Game of Thrones Season 7 ended with the big reveal of Jon Snow’s parentage. Although his rich heritage was hinted in the TV series a number of times, yet this had led many fans and theorists speculate how this can affect the end-game in the final season of Game of Thrones, and especially the budding relation of Jon and Daenerys Targaryen.
The final season is on the way and has been confirmed to air in the first half of 2019 by the HBO programming president Casey Bloys. Jon’s true heritage will possibly be revealed to him by Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly – the only ones who know the truth. But, it will surely impact the upcoming events of the series. We’ve got a number of theories on how this can go down. Read on.
How will Jon’s parentage prove to be a game changer?
Since, the first season of Game of Thrones we were led to believe that Daenerys and Viserys were the last living Targaryens but, Jon’s role – his heritage and the ups and downs in his journey were teased too. Let’s speculate on how this big reveal can prove to be a game changer for the current events of Game of Thrones.
It can break the trust Northerners place in Jon:
“The North Remembers”– it is an important motto for the Northerners but yet it signifies many things, one of them being the atrocities committed against their alleged house – House Stark. Rickard Stark was executed by the Mad King and his son Brandon was strangled to death. The same happened to Eddard Stark when he traveled south, although this time the Lannisters were involved. The Northerners despise both these houses. We all saw how furious Ser Yohn Royce was on Jon’s decision to meet Daenerys. He said, “A Targaryen cannot be trusted.” But, what will happen when they find out that the King in the North himself is a Targaryen?
It will weaken Daenerys’s claim to the Iron Throne:
After Robert’s Rebellion, the Targaryen dynasty was usurped. The Mad King, Rhaegar, Elia, and her two children – were all killed, while Viserys Targaryen and his younger sister spent their days in exile. The death of Viserys at the hands of Khal Drogo made Daenerys the last living heir of House Targaryen. She has since then vowed to take back her father’s throne. But, the recent revelation of Jon’s parentage will surely weaken her claim to the throne.
What effect can Jon’s heritage cause to his relationship with Dany?
Jon Snow is the true product of Ice (Lyanna Stark) and Fire (Rhaegar Targaryen) and possibly, according to Rhaegar “…his is the song of ice and fire.” Also according to Bran, “ He has never been a bastard. He is the heir to the Iron Throne.” But, how will this big reveal go down on the blooming love of Jon and Dany? Let’s theorize.
Westeros won’t accept an incestuous relation:
In the Westerosi society, incestuous relation can’t be normalized. For instance, we saw how it went down for Cersei Lannister during the Faith Militant uprising in the fifth season. Also, we saw how much Joffrey and Tommen as kings were despised by people like Stannis Baratheon, Ned Stark, and others for being born of incest. It is entirely possible that Westeros will not accept this budding relation of Jon and Daenerys.
It can break Jon and Daenerys apart:
Targaryens Kings have been long practicing the tradition of marrying their sisters like Aegon the Conqueror and his sister-wives Visenya and Rhaeneys. Jon, who is both a Targaryen and a Stark, can probably believe it to be not normal to have a relation with Daenerys who is also his aunt, although the duo is in love. This can also be a part of the bitter-sweet ending that was promised!
The fear of producing a bastard:
Jon has been long been looked down by people such as Catelyn Stark, Alliser Thorne, and others in the TV series for being the bastard son of Eddard Stark. He believes it to be not less than a burden or a curse. In the first season, he travels to the Wall with his uncle Benjen Stark. He befriends Samwell Tarly and reveals to him that he couldn’t make an intimate relation with Ros, a prostitute from the North as he feared if he got her pregnant, another bastard could be born. Even in the books, while having a relationship with Ygritte up in the North, he has the same fears. With the hype of Targaryen children in the future season, it can be possible that Jon ends-up marrying Daenerys, not as a lover but to secure his child’s fate.
The Great War is the only thing that matters:
The Night King finally breached the Wall and is coming for all. In this war, no kingdoms matter neither does the Iron Throne. All that matters is the war between the living and the dead – the war for the fate and survival of the humanity. It is highly probable that Jon will have to make a difficult choice of either accepting or renouncing his new love for Daenerys. After all, the only thing that matters for all is the Great War – between the two mighty forces of Ice and Fire!
So, what do you think will happen when Jon Snow a.k.a. Aegon Targaryen’s true parentage is revealed to all? Tell us in the comments section.
