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GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8: BATTLE OF WINTERFELL

I am looking forward to the upcoming final battle of Winterfell in Game of Thrones Season 8. If the rumors can be believed, then this one battle is going to be the longest battle ever filmed in either movie or television. Like many battles we saw in the series, we will be seeing that battle unfold from the point of view of several characters. The filmmakers said they drew inspiration from the Battle of Helms Deep in The Lord of the Rings.

Now let us take a look at the numbers and advantages of both sides are. For the White Walkers, Daenerys claimed that their army consisted of at least 100,000 wights, at least three giants, at least 99 White Walkers, and one undead dragon that is powerful enough to breach the Wall. Now that the Wall is breached, the Army of the Dead will continue to grow in number with each castle, town, and village that crosses their path. By the time they reach Winterfell, the Army of the Dead may number to about 120,000 or 130,000 strong.

For the living, the White Walkers will be up against the combined armies of the North, Vale, Unsullied, and Dothraki. Due to the casualties they sustained throughout the War of the Five Kings, the North’s current military strength has been stated to be less than 10,000. Due to remaining neutral throughout the War of the Five Kings and participating in only a single battle, the Knights of the Vale are still at full strength at 20,000 strong. Due to the casualties they sustained while occupying Meereen and taking Casterly Rock, the Unsullied’s numbers have shrunk from 8,000 to between 7,500 and 7,000. The Dothraki participated in a single battle when they numbered 100,000, but they still have a respectably big army between 90,000 to 80,000 strong. There are rumors that Jaime Lannister will try to rally of the remaining Riverland armies on his way to the North. Since the Riverlands was where the bulk of the fighting took place in the War of the Five Kings, it is likely they can only muster between a few hundred or a few thousand at best. In total, Winterfell will be garrisoned by an army that was between 120,000 to 130,000 strong. Also, this alliance will be armed with dragonglass, two dragons, and a few Valyrian steel blades. In addition, there have been reports that Wintefell’s defenses will be greatly increased as well.

Due to these numbers and advantages, it looks like the armies of the living and the dead are evenly matched and it could be anyone’s fight. One way for another, the fate of the Seven Kingdoms and probably the Known World will be decided at Winterfell. And the heroes still have Cersei Lannister to deal with afterwards. It is going to be an epic final season!

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THE BLADE THAT WAS BROKEN

I like to think of the Stark’s ancestral sword, Ice, to be the Game of Thrones version of Narsil from The Lord of the Rings. Narsil was broken when cutting the One Ring from Sauron’s hand before being reforged into Anduril the Flame of the West. With Ice, it was destroyed and reforged into the twin swords Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail in an attempt to make the Lannister’s short lived victory over the Starks complete and absolute. Now, both halves of Ice are going to be in Winterfell next season and it was rumored that they will be remade back into one sword at the end of the series. Due to the fact that only a handful of people know how to reforge Valyrian steel, some people may be skeptical about this rumor. However, Gendry’s blacksmithing mentor was the one who remade Ice and knew how to reforge Valyrian steel. It is possible that he may have taught Gendry some of his tricks in working Valyrian steel. If this is the case, then Gendry might reforge Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail back into Ice just as the shards of Narsil were reforged into Anduril. George R. R. Martin did say that he was a fan of The Lord of the Rings so he may go this route by having Ice become the Game of Thrones version of Anduril.

QUEEN SANSA STARK

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I came across an intriguing rumor that Sansa Stark will win the Iron Throne in the end of Game of Thrones. At first, I was against this, but now I know it makes sense. It is all but confirmed that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will die along with the remaining two dragons. Also, it was rumored that Bran Stark will die after he fulfills his purpose as the new Three-Eyed Raven. If both Jon and Daenerys die without an heir and if Bran dies as well, then Sansa would be next in line to the Iron Throne due to her aunt Lyanna’s marriage to Rhaegar Targaryen and being Jon Snow’s cousin. I guess Lyanna Stark unwittingly gave her nieces and nephews the biggest inheritance of all when she married Rhaegar. This is similar to how Elizabeth I died without an heir and she was succeeded by her cousin James VI. If this happens, then the Iron Throne will finally be legitimately inherited for the first time since the beginning of the Mad King’s reign. Sansa’s time in King’s Landing and her tutelage under Littlefinger have taught her the cutthroat politics and treachery needed to keep the Iron Throne and destroy her enemies. It is ironic, Littlefinger has been grooming Sansa to be his queen in his own quest for the Iron Throne, but she might become queen all on her own in her own right. Also, this would be the start of a Stark Dynasty ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Some people might think Sansa might lose the Stark name to her next husband, but this is not necessarily the case. During the Andal Invasion, there were cases in which husbands would inherit their wives’ surnames when his wife’s family has no other male heirs. This happened with the Lannisters a few times so it could happen with Sansa and the Stark bloodline and name will survive. Thanks to everything Sansa has learned and experienced, House Stark will never be betrayed or destroyed again. Even though Harrold Hardyng, heir of Robin Arryn, has not appeared in the show, I think he will be Sansa’s King Consort just like Albert was with Victoria. Throughout the series, we thought Margery Tyrell or Daenerys Targaryen were the prophecised queen destined to take everything away from Cersei Lannister. Now, it looks like it will be Sansa, the girl Cersei and Joffrey abused and tormented for years and whose father they murdered in front of. If Sansa usurps Cersei, she will be out for bloody revenge against the Mad Queen and I cannot wait to see it! Sansa of House Stark, The First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals, the First Men, and the Rhoynar, Lady of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, and the Queen in the North! I like the sound of that!

