Winter is here and the final season of Game of Thrones is right behind it. With only 2 days left until the premiere, the Soapbox Staff is going to give you final thoughts and predictions. Get Hype!
Give us one major prediction for the final season?
Armando - This one is so difficult. I love trying to predict sports outcomes, especially football. I even like getting into spreads, the over under, and on really big games even prop bets. With sports though, you have general information about the teams, players and environment. How do you do that with GOT? They have already proven they don’t care about your feelings for any character, and coming down to the final episodes in what seems to be like the ultimate Battle Royale, who the hell knows what’s going to happen?!?! That being said, I’m going to go big with my prediction.
Jon and Dany both die; and there daughter will rule the 7 kingdoms.
HBO has a history of melancholic endings (see The Sopranos). It’s not uncommon for a season of GOT to take on the time frame of a year or two. In the final season, it will be revealed that Dany is pregnant with Jon’s baby, and carries to term. Somewhere during the season they will both die, just not at the same time. Left behind will be Lord Varys and/or Tyrion, who will be responsible for raising the Queen, in which she will rule. You won’t see any of this though. I think the final minutes will just be a shot of the ruins left from the wars, with Varys or Tyrion holding the baby queen.
Josh - I am going with something I hit upon last week. At the end of the show, Westeros will be ruled by the women. We have Cersei in King's Landing, Dany coming for the Iron Throne, Sansa as the oldest heir to Winterfell and if she dies Arya behind her, and Yara Greyjoy will control the Iron Islands. The Sand Snakes already killed the Prince in Dorne and took over there. If Sansa lives and controls Winterfell, I can see Arya taking control of the Vail.
Stephen - I think Armando has been reading my Iron Throne bracket, because he hit on exactly how I think this season plays out. The prince that was promised is going to be a direct result of boat sex at the end of last season. Jon and Dany aren’t making it out alive, so how it plays out for them will be very interesting. The person that actually ends the series on the Iron Throne is going to be Tyrion ruling as Hand for the future leader of the Seven Kingdoms. Since Armando hit on that, let me make another prediction…
Brienne and Jaime are going to be together very quickly in the final season, even though Jaime will be conflicted, and when the fighting starts one of them is going to die while they are fighting next to each other. That is secretly going to be the most heartbreaking moment of the season…unless Podrick dies and then I will lose my entire shit. Jaime is the most interesting character and has had such a great story arch throughout the seasons, so the investment ending like that is going to be so painful to see.
Where does GOT rank in the pantheon of TV series all time?
Armando - It’s definitely up there. This is what HBO does. Given the story line, production value, casting, and acting, I can only think of one show that could top it, and of course it’s The Sopranos.
I don’t necessarily think The Soprano’s is better, but if being original gives you ranking points, it definitely tops the list. The Soprano’s originated and set the standard for the long linear television story. Now you have all the major television players such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Cable networks doing the same a similar story layout. So for me it’s The Soprano’s, then Game of Thrones at a close second. Honorable mention; Breaking Bad.
Josh - I'm not sure if GOT is my all-time favorite show, but it is definitely the greatest television show of all time. The sheer scale of the production is bigger than anything ever brought to the small screen. It's bigger than most movie productions for that matter, but that is only part of what makes GOT the GOAT. The writing is impeccable, the casting is perfect, and the acting is first-class. GOT may just take the top spot for me over Breaking Bad and Deadwood, but I'll save that judgement for after the final season.
Stephen - It’s too soon to tell, but I honestly believe that this will be the last show that is appointment television for when it airs. Netflix and Amazon Prime have changed the game and binge watching TV is the way to go now, so this will be something special. The Sopranos started this type of long form story telling, but GOT is ending the traditional way that we consume it. Both series get credit in different ways, but until I see the final season, I can’t say for certain. Game of Thrones is definitely poised to take the top spot and it’s already on the short list, but we were just saying this about Breaking Bad a few years ago and now there is a Sopranos renaissance for the top spot. This might be too subjective a question, but the way that the writing has been so consistently good for GOT and the amount of deep dive research that’s done with it will not be matched. It’s critically loved and obsessed over by fans and I’m not sure that is ever replicated in this form.
Who ends up on the Iron Throne?
Armando - My response to the first question pretty much answers this one. In the event my prediction is wrong (doubtful), I’m going to say it’s going to be a Targaryen. The only other option that would equally outrage views is to see Cersei maintain her spot at the throne. Which would be totally fucked up, as she is pretty much the one everyone is rooting against, save for a select few. I know a lot of people like to root for the “bad guy”, but Cersei is worse than a bad guy. Given the opportunity, she would literally be a female Hitler.
So if Cersei wins, basically Hitler wins.
Targaryen’s will rule again.
Josh - Cersei. She wins the throne but at such a cost that Tyrion's words will become prophecy. "A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know your debt is paid."
Stephen - During the season, we see Arya kill Cersei and use her face to sit on the Iron Throne. The season ends with Tyrion on the Iron Throne as Hand for Jon and Dany’s boat baby. Three people total sit on the Throne this season.
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