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Thoughts on Game of Thrones: an epiphany!

I’m literally vibrating with excitement right now, I realized something today that I should have noticed ages ago, and maybe I’m the last one to make the connection, but I want to talk about it anyway.

So one of the big questions of the series has been who will be the “three heads of the dragon?” This is based on a line that says “The dragon must have three heads” and implies that Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion must have separate riders. Dany was obviously one from the start ever since her dragons were born. Now that Jon’s Targaryen heritage is known (to the audience at least), he’s sure to be the second one, but who is the third? A leading theory implies Tyrion (based on the idea that Aerys, Dany’s father, had his way with Tywin’s wife). But I’m wondering now if the answer hasn’t been under our noses this entire time. What about Gendry?

Yes, I said Gendry. I made the connection about an hour ago as I was reading through the trivia for “Eastwatch.” In it, the authors made mention of the fact that Gendry is actually a cousin to Dany and Jon via his Targaryen ancestor. Considering Robert Baratheon died all the way back in season one, it completely slipped my mind that Robert was part Targaryen, in fact he was a second cousin to Rhaegar due to the fact that his grandmother was Princess Rhaelle Targaryen (a daughter to Aegon V). Being part Targaryen is part of what gave Robert the throne after the Rebellion was over (besides the fact that he killed Rhaegar and Aerys had been killed by Jaime Lannister), since he was related by blood to the royal family, he already had some (distant) claim to the Iron Throne.

The point is, Gendry is part-Targaryen, distantly to be sure, but maybe it’s enough. And keeping this in mind, doesn’t it seem striking that we have THREE known Targaryen relatives (Dany, Jon and Gendry) now? Maybe I’m stretching a bit too far, but at least we know for sure that Gendry is related, Tyrion is only pure conjecture at this point.

That’s my little epiphany, not sure if it’ll bear out, but it seems promising. What do you think? Could Gendry be the third head of the dragon?

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Thinking about Game of Thrones S7 E4 “The Spoils of War”: Tell me they didn’t just do THAT!

Note: The review for Atomic Blonde IS coming, I promise

Warning: The following is a rant and also has spoilers for the end of “The Spoils of War”

If you know anything about Game of Thrones then you are fully aware of how “The Spoils of War” ended…after seeing his forces almost completely wiped out by the Dothraki and Drogon, Jaime Lannister, former Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Kingslayer, Kinslayer and the father of the late Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen, grabs a lance and makes a desperate charge for Daenerys, who has landed to pull a scorpion bolt out of Drogon’s shoulder. Tyrion, who is watching from afar, proclaims the obvious: that is brother is a “fucking idiot” and can only watch as Jaime gets closer and closer, only to have his route blocked by Drogon’s jaws as he prepares to incinerate him on the spot. But wait, Jaime is saved by Bronn at the last possible second!! Or WAS he? The very last shot before the screen goes black is that of Jaime sinking to the bottom of the lake, face slack.

Tell me they did not just kill Jaime freaking Lannister by having him drown in a lake weighed down by his own armor? Tell me they didn’t just do that! I know (and most of you know) that there is still a healthy chance that Jaime is going to turn up in the next episode alive and (mostly) well, but let’s face it, until we see him on the screen, there is equally a good chance that he’s dead. I mean this is the same show that killed the Sand Snakes in almost one fell swoop (I know no one really liked them, but the point still stands), Olenna Tyrell, not to mention every other shocking death that’s ever occurred (*cough* Red Wedding *cough*)

The point I’m trying to make is, even though Jaime dying NOW would wreck most of our theories for how Cersei dies, there’s also a twisted way in which his death makes sense. As unhinged as Cersei is now, and in spite of the lack of emotion she shows, how do you think she’d react if she learned that her beloved twin (and in her mind her last surviving family) is dead? It would BREAK her, even more than the walk of atonement did, even more than Joffrey’s death did.

