[Possible Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones finale. Be warned.]
When you voice your thoughts, predictions or even theories online, you also put yourself up for the comments that usually follow. , about Game of Thrones‘ episode 9, made me go whoa!, then nah! and – upon revisiting it after ‘Battle of the Bastards’ – it made me do a double take. This guy had all his predictions for the ‘Battle’ absolutely – and eerily – spot on!
Another comment even asked:
Now, my newly-found Santa also made some predictions for the finale next week. Considering he wasn’t wrong in a single ‘prediction’, it’s worth going through the viability of his ideas for ‘Winds of Winter’.
Could Jon Snow Actually Become King in the North?
In the , the North is – supposedly – a united front, but under whose leadership? The clear answer here would be Sansa, as she’s the only known Stark still standing. Though Sansa could definitely rule the North, she would still need the guidance of her brother Jon or even Littlefinger. But what if Game of Thrones throws us a curve ball and brings forth Jon as King in the North instead?
It’s not such an implausible scenario, and there are basically 2 ways this could pan out.
1. Long Lost Decree
Book readers will know exactly where I’m getting at here, but if you haven’t indulged in George R. R. Martin’s million pages, here’s the story.
Jon Snow is a bastard and, as such, he could never rule Winterfell. The only way to legitimize a bastard is through a royal decree – as Ramsay Snow became Ramsay Bolton in Season 4. It just so happens that Robb Stark was indeed proclaimed King in the North while fighting the War of the Five Kings. Before he met his terrible death at the Red Wedding, Robb signed a royal decree legitimizing Jon Snow as a Stark – to take effect in the instance of Robb’s death.
Robb’s decree means much more than a change of surnames for Jon. In the event that Robb should die without an heir – which he did – Jon would be the rightful King in the North. In the books, Robb signs this decree in the presence of some Northern Lords and – presumably – gives it to Maege Mormont (Lyanna’s mother) and Galbart Glover (Lord Glover’s brother), but the decree’s whereabouts are presently unknown.
2. Jon Snow Becomes Jon Targaryen
Yes, yes. This is where we once more talk about the hyped R+L=J theory, which states Jon is the legitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. This is the most anticipated reveal for both readers and viewers alike, and all signs point to an Episode 10 reveal that will prove it true. We’ve seen the Tower of Joy in ‘Oathbreaker’ – where Eddard Stark goes to the rescue of his sister Lyanna – and we’ve also had a glimpse from inside the Tower while Bran was stuck in the matrix.
Producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have confirmed we’ll get to see the rest of the Tower of Joy flashback in the season finale. That gives us hope that Jon Snow’s parentage will finally be revealed. But even if they show it to us, there’s still the matter of making it known for the other characters. We’ll be inside Bran’s flashback, hence Bran will have to find a way to make it public – or at least tell Jon about it.
Game of Thrones reviewer has come up with a nice explanation for how this might happen. In the finale teaser, we see a white raven flying towards Winterfell and we all know by now that Bran is the new Bloodraven. It may just be that Bran is warging the white raven and flying it to Winterfell to let Jon – and everyone present – know that he’s not only a Stark, but also a Targaryen. It may sound a bit far-fetched, but this would be really cool!
Why Would Tommen Go Suicidal?
‘Winds of Winter’ will give us Cersei’s – and Loras’ – trial, and it will make King’s Landing tremble. Whether the High Sparrow manages to bring Cersei down or she brings the High Sept down herself, Tommen’s reign will certainly change. Again, there are 2 ways things could go:
1. Cersei is Found Guilty
In the teaser, we see her all in black – mourning colors – in preparation for the Faith trials. As Olenna put it, Cersei is alone now and not even Tommen seems to back her up. Things might be bad for Cersei but – should her incestuous relationship with her brother Jaime be confirmed – Tommen will receive the brunt of the backlash for it.
King Tommen would become a bastard, thence he wouldn’t be fit to rule. Some may think that’s unlikely, since the High Sparrow needs him to attain power, but there’s also Margaery to consider. She thinks she’s playing the High Sparrow, but my guess is he’s on to her and has been using her in his plan to attack Cersei and depose Tommen.
Think about it: Tommen is weak and easily manipulated, which means not just the High Sparrow, but virtually anyone could use him and his power for their own benefit. Margaery, on the other hand, is fierce and strong-minded, which could make her an even stronger ally for the Sparrow. Plus, she doesn’t only want to be a queen; she wants to be “the queen”.
So, without his mother and after finding out his own wife betrayed him, Tommen – weak as he is – might consider jumping from a window, deciding death is preferable to being slaughtered by the Faith Militants and the Tyrell army.
2. Cersei Doesn’t Even Go On Trial
There’s a whole bunch of people who believe Cersei will go all Mad Queen on us in next week’s episode and, since the producers have confirmed , Cersei going crazy and “burning them all” is fast growing as a possibility.
This could make for a better explanation why Tommen would take his own life. In a burning High Sept, chaos sets in and everyone runs for dear life – while Cersei is safe and sound in the Red Keep. Since the King’s brother-in-law will stand trial, Tommen is likely to be in the High Sept when the wildfire eats everything up. In a somewhat Hollywood-esque way, he could jump from a window to escape the flames. They could even give us a cliffhanger for multiple characters, where we don’t find out whether Tommen has died or not until next year.
What if Cersei goes really mad and pushes Tommen out of a window to fulfill Maggy the Frog’s prophecy on her own?
Phew! That’s some heavy speculation right there!
My chips are on these things happening one way or another – probably with better screenwriting on their part. Fact is, ‘Battle of the Bastards’ was truly a Game of Thrones‘ “epic 9th” and the finale will likely not disappoint.
What do YOU think of these predictions? Will the foreshadowing comment be wrong about the finale?Take to the comment section below and make some predictions of your own!
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