Game of Thrones finally gave us a ‘bittersweet’ ending in the series finale
Game of Thrones finally ended amid a number of tears and fan theories. We all definitely didn’t see this episode like a total ‘bittersweet’ ending coming through. Though many fans complained about the last episode especially with the sudden turn of the character arc of many of their favourite characters, we couldn’t have expected Game of Thrones to end in a different fashion.
In this post, we talk about the ending of Game of Thrones and how the showrunners managed to uphold the ‘sweet’ amid the ‘bittersweet’ ending and a major death in this episode. What follows is a bunch of spoilers from the latest episode, so you’ve been warned before you proceed!
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 6 opens up with the aftermath of the battle of King’s Landing in the previous episode ‘The Bells’. As we see Jon, Davos, and Tyrion taking a walk through the ruins of the capital, we also witness Unsullied execute the prisoners of war. This leads us to Daenerys who is showing the true Targaryen traits of ‘Fire and Blood’ and is still willing to liberate other kingdoms in Westeros in her speech to her armies. Tyrion – who has now been taken prisoner requests Jon Snow to do what is in the best interest of the realm and suggests ending the terror.
Though we initially think, Jon will be firm on his decision of following his queen yet his honour demands him to execute Daenerys, ensuring the safety of Westeros. Though one may find Daenerys’ death challenging to watch, the best part here was the melting of the Iron Throne by dragon-fire. The Iron Throne as the chronicles suggested was forged with dragon-fire, yet watching it melt away in flames was truly poetic. After Drogon flies away with Daenerys Targaryen’s corpse, we see a time jump, leading to the meeting in the Dragonpit and discussing the future of the realm after the last war.
The council decides to vote for ‘Bran the Broken’ as its one true ruler, however, the North is declared as an independent kingdom. Jon Snow is sent to the Wall, ensuring his safety where he reunites with Ghost and Tormund Giantsbane. Another time jump shows us Ser Brienne of Tarth – the new Lord Commander of the King’s Guard filling up the pages of the White Book with the last honourable deeds of Ser Jaime Lannister. A small council meeting is held where Sam who now is the Grand Maester presents the work of Archmaester Ebrose, which is titled, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and King Bran decides to find Drogon’s location. He then leaves the room for the council members.
In the end, we see Arya Stark sailing West of Westeros, Jon leading the Wildlings back to their homeland and Sansa Stark being declared the ‘Queen in the North’.
Yet, the series finale manages to uphold the sweet part in the bittersweet ending by showing us how the terrors of every war need to come to an end. Maybe most of us expected Jon or Daenerys or both as the ruler(s) of the Seven Kingdoms yet ‘the wheel’ needed to be broken in the end with the events that followed Robert’s Rebellion. Westeros deserved a much-awaited peace and prosperity from all the horrors of wars and the monarchy of one king after the other. Westeros, in the end, gets a democratic rule – where lords and ladies get to decide who rules over them. This, in my view, is the best possible ending for Game of Thrones at this point in the series when we’ve seen how the common folks suffer the spoils of war.
Lastly, talking about Jon and Daenerys and their love never coming to terms, this wasn’t going to be the case after Dany underwent such a bend in her character that there was no turning back. She had to die in order to ensure the fulfilment of her dream of breaking the wheel. Jon Snow, on the other hand, was meant to remain in the North – either by being King in the North or by joining the Night’s Watch. But, he being the King would again force him into the dilemma of choosing sides and taking even tougher decisions – which would again be something he would never want.
So, this was my take on the ‘bittersweet’ ending of Game of Thrones. What about you? How satisfying was the final episode of Game of Thrones for you? Tell us in the comments.
The best and worst moments from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5
The penultimate episode of Season 8 is out and the episode was a mixed bag. With only one more episode to go and a lot of ground to cover, the episode seemed rushed. And well, more people died in the Battle of the King’s Landing that they died in the Battle of Winterfell against the Night King and his army.
Here are some of the best and the worst moments from the fifth episode.
The Best Moments of Episode 5
Game over for Lord Varys
Lord Varys was a proper player. Lesser men and women fought for the Iron Throne and Varys served them all. But his loyalty was always to the realm. So, when he predicts Daenerys’ madness and comes to know of Jon’s true parentage, he is quick to shift his loyalties to Jon and he tries to convince Jon to press for his claim. Daenerys soon finds this out from Tyrion. And just as expected, sentences Varys to die, burning him with dragonfire.
