Winter is here and the final season of Game of Thrones is right behind it. With only 5 weeks left until the premiere, the Soapbox Staff is going to give you thoughts and predictions each week between now and then. Get Hype!
Let’s play a game of over/under with the final season predictions. Setting the over/under is 2 ½ people that ride a dragon in Season 8, does that go over or under? Actually the one in control of the dragon, not hopping on to ride to safety.
Josh - Definitely over. We already have Daenerys and the Night King riding dragons. Jon is the safe bet here, but I’m going out on a limb to say Arya rides one. The preview for the new season shows her smiling at the dragons arriving. Could be editing trickery, but that’s what it looks like. Arya is one of the most fearless characters on the show and has such a taste for adventure that I can see her at least trying to ride a dragon. I don’t know how much being a Targaryen makes a difference to whether or not a dragon will let you ride it. Maybe none at all. Dany saved Jon’s crew from north of the wall with them all riding Drogon, but she was in charge there. I wonder how Sam will be around the dragons since they torched his father and brother...
Armando - This is kind of difficult to answer. If you ask me how many people will ride and control a dragon, I say 2. Dany and Jon are the obvious choices, as they are both Targaryens and they both have dragons blood. Now as far as who controls alone, without riding, I say 3. Jon and Dany will control a dragon by riding it, but the third? That’s Bran. I feel like he is key in all of this. He is the Warg of all Wargs. He can control any living thing with his mind. With Viserion having been killed and now belonging to the Night King, Bran just won’t stand for that. The Wight walkers will be defeated by the three dragons due to Bran’s help
Stephen – We know Dany is going to ride a dragon, she’s the OG dragon rider in the show. We’ve also seen the Night King on a zombie dragon blasting ice flames into the wall to take it down, so we can assume that he’ll be on it again. That makes two. So the real question is will there be one more person that rides a dragon in the final season. I don’t think Bran jumping in a brain to control it VR style counts as dragon riding (or does it?), so that would leave Jon right? He’s a secret Targaryen for now, so when he finds out, does he jump on a dragon and do donuts in the parking lot? I will take the over and say that Jon ends up on a dragon trying to save the day.
Jamie Lannister might be the most interesting character, plot wise, for the final season. Assuming he is still alive after the Night King is defeated, where does he go from there? Does he go back to fight with Cersei? Stay with Dany and Jon and more importantly Brienne? Or somewhere else?
Josh – I still think Jamie will be the one to kill Cersei. That is if she dies at all. I’ve said before that it carries the most weight story-wise for it to be him that does it. It would put a neat bow on his redemption arc. Still, I believe that whatever we think might happen is going to be thrown right back in our faces. This story has done that at every turn. I hope he joins Daenerys. That way he’d get Tyrion and Brienne back in his life. I don’t know how willing the remaining Starks would be to have him after all the trouble he’s caused them, but if he proves himself in the battle with the white walkers, they may find it in their hearts to forgive him.
Armando – Oh he’s killing Cersei. Go back two weeks ago and you will see my theory on how Cersei meets her demise. That said, he totally redeems himself and joins up with Jon and Dany, and of course, Tyrion. Jaime is the ultimate anti-hero, who I think is going to become a full on hero in the final season. It’s hard not to like him due to his personality and the fact he’s just a bonafide badass, but it’s also hard to like him because he has previously killed his own family without hesitation and, well, he was fucking his twin sister. So gross. Total redemption for Jamie. Slays the mad Queen, and fights for all of humanity.
Stephen – I mean if he is going to go back and fight with Cersei, then why wouldn’t he try to kill Dany or Jon on the way out of the door? That’s where I get stuck in all of this. Maybe I’m discounting how dishonorable that would be and that he wouldn’t do that, but I just can’t see any way where he’s fighting for anyone not on the side of Lannister. Who else is going to keep, or attempt to keep, Cersei in check from going full on Mad Queen and burning everything to the ground as she once promised? I say that he goes back to King’s Landing and deals with Cersei, but won’t go so far as to make the prediction that he kills her…..not yet anyway.
At the end of last season and in the trailer for this season, everyone is accounted for. Cersei is staying put, Jaime is riding north, the boat is heading to Winterfell, and so we know where everyone is at this point. Everyone except for Bronn. Where do you think Bronn ends up in episode 1?
Josh – I’d like to say that Bronn will be in King’s Landing working with Cersei, but Lena Headey and Jerome Flynn hate each other’s guts and will not be in scenes together. I don’t see him riding north to face the army of the dead either. It is not his character to be going out of his way to fight a battle that doesn’t bring him any coin. My best guess is that Cersei will have commanded him to lead some of her army to do some dastardly deeds in the south while everyone up north is preparing for the final battle.
Armando – With Bronn’s storyline being so unpredictable, this one is hard to predict as well. I think it all comes down to amends. Tyrion was the original ally of Bronn, or was it the other way around? Bronn and Tyrion will reconnect, and Tyrion being the genius he is, will ensure Bronn will finally get what he is owed. Bronn, and all his awesomeness, will be key in the war against the white walkers.
Stephen – I would like to think he’ll just take off and go find a Dornish woman before the world comes to an end, that would be the most Bronn thing to do, but I doubt he goes that path. He’s going to go wherever he has the best chance of getting that castle he was promised, so that means he is following Jaime. If Jaime ends up on top, then he’s there and if things look bleak then Tyrion would gladly take him into the fold. Bronn might be the smartest person we’ve seen on the show and he never gets credit for it. He won’t run from a fight, ever, but he’s going to get paid in the process.
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