Game of Thrones Season 8 ended on May 19, 2020, and left us with a number of good and bad memories from the series. It finally ended the last year amid a number of tears and fan theories. The show also had a number of twists and turns at unexpected moments we didn’t realize were coming, especially in the final season. This was with the direction where Daenerys Targaryen’s character arc went in the penultimate episode.
We saw Daenerys Targaryen as a character most-loved by fans who had been addressed in the series by names like ‘Mother of Dragons’, ‘Breaker of Chains’, ‘Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea’ and many others. During the last few episodes of Game of Thrones Season 8, this image however somewhat faded away and the fans couldn’t take the unforeseen shift all of a sudden. Talking about characters like Jon Snow who deserved more through both the perspectives one for him being the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne and the other him being a fan-favorite. Yet as teased by George R. R. Martin for many years, the ending was supposed to be bittersweet but the only cool thing we all loved for Jon was him being reunited with his direwolf Ghost and taking the black and going to the true north where he actually belonged.
Talking about other major characters like Arya Stark and Sansa Stark, the end seemed to be apt with the former refusing to be a lady and deciding to discover ‘What’s West of Westeros, and the latter becoming the ‘Queen in the North’. According to me, Game of Thrones Season 8 did justice to both the Stark sisters by letting them become what they had been trained for several seasons of the series. Talking about Bran Stark, who had been gifted with the ability of Greensight or had become the ‘Three-Eyed Raven’ did deserve more but his powers didn’t seem too useful when it came to the Battle of Winterfell. Talking about the Night King, who was slain by Arya in the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 8, we didn’t actually get to know his actual purpose despite the fact that he wanted to kill the Three-Eyed Raven. But what did those cryptic symbols mean? And, what else was the Night King’s goal after he had killed Bran? I guess the real reason would be unknown to fans until George completes his two remaining books in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. This is also supported by the fact that the Bloodmoon prequel in development was soon canceled by HBO.
Talking about the Lannisters, Cersei and Jaime dying together seemed apt as per one of the quotes by Jaime in the series of him dying in the arms of the woman he loved. Yet, it occurs that long-awaited Valonqar Prophecy remained unfulfilled as we didn’t get to see that play out in the series. Talking about Tyrion Lannister, the ending for his character was one of the best in Game of Thrones Season 8 as he continued playing the Hand of the King, the latest to Bran Stark. Other characters like Ser Brienne of Tarth, Ser Davos Seaworth, and Samwell Tarly too got a satisfying ending in Game of Thrones Season 8 as they actually got what they deserved. Brienne who always wanted to become a knight actually became one in the last season and so did Samwell Tarly who wanted to be a Maester. Ser Davos too continued serving the Seven Kingdoms as an advisor to the King.
Yet Game of Thrones – an epic fantasy TV series which began back in 2011 has finally ended for good, leaving us with numerous memories to be cherished. Though Game of Thrones Season 8 was a disappointment to many fans yet the entire TV series will always remain reminiscent to our generation. We absolutely will keep adoring it and no other TV series will ever replace Game of Thrones. But the only question that remains to be answered is since the series is done and dusted, what’s next in line especially with two more books still remaining unreleased? Let’s explore these possibilities.
Will the next two installments to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ after Game of Thrones Season 8?
Game of Thrones Season 8 was the last season of the entire TV series where we got to see only six episodes. Though the episodes were longer, yet the author of the Book Series has himself revealed that with enough material in the books, the TV series could have lasted for at least thirteen seasons. It has been around ten years since George RR Martin published the third last book in the book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ back in 2011 and the fans have been awaiting the last two installments ever since. Yet the books are more complex than the TV series with numerous characters who couldn’t make it to TV series. Thankfully, George had revealed the ending of Game of Thrones to the showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss so that the series could be adapted faithfully.
Talking about the last two books in the series named ‘Winds of Winter’ and ‘A Dream of Spring’ – all bibliophiles seem to have been waiting for them eternally, As the title suggests the former will show the advent of Winter in Westeros and the later will show the aftermath and how the Seven Kingdoms cope up with it. Yet angry fans often try to blame George and want a more satisfactory ending which they didn’t get in Game of Thrones Season 8. Hopefully, George should do some justice to characters like Daenerys and Jon who deserved more.
Release the damn books, George!
The prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’
There is much expected from the prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ based on the book ‘Fire and Blood’ currently under development by HBO. The series is likely to premiere in 2022 and George R.R. Martin will once again come aboard for it as a co-executive producer. Hopefully, with George coming back for the new series, it will be something better, leaving the fans more contended. Moreover, the series will be written by Ryan Condal.
The wait for House of the Dragon is long. We don’t have any more clues about it apart from the fact that it will be set 300 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones.
More yet to come in Game of Thrones Franchise
We were previously told that at least five more prequel series or as George R. R. Martin likes to call them ‘successor shows’ are still under development. The first series to be announced called ‘Bloodmoon’ was canceled by HBO despite the cast been announced and pre-preparations for the shooting the pilot, done. We guess it will be a long time until we hear about more successor shows under development, not until the ‘House of the Dragon’ witnesses some more developments.
Talking about books from the other series based on the fantasy ‘World of Ice and Fire’, George will likely release more books as he did in 2019 with the first book in the Targaryen History series ‘Fire and Blood’. Yet, fans want him to finish ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series first.