Varys is sitting in his chambers writing a letter to someone about Jon’s true parentage. But he quickly senses that his game is up. He burns the letter, removes his ring and is ready when the Unsullied come for him. As he stands before Daenerys, he looks into Tyrion’s eyes and says, “I hope I deserve this”. Then adds, “I hope I am wrong”. Moments later, Drogon breathes fire. In her defence, Daenerys had warned him once, “If you betray me, I’ll burn you alive”.
Tyrion returning the favor to Jaime
Once upon a time, Tyrion, a prisoner marked for death in the Red Keep dungeons, was freed by Jaime at great risk. In the fifth episode of Season 8, Tyrion got the chance to return the favor. He sets Jaime free and asks him to go to King’s Landing and save Cersei. As the two brothers hug each other, it was a poignant moment reminiscent of the time when the two had hugged earlier when Tyrion was running away from the Red Keep.
Daenerys the Mad Queen
It was absolutely shocking to see Daenerys’ first look in the episode. She looked paler, her hair were in disarray, and her eyes were sunken. And we also know that she hadn’t been eating all that well! The impending madness is down on her. “Every time a Targaryen is born, God flips a coin”, it is said. Daenerys looked like she was different. But now, she is proving worthy to be called the daughter of the Mad King.
The much-awaited showdown between The Hound and The Mountain finally happened in episode 5. And everybody was left wondering what exactly Qyburn did to Ser Gregor. As Sandor’s sword cuts through Gregor’s armor and pierces his belly and the sword comes out at the back, The Mountain simply takes out the bloody sword and tosses it aside. He refuses to die by something as commonplace as being stabbed. One can’t help but wonder if he should have been sent North to fight the Night King and it would all have been so much easier.
Daenerys and Drogon on fire!
Daenerys is again riding Drogon at the start of the battle, and this time the two are prepared for the Scorpions on the Greyjoy fleet! Last time she rode out from the clouds, Euron was waiting with loaded Scorpions and Rhaegal ended up crashing into the sea. But this time, Dany and Drogon are on fire, literally, and the Scorpions are no match for them as they dodge arrows and go straight for the fleet, destroying it real quick!
Jaime meets Cersei – one last time
An injured Jaime makes his way inside the Red Keep and finds Cersei. The moment when an alone and defeated Cersei spots Jaime is so beautifully captured. Cersei got a lot of hate on the show, but in those final moments, all you can see is a vulnerable and helpless woman, wanting to save her unborn child. Lena Headey has poured her heart into the scene and for a moment you feel sorry for Cersei. As she tells Jaime that she doesn’t want their child to die, Jaime is equally helpless. Rocks block all the exits and outside Drogon is creating havoc burning down everything.
The Worst Moments of Episode 6
The Golden Company – why were they even introduced?
The introduction of the Golden Company, a troop of the best sellswords money can buy, must go down in history as a cameo performed by the largest number of people on any show ever! And what was all that hype about Harry Strickland, the captain of the Golden Company? He had screentime of what, 70 seconds? And a very unimpressive death to top all the pointlessness. Times like these, one should thank God that they did not bring the elephants!
Jaime and Euron fight it out
So ever since Jaime lost his sword hand, we knew he was a mere shadow of the man he was earlier. And his sword practice with Bronn established this further. We could handle watching Jaime cut down witless wights. But Jaime killing Euron in single combat, single-handedly (excuse the pun!) was a bit too much to take. And Euron was a seasoned warrior! But Jaime manages to fatally wound him and walk off to look for Cersei.
Okay, we get it. Daenerys is going crazy and is becoming too ruthless for her own good. We get it that Jon AKA Aegon Targaryen can prove to be a much better ruler. We did not need over 30 minutes of Daenerys burning down everything just to get the point. The only thing missing in the carnage was Daenerys shouting “Burn them all!”
Arya, just being there
Arya came to the King’s Landing for killing Cersei but ended up being a POV character who notices death and destruction everywhere. That is literally all Arya did in the episode – look around at people being burned and buildings collapsing and a good deal of running. Finally, she rides away from the ashes and ruins on horseback.
With only one more episode to go, I wonder how they will be able to wrap up all the subplots. In all probability, they won’t. But I do hope we get an ending that is worth the wait and all the emotional investment.
19 details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5
Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 finally aired and it left the fans stunned as we saw Daenerys turning into the Mad Queen and destroying King’s Landing. Just like Jon and Tyrion, the fans were shocked and couldn’t believe their eyes. The episode had some stunning moments and we finally got to see Cleganebowl. In addition to this, there were a lot of deaths in the episode and a lot of hidden details and callbacks to earlier seasons as well.
