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HOUSE BOLTON’S FATE

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In the Game of Thrones show, House Bolton’s fate was clear. However, after analyzing their current situation, I realized that their future is going to be slower, more painful, and more complicated than in the show. The show foreshadows that Stannis Baratheon will be defeated by the Boltons, but would leave the Boltons weakened both in terms of military and political infrastructure. If Jon Snow comes back from the dead in the books and marches against the Boltons with over three thousand wildings, then that will weaken the Boltons even more. With Sansa Stark and Littlefinger plotting against them in the Vale, the Boltons will eventually meet the Knights of the Vale in battle. Depending on when the Wall will be breached, I think the Others will deliver the killing blow to the Boltons. Overall, the Boltons may be holding the North for now in the books, but I think they will be forced to fight at least FOUR armies in a short span of time. At the height of their power, the Boltons currently possess an army of roughly 7,200 men, but that is nowhere near enough men to deal with FOUR armies and they won’t have enough time to recover from each consecutive battle. Just as the Boltons enjoyed torturing and killing their victims slowly, painfully, and miserably, their ultimate fate will be just as slow and painful. In a way, this will be a much more fitting damnation for the Boltons than in the show.

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GAME OF THRONES: NO MORE MERCY!!!

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In a plot leak, I discovered about Season 8 of Game of Thrones, I learned that King’s Landing will be taken away from the Lannisters for good and the remaining Lannister loyalists would surrender when they realize the battle is lost. Under normal circumstances, prisoners of war who surrender would be held for ransom or to ensure the future loyalty of their families. However, if I was in Jon Snow and Daenerys’s shoes, I would realize that such honor and mercy would have its limits. By siding with Cersei’s madness and abandoning the entire realm to die at the hands of the White Walkers, they have just as much blood on their hands as Cersei does and are complicit in her crimes. After defeating the White Walkers, I would give the Lannisters no more chances, no more trust, and NO MORE MERCY!!! After being betrayed by the Lannisters for the last time, if I was in Jon Snow’s and Daenerys’s shoes, I would have enough! All the Lannister bannermen who surrender will not be given any quarter and will be exterminated on the spot. In the aftermath of Cersei’s final defeat, King’s Landing will be purged of ALL Lannister loyalists (City Watch, Kingsguard, and Lannister men-at-arms) and all of their heads will be mounted on spikes and their headless corpses will be crucified throughout the city as a warning to anyone else who tries to repeat the Lannisters’ crimes. The Lannister banners, armor, and weapons will be piled up in the town square and burned in a large bonfire.

Even if Cersei dies at the hands of a “little brother”, death will only be the start of her punishment. I would put her corpse in a human-shaped cage, hang it outside of the Red Keep’s gates, and leave her for the crows to feast on. A sign that says “Mad Queen” will be nailed to the front of the cage so everyone will know what she was forever. If anyone tries to cut her down, they will be put to death and be placed in a cage next to her.

Overall, just as the Lannisters tried to make their victory over the Starks complete and absolute after the Red Wedding, I will make the Lannisters’ defeat and destruction complete and absolute.

GAME OF THRONES: EURON GREYJOY’S MASTER PLAN

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In the books, what is Euron Greyjoy’s endgame? He won the kingsmoot, plots to marry Daenerys Targaryen and use his dragon horn to control her dragons, then he conquers the Shield Islands and gives them to his potential enemies. Euron said that he purposely gave the Shield Islands to his potential enemies so they would fail to hold them, destroying them in the process, which is pretty clever. However, now he is sailing his fleet up the Mander River and getting ready to face both the Redwyne and Hightower fleets. What is the Mad Kraken’s ultimate goal? He is surrounded by two enemy fleets with seemingly no hope of escape from the heart of enemy territory. However, he clearly has a plan for the warlocks and priests he captured including his brother Aeron. Does Euron plan to use the warlocks and priests in a human sacrifice in order to unleash some unholy magic upon the Redwynes and Hightowers? If that happens, what then? Aeron did have a vision of Euron on the Iron Throne with a mysterious woman by his side. Does Euron hope to use his ironborn as well as dark magic to pay the iron price and take the Iron Throne from the Lannisters? Also, who is the woman Aeron sees him with? Is it Cersei or Daenerys? I can’t wait to find out in the next book, The Winds of Winter.

GAME OF THRONES: HARREN THE BLACK

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Harren the Black of House Hoare ruled the Iron Islands and the Riverlands for forty years, which is a curiously long reign for a famously cruel tyrant like him. How did he manage to keep his crown for forty years? If Aegon Targaryen and his dragons never invaded, what do you think would have become of House Hoare and their kingdom? Would they continue to conquer the Stormlands after finishing Harrenhal or would they conquer in another direction? Would Westeros become an ironborn empire instead of a Targaryen one?

IS THE IRON THRONE STILL RELEVANT?

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When it was first created, the Iron Throne was intended to be a symbol that would unite the Seven Kingdoms under a single banner after thousands of years of infighting. For a time, the Iron Throne’s intended purpose was good for the realm, but it gradually turned into a symbol of tyranny, corruption, and treachery. Due to this, the power and absolute authority the Iron Throne promised started two of the largest, bloodiest, and most destructive civil wars Westeros has ever known: The Dance of the Dragons and the War of the Five Kings. The War of the Five Kings, in particular, had switched hands so many times and warped the line of succession so greatly that no one in their right mind would trust the Iron Throne’s credibility ever again. Also, with so many kingdoms kept under the the ruling monarch’s boot, many people will want to be free from the Iron Throne’s influence forever. However, as long as the Iron Throne exists, Westeros will never know freedom and peace. Therefore, it makes sense that the Iron Throne should be destroyed and for all kingdoms to become independent. That is the only way to permanently end the cycle of war, corruption, and treachery. If the plot leak I uncovered is true, then Daenerys Targaryen went through all that trouble only to destroy the very object she wanted her whole life. That is a bittersweet way for the story to end because Daenerys went through so much hardship just to destroy her ancestors’ legacy for all time. It is bitter because all the effort she put in to her quest will be in vain, but it will be sweet because she will have broken the wheel she had sworn to break. As the Breaker of Chains, she will break the biggest shackle of them all, a tyrant’s throne.

