Episode #61: “Dragonstone” (July 16)
Jon (Kit Harington) organizes the defense of the North. Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to even the odds. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) comes home.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
Episode #62: “Stormborn” (July 23)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.
Written for television by Bryan Cogman; directed by Mark Mylod.
Episode #63: “The Queen’s Justice” (July 30)
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.
Written for television by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.
Above are the recently released titles and descriptions for the first three episodes. In this second prediction post I’d like to focus on Jon and the occurrences I believe may take place beyond the wall. Of course this involves many characters in a way that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before. And to finish off I’m going way out on a limb with a theory that I believe may be true, as incredible as it might sound. Again, I certainly don’t believe all my predictions will come to fruition, but I will be referencing leaked information and delving pretty deep into the story. So, if you’d rather go in knowing nothing than you may not want to read any further.
As I stated in the first post I don’t believe Jon will be spending much time at Winterfell. His first stop will be at Dragonstone to visit his aunt Dany. The Stormborn has valuable weapons in the form of her dragons that Jon will certainly want to procure for the ensuing White Walker invasion. Now whether Jon makes the trip on his own accord or is summoned by Dany, I’m not sure. What we do know is he ends up there thanks to leaked photos and if you pay very close attention to certain shots in the trailer. He will be accompanied by Davos and cross paths with Theon, which as you can imagine, will not be a friendly reunion.
There will actually be several reunions at Dragonstone, and one of the happier ones will be between Jon and Tyrion. If you remember Tyrion traveled with Jon when he went to the wall and after a rocky start, the two gained a healthy respect for one another. That was all the way back at the beginning of season 1. Every shot we have of Tyrion from the trailers he looks concerned. I believe part of the reason will come from Jon’s meeting with Dany. At this point she is hell bent on just one goal: The Iron Throne. However, Jon and Davos are about to drop a bombshell on her in the form of the White Walker incursion. While Dany is not one to laugh in the face of Jon, as say Cersei would, I have to imagine she’s going to find this difficult to fathom. And even if she were to believe Jon, would she feel like this is her responsibility? She may also make the argument that the first thing that needs to be done is to conquer Westeros and provide a united front against The Others. This is similar to Jon’s thinking when he needed to remove the Boltons from power and reclaim Winterfell. It would be highly ineffective trying to fight The White Walkers while rival factions are still fighting amongst themselves.
No matter what her reasoning may be, the answer will be no. She won’t aid Jon in his war. I believe Tyrion may disagree with this decision. This would be rather ironic given how Tyrion was always the first to ridicule the fabled creatures that lurked beyond the wall as complete nonsense. However, we’ve seen a change in him regarding this overtime. He even makes a point during a small council meeting at the beginning of the second season to speak up in defense of Jeor Mormont when he sent them the hand of a wight. And let’s not forget he also scoffed at the notion of dragons for several seasons. I believe his respect for Jon will be enough to persuade him that it’s a course that should be strongly considered. I don’t see him and Dany coming to any real discourse over it, but I believe this might be part of the reason Tryion is looking so concerned lately. Of course there’s another reason that’s probably even bigger, but we’ll get to that later.
Another reunion that will occur at Dragonstone will be between Melisandre, Jon and Davos. The last these three were together Jon banished her from The North for the burning of Shireen Baratheon. This was extremely lenient compared to what Davos wanted, which was for her to be executed immediately. I have to be honest here and admit I’m completely unsure how all this will play out. What I can say is I don’t believe Mel will survive this season. The reason for this is more practical than thematic. She has already brought Jon back to life, so her existence provides a safety net for him. Also, I’m of the belief that both Jon and Dany are Azor Ahai, or to be more accurate, it’s in the eye of the beholder as we’ve already seen on the show; some believing it’s Dany and others Jon. Therefor, Mel could also be a safety net for Dany if she were to die. In my opinion that safety net needs to be removed, meaning Mel will die. I believe Davos will once again demand justice upon seeing her at Dragonstone but Dany will refuse. But there’s someone else out there who wants to put an end to The Red Woman.