Let’s take a look at the details you might have missed in Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5: The Bells.
1. Opening credit scene got updated
In Game Of Thrones season 8, the opening credits have been changing with almost every episode to reflect the significant events that have occurred in the previous episode. In the last episode we saw how effective Cersei’s new scorpions were, when Euron used them to shoot down Rhaegal.
Cersei made sure that King’s Landing was properly protected, as the walls of the city were lined with numerous scorpions. At the end of the episode, we again got to see those scorpions on top of the main gate, when Missandei was executed and now the opening credits have added those scorpions on top of the gate for this episode. These scorpions weren’t a part of the opening credits for the previous episodes.
2. Call back to Ned Stark’s letter to Stannis Baratheon
We saw Lord Varys writing a letter at the start of the episode. The letter contained information about Jon Snow’s birth parents. We had a similar scene in season 1, where Ned Stark wrote a similar letter to Stannis Baratheon. That letter contained information about Joffrey Baratheon’s birth parents.
3. Lord Varys tried to poison Daenerys
The episode starts with Lord Varys writing letters which tell the truth about Jon Snow’s parents and then a girl named Martha visits his chambers and talks about Daenerys not eating her food and then she leaves. It appears like a regular scene involving Varys, where he uses his Little Birds to spy on other people. However, if you pay attention, you might notice that the scene tells us something different. Something really dark. It appears that Lord Varys tried poisoning Daenerys Targaryen.
The moment Martha enters the room, Varys asks, “And?” This means he was expecting something to happen and Martha responds by saying, “She won’t eat.”
“We’ll try again at supper,” says Varys, which is really weird as it makes no sense for Varys to be so concerned about how much food Daenerys is eating. He’s already trying to make Jon Snow the king and he wouldn’t care if she has had food or not.
Martha looks scared and she says that the soldiers are watching her. Varys then asks her about the thing he has told her in the past. She replies, “The greater the risk, the greater the reward.”
Martha works in the kitchens and has no way of being close to Daenerys to learn about any secrets that Dany is hiding and everyone knows what Daenerys is planning. So it clear that they weren’t talking about spying on Daenerys.
So when you think of it, Varys and the visibly scared Martha attempted to kill Daenerys by poisoning her food.
4. Varys’ execution spot
Tyrion told Daenerys that Varys had betrayed her and we knew what that meant for Varys. Grey Worm put Varys in shackles and took him to the same location where Stannis and Melisandre had burned people alive in season 4.
5. Sail to Pentos
In season 4, Tyrion told Shae to leave for Pentos and also told her that a ship was waiting for her. “You will have a comfortable life in Pentos,” Tyrion told Shae.
Tyrion did the same thing for Jaime and Cersei in the latest episode. He told Jaime to take Cersei and go beneath the Red Keep and on further going down, they would reach the beach where a dinghy would be waiting for them and added that if the winds are kind, they would reach Pentos, where they could start a new life.
6. Bran’s vision
In season 4, we had seen a number of Bran’s visions and one of them included a Dragon flying over King’s Landing. People were wondering if it was a vision from the past or the future as we had never seen that vision in the show.
In the latest episode, Bran’s vision finally came true. It’s a bit odd though, as Bran can only see events that are happening in the past or in the present and even Isaac Hempstead Wright has confirmed it during an interview.
This isn’t the first time though where his vision showed us the future. We had seen the destruction of the Sept of Baelor in his visions as one of them involved the Wildfire explosion that occurred when the Sept of Baelor got destroyed.
7. Sack of King’s Landing Part 2
The Sack of King’s Landing was a major event that happened during Robert’s Rebellion and was carried out by the Lannisters, who were led by Tywin Lannister. Throughout the war, Tywin stayed neutral. However, after the death of Rhaegar at the Trident, Tywin appeared at the gates of King’s Landing along with his army and requested the gates to be opened, so that they could enter the city.
Lord Varys adviced Mad King Aerys not to do that but Grandmaester Pycell somehow convinced Aerys, who then ordered the gates to be opened and it ended in the sack of the city.
We got to see another sack of King’s Landing in today’s episode and this time the situation was reversed. House Lannister was ruling Westeros and House Targaryen entered the city and sacked it.
