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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.

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THE GRAND TOUR: POND BUG

In The Grand Tour, the boys try to break a water speed record by building a fast amphibious car that they called the Pond Bug. James May and Richard Hammond were in charge of building the car while Jeremy Clarkson was the driver. However, James and Hammond ended up making the car’s controls mind-bogglingly complicated. Later, it was revealed that James and Hammond purposely made the Pond Bug a death trap and it failed to kill Jeremy. The boys get a lot of things wrong and they can’t even get a death trap right.

GRAND TOUR: STALIN’S HOUSE

One of my favorite episodes of Season 3 of The Grand Tour is when the boys drive from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. Along the way, they visited the birth place of Joseph Stalin, Gori in Georgia. In the town was a Stalin museum, which included Stalin’s childhood house. While looking through the house, James May (the slowest man in the world) accidentally broke Stalin’s house and thought he was going to the Gulag.

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.

GOTHAM FINALE: THE JOKER LIVES!!!

 

It looks like we will finally see Jeremiah Valeska complete his transformation into the Joker in the Gotham Series Finale. I have noticed a few things about this version of the Joker. After he fell in the vat of chemicals, he supposedly became brain dead. However, ten years later, he wakes up when Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City. We know that Jeremiah developed a twisted obsession with Bruce Wayne and only woke up when Bruce returned. It could be that the vat of chemicals were only part of the reason Jeremiah was catatonic until now. It could be he lost all sense of fun and purpose when Bruce left Gotham, but when Bruce came back he saw a golden opportunity to have another play date with his favorite victim. However, he clearly runs into someone who is far more fun than Bruce Wayne ever was: BATMAN!!! Thus the feud between superhero and supervillain begins!

This reminds of me of what happened to the Joker in The Dark Knight Returns. After Batman was forced into retirement for ten years, the Joker became catatonic and lost all sense of fun and purpose. But when Batman returned, the Joker was back to his old homicidal self. I think this is the approach the showrunners are going with Jeremiah’s character arc as the Joker. I can’t wait to find out if I am right.