Lion of the Blogosphere

Game of Thrones finale predictions

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Final episode of the series on Sunday. UPDATED!

I predict …

Daenerys kills Jon Snow, Arya avenges him and kills Daenerys, and Sansa becomes Queen of all Westeros with Arya in charge of her Queensguard. #Girlpower wins!

(Unless Arya decides to retire from politics or gets eaten by a dragon, in which case Brienne of Tarth will be put in charge of the Queensguard. #Girlpower!)

The Bran theory

It has been brought to my attention that Bran is the odds-on favorite to become King, according to oddsmakers. Apparently there is supposed to be a leaked script or something on the Internet.

I find Bran hard to believe. Nothing that has happened has caused me to think that Bran is going to be King. Sure, there is the mystery about Bran being the three-eyed Raven, which hasn’t been fully resolved, but Bran has not shown any interest in ruling anything, and we have not seen any evidence that the people want him to be their leader. The people, especially of the North, respect warrior kings like Jon Snow.

The only plausible scenario for Bran becoming King is that Jon and Daenerys both die, which is likely because Daenerys will kill Jon because she wants to kill someone who has a better claim to the throne than she does. If she’s willing to kill Varys, and all of those innocent people in King’s Landing, then Jon is probably next. And then, as I already wrote, I can see Arya killing Daenerys. If she can kill the Night King, she can certainly take out Daenerys.

But then, rule of Westeros seems to naturally fall to Sansa. The series has gone out of its way this season and the end of last season to show us that Sansa is now a shrewd political operator, and she’s already the defacto ruler of the North while Jon isn’t around, and unlike Bran she seems to want the job (Varys told us that someone who doesn’t want to be ruler is the best ruler, but people who don’t want it never get the job), and then there’s #girlpower.

Bran can only become the King if every on refused to accept Sansa because she’s not a man. But I don’t think that’s the un-woke message that they would want to end the show with. Or will there be some sort of Deus ex machina thing involving Bran’s Three-Eyed Raven powers that makes him King? Even though I’m not a fan of #girlpower, Bran has king doesn’t sound like a very satisfying ending, or one that logically follows from what has already happened.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

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  1. Sorry Lion, but spoilers came out a week before last week’s episode. They predicted everything that would happen in the previous episode (a week before it aired). And at the same time the spoilers predicted that in the upcoming episode (which has not yet aired), Jon would kill Daenerys, then abdicate power and head North. Bran would be elected king, and day to day operations of Westeros would be run by a panel of his advisors.

    Considering that the spoilers were highly detailed and predicted everything that happened in the last episode, I have to assume that they are correct about the next episode. I’m going with Bran being king. Would you care to bet money against me?

    MoreSigmasThanYou

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Nope, if you say this was on the internet, then it must be true. I was wrong about Joe Biden, I am probably wrong here also.

      Although I will say that Bran being elected King is even stupider than the #girlpower ending.

      • If that’s the ending I’m sure Bran’s election opponent will want to rebuild the Wall and make the Wildlings pay for it, collude with the Iron Bank of Braavos’ election meddling and end up scalped (incl. ridiculous combover) or cut in half crotch-first by Brienne or Arya when he attempts to grab her by the pussy.

        snorlax

        May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

      • I only offer bet money when my information is better than the information of the person I’m betting against. Usually that means betting on English language vocabulary against someone who speaks English as a second language. I won all my biggest bets doing that.

        My riskiest “sure I’m right” prediction was saying that Conor McGregor had far less than a 1 in 40 chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match.

        When I offer to bet money, I have a 100% track record of being correct.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Predictions are worthless when the writing is this bad. It’s a crap shoot. This show is truly a fall from greatness with hints of decline in season 4 and a huge drop starting in season 5.

        I second what Sigmas said about the leaks. All but confirmed at this point. Further spoilers after this sentence. Sansa rules the north and Brienne becomes the head of Bran’s kingsguard. Arya goes adventuring.

        Aric

        May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “Arya goes adventuring.”

        It’s not uncommon to have a character who rides off into the sunset. A variation of this theme is someone who is fed up with people and goes off to be on their own. I’ve thought Arya has been shaping up to fulfill that role in this show. Especially given what she’s been through as well as her time with the “many faced god”.

        destructure

        May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “Although I will say that Bran being elected King is even stupider than the #girlpower ending.”

        Agreed. But they’ve left a lot of foreshadowing and unanswered questions surrounding Bran. What’s his deal with the Night King? Clearly there was something going on there. Winter was coming. The Night King was linked to Bran and was after him for some reason. The Night King is now dead. So there would be a kind of symmetry if Bran ruled now. I still don’t like it. But I would like for the ending to answer those questions.

        destructure

        May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Bran? There’s a character named BRAN? That in and of itself is risible.

