Game of Thrones: where do we go from here?

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Warning: this post contains spoilers and rampant speculation on Game of Thrones.

If there’s one thing we learned from the season finale of Game of Thrones, it’s that we can’t have nice things. But really, we should have known this by now. When has anything good ever happened on this show (I guess there was that time we got to see Joffrey get poisoned and choke to death)? It seems like everybody we are rooting for had something terrible happen to them. So where does the show go from here? It’s hard to say, but let’s look at all the major characters and see where they stand now, and speculate on where their story may go from here.

Arya Stark

Arya finally got to murder another person on her list. Aww, isn’t that adorable; she’s growing up right in front of our eyes. And speaking of eyes, Arya no longer has use of hers. As punishment for killing the wrong person, Arya was blinded (by the light, revved up like a deu…I’m sorry). Is her loss of vision permanent, or will she be able to get it back at some point? Have you forgotten what show you’re watching? Of course she’ll never get her vision back! Nice things don’t happen! I speculate she’ll gain some Daredevil-like powers, and then happily go back on her murder spree. You go, girl!

Cersei and Jaime Lannister

I have to tip my hat to HBO here. Like everyone else, I kind of hate Cersei, but dammit if I didn’t feel for her during her walk of shame. Kind of incredible that a show could make me feel sorry for a character I thought I hated. That’s the magic of Game of Thrones though I suppose. But man, the High Sparrow is an idiot for letting Cersei go. Now that she’s back in the Red Keep, and she has Franken-Mountain, she’s no doubt about to go all Hurricane Cersei on everyone. I suspect that she is going to want to kill all the things. Not just the Sparrows, all the things. And I can’t wait to see her do it.

Cersei's walk of shame

Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Regarding Jaime, we last saw him holding his daughter, who presumably died in his arms. So, Jaime and Cersei had three incest love children, and now two out of three have died in their parents’ arms. For the love of Ser Pounce, run far, far away from your parents, Tommen! I really have no idea where Jaime’s plot is going, but I’m guessing he’s gonna be pissed off at Dorne. And now that I say that, I realize Cersei is going to be pretty mad at them too.

Like I said: all the things.

Sansa Stark

Last time we saw Sansa, her and Reek Theon, took a leap of faith off the ramparts of Winterfell. We heard earlier in the season that the snow banks outside Winterfell were high, so it’s likely they survived. Hard to say where this storyline goes, but since Brienne is still lurking about, I would guess that they finally team up.

Speaking of Brienne: did she really kill Stannis? It seems odd that they would cut to black without showing him die. I don’t know what reason she could have for keeping him alive, but I’m thinking there’s a good possibility he didn’t die. It’s like a horror movie: unless you see the killer’s dead body, assume he’s still alive.

Daenerys Targaryen

I honestly have no clue what to make of Dany’s ending in the finale. Were the Dothraki circling her as an act of intimidation (sort of like the Riders of Rohan from Lord of the Rings), or was it some sort of celebratory horse-dance? I can’t imagine that they would be too thrilled to see Daenerys. After-all, her stint as Khaleesi didn’t exactly end well for Khal Drogo. But then again, maybe Drogo and his khalasar were thought of as a bunch of jerks, and these Dothraki are glad to be rid of them. Either way, this is probably not good for Daenerys, and Drogon is definitely going to eat a horse or two.

Dothraki circle Daenarys.

Dany stands in the middle of Drogon’s all-you-can-eat buffet.

Tyrion Lannister

Now that I think about it, Tyrion made out all right at the end of this season. In what sounds like the premise to an NBC sitcom, a fugitive dwarf, a slave warrior, and a former-slave-interpreter turned queen’s assistant, must now band together to govern the restless city of Meeren. This is the job Tyrion was born to do. If anyone can deal with the politics of such a broken city, it’s Tyrion. Furthermore, his BFF Varys is back to help him! I’m pumped that we get to watch their bromance continue.

Jon Snow

Ok, so I know I said nice things don’t happen on this show, but I really believe that Jon Snow isn’t permanently dead. First off, Melisandre is back at Castle Black. What possible reason could she have for abandoning Stannis? The only thing that makes sense to me, is that she knew Stannis was going to die. With Stannis dead, and her need for king’s blood, who better to get it from than Jon Snow? We’ve also seen that red priests and priestesses can bring people back to life. Remember Beric Dondarrion, who has been brought back to life several times by the red priest Thoros of Myr?

Dammit, Jon, why didn't you just give them the watch? It wasn't even a real Rolex!

Dammit, Jon, why didn’t you just give them the watch? It wasn’t even a real Rolex!

So here’s to hoping that Melisandre finally gets one thing right. So far all she’s managed to do is burn some children, murder some kings, and melt some snow. Do something good for once, and resurrect Jon Snow!

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