This Sunday’s episode, ‘Blood of my Blood’ started with Bran experiencing a number of visions while Meera was dragging him through the snow. Bran had numerous glimpses of past, present and future in his trance and most of the visions were related to the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen.
Mad King is Daenerys Targaryen’s father who ruled the Iron Throne before Robert Baratheon and he had the intense desire to see people burn. He even burned Ned Stark’s father and older brother. Even in the show, Jamie Lannister, while talking to Brienne of Tarth, talks about Mad king and says that, “He loved to watch people burn, the way their skin blackened and blistered and melted off their bones. He burned lords he didn’t like. He burned Hands who disobeyed him. He burned anyone who was against him. Before long, half the country was against him.”
Jaime Lannister was the one to kill Aerys by stabbing him in the back after the King ordered his pyromancer to burn the entire city of King’s Landing by igniting wildfire hidden underneath the city. According to Jamie, “He turned to his pyromancer, ‘burn them all,’ he said. ‘Burn them in their homes, burn them in their beds,’” Jaime said. “First, I killed the pyromancer and then when the king turned to flee, I drove my sword into his back. ‘Burn them all,” he kept saying. ‘Burn them all.’”
In Bran’s vision, we also saw some wildefire explosion taking place somewhere and that’s what makes the vision interesting. We know for sure that Jaime Lannister made sure that the wildfire wouldn’t be ignited and ensured that King’s Landing was safe but in the vision we see the wildfire explosion. So does that mean he saw a vision from the future?
According to a popular theory its Cersei who will order the use of wildfire to rid the city of King’s Landing from Faith Militant and High Sparrow. A redditor Joshsalvi writes, “Cersei has already stated a few times that she would burn a city to the ground. There is precedence for her desire to burn structures to the ground in an attempt to achieve something. Prior to Cersei’s imprisonment by the Faith, she’s used flames, and specifically wildfire, as a tool. Cersei acquired wildfire from the Alchemists’ Guild for the Battle of Blackwater.”
While other fans believe that it actually showed how Bran’s time travelling is the ultimate reason for Aerys’ madness (remember what happened to Hodor?)
Only time will tell. Take a look at Bran’s visions in slow motion.
Will we see the Temple of the Lord of Light and the Fiery Hands in Game Of Thrones Season 8?
Game Of Thrones Season 8 is almost here – excruciatingly close, yet still a few days away. Even as the countdown has already begun, the speculations and theories are rife. And while theories such as ‘Bran is Night King’ and ‘Littlefinger is alive’ are discussed with fervor, there is a lesser known theory that just might cut it. It’s about the Temple of the Lord of Light and its role in the Great War that has already reached Westeros. The theory is lesser known because it has its roots in the books. Only the makers know if this theory has any place in the shows. So while we wait to see how things unfold, let us dig into this theory with all its nuances.
What is the Temple of the Lord of Light and who are Fiery Hands?
The Temple of the Lord of Light is the temple of R’hllor in Volantis. In the Remnants of the Dragonlords, an exhaustive work from Archmaester Gramyon, the temple is said to be three times the size of the Great Sept of Baelor. The temple’s High Priest is Benerro, a former slave, a character that hasn’t been introduced in the show. These references are first found in the book Dance With Dragons in Tyrion’s POV. The temple is protected by a special group of a thousand slave soldiers who identify themselves as the Fiery Hands. They have flames tattooed on their cheeks as is the custom of Volantis. And they carry spears with arrowheads shaped like flames.
What’s the significance of the temple of the Lord of Light?
If you are thinking about how the Temple can feature on the show in Season 8 since it never had any significance in the show till now, let’s revisit a scene from Season 7.
In this scene at Dragonstone, Melissandre tells Lord Varys that she is going to Volantis. And when Varys tells her that it’s a good decision since Westeros will be torn in war soon, she says she is coming back to Westeros. One last time. So it’s clear that she isn’t going away to Volantis to find peace or to stay away from the war. She is going there with some purpose and intends to come back. And since the temple of the Lord of Light is in Volantis, and we all know the Red Woman’s devotion to R’hllor, our bet is she is going to the temple.
