There is one season to go.
If you thought season 7 took liberties with time jumps, get ready for season 8. There are too many loose ends to wrap up. There is the famed “bittersweet ending” on the line. HBO has sequels and prequels and spinoffs at stake. Any any fan blowback would likely impact their Star Wars spinoff of the show runners, D & D.
They have to avoid a LOST.
They can’t pull a Dexter.
There can’t flash forward too far like in Battlestar Gallactica.
They. Must. Stick. The. Landing.
Fans across the world are crossing their fingers. Youtubers like Alt Shift X are searching reddit forums for one last season of fan theory speculation.
So how can they do this? They have Queen Cersei and the Golden Company to deal with. There is the Night King with his ice dragon. Dany and Jon are about to have a West Virginia reveal. The Night’s Watch are a tattered shell of what they were. Jaimie has defected. Melisandre has to return.
Already, there are a ton of clickbait youtube videos with shocked looks on thumbnails with a ton of rehashing, very little answers given, a ton of “tell me what you think” pleas to help their search algorithms. As a book reader, I’d say over 90% of these youtubers have not even read a chapter of the books, yet, they are fully on the clickbait bandwagon.
I guess people don’t want to be wrong.
It’s easy to give instant reactions.
You look crazy donning the tin foil cap.
It takes some creativity to put yourself in D & D’s shoes.
I’m not afraid.
Episode 1 begins on the boat. The quick romance between Jon and Dany will produce a miracle baby I assume. News of this will happen shortly after Dany is told the truth about Jon. With the boat rocking between seasons 7 and 8, we can assume Jon stuck the landing.
Meanwhile, near King’s Landing, the Golden Company moves north with remnants of the Lannister army to cut off the North. Jaime quick-jumps to Winterfell where he meets Tyrion again, as well as Breanne. Somehow, someway, Tormund also quick-jumps to Winterfell because episode 1 can’t leave us without a nice love triangle. Jaime tells them Cersei isn’t supporting the cause anymore.
The King of the North is no more as the truth is spread. Lyanna Mormont stands behind her man. Factions split, despite Jon saying it doesn’t matter as the world is coming to an end. They prepare for battle, as remnants of the Nights Watch join Winterfell forces, since their watch has ended. The dead are coming.
Episode 3, oh what a sight. The show can’t be wrapped up in time if the great battle happens in episode 5. So Episode 3 it is. The army of Winterfell, Knights of the Vale, remnants of the Nights Watch, the army of unsullied, army of Dothraki, 2 dragons, and all our heroes stand united against the army of the dead. They fight in the greatest battle ever seen on screen. Ice and fire clashing. Jaimie dies on the battlefield in Breanne’s arms, per his season 3 bathhouse wish. The hound kills kill and kills. Sir Bronn of the blackwater fires a spear at the ice dragon, and hits it, but it doesn’t die. Oh shit. The episode ends with Dany going air-to-air with the ice dragon and night king, to fulfill the prophecy of Azor Ahai. Flame and ice-fire clash, and ultimately, she is wounded and barely retreats due to the sacrifice of Rhaegal and Jon Snow to the rescue. She hits the ground, and Jorah rides to her rescue, before getting speared by the Night King as he closes in on her. They share one final moment together. Jon ultimately is the one to pick up Dany. The heroes lose and retreat back to Winterfell, thinking it is the end. Varys fleas.
Episode 4 begins with the Golden Company arriving as a foe. Euron Greyjoy returns to Kings landing, and marries Cersei. Winterfell is surrounded. Dany is with child but her skin is wounded from ice fire. Grief is in the air. Aya dons the face, and sneaks into the Golden Company. She doesn’t need 20 good men. She sets the camp aflame, but not to the desired results. The Golden Company attacks Winterfell. Tormund dies. Ed dies. Edmure Tully comes with the remnants of the Tully Army, and nails a shot against the leader of the Golden Company. The tide is turned. The episode ends with the Night King rising them from the dead.
Episode 5 is the Hail Mary episode. Something is preventing the army of the dead from breaching Winterfell’s walls. Is there some magic powers from the children of the forest? Is it Bran? The plan is a one in a million shot. Bran is going to attempt to warg the ice dragon and put the night king on the ground long enough for Jon Snow to fly Rhaegal down and kill him once and for all. The plan is executed. Jon Snow fights the night king and wins. The army of the dead break apart into ashes just like in the prologue of The Lord of the Rings.
Episode 6 is a flash forward of 7 months. The North has regrouped. Jon has been declared the one true king. The Iron Bank of Braavos has backed him. All of the great houses are behind him and Dany. He marries Dany under a weirwood tree. They declare Winterfell the new capital and send message for Cersei to surrender. Tyrion says Cersei won’t give in, ever. They ask where the Hound and Arya went. We get to see Arya and the Hound on the road again, bantering and bickering. They spot Varys and kill him. The scene flashes to Euron Greyjoy as he sails back to Essos for new mercenaries to hire. They are intercepted by a emboldened Theon and his new Iron Island crew. Euron is killed at the hands of Theon who dies in sacrifice. Yara is freed. She sails back to King’s Landing to free Ellaria Sand. Cersei is assassinated at the hands of Arya before the discovery that her child has been born. The Hound fights the Mountain, and wins. Dany gives birth, and dies. She names their son Rheagar Stark. Bran rolls his eyes back one final time as he goes back in time trying to prevent it all, and winds up as the Night King. This is why the Night King didn’t attack Winterfell. There was no spell. It was a time travel paradox. The Night King can’t kill himself. This is why Bran is always protected. The story flashes forward 10 years. Jon is now wed to Sansa. Arya sails west to the unknown. Sam writes about the new age of heroes as the Grand Maester at the beginning of a new dynasty. Breanne serves as the head of the Kingsguard, along with the Hound. There is a city around Winterfell. Tyrion leads Casterly Rock. Bronn runs the Twins, for double payment for his services. The Iron Throne is destroyed, and the Red Keep is converted as a replacement for the Sept of Balor. King’s Landing is renamed Old Landing. The last scene is Jon taking Rheagar out, along with his two half siblings through his marriage with Sansa, along with Cersei’s son, to witness an execution. They have caught a red priestess, looking old and haggard, trying to sneak her way in to the North. “He who passes the sentence shall wield the sword.”
Bittersweet but hopeful. Share with your friends and tell me what you think.