Note: this post may ramble somewhat
So, after several years of “not having time” to get caught up on Game of Thrones (until this past Sunday I hadn’t seen an episode in its entirety since “Mhysa” at the end of Season 3) the long-awaited premiere of Season 7 finally proved enough of a catalyst to get me to pick up with Season 4 and get caught up before we get too far into the current season.
Currently, I have finished season 4 and made it to “The House of Black and White” in season 5. My thoughts? WOW!! Even with watching the recaps, I’d forgotten how amazing this show is. Even though there’s a LOT of differences between the books and the show, Game of Thrones still remains one of the best adaptations of book-to-screen that I have EVER seen (and this is coming from someone who practically reveres Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings films not including the Hobbit trilogy).
I’d also forgotten how much I HATE Ramsay Snow/Bolton. One thing about Game of Thrones is that, just when you think you’ve met the absolute WORST character on the show in terms of morals (or the lack thereof), someone even slimier gets introduced. Though in this case I don’t think we can get any lower or slimier than that sadistic torture-loving creep Ramsay. The only thing that keeps me from screaming at the TV is knowing EXACTLY what’s going to happen to him in season 6 (I can’t wait!)
It was hard to say goodbye to Tywin Lannister. He’s a character I love to hate but Charles Dance played him to perfection. But now that he’s gone Cersei is going to find herself in over her head really fast (I’m somewhat looking forward to the walk of shame).
Over in Meereen, it was downright painful to watch Daenerys chain up Viserion and Rhaegal, mostly because you can tell the dragons have no idea what’s really happening. They’re sniffing around like their mother has given them a new place to play in and explore. It’s only when they turn around to leave with her that they realize they’ve been trapped and their snarls turn to cries of pain and confusion because their mother is leaving them in this dark place. It’s no wonder the next time she tries to see them that they snarl and spout fire at her.
Seriously, he needs to die. Slowly. And PAINFULLY. It’s rather mind-boggling to consider that everything that has happened in this show is a direct result of his actions (Think about it: if Jon Arryn hadn’t been poisoned and died, King Robert wouldn’t have asked Ned Stark to be Hand of the King. If Catelyn hadn’t received a letter from her sister implicating the Lannisters, then Ned wouldn’t have grown suspicious of the Queen, he definitely wouldn’t have learned that Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen were the products of incest either. Bran wouldn’t be crippled, all of the direwolves would still be alive and Ned Stark would still have his head, etc.) I swear, if that weasel finds a way to survive all of this and is still breathing by the end of the series, I will scream bloody murder.
I absolutely love watching Varys and Tyrion talk to one another. I can’t wait to see Tyrion meet Daenerys.
The last thing I’d like to talk about has, in my opinion, major ramifications for how Cersei’s story will end. The opening of Season 5 sees a young Cersei and her best friend traveling to see Maggy the Frog (a woods witch) so they can learn about the future. The witch would rather be left alone but Cersei, being Cersei, persists and is then told she may ask three questions concerning what will happen in years to come. If you’ve read the books then you THINK you know what you’re going to hear: Cersei will marry the king (Robert), not the prince (Rhaegar) and she will be queen. Robert will have 20 (illegitimate) children while Cersei will have three (by Jaime). All of her children will die before her. And someday a younger, more beautiful queen will come to replace her (I’m almost certain this is Daenerys). And…that’s it. But that SHOULDN’T be it because the book contains one final line that is rather important:
“And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
There’s not a WORD about the valonqar in the scene, which for the TV show means that Cersei will likely die by different means than in the books (I’m almost 100% certain that Jaime will kill Cersei in the books). But then how will she die in the show? I have a thought about that, and it’s based on something we saw in the premiere of season 7 (and the end of season 6 for that matter). Remember how Arya first murdered Walder Frey and then “all of the Freys who matter” while using Walder’s face? And then there’s her assertion that she is going to King’s Landing to kill the queen. If the “valonqar” theory is really off the table for the show, could it indeed be possible that Arya WILL in fact be the one to kill Cersei? Possibly, but I foresee a twist that will make show viewers AND book readers happy (I think). Suppose that Arya kills Cersei while wearing Jaime’s face? Cersei could die believing her own twin did the deed and only afterward would we learn that “Jaime” is in fact Arya. Of course that would mean Jaime has to die and I’m reluctant to see that happen.
I can’t wait to see where Season 7 takes us. Hope you liked my thoughts, if you have your own theory on how Cersei will die (because I’m sure she will die before this is over), please let me know in the comments below.
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