The flames know…
Whether you believe the old gods or the new, you have to give due credit to the Lord who shows visions in the flames. We know how Melissandre sees Jon Snow in the flames and believes he has an important role to play in the war to come. She literally brings him back from the dead for this exactly.
But in another flame in Essos, High Priest Benerro sees Daenerys as the savior. According to his visions, even death will bend the knee in front of her. (And we know how obsessed Dany is with people bending the knee for her!).
So, with Melissandre believing in Jon, and Benerro believing in Dany, what are the chances that the two of them collaborate to help the world deal with the fight between the living and the dead? We say, quite high!
And let us not forget Kinvara
For those who think it’s too late for the show to introduce an important character like Benerro, let us not forget Kinvara. Kinvara is the High Priestess of the Red Temple (Temple of the Lord of Light) who makes an appearance on the show in Season 6. She comes to Meereen and meets Tyrion and Varys. With flowing red robes and the necklace with a ruby at her throat, Kinvara is every bit as enigmatic as Melissandre. Remember her conversation with Lord Varys as she hints that she knows all his secrets? If you have trouble remembering the scintillating conversation, here’s the video for you.
How does all this add up?
So, in the shows, Kinvara has already been introduced as the High Priestess who believes Daenerys is “reborn from the ashes to remake the world”. This makes Benerro as the High Preist a redundant character. But the Fiery Hands can still be quite relevant. Let’s see how.
The Fiery Hands are literally the soldiers of R’hllor. And there is a strong reason why they can be brought into the last season. As the White Walkers, the Wights, and the Night King himself march across the Wall, the living prepare for the great war against the dead. The wights, reanimated by the white walker or the Night King cannot be killed, no matter how you cut at them. There are only three ways to destroy them – Valyrian steel, dragonglass, and fire.
Now, who better to wield burning spears than the Fiery Hands themselves? It all makes perfect sense. Melissandre goes to Volantis and mobilizes the thousand soldiers of the Fiery Hands. We have watched her intone “For the night is dark and full of terrors” countless times. And now, the dark night is coming. In this fight between light and darkness, it is only fitting that the Lord of Light plays an important part.
The Fiery Hands will be the helping hands to the dragons!
If the Fiery Hands from the temple of the Lord of Light are brought into the picture by Melissandre and Kinvara, that would be awesome! And knowing Game of Thrones, the makers have all the creative liberties in the world. So, how about the soldiers having some special power related to fire? We have seen Beric Dondarrion (he who is resurrected by the Lord of Light again and again and again) being able to light up his sword with a swipe of a hand. How about the soldiers of R’hllor having a similar power? Game of Thrones fan theories suggest that Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen will be saved by these servants of Fire in the nick of the time.
All we can do is wait to see how the war unfolds and whether we will see the Temple of the Lord of Light or the Fiery Hands. But, we sure wish we do. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a thousand people who fight for the R’hllor and destroy the undead? And just imagine how intense the fighting scenes could be! Let’s wait and watch.
In the meantime, we have just launched a Game of Thrones Death Pool so that fans of the show have an interesting activity to participate in during the season. You can vote every week before the episode airs and predict whether a character lives or dies. Get the maximum number of correct predictions by the end of Season 8 to win the Death Pool.
George R.R. Martin’s latest book confirms a popular theory about Gendry’s character arc
Gendry – the last living heir of Robert Baratheon in the TV series (apart from Edric Storm in the books) has a lot ahead in his character arc. A popular theory about his end-game suggests a lot for him, which has almost been confirmed by George R.R. Martin’s latest book – ‘Fire and Blood’.
We will talk about how the popular theory is confirmed but let’s first discuss the theory itself and its chances of being true if not for the new book, following Gendry’s journey so far. Nope, we are not talking about the theory of Arya Stark and Gendry ending up together in the end. That may be true but this theory is entirely different and suggests that Gendry, being the last and sole heir of House Baratheon may be legitimized and doing something epic in the Final Season like slaying the Ice Dragon. Many fans and popular YouTubers have long theorized this.