8. Callback to the destruction of the Sept of Baelor
While Daenerys was destroying King’s Landing, Cersei was standing and looking at the carnage that was unfolding in front of her. If you look carefully, it’s the same spot where she stood in season 6, while she saw the Sept of Baelor getting destroyed. Even the camera angles are almost identical. Sadly for Cersei, she was the losing side this time.
9. Wildfire explosion
Daenerys caused a lot of destruction in King’s Landing. If you looked carefully, in some of the scenes, you could see Wildfire explosions. We know that the Mad King had placed Wildfire at different places in King’s Landing and it’s possible that some of them stayed hidden, untill Daenerys rained fire on the city, which resulted in Wildfire explosions at different places in King’s Landing.
10. Queen of the Ashes
We have heard this phrase multiple times during the show. Tyrion first used this line while speaking with Daenerys and told her that she could conquer Westeros easily but she wasn’t there to be the “Queen of the Ashes” and she agreed with him and later during the same episode, Daenerys used the same line while speaking with her allies.
Sadly she ended up becoming the very thing she didn’t want to become.
11. Daenerys’ Vision
In season 2, Daenerys entered the House of Undying and she had a few visions and one of them was that of the destroyed Throne Room in the Red Keep with snow falling on the floor. Naturally, people assumed that it was related to the show ending with the White Walkers destroying everything. We finally found out that it was ash and not snow that was falling and Daenerys was the person who did that. It will be really interesting to see how the show ends.
12. Even Bran had the same vision
Bran had another vision in Season 4, where we got a glimpse of the destroyed Throne Room in the Red Keep.
13. The debt has been paid
“A day will come when you think you are safe and happy and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid”
This is what Tyrion told Cersei in season 2 and it literally happened in the latest episode. Cersei was confident that she would win the war and that the Iron Fleet and her scorpions would easily kill the last Dragon. Sadly her hopes were dashed and soon Daenerys went on a rampage and turned the city into ashes. Even though Tyrion wanted Cersei to escape and stay alive, she died in King’s Landing amidst rubble and ash. A Lannister always pays his debts.
14. In the arms of the woman I love
Back in season 5, Jaime Lannister told Bronn that he wanted to die in the arms of the woman he loved and that’s what happened in the latest episode. Jaime came to save Cersei and they somehow managed to escape, but their luck ran out when the exit was blocked with rubble and as Daenerys continued destroying the Red Keep, the castle collapsed on them, with Jaime holding Cersei in his arms.
15. Daenerys’ speech to the Dothraki
In season 6, Daenerys eliminated all the Khals and became the leader of the Dothraki. While moving with her Khalasar, she got reunited with Drogon and gave a speech to the Dothraki and asked them if they would follow her to Westeros. Here’s what she said:
“Every Khal who ever lived chose 3 blood riders to fight beside him and guard his way. But I am not a Khal. I will not choose three blood riders. I choose you all. I will ask more of you than any Khal has asked his Khalassar. Will you ride the wooden horses across the black salt sea? Will you kill my enemies in their Iron suits and tear down their stone houses? Will you give me the Seven Kingdoms, the gift Khal Drogo promised me before the Mother of Mountains?”
In the latest episode they tore down a lot of houses and Daenerys even took down a castle.
16. We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground
In season 2, Daenerys reached the gates of Qarth and was welcomed by the Thirteen. However, things didn’t go as planned and they were denied entry into the city. At that moment Daenerys threatened the Thirteen:
“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who have wronged me. We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground. Turn us away and we will burn you first.”
Now that she has a grown dragon, she laid an army to waste and burned King’s Landing to the ground.
17. Arya calls the Hound using his name for the first time
“The Bells” gave us an emotional scene as the Hound acted as a father figure and ensured that Arya didn’t let hatred consume her as it would result in her death. It was a really emotional moment and Arya understood what the Hound was trying to tell and she listened to him. However, before she left, she called him by his name and thanked him.
This is the first time we heard her calling him by his actual name and sadly the last time as well.
18. Arya and the White Horse
Towards the end of the episode, we saw Arya Stark struggle for her life as she tried to escape the destruction and she came across a White Horse, which she used to ride out of the city. People are speculating that the horse refers to a passage from the Bible: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
You can read about it in detail over here.
19. Harry Strickland’s horse
If you look carefully, you will realize that the White Horse that appeared in the end was Harry Strickland’s horse. For those people who feel the horses are different, just check both the scenes and compare the patch on the noses of both the horses. It’s the same. Two horses can have same colour but it’s really difficult to have identical patches.
Please let me know in the comments section if I have missed any details.
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