      Can someone tell me how to pronounce “khaleesi”? Is it the Hebrew “kh” guttoral? Or is it just an “h” sound? If the latter what’s the reason for the initial “kh”?

      gothamette

      May 18, 2019 at EDT pm

      • The “h” is silent, and indicates stress on the following vowel, as in “Khublai Khan,” “Khrushchev,” “Khartoum,” “Khashoggi,” etc.

        snorlax

        May 19, 2019 at EDT am

    • “It’s not uncommon to have a character who rides off into the sunset. ”

      Exactly. Want to know why? Because it leaves the possibility of a sequel or an extension open at some point in the future when the time is ripe.

      gothamette

      May 18, 2019 at EDT pm

  2. I think gendry being made a lord was foreshadowing for something significant, but so far this season has been choppy and discombobulated so perhaps it was a random plot point.

    There also has been no closure for the samwell plotline.

    toomanymice

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Samwell becomes King!

      • Samwell 2020! Where’s my bumper sticker?

        The bran theory makes sense. The wheelchair as ‘throne’ being foreshadowing… for seven seasons. Surprising no one caught on. Maybe he can warg the dragon.

        toomanymice

        May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  3. I’m actually predicting that Jon is the one that will kill Daenerys (It’s hard to predict Jon’s ending after that, but he for sure will not be king).

    I also predict that Sansa will be queen.

    As for Arya, I’m predicting she either dies or rides into the sunset (back to Essos maybe).

    markus

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  4. The girl power prediction, in some sort of variation, seems like a good possibility. The last two seasons shows what happens when the TV people have to veer off the books; they default to standard TV tropes.

    In that vein, I predict a girl…any girl, sits on the throne.

    Mike Street Station

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I never watched the show or read the books but they’re so popular I even know some of the names. My prediction: the mysteriously appearing page Daequanervious, of the heretofore unknown island fief of Selmabama, sits on the unbreakable throne and it breaks under her darkling weight. Sort of like Arthur pulling the sword from the stone.

      Bob Hineline

      May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  5. The betting markets apparently say it’s Bran. I doubt Arya will kill Daenerys since she already assassinated the Night King. That would give her two of the biggest kills. I do agree that Daenerys will attempt to kill Snow, the perceived threat to her “birth-right.” Maybe the dragon refuses to set him on fire. Or maybe Bran will finally do *something* and take control of the dragon.

    Vince

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Holy!! Betting markets are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that Bran becomes King. Maybe HBO leaked a fake script to fake people out?

      • Yeah, there’s no way to make money betting on Bran (unless you can trick a blogger into betting on Sansa). The spoilers which were 100% accurate for all the events in the last episode did make some predictions about the next episode beyond Bran being king. You might be able to make money betting on those predictions.

        Apparently the spoilers came from HBO employees who worked in post-production. Shooting multiple endings to avoid spoilers does not seem to have been HBO’s to-do-list. The source has proven 100% accurate thus far. The key to making money would be to get the earliest posted version of the spoilers and not the ones that may have been altered by re-telling.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

      • All in for All-Bran.

        gothamette

        May 18, 2019 at EDT pm

  6. Good guess, you probably nailed it.

    Apparently there’s some Spanish guy who leaked the whole plot for this season, but I haven’t looked.

    snorlax

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  7. I think Jon will kill Daeny, but he will be killed or “take the black” and go north to rebuild the wall.

    Sansa will be on the throne, agreed. I think Arya will retire to Esso to live a life of adventure. Yes. Ser. Brienne will be captain of the “Queen’s Guard”.

    GrassMudHorse

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  8. What will happen.

    * Fat Sam and that girl have a baby, and proudly announce they will raise it as un-gendered.

    * Arya comes out as a Lesbian and gets “hands off my body” tattooed on her stomach. She takes off for that sort of Arabic part of the GoT world, because lots of hot chicks there will do lesbo stuff.

    * Daenerys becomes Queen and immediately begins a forced migration plan to diversity all parts of her new kingdom. Whites in the North are legally discriminated against and become second class citizens. Twitter explodes in joy.

    * Jon Snow says “F this clown world” and heads up beyond the Wall to find another hot Wildling girl.

    * Bran says to Daenerys, “I know what you are up to,” and she says “drakaris” or whatever and the dragon swallows Bran in one gulp, but chokes on the wheel chair and dies.