Gendry’s Journey So Far…
Gendry is first introduced to us in the TV show indirectly by the late Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish – when he suggests Eddard Stark to visit Tobho Mott’s shop in Flea Bottom. When Ned follows and visits the blacksmith’s shop, he meets Gendry for the first time and immediately realizes that he is Robert Baratheon’s bastard son.
The scene ends with Ned saying to Tobho Mott, “If the day ever comes when that boy would rather wield a sword than forge one, send him to me.” We ultimately got a big callback from this important scene in the seventh season, when Gendry ultimately returned after rowing for three seasons in season 7. He also made a war hammer for himself just like his father once wielded and had used in the Battle of the Trident.
Gendry then ends up becoming a travelling companion for Arya but the group is taken prisoner by the Lannisters and taken to Harrenhal. The two along with Hot Pie, break out of Harrenhal with the help of Jaqen H’ghar and come across the Brotherhood without Banners. Hot Pie later finds a life serving as a baker at and an inn, while the other two continue their journey with the brotherhood.
Gendry is then taken captive by the Red Priestess – Melisandre, who performs some bizarre blood magic rituals using him. Yet, jokes aside Mel has told Gendry a few important lines which definitely have to pay off in the coming events of the Final Season. Two of them are:
“You are more than they can ever be… They are just foot soldiers in the Great War… You will make Kings rise and fall.”
“[You’re] the Bastard of Robert of the House Baratheon, the first of his name, King of the Andals and the First Men.”
After Mel’s ritual on him, Ser Davos Seaworth frees Gendry, making him escape on a boat from Dragonstone. The fans including me wondered where the character had been for complete three seasons, yet he returned in the Seventh Season slaying all those ‘boat-rowing’ jokes. He has returned and will also play a huge role in the Final Season, as confirmed by the actor himself.
Gendry is found by Davos while on a secret mission to King’s Landing, who joins him on his way back to Dragonstone. He then goes on the wight hunting venture with Jon Snow and party beyond-the-Wall but has to take a marathon back to Eastwatch in order to send a raven to Daenerys Targaryen, informing her about the White Walker ambush. We don’t get see any more of him in the last season.
But, the scripts of the last season have confirmed that he is with team Jon and Daenerys and is most probably travelling to Winterfell with them. And, we can’t hold our grudges for awaiting reunion of Arya and Gendry.
What did ‘Fire and Blood’ confirm?
George R.R. Martin’s latest book ‘Fire and Blood’ confirms a lot of things – at least the binge-readers say so. Like for example, the origin of the dragons of Daenerys in the first place and even an exciting parallel between Aegon the Conquerer and the current Aegon – Jon Snow.
‘The World of Ice and Fire’ – an account of Westerosi history has already given the link of Orys Baratheon – the founder of House Baratheon with the Targaryens. But, the latest book gives us more insight on how Gendry of House Baratheon may be legitimized by a Targaryen (Jon or Dany, if they survive the Great War). Quoting the two passages here:
“The son of a common blacksmith, Hammer was a huge man, with hands so strong that he was said to be able to twist steel bars into torcs. Though largely untrained in the art of war, his size and strength made him a fearsome foe. His weapon of choice was the Warhammer, with which he delivered crushing, killing blows.”
“In battle he rode Vermithor, once the mount of the Old King himself; of all the dragons in Westeros, only Vhagar was older or larger. For all these reasons, Lord Hammer (as he now styled himself) began to dream of crowns. “Why be a lord when you can be a king?” he told the men who began to gather round him”
“And talk was heard in camp of a prophecy of ancient days that said, “When the hammer shall fall upon the dragon, a new king shall arise, and none shall stand before him.” Whence came these words remains a mystery (not from Hammer himself, who could neither read nor write), but within a few days every man at Tumbleton had heard them.”
“Though Hammer’s ambition was unseemly in one born so low, the bastard undeniably possessed some Targaryen blood and had proved himself fierce in battle and open-handed to those who followed him, displaying the sort of largesse that draws men to leaders as a corpse draws flies.”
“They were the worst sort of men, to be sure: sellswords, robber knights, and like rabble, men of tainted blood and uncertain birth who loved battle for its own sake and lived for rapine and plunder. Many had heard the prophecy that the hammer would smash the dragon, and took it to mean that Hard Hugh’s triumph was foreordained.”
