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7 big questions that need answering in Game of Thrones season 7 and 8

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Six years ago, Game of Thrones made its first appearance on our TV screens and now, six years later, it’s rare to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one episode. The biggest show on Earth has sunk so deep into the pores of our mainstream media that even non-watchers have heard tales of Jon Snow and the Mother of Dragons. Whenever I do come across someone who hasn’t seen the show, I immediately begin to lecture them on their ignorance. It’s not ‘Dragons, magic, and all that s**t’, as some Neanderthals chose to respond. It’s infinitely complex, with many big questions introduced and then woven throughout the narrative. Whenever you get close to an answer, a bend in the plot takes you in a new direction. But hey, I don’t need to tell you that.

Every passing season sees more questions added to the already lengthy list of unanswered questions that Game of Thrones fans have built up over the years. Season Six saw some big reveals. We finally discovered who Jon Snow’s mother was. Sticking with Jon, we also saw him return from the dead! Yet, perhaps most crucial of all, we learned the real story behind Hodor’s name (‘Hold the door, Willis!’)  Season 7 is only months away, so what better time to reflect on those really big questions. You know the ones I’m talking about…

1. Will Jon Snow’s true parentage become common knowledge?

How important Game of Thrones characters were related to each other during Jon Snow's birth

At the end of Season 6, fans around the world finally got the answer to the question they had been posing on fan forums since the internets very invention. Jon Snow’s mother was revealed to be Lyanna Stark. Jon, however, was thankfully not another child born of incest, as his real father was discovered to be Rhaegar Targaryen. This makes Jon the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Yet, the only who knows that, we assume, is Bran Stark. The real question here, then, is how/will the truth regarding Jon’s parentage become common knowledge? Well, it’s likely that Jon will soon hear the truth, as Bran his heading south toward Winterfell. The vision of a cripple is not enough to convince the rest of Westeros, however. On the other hand, it’s likely that some other evidence will turn up in Season 7, so prepare for the arrival of Jon Targaryen!

2. If Jon and Danny are both Targaryen, who is then the third head of the Dragon?

7 big questions that need answering in Game of Thrones season 7 and 8

So now that we know that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, the question arises who is the third head of the Dragon? If you’re unaware of this concept, check out the Targaryen sigil above. Notice the dragon has three heads. Each head represents a dragon rider. Aegon the Conqueror was accompanied by his two sisters when he invaded Westeros. Who will accompany Danny and Jon? There are several candidates. Tyrion could possibly ride the third dragon, considering the fan theory that he may also be a Targaryen (Google Tyrion a Targaryen? – if unsure). Bran Stark is another who could occupy the third place, considering the Three-Eyed Raven’s prophecy that he ‘will fly’. However, there is another more sinister theory that the Night King could be the third Dragon rider, after he kills and resurrects Viserion. In a few months time, perhaps we will find out for sure…

3. Why have the White Walkers returned?

Everything you need to know about the Night's King

I don’t buy the idea that the White Walkers are just hateful creatures intent on the destruction of the living. It doesn’t fit at all with the world that  George. R.R. Martin has created. Everything and everyone has a motivation. Whether that is power, glory, or honour. As well as the question regarding the White Walkers motivation, we also have to wonder why have they suddenly returned. They’ve been gone for thousands of years. What was the catalyst that caused them to return? Why now? Hopefully, we get a few flashbacks to clarify this position. It would also be awesome to learn a bit more about the show and book’s deadliest villains.

4. How will the White Walkers bring down The Wall? 

This fan theory based on 3 clues predicts the destruction of The Wall

The TV show doesn’t really touch on this subject. The only information we get about The Wall states that it holds magic that prevents the dead from passing. However, in the books there is much more detail. The Horn of Winter is a legendary horn that the ancient King-beyond-the-Wall, Joramun, used to wake the giants from the Earth. According to Wildling myth, the horn is also capable of bringing down The Wall. In the books, Mance Rayder finds the Horn of Winter. He does not use it though, as he knows that The Wall is the only thing that can stop the White Walkers. The Wall will fall. It has to. Why have a wall that big if you don’t give people the chance to see it crumble? Perhaps the White Walkers will find the Horn. Come the end of Season 7, I’m sure we will find out.

5. Are there any more Children of the Forest? 

Children of the forest Bran Stark is going to witness an interesting vision in episode 5, The Door

Are they now extinct? If so, I think the show could have done more to hammer that point home. Then again, the fact that they didn’t is one of the main reasons why I think a few more may be lurking in the woods somewhere. The Children of the Forest inhabited Westeros before the First Men arrived, 12,000 years before Robert’s Rebellion. After a ferocious war, a peace pact was signed on the Isle of Faces. When the Andals arrived 6,000 years later, many Children were hunted down and killed. As such, they were forced to flee north. The small group who accompanied the Three-Eyed Raven are now obviously dead. Yet, I don’t think Game of Thrones is finished with them.

6. Who will kill The Mountain?

So many people want him dead. Arya, The Hound, the Sandsnakes, the entirety of Dorne. In fact, it’s probably not hyperbolic to suggest that most people, barring Cersei Lannister, want The Mountain to finally enter the seven hells. However, the who is less certain. Of course, everyone would love to say that The Hound will finally get revenge for his childhood sizzling. However, this is Game of Thrones. If we actually got what we wanted, Rob Stark would currently sit on the Iron Throne. I think his eventual demise will come from some unknown angle. Perhaps Jaime. Maybe Grey Worm will find a gap in his armour? By the end of season 7, I think The Mountain will have met his end and we will have our answer.

7. Who will sit the Iron Throne when the dust finally settles? 

7 big questions that need answering in Game of Thrones season 7 and 8

The million dollar question. Will Danny finally get all that she has ever wanted? Will Cersei somehow defeat them all and retain her crown?  Unlikely. Will Jon claim his birthright? Or, will everyone will be dead, with show finishing as The Night King climbs the steps toward the Iron Throne? Hopefully not that final one. Whatever the case, this is the question that has kept everyone hooked from the first book, for readers, and from the first episode, for show watchers. Again, the outcome will probably be unlikely. There may not even be an Iron Throne to claim, come the finale. Wouldn’t that be a twist? The Democratic Republic of Westeros. Perhaps. I want to see Jon crowned, but the Game of Thrones fan in me knows that that hope is foolish. Will I ever learn?!? Nope.







Michael Smith is an entertainment writer and short story writer from Portsmouth, UK. After finishing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, Michael started his own entertainment blog, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blog’, which he is in the process of developing into an official site. Michael’s interests lie in Television, Film and Music. His favorite Game of Thrones character is Ser Davos Seaworth, mainly because of his Geordie accent.

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7 details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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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

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser 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.

 

2. Blackfyre

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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.

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

 

6. Stark sigil

details you might have missed in the House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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

HBO releases House of the Dragon teaser trailer

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.

According to George R. R. Martin, this is the most accurate depiction of the Iron Throne

 

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

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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:

Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

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.

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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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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

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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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