    * Sansa is forced by Daenerys to work in a brothel, and she immediately begins to organize the sex workers into a union. This becomes the basis for the first GoT spin-off show, “Sansa’s World,” featuring a multi-cultural cast of hot, strong wimmen who band together to fight the patriarchy, which somehow still exists even though the whole world is ruled by the iron fist of a woman.

    THE END

    peterike

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  9. Neither Sansa nor Bran has a plausible path to the Iron Throne. Dany declared Gendry a legitimate Baratheon. If Dany kills Jon and Arya kills Dany, that makes Gendry Baratheon, who is now the lawful heir of Robert Baratheon (who was the last undisputed King of Westeros) the obvious King. Arya will back Gendry because she has a soft spot for him, and he’ll allow Sansa to rule the north. And Gendry will remain Arya’s booty call, rendering Arya the de facto ruler of Westeros. That’s grrl power.

    Kosher Kowboy

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  10. Apparently there are multiple leakers, and they aren’t perfectly accurate because they have to do post-production on scenes with no sound, and they also don’t get to see the scenes in order:

    https://bgr.com/2019/05/08/game-of-thrones-season-8-spoilers-deaths-from-episodes-5-and-6-leaked/

    Some leakers read too much into the scenes, like the guy who thinks that Tyrion is killed in the pit by a dragon for his crime of treason, even though there are numerous scenes with Tyrion advising Bran after Bran choses Tyrion as hand of the King, and even though the leaker admits the footage doesn’t actually show Tyrion being killed.

    Here’s a quote about Bran being elected:

    “When they’re deciding who to elect as king, Sam suggests holding a democratic election and the other nobles laugh at him. That’s before they vote on Bran.”

    Here’s a quote about who kills the dragon queen:

    “Why Jon kills her? At that point Jon is horrified by what Dany has done to King’s Landing, and she gives speeches about how she’ll keep doing it to free slaves from their chains. He’s also convinced by Tyrion that his family will never be safe because he presents a threat to her rule, so he’s motivated by that as well, I’m sure.”

    “Jon doesn’t kill Dany in a moment of madness. It’s more like she becomes hellbent on a particular mode of justice that Jon realizes he will not be able to discourage.”

    “On Jon killing Dany, he tone of it is very tragic. It’s kind of like she’s completely consumed by madness and he’s saying how much he loves her and he’s loyal to her, then he stabs her when he gets close enough. It’s obviously traumatizing for him to do because he does love her.”

    Here’s a quote about why Jon is not king:

    “On Jon taking the black: I’m really unclear about why Jon takes the black, but it seems more like he makes the decision himself, or that he makes the decision in conjunction with other people. It doesn’t seem like he’s forced to do it, or at least not that he’s doing it against his will. He’s pretty defeated after killing Dany. I don’t know 100% about Jon’s epilogue but he’s not just going north to just retire out in the wild, it’s definitely related to the Night’s Watch. Taking the black is what makes him no longer a legitimate heir to the throne.”

    MoreSigmasThanYou

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Also, apparently Tyrion and Jon are both prisoners of Grey Worm after Jon kills Daenerys. Tyrion remains a prisoner until after the council elects Bran. Then Bran names Tyrion hand. As hand of the king, Tyrion sentences Jon to join the Night’s Watch.

      Grey Worm grudgingly accepts that instead of being sentenced to death Tyrion and Jon have effectively been sentenced to community service. Grey Worm then takes his army off to free other slave cities, because that was what Daenerys planned to do with it before Jon stabbed her.

      MoreSigmasThanYou

      May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  11. I read that leak about Bran and it makes no logical sense.
    I’m sure Daenerys is toast. After she’s gone, the next logical ruler is Cerseis brother, Tyrion. I don’t recall Tyrion and Sansas marriage being annulled, and if it is not, AND if another leak is true (Tyrion dying), Sansa would be next in line.
    I hate girlpower as much as you do lion but Sansa is one of the few left who will do a decent job ruling.

    Worse, if Bran becomes king, my social media newsfeed will be full of nonstop whining —- not looking forward to that.

    markus

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  12. O/t – The De Dumblasio decides to run for president, so he went to a swing state like Iowa, where he made a few sneering remarks about the Trumpster.

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-deblasio-in-iowa-2020-presidential-campaign-trump-bully-con-don-20190517-ov3kr7h66vh5llzwfrt6qw5kbi-story.html

    Called Trump “Con Don” and a bully, whom he will confront, toe to toe.

    Will 2020 be a final showdown between De Dumbio and Con Don?

    Meriprolestan will be no more by then, after Godzilla and King Kong smash the Empire State Building.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Get this guy. He’d rather talk about actual politics than about fictional warring nobility.

