There are only two seasons of Game of Thrones left and those two seasons have fewer episodes than previous seasons. Season seven, which starts on Sunday, will be seven episodes long, while season eight will be six. Although on the bright side, those six episodes in the show’s final season will each be about the length of a movie. So you know, it could be worse.
Earlier this week while thinking about the upcoming season, a thought started creeping into my head. It was a similar thought I had while watching The Americans this season, a show that is also rounding third and heading into home. How is Game of Thrones going to end?
Of course no one really wants to think about this yet, certainly not on the cusp of another season. The end means the show is over and do we really want to imagine, let alone theorize, about a world without Game of Thrones? God, things are bad enough as it is. In a world where we need diversions more than ever, there is quite possibly no better diversion out there than Game of Effin’ Thrones.
But all good things must come to an end and it’s true, at some point in the next two years, HBO and George R.R. Martin’s song of fire and ice will be over. So let’s embrace the inevitable, welcome the unavoidable and consider our options here. How will Game of Thrones end?
Let’s get the easy one out of the way first. The show will not end with the Night King sitting on the Iron Throne. I know, I know, Game of Thrones has routinely killed off good guys and honored bad guys. But that was easier to do in the show’s first five and a half seasons. That apple started to turn halfway through last season and I think it culminated in the Starks re-taking Winterfell. Finally, two of the good guys actually won. That’s a sign of things to come; it’s a barometer of sorts. The Night King might wreck some havoc this season, he might kill someone like Podrick in the process, but he’s not winning this whole damn thing.
Or he might? I guess it depends on whether or not Martin is still giving input. Still going with doubtful, though.
So the show won’t end with the Night King winning. And you know what, I don’t think it’ll end with Cersei winning either. Doesn’t it seem like Cersei has kind of over-stayed her welcome? She’s the only reason why the show checks into King’s Landing anymore and the show is becoming increasingly about a world where King’s Landing doesn’t matter. Cersei made sense early on, but now that winter is here and with it, the White Walkers and the Great War, Cersei is a relic, an example of a time gone by. I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure she makes it past this season.
The Night King wins? No.
Cersei wins? Nope.
Okay, then. Anymore bad guys we can cross off the list? How about Euron Greyjoy? He’s a nasty little son of a gun, out there looking for revenge and respectability. Will he win?
Okay, will he be annoying as all hell this season?
Uh, yeah, probably.
And let’s throw this out there, doesn’t it make too much sense for Euron and Cersei to team up this season? Yeah, think about it. Daenerys is rolling into town, Tyrion and a couple Greyjoys in tow, and they have their sights set on that delightfully uncomfortable looking Iron Throne. Cersei is going to need an ally or two and she blew up most of her prospects at the end of season six. She also pissed off Lady Tyrell in the process when she killed her son and grand kids. In turn, Lady Tyrell is looking more and more like she’ll be part of Team Dragon.
That leaves Euron Greyjoy.
That’s a safe bet right there. That’s also going to make you wonder about the fate of Jaime, who most likely won’t be thrilled about Euron angling for his lady/sister. It’d be kind of nuts if Jaime ended up killing Cersei, no? If one of the show’s main themes is redemption, isn’t killing his wicked sister Jaime’s ultimate form of redemption?
Okay, but what about Littlefinger? He’s up in the North, all but has control of the Vale and knows how to drop seeds into Sansa’s head (despite wanting desperately to drop a seaed somewhere else.) Is he a real contender?
Short answer? No.
Long answer? Nope.
The tide is turning on Game of Thrones and with it, Littlefinger’s chances of realizing his dream of becoming king with Sansa by his side. That dude is going to flame out. The talkers always do.
Guess what? The Hound killed that dude moments later. I think the same thing happens to Littlefinger eventually.
So what about the Hound?
No. Just be happy he’s back.
No. Just be happy she’s back.
Really? No chance for Arya?
No way dude. Plus, that’s not Arya’s goal. It wouldn’t even be that satisfying if Arya took the throne because no one wants Arya in charge. We just wanted her back in Westeros doing the dirty things that needed to be done that Starks are generally opposed too and that’s what we have now.
So what about Sansa?
Well, kind of.
Are you ready? This is how Game of Thrones ends.
This season is essentially split in two, broken up geographically between north and south. In the south, it’ll be about Daenerys assault on King’s Landing and unseating the Lannisters, which she’ll do. Yay, Danys retakes the Iron Throne.
Meanwhile in the north, Jon and Sansa deal with rallying their base in preparation for the Great War with the White Walkers. Littlefinger causes some problems, creates some friction between Sansa and Jon, but that eventually gets dealt with and when it does, there is much happiness because Littlefinger is kind of annoying to listen too.
This season then ends with Daenerys meeting Jon, learning about the White Walkers and realizing that job 1 as ruler of Westeros is defending Westeros from the White Walkers, which she does (with fire…she defeats fire with ice…you know, like the title of the book series.) Next season will be all about the fight against the White Walkers, with Targaryens (Daenerys, Jon and (gasp) Tyrion) leading the way.
Of course a lot happens in between all of that. Bran is now officially a wild card, odds are decent enough that we might see Gendry again and you know, at some point Jon is going to learn about his parents. But beyond that, Daenerys gets Westeros, the ladies of Dorne get Dorne and Sansa becomes Queen of the North. Oh and the Greyjoys get the God awful Iron Islands. Yeah, all ladies in positions of power and when this majesty is done, we’ll realize Game of Thrones was some next level, feminist rock star shit.
Well, unless Daenerys comes to Westeros, goes rogue, becomes a bad guy and is eventually killed by Jon. But that wouldn’t happen though.