We Band of Brothers
We know from the trailer Jon meets up with Sandor Clegane and The Brotherhood Without Banners. Where this occurs is really just a guess but the last we saw of The Brotherhood they were heading north to fight the one true war. So my guess would be one of two options: either Jon and Davos return to Winterfell after their disappointing meeting with the Stormborn and find them there, or they encounter them upon their journey back north. Either way we know a small contingency of them go beyond The Wall and of course run into trouble. I believe they go north to capture evidence of the White Walker threat that they can show to all those who don’t believe or understand what is happening. I can’t think of another reason that twelve men and a direwolf would venture beyond The Wall.
Book readers might appreciate this little side note: there’s a legend about a man known as The Last Hero who lived 8 thousand years ago during the first battle against the White Walkers. He and 11 other men traveled far north to find a way to defeat them and were eventually successful. If you look at the picture above we have exactly 12 men, one of them being Jon Snow. I’ve written before on how I believe The Last Hero, Azor Ahai, The Prince That Was Promised, and all the other names different cultures have for this historical character are all referring to the same man. They just have their own theological and cultural differences as to who he was. Therefor, if Jon is Azor Ahai, which I believe he is, he’s also The Last Hero, and here he is with is small band of warriors fighting to stop the night that will never end, just in a different way.
Now obviously something goes very wrong for them as we see the army of the dead completely surround them. But first, just let geek out on how great this sequence is going to be. Thrones has always been a show with many storylines and characters that don’t often intersect. Well, this band of brothers includes no less than Jon Snow, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Tormund Giantsbane, Sandor Clegane and more. This will be epic. Anyhow, our band of heroes are in dire straits until something seems to catch the attention of The White Walker army.
This is the most interesting shot of the second trailer for me. As Jon strikes down a wight he stops to stare off in the distance, which as far as I can tell, is exactly what the wights are doing. It’s quite obvious what has grabbed their attention as we quite a bit of fire in the distance. Now the only thing that I can think of that could cause this much fire north of The Wall is a dragon. It could be something we’re unaware of, but given what I know now, that’s got to be a dragon. Therefor, I believe Dany will finally decide to come to the aid of Jon and his compatriots. So when I said this was going to be an epic scene before, well now add Dany and at least one dragon. But of course there will be casualties.
This shot of an obviously injured man escaping on horseback is Jon. How injured he is there’s no way to know. My Uncle Benjen will show up at the last moment and save Jon by giving him his horse and thus sacrificing himself. Thoros of Myr will also die and this goes right along with what I said about Melisandre; as a red priest capable of resurrecting people he was another safety net. Beyond that it’s anyone’s guess with the exception of Sandor who will survive. That is something I’ll touch on in Part 3.
Let’s finish by touching on the possibly absurd but incredibly interesting. I have to begin by saying this was never my theory. In fact the first few times I heard it I found it ridiculous. However, the more I start putting all these millions of pieces together, the more possible it seems. For a much more in depth and articulate explanation check out my man Nex on YouTube at Game of Theories. We’ve already seen how Bran can effect events through different time periods when he’s in the weirwood.net. First, when witnessing The Tower of Joy incident, Bran speaks his father’s name and Ned hears him. Then his warging into Hodor while he was viewing the past completely changed the future for the boy who was Wyllas. Wyllas’ entire destiny became one moment. His entire life was altered. What if Bran unwittingly does this again, albeit with good intentions.
Since we now know Bran does head south this season, I believe he’ll eventually travel to perhaps the most mysterious place in all of Westeros: The Isle of Faces. If he does, he may try to alter events in the past to prevent the creation of The White Walkers, which he saw happen in season 6. By doing this he could end up inadvertently being the reason they’ve once again awoken. I mean, that’s one of my major questions: why after 8 thousand years did they chose now to once again arise. It all seems to be connected to Bran. There are many Bran (Brandon) Starks throughout history. At one point in the book, Bran even thinks to himself that there were so many they’d become “one in his head”. So perhaps Bran is many of these different Brans throughout history trying to prevent the inevitable. Perhaps he’s even the Night King himself, explaining how he’s always able to sense Bran and even grab him and mark him within a vision. And perhaps Bran’s true importance is to close the loop he inadvertently began thousands of years ago. Or more likely, it will be Jon who must do this by killing Bran.
Thanks as always for reading! I’ll wrap things up in Part 3 with the war for the Iron Throne.