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LOST HEIRLOOMS

Allow me to address some of the many flaws in House Targaryen. Even though I will always be a fan of this infamous family, I cannot shake off their flaws. Among those flaws was the fact that they were very careless and irresponsible with their heirlooms compared to other noble houses.

To begin with, the Targaryens lost the Valyrian steel crown of Aegon the Conqueror when Daeron the Young Dragon attempted to conquer Dorne. Since then, Targaryen kings replaced it with inferior crowns that any normal king would wear. Because Valyrian steel is so rare and impossible to make from scratch, that crown was irreplaceable. When House Arryn ruled as Kings of the Vale, they had a collection of crowns they had worn for thousands of years until Visenya Targaryen took them away.

While we are on the subject of Valyrian steel, let’s turn our attention to the two Valyrian steel ancestral swords of House Targaryen: Blackfyre and Dark Sister. Most noble families were super lucky if they even had one Valyrian steel sword, but the Targaryens had TWO!!! Then they squandered both swords at the start and end of the five Blackfyre Rebellions. The noble families who had Valyrian steel swords such as the Starks, Mormonts, and Tarlys took great care of their ancestral blades and had them for five hundred years. With the Targaryen Dynasty, they lost both of their ancestral blades after having them for less than two hundred years.

Thanks to the Mad King’s insanity and tyranny, the Targaryen Dynasty lost the Iron Throne; the seat of absolute power that they held for almost three hundred years. If it wasn’t for the Targaryen family curse of madness and had the sense of giving up their practice of incest, the Targaryens could have ruled Westeros until the end of time.

However, even though the Iron Throne served as a symbol of the Targaryen’s power, the true source of their power came in the form of their greatest weapons: DRAGONS!!! For over a century, the Targaryen Dynasty were able to hold onto their power thanks to their dragons. With the exception of the Dornishmen and the zealots of the Faith Militant, no one was crazy enough to wage war against dragons. Then the Dance of the Dragons came along and the Targaryens lost their dragons along with the long term lynchpin to their hold to the Iron Throne. Instead of being responsible with their dragons, the Targaryens regarded them as weapons and they paid the price for this neglect.

I breaks my heart that the Targaryens did not take better care with all of their heirlooms. They truly had it in them to rule Westeros forever if they had taken the proper steps to prevent their downfall.

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THE FATE OF AEGON VI

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Ever since Jon Snow revealed his true identity to his family, his world was changing rapidly. Now that Sansa Stark revealed his secret to Tyrion, who then revealed it to Varys, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the Seven Kingdoms finds out as well. I think after telling Tyrion, Sansa probably sent ravens to all lords of the Seven Kingdoms from the Wall to Dorne, which would make Jon Snow’s true identity public knowledge. As the one true king of the Iron Throne, Jon Snow has become Sansa’s single most powerful political weapon. I think at some point in the Battle of King’s Landing, all the remaining armies in Westeros will gather in Jon Snow’s name and will aid the Stark and Targaryen armies. This may happen when Jon Snow’s and Daenerys’s armies are about to be defeated by Cersei’s armies. This would mirror how the Lannisters were saved by reinforcements in the Battle of Blackwater Bay and when Jon Snow was saved by the Knights of the Vale in the Battle of the Bastards. There will be a time skip between episodes 4 and 5 so it would be plenty of time for the surviving lords to muster what is left of their armies. With Varys on the verge of turning on Daenerys, he might use his spy network to spread word of Jon Snow’s true identity as the one true king of Westeros. This would mirror Varys’s loyalty to the character who claims to be Aegon VI in the books. Therefore, I think both Sansa and Varys may play the role of revealing Jon’s true identity. Also, the lords of Westeros would be more likely to gather in Jon’s name rather than Daenerys because he is a native Westerosi and a legitimate male heir, both factors are more appealing to the lords of Westeros compared to Daenerys, who is a female heir and a foreigner. If all the lords of Westeros were to gather around Daenerys, they would have done it by now. In general, Jon Snow’s presence is going to spark one of Robert Baratheon’s greatest fears. When Viserys Targaryen plotted to invade Westeros, Robert Baratheon feared that all the lords who did not support him would gather around Viserys. Then there is the Golden Company, who are bought and paid for by Cersei. However, even though the Golden Company have never broken a contract, there is a possibility of them turning on Cersei at some point in the battle. The Golden Company was founded by a Targaryen bastard with the goal of putting a dragon on the Iron Throne (originally a Blackfyre and later Aegon VI). If someone like Varys reveals Jon Snow’s identity to the Golden Company, it is possible they will switch sides and join Jon Snow’s army. This would mirror how the Golden Company were supporters of Aegon VI in the books. Finally, if Daenerys and Cersei both die in the battle and Jon survives, Jon Snow will be left with no competition for the Iron Throne with the exception of Gendry Baratheon, who was recently legitimized. Even though Jon Snow has no desire for the Iron Throne he may not have a choice in the matter. After so much war, violence, and corruption, the Seven Kingdoms will need a strong leader who truly cares about them and can lead them towards a better future. Without such unity, the cycle of war and treachery that the Lannisters started will never end. Due to this, Sansa may have backed Jon into a corner he cannot escape and he would have no choice but to claim his birthright as king. It is like what Jon’s great great uncle, Maester Aemon, once told him about family and duty. Because Sansa betrayed Jon’s trust by revealing his true identity to the world and used him as a political pawn, Jon will never trust his Stark family again and may choose duty. This could lead to Jon discarding his Stark identity and embracing his Targaryen identity and he would truly become who he was born to be.

THE NIGHT KING’S PLAN

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I had an interesting theory about the Night King in Season 8 of Game of Thrones. In the last episode, the main characters planned to set a trap for the Night King using Bran Stark as bait to lure him into the open. As the all-seeing, all-knowing three-eyed raven, Bran Stark was the incarnation of the world’s memories. Due to this, killing Bran Stark is essential in the Night King’s master plan to bring a never-ending darkness to the world.

However, I have a feeling that the Night King won’t be in the battle at all. Instead, I think the Night King will use his dead dragon to fly south towards King’s Landing. Due to the War of the Five Kings, over one million civilians are homeless and live in King’s Landing as refugees. If the Night King attacks and destroys King’s Landing with his dead dragon, he can raise another undead army that will attack southern Westeros.

This makes sense because Jon Snow and Daenerys’s dragons and armies are the greatest threat to the Night King’s plans. Plus with a dragon the Night King would have far more mobility than his army and has the freedom to attack multiple targets in southern Westeros. His original army that breached the Wall will serve as a decoy to distract and weaken them while the Night King replenishes his numbers in the south. With the north weakened or dead and the south under siege, the new Long Night will truly begin in earnest and the surviving characters’ situation would be more desperate than ever.

If Cersei had more scorpions made, it won’t make a difference. Those scorpions may wound or kill a live dragon, but they will be useless against a dead one. Cersei’s only hope would be to blow up King’s Landing with the rest of the Mad King’s wildfire. It looks like the one who will destroy all of Cersei’s hard won plots and schemes won’t be Jon Snow or Daenerys. It will be the Night King.

Ever since we first met him, the Night King has always been a step ahead of everyone. He has the wisdom and experience of centuries with a hatred and bloodlust that is equally vast. If this theory is true, then the Night King will certainly be the grand master player of the game. The reason for this would be because he would have the power, cunning, and numbers to outsmart and defeat both warring factions. I look forward to finding out if this theory is right. The trailers showed us what would happen in Winterfell and all the scenes that featured Cersei have been shown in the first episode. That must mean that they hope to keep the Night King’s surprise attack on King’s Landing a big surprise when the time comes.

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!

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!