Two interesting parallels between Hugh the Hammer and Gendry here – both are blacksmiths and high-born bastards. If the prophecy is to be believed can Gendry hammer down the Wight Viserion controlled by the Night King? And, will he be legitimized after the Great War to become King Gendry Baratheon of Storm’s End?
Alt Shift X shares a new theory on what might’ve caused the Doom of Valyria
Civilizations have existed since times unknown. They have risen from nothing, built a unique world rooted in their resources and climate, ran their distance, and then desolated back into nothing. The doom is inevitable. Be it Ancient Greece, Egypt or the Indus Valley, every great civilization has come to an end. The reasons are mostly unknown and mysterious. But there’s always speculation around the excavated ruins.
A Song of Ice and Fire has given us an awe-inspiring world, one that holds ancient mysteries and secrets, much like our own world. Westeros is the dominant force in Game of Thrones (Television Series). But far off in time, this world had a great civilization, Valyria. It’s located to the east of Westeros. The Valyrians were dragonlords who built their empire around the volcanic mountains called Fourteen Flames in the Valyrian peninsula.
Valyrians called themselves the Freehold, they had fought against the enslavers of the time, Ghiscari. All the Freeholders were believed to have a say in Valyria. Through dragons and sorcery, Valyrians built an empire around the world that would be the envy of any rival. Valyria was the capital city. But then, some four hundred years before the current scene of events in Game of Thrones, the doom took over Valyria. Everything around the Fourteen Flames exploded with huge volcanic eruptions. All the great knowledge, dragons, and skills of the Valyrians were lost.
Targaryens were one of the dragonlords of Valyria. Right now, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are the only surviving members of this House. This makes them the only ones with Valyrian heritage in Westeros. We get a glimpse into the ruins in Game of Thrones season 5 when Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister cross Valyria on their way to Meereen.
But how and why did the doom occur? Alt Shift X recently came up with a video on what might have caused the Doom of Valyria.
The video travels through the history of Valyrian civilization. What were the powers and skills that they wielded to build such a magnificent empire? What were the conflicts among the great Houses of Valyria? Which of their activities were potentially responsible for the doom? The involvement of Lannister gold, the Faceless Men, and Targaryens.
The theory connects all the possible dots to build a conclusive evidence of what might have happened to the dragonlords. It presents that the Valyrians became enslavers themselves, taking over the people they conquered, employing them in hundreds and thousands to mine the gold and silver from the footholds of the mountains of Fourteen Flames.
They believed they had descended from the dragons and kept their bloodline pure by marrying into their own kin. Valyrians were advanced in their technology, using Dragonfire and magic to build great towers and colonies. They forged Valyrian steel to make swords, which were in great demand throughout the world. But gradually, conflicts arose among the Houses of Valyria.
Faceless Men are believed to originate among the slaves of Valyria. It’s said that the first gift of death was granted to one of the slaves, who wanted an end to their pain. Arya Stark‘s favorite cult of assassins gradually came for the masters as well.
Now, the Targaryens left Valyria before the doom and settled at Dragonstone. Daenys the Dreamer had foreseen Valyria’s destruction by fire, which was earlier prophesized. They were among the minor lords of Valyria and were called cowards for leaving their homeland.
The prophecy said that the gold of Casterly Rock would become the reason for the doom of Valyria. The Lannisters of Casterly Rock were rich even during the ancient times, and a payment in gold for the Valyrian sword, Brightroar triggered the chain of events. Possibly, amidst the conflicts and pride of the Valyrian Houses, a payment of this gold was made to Faceless Men, who assassinated the sorcerers of the Houses whose magic held the Fourteen Flames.
The theory calls this happening either coincidental and shortsighted, or deliberate and planned. The Targaryens, who have inherited the beliefs of racial superiority and incest from Valyria, were the only ones to survive. They then went on to rule Westeros. Is there a connection between their survival and the doom of their ancestors?
The doom still rules over Valyria, just like speculation and theories rule over us till Game of Thrones comes back for its conclusion in 2019. What are your thoughts on this video? Tell us in the comments.
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