GAME OF THRONES: POST-SEASON 8 CROWNLANDS

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As I mentioned in my last post, it has been revealed that Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, their unborn children, and remaining two dragons will survive in the end. In the plot leak I mentioned in my last post, Daenerys will give birth to twins, one who is a boy who inherited Jon Snow’s Stark features of black hair and grey eyes and a girl who inherited Daenerys’s Targaryen features of white hair and purple eyes. Due to this, I think all modern Targaryens will either have black hair and grey eyes or white hair and purple eyes, but they would always have the long face of the Starks. It is unknown if Daenerys and Jon will have more than two children, but if so then that would serve House Targaryen even better. Drogon and Rhaegal will probably start roosting on Dragonstone and lay a clutch of eggs, which would be available to future generations of Targaryens. Dragonstone is easily the best place to breed and house dragons in all of Westeros, even more so than the Dragonpit, and has been for three hundred years.

With the Seven Kingdoms independent and the Iron Throne destroyed, Jon and Daenerys ¬†will likely rule the Crownlands and abandon King’s Landing, replacing it with Dragonstone as their seat. With no Iron Throne, King’s Landing would be reduced from the capital of an empire to the largest and wealthiest trade center in Westeros, which would serve as the bulk of the modern Targaryens’ wealth. Jon and Daenerys will probably give King’s Landing to their most loyal supporter in the Crownlands, whoever that is. The fertile farmlands of Crownlands would also serve as the kingdom’s main source of food alongside trade with both the rest of Westeros and the Free Cities of Essos. The Kingswood would remain the Targaryens’ private hunting ground. Tournaments and other festivities would be held right outside the gates of King’s Landing.

In terms of military, it has been stated in a semi-canon source that the full military strength of the Crownlands would be between ten to eighteen thousand strong while its navy was over two hundred ships. Once Westeros has stabilized, I can imagine that these numbers will remain the same after a few generations of healing. It may be small compared to the rest of the Seven Kingdoms, but its strength would be explosively augmented by dragons. If a rebellion breaks out, it can be swiftly ended with just a dragon or two. Dragonstone by itself can hold a garrison of around five hundred men, which is increased to around three thousand when combined with the other islands in Blackwater Bay.

With Houses Frey and Tully all but extinct and the Riverlands practically leaderless, I wonder if Jon and Daenerys would negotiate the annexation of the Riverlands to the modern Crownlands. This would more than double their military strength, increase their wealth, and boost production of food. The Riverlands had been fought over and conquered countless times since the Dawn Age, but Jon and Daenerys would be the first to peacefully gain the Riverlands through negotiation instead of war. In total, this modern Crownlands will grow into a kingdom that stretches from the western coast of the Riverlands to Dragonstone. It would be a kingdom that would be roughly the same size as the Reach and a third of the size of the North. It would be a worthy inheritance for Jon and Daenerys to pass onto their children and descendants.

As the actual head of House Targaryen, I can imagine Jon Snow bringing a Stark-like flare to Dragonstone. It is a nice thought if Dragonstone becomes as peaceful and lively as Winterfell was before the War of the Five Kings. While Daenerys would teach their children dragonriding and when to ruthless, Jon would teach them Stark honor such as “the man who passes the sentence must swing the sword.” Longclaw would replace Blackfyre and Dark Sister as the new Valyrian steel sword of House Targaryen and Jon would probably hang it above the mantle in the Chamber of the Painted Table. Also, I can see Jon salvaging a weirwood tree from the Winterfell godswood and planting it on a hill on Dragonstone, which would be where future generations of Targaryens would execute condemned criminals, have weddings, and worship the Old Gods of the Forest like the Starks before them.

In terms of politics, I can imagine Jon and Daenerys marrying their son and daughter to two of their Crownland vassals, Houses Velaryon and Celtigar. Like the Targaryens, the Velaryons and Celtigars are of Valyrian descent and they intermarried one another multiple times to keep their Valyrian blood pure. Marrying their son and daughter to each of these Houses would not only ensure the purity of the blood of the dragon, but it will allow them to reconnect with their old vassals and cousins. After this, the incestuous practices of House Targaryen will be brought to a permanent end. Over time, they would probably marry their descendants off to the other noble Houses across the Crownlands/Riverlands in order to consolidate their hold on the kingdom. In two or three generations, the Crownlands/Riverlands will be firmly in House Targaryens’ hands. Once their hold on the modern Crownlands is complete, future generations of Targaryens would improve foreign relations with the other sovereign kingdoms by marrying into other royal families. This would further guarantee the duration of the peace that untold thousands (or even millions) died for.

In the past, Targaryen kings were titled “King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm”. However, those titles were only relevant as long as the Iron Throne existed and the Seven Kingdoms were united under a single banner. With the Seven Kingdoms independent from one another, the modern Targaryens would adopt new titles to suit their new position. I can imagine them styling themselves as “Lords of Dragonstone and Kings of the Blackwater and the Trident”. The heir apparent to their throne would retain their title “Prince or Princess of Dragonstone”.

Overall, I think the Crownlands/Riverlands will be an adequate amount of land for Jon and Daenerys to manage after Season 8 and it should be safe in their hands.