      You need to get a life, dude.

      njguy73

      May 19, 2019 at EDT pm

  13. It would make sense for Bran to take control of the dragon. He saw it flying above Kings Landing. Bizarre he let Daenary do that. The purpose will be explained. There must be also a role for the letters send by Varys to the Lords of Westeros and maybe from Essos, who will probably come to Kings Landing to help Jon, maybe bringing Brann,Sansa and Brienne, maybe Yara too). Arya has to shut down the green eyes (but maybe the prophecy is for a future spin off).

    I imagine Daenarys sentencing Tyrion and Ser Davos to death by fire, this, provoking, either Arya or Jon, or important people to help them, or maybe Bran controlling the dragon. If Bran controls the dragon, he can burn Daenarys and the unsullied and the remaining Dothrakis. I see Arya disappearing for another life, maybe returning to Essos, after this episode.

    I imagine Jon returning to the true North with the widlings. I believe he feels better there. Maybe he will follow Aemon Targaryan path. They are a bit the same kind of people. It would be sad that Samwell Tarly wisdom wouldn’t be put to good use, next to Bran.

    Bruno

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  14. Daeny becomes surprise Queen offering Green New Deal and free witchcraft care under the slogan: “Spring is Coming.”

    rob

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

    • …or so says one Libertarian chat group.

      rob

      May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  15. Don’t hate me for being that dorky person who humble-brags on not even knowing what it is. (I know now, but never watched it. Don’t have time to watch TV.)

  16. Bran becoming king will make sense in the books. I haven’t read them or watched the show, but that’s my conclusion. The author has the plot outlined in his head and shared it with the TV people, but they decided to pick and choose the wrong parts for the show because they want to push their ideas until the very last minute, whereupon they will tack on the ending that is required.

    random dude

    May 17, 2019 at EDT pm

  17. Hot Pie sits the throne! Sam becomes his queen! Arya turns into a dragon and Brienne is put in charge of tearing down the wall and falls in love with a giant. Jon and Khaleesi patch up their differences and fly to Essos to set up a Slaves R Us! discount warehouse.
    Sansa marries Tormund and they change the locks so that Bran and Tyrion can’t get into Winterfell and so they open up a tavern where Bran uses his powers to fill people’s drink orders before they know what they want themselves. Tyrion starts “Dwarf Toss” night to drum up business on Tuesdays which are otherwise too slow.

    Stupid? Yeah, but probably not as stupid as what will air on Sunday…

    cliff arroyo

    May 18, 2019 at EDT am

  18. I want James from New South Wales to weigh in on what the election of Scott Morrison means to Australia. I can’t trust the BBC.

    for all you who don’t know what I’m talkin about, Australia just had an election and labour lost. I guess that’s good.

    gothamette

    May 18, 2019 at EDT pm

  19. Another episode of Girlz and Gunz! In this one, a guidette-looking chick (you get a decent view of her face only at the end) shoots a big thumper, experts-only rifle and does so quite accurately. Dad should be proud!

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    May 19, 2019 at EDT am

  20. It would also make sense that Gendry Baratheon would sit on the iron throne, as he didn’t want it, and has a legitimate claim to it.

    Bruno

    May 19, 2019 at EDT am

    • Just after Bran who was my favourite option (since series 4), and before Sansa (she likes the North now). I guess it would be interesting to know the different options the writers thought about.

      Bruno

      May 19, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I don’t know. He seemed pretty stoked about being given Storm’s End. “Not wanting” something is not the same as never considering something because it wasn’t a realistic possibility. Now that he is Lord of Storm’s End I could see him pressing his claim if something were to happen to Dany. After all, Gendry is now the legitimate son and heir of the last undisputed King and he has the most certified Tagarayen Blood of any claimant via his grandmother. All Jon has is a cockamanie story backed up by freak gimp brother while Bran has no claim at all and Sansa doesn’t even have a the lawful claim to her own House let alone the entire Kingdom.

      Gendry also seems pretty practical. No doubt it Dany had asked him to marry her in the wake of Jon refusing her offer to rule with her he would have jumped at it in a heartbeat.

      PerezHBD

      May 19, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Gendry has no political power, and the person who made him a lord is the mad Queen who killed everyone.

  21. If I were Arya, I would kill Greyworm to approach Daenerys or take the face of any dead character who remains close to her.

    Bruno

    May 19, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Or, alternatively, she could just tell her brother to man up and marry Dany and then go back to the North never having to worry about any of this stuff again.

      PerezHBD

      May 19, 2019 at EDT pm

  22. Coherent excluding Toomanymice hypothesis that I warg HBO writers’ minds with my own incoherent predictions 😊

    Bruno

    May 20, 2019 at EDT pm


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