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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.

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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.

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.

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.

NETFLIX REVIEW: KINGDOM

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Last night, my beloved pit bulls and I binge-watched the entire first season of Kingdom on Netflix. Kingdom takes place in medieval Korea as it experiences a zombie apocalypse. It was a very enjoyable show that was a combination between Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. While the Korean countryside was being ravaged by the undead, the nobles were selfishly engaging in their cutthroat politics. The first season was short, but it left me craving for more. I am already eager to watch the next season and look forward how the undead will be defeated.