The last season of Game of Thrones ended with two big game changers – the Night King breaching the Wall and the revelation of Jon Snow’s parentage and the real name – Aegon Targaryen. The author George RR Martin, who penned down the entire book series revealed three big twists in the series to the producers David and Dan back in 2014. Both the books and the TV series will have these three shocks – two of which have already happened on the show. Read on.
Game of Thrones is a TV series which has been setting up strange ironies and twists in the story since the very first season. Well, when we first watched the show, many of us (except the book readers) had thought that the series is a medieval-setting political drama based on a continent called Westeros. Also, the showrunners fantastically portrayed Ned Stark as the ultimate protagonist of the story, until his gory execution in the penultimate episode of the first season.
We had undergone this big shocking moment in the show and had thought Ned’s son Rob Stark will avenge him and bring justice. But, who knew that he too would be executed by the Freys at the ‘Red Wedding’ along with Catelyn Stark, Talisa, his unborn child, and the poor direwolf – Greywind. But, these were nothing compared to the three biggest shocks and game changers that George himself had revealed to the showrunners – David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Two of these have already happened in the show and one more is still to come. These include:
#1 Shireen Baratheon being sacrificed to R’hllor
It can’t be denied that we had grown too fond of this innocent daughter of Stannis Baratheon when she debuted in the episode ‘Kissed by Fire’ of Season 3. The little girl had no regrets in her life, although half of her face was nearly consumed by greyscale once. She was kept locked away in an isolated tower of the castle of Dragonstone. The only person with whom she was friendly was ‘the Onion Knight’ – Davos Seaworth (along with Patchface in the books). She often mentored him and had taught him to read along with Gilly, during her stay at Castle Black. But, she was burnt at the stake by Melisandre, who had convinced her father that it was the only way to win the battle of Winterfell. This moment not only shocked the fans but also broke down Davos when he found the truth.
#2 Hodor’s big revelation and death
Hodor was the great-grandson of Old Nan, whose stories first introduced us to the threat of White Walkers. He is first introduced to us in the first season as a simple-minded stable boy of Winterfell, who only utters a single word ‘Hodor’, and becomes Brandon Stark’s aide, carrying him around, given his disability to walk. He then follows Bran north of the Wall after the attack on Winterfell by Theon Greyjoy, along with other companions like Osha, Jojen Reed, Meera Reed, and the direwolf – Summer. If it weren’t for Hodor, Bran wouldn’t have ever made it to the Three-eyed Raven’s cave. After being discovered by the Night King, Bran had to warg into Hodor in his vision, in order to escape but he somehow warged into young Hodor (Wyllis) too in his vision. Poetically enough, Hodor sacrificed himself for Bran, holding the door as his name suggests. This was the second shocking moment in the show that broke our hearts.
# What will be the third huge shock?
We haven’t got to know the third huge shock in the show yet. It is expected to pay-off in the final season of Game of Thrones, confirmed to be aired in the first half of 2019, as teased by David Benioff, “… is from the very end…” While we have enough time for the new season to air, here are a few speculations on what it might be:
# Something about the Night King’s past:
George has already proven in his story so far that nothing is purely evil or good. The same can be said about the Night King, whom the show has portrayed to be purely evil so far and of whom we know only a little. Who is he? Why did he return after thousands of years? What is his true motivation? The show will surely spill the beans in the final season and will tie the loose ends together.
# Some more unexpected revelations:
There are queries that the show left us with since the first season, starting from the identity of Jon Snow’s mother. Some of these were answered right away but some still need to be answered. Many fans and theorists every day come up with a new prediction for the final season. For instance, the much-hyped question is ‘What did Varys hear in the flames, that he is too terrified for?’ (Not that he is a merman!) The final season may give us a bittersweet ending but it will only be satisfactory for us if all the dots are properly connected.
# The death of our favorite characters:
We all know that the final season of Game of Thrones is going to be epic with the insane amount of budget being spent on each episode. Many of our favorite characters will possibly die, making it even harder to digest. If two popular theories that suggest that Bran is the Night King and that the probable Azor Ahai will sacrifice his love – are to be believed, the final season will surely shock us for the third time. Many cast members including Sophie Turner have already teased an unpredictable final season.
So, what do think will be the third shocking moment in the series after the gruesome deaths of Hodor and Shireen? Tell us in the comments section.
7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer
HBO gave a huge surprise by releasing the House of the Dragon teaser trailer and Game of Thrones fans couldn’t contain their excitement. The trailer is short, but it still gives us enough information to keep us excited till the time the prequel airs. As usual, we watched the teaser trailer multiple times to spot anything that seemed interesting and we have found out a few details that you might’ve missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer. So let’s get started.
1. We have a Dragon in the trailer
The trailer starts and we have a blink and miss appearance by what seems like a dead Dragon. Can this be Balerion, the Black Dread? We know that Balerion died before the events of Dance of the Dragons occured and looking at the number of candles lit in front of the skull, it sure looks like the Dragon has to be someone as special as Balerion. If you think otherwise, please let us know in the comments.
We finally got a glimpse of the legendary Valyrian steel sword, Blackfyre and it is held by Paddy Considine, who’s playing King Viserys I Targaryen. Blackfyre is a Valyrian steel sword that was once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror and it is the most famous Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen.
3. Dark Sister
The trailer also gives us a glimpse of another legendary Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister, though it is really difficult to spot it in the trailer and it is barely visible for a second. Dark Sister is the other ancestral Valyrian steel sword owned by House Targaryen and it was wielded by Aegon Targaryen’s sister/wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen. In the prequel, the sword will be wielded by Daemon Targaryen. So thanks to the sword, we know that Daemon Targaryen is fighting in the scene.
4. Catspaw dagger
The most interesting part of the teaser trailer features Alicent Hightower holding the Valyrian Catspaw dagger in her hand and this is the third Valyrian blade that we get to see in the teaser trailer. The Catspaw dagger has played a major role in the Game of Thrones TV series. The dagger was used by Arya Stark to kill the Night King and it also featured in a number of important scenes in the show.
5. Tourney at Horn Hill
We see a jousting event happening with two big banners of House Tarly in the background. That can mean only one thing, that the tourney is happening at Horn Hill. Also, in the same scene, we can see the sigils of both the participants.
One happens to be a knight of House Tarly and the other belongs to House Cole and we are assuming that it might be Ser Criston Cole, who will be played by Fabien Frankel in the prequel. If you take a look at the knight on the right side, he’s holding a shield bearing the sigil of House Cole.
We can see the sigil of House Tarly in the photo below.
6. Stark sigil
This is a minor and maybe insignificant piece of information but seeing House Stark sigil in the trailer felt really good and we can also see the sigil of House Bolton next to the Stark sigil.
7. New Iron Throne
It appears that House of the Dragon is going to do things differently and Iron Throne looks different from the one that we have been used to seeing all these years in the Game of Thrones TV series.
As we mentioned in our earlier article, the Iron Throne looks similar to what George R.R. Martin imagined it to look like. Here’s the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne according to George R.R. Martin. The artwork was done by Marc Simonetti for George R.R. Martin’s 2013 Ice & Fire calendar.
What are your thoughts about the details mentioned above? If we missed any details, let us know in the comments section. Do read our article to know everything we know about the cast of House of The Dragon.
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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon
Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.
Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.
Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:
“The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”
This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.
What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!
Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer
Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.
Season 3 Episode 14
Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”
Season 4 Episode 8
Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.”
Season 5 Episode 9
God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.
Season 5 Episode 16
Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?”
Season 5 Episode 16
Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.
Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!
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