The lion, the wolf, and the dragon, or: how I spent my Saturday morning.

In response to the new teaser vids we got last Friday afternoon, just as the world was about to end out here in the mid-Atlantic region, I wrote up a new piece for Fansided!

Houses Stark, Lannister, Targaryen have plenty in common.

(Note: I am grateful to have editors like Dan Selcke, who smack my SEO into shape when I feel like I can’t possibly do it.)

On Friday, the Game of Thrones Twitter account released three teaser videos, one each for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen. Each video features the voice of a character who is antagonistic to the interests of the House in question; Ramsay Bolton proclaims his ownership of Winterfell, the High Sparrow tells his followers they can overthrow an empire, and a Dothraki leader tells Dany she is “queen of nothing.”

Taken together, the impression is that we should see all three of these great Houses, which up to now have been working at cross-purposes, on similar terms. They are all fighting to survive, all struggling against the aggression of people who were once trusted allies. As of the end of Season 5, these three great Houses have more in common than they understand.

So I wrote about what connects these three Houses. Spoiler alert: I still don’t think Tyrion is a Targaryen. I think his connection to Dany as an advisor is sufficient as a connection between Lannister and Targ. Also, I managed to take a new climb up that hill-I’m-willing-to-die-on and Dan didn’t even try to edit it into something more tentative.

I had to stay on topic for the Fansided piece, but I’ll go into a bit more detail here. I still think Brienne will bring Sansa and Theon (for a little while) under her protection, and I think Podrick is the one who’ll bring it together.

This is something that the show might not take the time to explain, but the short version is that first thing we see of Podrick in S6, he’ll be near Winterfell, fighting some Bolton soldiers with his axe.

His thought process is basically (and this is what might not get sufficiently explained, but this is how I explain it for now) that Candle Watch is a failed mission, they’re never going to get that distress signal from Sansa, so he needs to get Brienne moving on something else before they both freeze to death.

  1. “Yay, Stannis and his army are here! Gonna get my lady away from the damned Candle Watch! Let’s get moving!”
  2. She leaves her post at Candle Watch, Podrick grabs his axe and marches after her.
  3. He’s thinking he’ll join in the battle, mow down some Boltons because fuck the Boltons, and that’ll make Brienne proud of him, but mostly he just wants to get away from staring at that damned tower. Off to Winterfell he goes!
  4. He gets mixed up in the battle, witnesses Sansa & Theon’s jump off the wall, helps them up (Podrick, what are you doing up here? Why aren’t you at the Red Keep?), gets into a confrontation with some Bolton soldiers.
  5. He does a pretty good job, for a while, of fighting off the Bolton soldiers with his axe, but they keep coming and eventually he gets in over his head, and that’s when Brienne comes in with Oathkeeper and bails him out. (This may be at least the first half of those three days of “vicious, thuggish, up-close fighting” that Gwen filmed.)
  6. Once the Bolton minions are all bleeding out into the snow, Podrick brings their surviving Stark and her foster brother in front of Brienne, who realizes she was wrong to under-utilize her squire for as long as she did, and teaching him how to fight was the best decision she ever made.

Or something like that. The general idea is that Candle Watch was a desperately half-assed plan, but the protection assignment finally comes together because of collaborative effort between Brienne and Podrick.

The relevance to my new Fansided article is that Bri & Pod are the connection between the Lannisters and Starks. They’re awesome like that.

Oh, and also: the world really has ended here in the mid-Atlantic region. The utility company is a fucking champion and has kept my electricity running all this time, but transportation is struggling and my home Internet access is down for the second time in as many weeks. (I am posting this entry because I am tricksy and I have my ways.) I couldn’t go to work today and probably won’t be able to go tomorrow, which is annoying because I like the wifi connection at work. If I can’t get a bus to the Metro station, though, then going to work is impossible. I’ve mostly excavated my car from the snow, but I’m out of shape and all that shoveling has left me sore and exhausted. Also, there’s no way I’m going to drive to the Metro and back when the bus routes aren’t running. Nope, nope, nope.