So what do you think is the future of the ‘Game of Thrones’ franchise? Tell us in the comments section below.
Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2
Valyrian Steel Swords are very priceless and magical weapons that are possessed by very few. By the time of Game of Thrones, we see only a handful of individuals who have access to them. But 300 years ago, during the events of House of the Dragon, they were much more in number.
We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon. We covered a few of them in the previous article, here’s the link. Do check it out!
Lamentation was a famed Valyrian steel sword that belonged to House Royce. Ser Willam Royce wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. The sword was torn from the hand of Willam, however, when he was killed during the Ride of the Seven. With Willam’s death, the sword was carried off, never to be found again. However, some rumours claim that Ser Warrick Wheaton slashed a wing off of Syrax with a Valyrian steel sword, likely Lamentation, during the Storming of the Dragonpit.
Dark Sister is a famous longsword of Valyrian steel. It is one of two ancestral swords of House Targaryen. Dark Sister had a slender blade originally designed for a woman’s hand. It was wielded by Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. During the Dance of the Dragons, it was the prime weapon of choice for Prince Daemon Targaryen. Dark Sister was lost when the last wielder of the sword, Brynden Rivers, went missing beyond the Wall in 252 AC.
Longclaw is the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Mormont. It is the same sword Jeor Mormont gifts to Jon Snow at the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones. The Mormonts supported the Starks in their allegiance with Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.
Lady Forlorn is the ancestral longsword made of Valyrian steel belonging to House Corbray. The sword has a heart-shaped ruby in its pommel and its blade is smokey-grey in appearance. Ser Corwyn Corbray wielded Lady Forlorn during the Dance of the Dragons. It was in the possession of Ser Lyn Corbray in Game of Thrones.
Is there any Valyrian steel sword you’d wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Visenya Targaryen by Berkan Ozkan
Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 1
Valyrian steel swords have always been a source of fascination for the fans of Game of Thrones. Made of a fictional metal in the ancient land of Valyria, not many such weapons survive since its doom. They are very rare, priceless, magic-infused and are often passed down as family heirlooms. We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon.
Vigilance is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Hightower. It was last wielded by Ormund Hightower during the Dance of the Dragons and he fought for King Aegon II Targaryen. Ormund was slain by Roderick Dustin during the first battle of Tumbleton, after which the sword was lost forever.
Ice is the ancestral greatsword of House Stark made of Valyrian steel. It is the sword that was wielded by Ned Stark in Game of Thrones. The sword was wielded by Lord Cregan Stark during the Dance of the Dragons, who was the Warden of the North during the period. He supported Rhaenyra Targaryen due to his pledge known as the Pact of Ice and Fire.
Truth was a Valyrian steel longsword carried by Moredo Rogare, a Lysene noble from the wealthy banking Rogare family. During the Dance of the Dragons, the Rogare Bank rivalled the Iron Bank of Braavos in size. We might get a glimpse of the sword in House of The Dragon.
Orphan-Maker is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Roxton with a black blade. Ser Jon Roxton wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. He sided with King Aegon II Targaryen and the sword was used in the Battle of Honeywine and the second battle of Tumbleton. The sword later came into the possession of Lord Unwin Peake, after which its whereabouts are unknown.
Blackfyre is the fabled hand-and-a-half longsword of Valyrian steel once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror. It is perhaps the most famous sword in all of Westeros. Aegon II Targaryen’s possession of Blackfyre enhanced his legitimacy against his rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen, during the Dance of the Dragons. It was lost after the Blackfyre rebellion.
Is there any Valyrian steel sword you wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Aegon I Targaryen by Clark Ocleasa
The Golden Empire of Yi Ti: What’s Game of Thrones’ rumoured spinoff show all about?
About a decade ago, HBO introduced the world to Westeros and its intriguing political drama. Fans of George R. R. Martin’s books were delighted as they witnessed their fantasy come to life. Even though the novel series isn’t complete, the show somehow managed to reach a conclusion, and there were many who were quite dissatisfied with it. However, HBO seems to be quite focused on exploring the Game of Thrones universe even more. Recently, three spinoff animated shows were rumoured to be in talks at their headquarters. One of them seems to be taking place in one of the most intriguing of places in Essos, known as Yi Ti.
Yi Ti was not explored in the Game of Thrones TV series. However, Martin and Elio Garcia’s wonderful Game of Thrones-world encyclopedia, The World of Ice & Fire, devotes a full chapter to it. Yi Ti, which resides close to the Eastern edge of Essos is roughly analogous to China and its sprawling history.
The region was formerly home to a dynasty known as The Great Empire of the Dawn. According to legend, the Empire’s first ruler was a being known as the Gon-on-Earth, the only son of Lion of Night and the Maiden-Made-of-Light. The God-on-Earth ruled for 10,000 years before passing the keys to the kingdom off to his son, the Pearl Emperor. After that, subsequent dynasties were named after precious jewels like The Jade Emperor and the Opal Emperor.
The Great Empire of the Dawn ended when darkness fell in the Long Night and an unnamed hero wielded the sword Lightbringer to bring back the light. Now the governing body of Yi Ti is the Golden Empire. It is ruled by a series of God-Emperors whose dynasties take their names from various colours.
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