I sincerely hope I’m wrong. I’m praying that at some point in episode 5 we’ll see Jaime Lannister sitting somewhere looking like a drowned rat and Bronn complaining about having to save his ass once again. Of course, if Jaime IS alive, then the question is, is he able to return to King’s Landing or is he a prisoner of Daenerys? I’m kind of leaning toward the latter, even though there’s a more than reasonable chance that Dany will make Jaime dragon food the moment she finds out who he is.

I just really don’t want Jaime to be dead, not now (or ever though I somehow doubt he lives to the end). After everything he’s been through, good and bad (and getting your hand chopped off is pretty damn bad), to go out by drowning in a lake is…rather anti-climatic, don’t you think?

One last note: if he IS dead? I’m going on an epic tirade about the injustice of it all.

This concludes my rant.

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Thinking about Game of Thrones

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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Random thoughts on Game of Thrones “Winds of Winter”

I know I’ve never mentioned this before, but I am actually a HUGE Game of Thrones fan, and after that finale for season 6…I have GOT to comment, because, well, because!!! I know I don’t normally write about television, but I’m making an exception for this episode.

*warning, I’m going to talk about anything and everything that happened so if you don’t want to be spoiled turn back now!!*

So first I’m going to start with Cersei, oh my gosh she freaking blew up the Sept of Baelor, Lannister. Of ALL the things I thought she MIGHT do, blowing up the biggest church in King’s Landing along with simultaneously murdering Tommen’s wife and her brother, the High Sparrow, her uncle, the head of the Tyrell family, and who knows how many septons, septas and bystanders, along with the Faith Militant, was not one of them!! I’ve suspected it for a while, but it’s official: Cersei is CRAZY!! Maybe she was always crazy, but now she’s got no one to restrain her (as evidenced by her blowing up the Sept of Baelor).

I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I saw that Cersei had herself crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. I knew that she desired power, but she can’t seriously think that she’s going to be able to hold onto that throne for any long duration of time does she? There’s a huge fleet of ships coming, most of which are marked with the Targaryen sigil, and there’s also three really big dragons. And did I mention those ships are filled with some of the most fearsome warriors in the world? I mean, between the Dothraki and the Unsullied (and dragons), King’s Landing is screwed.

Oh, and one more thought on Cersei: Jaime is absolutely going to kill her. Did you SEE that look of death that he was shooting at her as she was being crowned? Whatever love he still felt for his twin is dead and buried. All of his children are dead, Cersei has blown up the Sept of Baelor, and now she’s made herself Queen. As much as I want to see Cersei be turned into dragonfood, I’m pretty sure Jaime is going to throttle the life out of her when she least expects it (after all, he is technically her younger brother as well, since Cersei was born first).

Now on to Jon Snow/Targaryen. I reached the conclusion of R + L = J I think by the time I reached A Clash of Kings, so it felt really nice to finally, FINALLY see it confirmed on screen. The million dollar question now is, how exactly is this information going to be shared with everyone else? Because right now, as far as we know, only Bran knows about this (Howland Reed is supposed to too, but I’m not sure if we’ve met him yet). Assuming that people DO believe he’s the son of Rhaegar when the facts (inevitably) get out, I think he does have a better claim to the throne than Daenerys, since Jon would be the son of the crown prince Rhaegar, while Dany is just his younger sister. I half-suspect that Jon and Dany are going to make a mutual alliance to fight the White Walkers and seal that alliance via marriage.

Did anyone else cheer just a little when Arya appeared to get revenge on Walder Frey for what happened to her mother and brother? I really hope that Arya does reunite with Sansa and Jon, because right now I’m pretty sure the rest of Westeros wrote her off as dead years ago.

Final thoughts:

I’m going to miss Margaery Tyrell, she was an interesting character

I’m also going to miss Tommen, despite his incestuous parentage, he tried really hard to be a good ruler, he was just easily manipulated.

Given how shocking the season 6 finale was with the Sept of Baelor blowing up and all, I’m rather scared to see what’s going to happen by the end of season 7 because this show has topped itself every year. Are we finally going to see King’s Landing burn?

And, what are the people going to think of Queen Cersei? I predict rioting in the streets!!

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