“BUILD THE WALL!”

I had a funny idea regarding Trump’s obsession with his vanity wall project. In Game of Thrones, the character known as Hodor had a seizure and kept saying “Hold the door” until it slurred into “Hodor” and it became all he could say. What if something similar happens to Trump where he has a seizure and keeps saying “Build the wall” before slurring it into “Billall” and it becomes all he can say. Lately, talking about the wall that will never be built is all Trump talks about so I thought it would be fun if this happened to him.

THE NEW NIGHT QUEEN

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In the books of A Song of Ice and Fire, it was mentioned that the original Night’s King had a consort. With this in mind, I heard a literally chilling rumor that Cersei Lannister will become the new Night Queen. When you think about it, it is not as unusual as you might think. The reason for this is because even if she gets the Golden Company, amasses more wildfire, and builds more anti-dragon scorpions, she is hopelessly and hilariously outnumbered and outgunned by both the Starks/Targaryens and the White Walkers. When her attempts to fight both factions continue to fail, she will become desperate enough to literally sell her soul to the devil. Becoming the Night King’s new consort would be the only way she could escape defeat and hold onto what little power she has left. She is definitely crazy and desperate enough to pull something like that off.

THE FATE OF HOUSE STARK

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After further analyzing the plot leak for the final season of Game of Thrones, I think I have found a deeper meaning to the bitter part of the ending. Based on the plot leak, House Targaryen will survive through Jon Snow, Daenerys, and their children. However, because Jon was never a Stark to begin with, his children cannot claim the Stark name and will instead inherit the Targaryen name. After fulfilling his purpose as the three-eyed raven, Bran Stark will die and the legitimate male bloodline of House Stark will die with him. Neither Arya nor Sansa show any signs of producing an heir anytime soon. Because Arya is so independent, she is not the kind of person to settle down and start a family. In addition, Arya was stabbed where her womb would be by the Waif while she was in Braavos, which could have destroyed her ability to have children. Also, we have no idea what Ramsay Snow did to Sansa during their marriage, which could mean that Sansa cannot have children. Overall, the bittersweet ending of the story would be that the Starks get their revenge against their enemies and save the world from the White Walkers, but their name and bloodline will die with them. This will be how one of the oldest living dynasties in Westeros would die.

BATTLE OF THE KINGSROAD

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Even though I found the Dance of the Dragons to be a senseless war, there were quite a few epic battles and intriguing cutthroat politics. My favorite battle from the war that did not include a dragon would be the Battle of the Kingsroad. It was the very last battle of the Dance of the Dragons and ultimately decided the fate of the Targaryen Dynasty. After Rhaenyra Targaryen died, Lord Borros Baratheon of Storm’s End finally emerged with his army to support King Aegon II. Even though Lord Baratheon sided with Aegon II, he stayed out of most of the war in order to avoid the dragons. With Rhaenyra dead and most of the dragons gone, Lord Borros saw this as his chance to support his king. By the time he reached King’s Landing, word reached the Red Keep that one of Rhaenyra’s last supporters, Kermit Tully of Riverrun, was leading an army of riverlords towards the capital in the name of Rhaenyra’s last son, Aegon the Younger. Aegon II sent Borros Baratheon to defuse this threat and bolstered Borros’s army until it was between seven to eight thousand strong. As he marched, Lord Baratheon had six hundred knights and four thousand infantry from the Stormlands and soldiers from the Crownlands. Lord Baratheon met the Tully host along the Kingsroad between a hill on one side and a forest on the other. After learning that the Tully army was being led by two boys and a woman, Lord Baratheon was arrogantly confident that he would win. However, because Borros and his men stayed out of the war, they did not participate in a single battle, which left them green, undisciplined, and inexperienced. Even though Borros was older than the Tullys and outnumbered their army two to one, Kermit Tully and his men were far more battle-hardened. One could argue that Kermit Tully was the Tully version of Robb Stark, a young man who was a natural as both a warrior and military commander. In the middle of the Kingsroad, Kermit Tully assembled an impregnable shield wall while his archers were perched on top of the hill. Lord Baratheon led his knights and infantry in a brute force attack against the shield wall, but the archers under the command of Alysanne Blackwood killed the Baratheon horses, collapsing the Baratheon vanguard as it struck the shield wall. Once the shield wall held the Stormlanders in place, Alysanne’s young nephew Benjicot “Bloody Ben” Blackwood emerged from the forest and outflanked the Baratheon soldiers with his own men. When the Crownland levies saw the battle was lost, they either fled or defected to the Tullys and attacked the Baratheons from behind. With Borros and his men trapped in a pincer movement, the battle quickly turned into a one-sided massacre. Even after losing his horse, Borros Baratheon refused to yield and kept fighting until he was confronted by the teenage Kermit Tully himself. Kermit gave Borros one final chance to yield, but Borros cursed him instead. In response, Kermit Tully caved in Borros’s skull with his morningstar. With Borros dead, the remainder of King Aegon II’s army fled and King’s Landing was wide open to attack from Kermit Tully’s battle-hardened riverlords. Even with the last of his armies defeated and the armies of the North, Riverlands, and Vale closing in, Aegon II refused to surrender, which led to his poisoning by his own courtiers. The Battle of the Kingsroad led to the end of Aegon II’s reign and paved the way to the reign of Aegon III AKA the Dragonbane.