Who is it going to be? Who is going to sit on the Iron Throne and live happily ever after?
The end of 2018 is almost here which means, much like winter, the final season of Game of Thrones is approaching. There are still several smaller plot points that have been working towards this ending for years that will be paid off, but what do we want to see the most? Sure, the Iron Throne is the main plot and who ends up on it is going to determine the end, but if we’ve learned anything from GRRM, it’s that it’s not going to go how you think it is. He’s on record as saying “if you think this has a happy ending, then you haven’t been paying attention”, but just how far will it lean to “unhappy” George?
I have my thoughts on who ends up on the Iron Throne and now that we know who Jon’s real parents are there are definite front runners, but there are other smaller character arches that I want to see resolved more than who ends up ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Here are a few that I need resolution to.
Will arya finish her list?
There aren’t many left on that list at this point, but one very important name is left….Cersei Lannister. Arya is in the North and we have an almost complete Stark reunion complete, but once Jon is there, do you really think he’ll let her end up in harm’s way with the Army of the Dead? He won’t let her fight and she won’t be put in the corner, so what is she going to do? When the shit hits the fan, I have a feeling that she’s going to leave and go finish off her list. Why would they keep talking about the list if she isn’t going to complete it and we know that The Mountain and Cersei are on the list and are never more than a few feet from each other, so why wouldn’t she just leave and go finish what she started? Alone?
I’m not so sure. The Hound and Arya were the best duo in the history of the show and he’s headed back too, so my theory the tag team killing world champs dust off the belt and head back to Westeros together. The Hound to finally go for The Mountain and Arya to go for Cersei. There wouldn’t be a better tag team match-up available to the show in the final season than that. I am worried that Cersei has some mad queen problems and Jamie will be the one to take her out like he did with the mad king, but Jamie is ultimately on a redemption path of his own and he that leads him away from her for good and someone else will have to fill in. With Jamie not doing it, then you can’t really see a world in which Dany and Cersei fight it out hand to hand. That has never been the strength of either of them. This makes the most logical sense.
jamie and brienne do more than fight together
Now that Jamie has finally gotten free of the toxic relationship of his sister, he is heading North to honor his pledge. There aren’t many that he’ll find in the North that think he is honorable, but we know one tall drink of water that does. Brienne of Tarth knows the real Jamie and knows him better than even his family at this point. When he shows up, he’ll be there on his word and part of that word compelling him to go has to be Brienne. The romantic tension between them has been there for a long time now and there is no way that their past isn’t tied together in the final season. Everyone outside of Tormund wants to see this happen and them fighting together for the greater good would be one of the payoffs that everyone would root for. It’s also part of my reasoning for thinking Arya goes for Cersei because the show isn’t ending the second the Night King is defeated and would Jamie really join an army to go back and try to kill his sister?
That wouldn’t be believable, but with her dead and him with Brienne, then you could see Tyrion talking him into staying and fighting for the right side for once. Him looking at the empty book with Joffrey and saying “there is still time” is something that I personally want to see fulfilled the most. Fighting the army of the dead and saving the Seven Kingdoms before serving as Kings Guard to a ruler that wants to make the world a better place would be a happy ending for him. I’m not sure that he gets a happy ending, but that’s as close to full redemption as I think we see.
What happens to Tyrion?
Tyrion of House Lannister was and is the favorite of GRRM, so why do we just assume that he doesn’t end up on the Iron Throne? He’s made it this far and do you really think that Dany and Jon are going to conquer the world and live together in a world full of peace that they built? I’m not sure how it ends, but there is zero chance that both Jon and Dany live to the end of the final season. I would go so far as to say that the odds of either of them living is small. The only person that has the experience and the backing if Dany and Jon are both gone would have to be Tyrion, right?
No Lannister would be in line in front of him because they are all dead and if Sansa were going to support anyone that isn’t a Stark, wouldn’t it be Tyrion? She may hate the rest of the Lannister’s, and rightly so, but they were married and he always treated her with honor and respect. Something that nobody else did when she was there, that’s for certain. So he has the backing from the Lady of Winterfell, Bronn would most certainly rejoin him, and whatever is left of the Greyjoy’s would be there if he agreed to keep the peace that Dany promised them. Varys has his back for certain, so I wouldn’t call this a long shot by any means. He knows how to rule from being Hand of the King, knows strategy from being Hand of the Queen, and damn sure knows how to play the game. I just don’t see him being there next to Dany or Jon at the end…especially since he is the most beloved character of the author. His payoff is going to be bigger than that. He didn’t live this long and do this much just to be upper management in Westeros. I just don’t believe that. He’s the person I’m watching the closest this season.
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