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JON SNOW, KING BEYOND THE WALL

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After watching the series finale of Game of Thrones, I spent a great deal of time contemplating what Jon Snow’s ultimate fate was after he went Beyond the Wall with the remaining wildlings. Personally, I don’t think he stayed with the Night’s Watch or the Wall. There are too many painful memories for Jon at the Night’s Watch such as Jeor Mormont’s death, Benjen Stark’s death, Ygritte’s death, and Jon’s murder at the hands of his own men. Even though Jon Snow is a man of honor who tries to uphold his oaths whenever he can, he already broke his oath of fealty to Daenerys Targaryen so I think he would have a more flexible and open mind when it comes to oathbreaking.

Besides, with the White Walkers permanently defeated, the Wall breached, and the wildlings no longer seen as an enemy, the Night’s Watch will be rendered obsolete and will no longer exist for much longer. Their “oath” will now be viewed as loose guidelines.

Instead, he stayed with the wildlings to become the new King Beyond the Wall. After everything he did for them and after witnessing everything he did, the wildings won’t accept anyone else to be their king. There are less than three thousand surviving wildlings and due to my medieval research I know for a fact that great kingdoms have started with far less.

The wildlings revered Jon as their savior when he saved them from the White Walkers at Hardhome. They worshipped him as a god when he died and rose from the dead. They respected him as a warrior and leader after fighting alongside him in the Battle of the Bastards. Now they idolize him as a king when they saw him ride a dragon. Due to all these factors, Jon seen as a legendary figure to the wildlings for generations to come. They will sing songs and tell tales about him for a thousand years.

This would be similar to how legendary figures such as Bran the Builder, Lann the Clever, and Garth Greenhand were revered by the First Men during the Age of Heroes. Normally, wildlings only name leaders based on strength and character instead of by blood and inheritance. However, future generations of wildlings will name Jon Snow’s descendants Kings and Queens Beyond the Wall because of their ancestor’s legendary status. This is similar to how the First Men eventually swore fealty to House Stark over the centuries. Thus, Jon Snow would found the wildlings’ first dynasty of rulers.

With this in mind, the Targaryen Dynasty will survive as Kings Beyond the Wall instead of Kings of the Iron Throne. Jon’s descendants would have a mixture between Stark and Targaryen features. Some will have the Stark features of black hair, dark eyes, and long faces. Some will have the beauty of Old Valyria with silver-gold hair and violet eyes. Because of their superstitious nature, the wildlings could see Jon’s Targaryen-looking descendants as divine.

With Bran Stark ruling the south and Sansa Stark ruling the North, they may change some of the punishments so that exile beyond the Wall will become more common. Since the Wall is breached, it will no longer serve as a viable penal colony like it used to. So in the future convicts would be banished Beyond the Wall. If they do not like the elected monarchs of the south or the Stark monarchs of the North, there would be another monarchy and kingdom who would have them. As the all-seeing and all-knowing three-eyed raven, Bran would subtly help Jon Snow build his kingdom Beyond the Wall. He would know that since the day he was born Jon Snow was destined to lead and rule and therefore cannot escape his fate as a king. The Iron Throne may no longer exist, but Bran would know that there are still people who need Jon to lead and rule them.

Because of their interactions at Winterfell, the wildlings may undergo several societal changes. They claim that they need room to roam, but that might change after they experienced the comforts of living in a castle. Frankly, a castle would be warmer and safer than the cold wilderness. Like the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons, the first wildling castles may be wooden motte-and-bailey fortresses. They may rebuild Hardhome into a more fortified walled city with its own castle and make it the capital of their new kingdom. Thanks to the breach in the Wall, a new trade route can be established that would link the lands Beyond the Wall to the Seven Kingdoms. Due to this, the economy of Jon Snow’s new kingdom may revolve around trade instead gold. Tormmund Giantsbane showed an interest in the concept of knighthood when Brienne of Tarth was knighted so the wildlings may adopt knighthood into their new kingdom.

Finally, with the White Walkers permanently defeated, the surviving giants and Children of the Forest will come out of hiding. We do not know for sure if the White Walkers truly hunted them into extinction. If there are survivors and they come out of hiding, Jon Snow’s new kingdom Beyond the Wall may resemble what the North looked like before the Andal Invasion when giants and the Children of the Forest were everywhere.

Most fascinating of all would be the climate of the Kingdom Beyond the Wall. For over eight thousand years, the White Walkers threw the seasons out of balance. Seasons would last years instead of months. Now that the White Walkers are permanently defeated, the seasons will stabilize after the land Beyond the Wall experiences a spring that will last for a very long time in order to compensate for being frozen for millennia. This means more game to hunt and more fertile land for crops. Wildlings are not know for being farmers, but as trade grows through the breach in the Wall they may learn to develop their own agriculture.

Overall, I think Jon Snow, his bloodline, and the wildlings have a bright future ahead of them after so much hardship. Considering the circumstances, this would be the ending to Jon Snow’s story I would accept. The blood of the dragon will live on Beyond the Wall.

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.

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.

MORE DRAGONS?

I came across an interesting rumor for the fifth episode of Game of Thrones. This rumor claims that even though Daenerys Targaryen has only one dragon left, there is a possibility that more dragons may appear during the Battle of King’s Landing. The clue to this theory was right in front of us during the opening credits of Season 8, which featured one large dragon and three smaller dragons. In the trailer, Euron Greyjoy looked up in the sky and seems shocked before the screen turns to black and we can hear a dragon roar.

You might ask how it would possible for there to be more dragons. Allow me to explain. In Seasons 4 and 5, Drogon disappeared into the wild for some time and even flew over the ruins of Old Valyria. Because dragons can change their gender, it is possible that Drogon got pregnant and left Meereen to lay eggs and build a nest somewhere. If Drogon built his nest in the ruins of Valyria, I would not be surprised because that was where the Valyrian Freehold and dragons reigned supreme centuries ago. If the eggs hatched, three or four years have passed since then, which would mean these new dragons would be as big as Drogon was during Season 5 or 6.

In real life, some species of lizards can lay about a dozen eggs at a time. When those numbers are applied to dragons, it is possible that they lay many more eggs due to their size difference with normal lizards. There was one case after the Dance of the Dragons where a dragon laid five eggs, but this dragon was small, sickly, and misshapen and the eggs never hatched. When it comes to large and healthy dragons, the number of eggs would be bigger than just five. I theorize that dragons would be like sea turtles in that they would lay their eggs and then leave them to their own devices, which would explain why Drogon never returned to the supposed nest.

In addition, there were three dragons who survived the Dance of the Dragons, but whose fate and whereabouts are unknown. These dragons are named the Cannibal, Sheepstealer, and Silverwing. If they are still alive, they would each be as large and as powerful as Balerion the Black Dread at the height of his power.

If there are more dragons on the way, I think they could be Drogon’s offspring, the Dance of the Dragons survivors, or both. During the Battle of Winterfell, Bran Stark used his greensight and warging magic to an unknown location and he did not say where or when. If these dragons exist, they won’t be able to go to Westeros on their own so it could be that Bran warged into these dragons in order to compel them to migrate to Westeros. The previous Three-Eyed Raven said Bran would fly and this could be what he meant. I look forward to seeing if I am right.

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!