.
  • The Valonqar: I do really, really, really hope this one gets some screen time. "Valonqar" means "little brother" and was part of Maggy the Frog's prophecy to young Cersei in the books. The Valonqar is supposed to kill Cersei, and she assumes the little brother in question is Tyrion. Jaime, however, is also her younger brother. Or maybe The Valonqar, if this person exists in the world of the show, isn't even one of Cersei's own brothers?
  • Where's Melisandre? In her Season 7 convo with Varys, she made it sound like Westeros hadn't seen the last of her. It'll be interesting to see if/when/where she pops up again.
  • So Who Will Rule Westeros in the End? Daenerys? Jon? The Night King? White Walker #27? No one? (That was my lame attempt at a Jaqen H'ghar joke haha.) There are still quite a few players left in the game, and although I'm very invested in the answer to this question, I'm even more concerned about:
  • Who Will Be Alive at the End? Jon and Arya have been two of my favorite characters ever since I read the books back in 2011, so they'd better not die! I'm also pulling for Brienne—when she first appeared in A Clash of Kings, I thought her being a lady knight in a male-dominated world was the coolest thing ever. Still do.

What are you most excited to see during the final season? Any theories as to what's going to happen? Which characters are you rooting for to survive lol?


  1. I have no idea how they’re going to wrap everything up in 6 episodes. I expected more to happen in the first episode because there’s so much stuff that needs to be done! I’m excited to see how it ends.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I thought more would happen in the first episode as well. There were a couple of scenes that I thought were unnecessary, like Cersei and Euron. Next week's episode looks pretty exciting!

  2. Great point about the annulment- I forgot about that. I don't think we have an annulment in the book either? Or if it occured GRRM hasn't revealed it yet? And ooh yeah where's Mel??

    I love Arya and Jon and their reunions was awesome. :)

    1. I don't remember an annulment in the books- it will be interesting to see if it comes up later on. That is, if GRRM ever finished The Winds of Winter and whatever else is supposed to come after that, lol.

      I almost teared up at Jon and Arya's reunion! It was my favorite scene in the episode!


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