6 Unanswered Questions for 1 Big Prediction

Remember how, in the run-up to Game of Thrones Season 6, I accurately predicted what Brienne would be doing by lining up a bunch of questions and putting one answer at their center?

Based on the first two episodes of Season 7, it’s time to do that again.

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The Pack Survives: Starks, Lannisters, connections

Ever since the first season of Game of Thrones, the Starks and Lannisters have been enemies. With the new Queen Cersei preoccupied with enemies in all directions, the situation is not expected to improve any time soon.

As if the great Houses’ mutual antagonism weren’t a serious enough problem, the surviving members of each family are turning on each other.

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In which the foreshadowing piles up.

Last night I watched Game of Thrones—the latest Episode 9!!!!—while sober and sick with a cold. I found the experience is basically the same as watching while drunk. Our peeps across the pond should be watching it, just about…now.

I think you’ll find it’s not a great episode, but it is an excellent Episode 9. I did an analysis of the Episode 9 events and their consequences for FanSided earlier this year, and there’s a definite formula that goes with the Nines. It’s not just “big scary stuff happens,” it’s about power shifts and victories with complications. This one fits into that tradition. We can criticize the storytelling choices, but as far as Nines go, this one gets the job done.

But I want to talk about what I think will happen next week.

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Kingslayer parallel, Cersei as Aerys

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Most of this information can be found in an older post, Book/Show Comparison 13, but I think it’s still relevant. Now that we’re far enough into Season 6 to see Lady Stoneheart is a non-presence in the show version, I think it’s worth taking a second look at the Kingslayer Parallel and what it suggests for the books.

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In which our assumptions leave other matters unresolved

Over on Twitter, I see PoorQuentyn having this discussion with Queen Regent NFriel about the Valonqar prophecy, and this is the part where I’m tempted to slide in and ask: “Have you considered some other scenario entirely?”

They’re picturing a showdown in which the three Lannister siblings get back together and kill each other, showing everyone what a great legacy Tywin Lannister left behind, and the idea is that Casterly Rock would be so much better a setting for this devastation than King’s Landing.

Whereas what I’m picturing is that the difference between Casterly Rock and King’s Landing as the site of Cersei’s death is irrelevant, because it won’t be her brother who shows up to kill her. Suppose it isn’t even a Lannister who does her in? The idea of anyone other than Jaime being the Valonqar is the sort of idea that tends to elicit pointing-and-laughing on Twitter, and I can’t very well complain that’s unfair because I point-and-laugh at anyone who thinks Cleganebowl will be a thing, but anyway. The point is, the assumption of Valonqar Jaime presupposes other situations not in evidence. Such as this question here, also by PoorQuentyn:

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In which I hardly even notice who isn’t there.

As a good Game of Thrones fan, I had to stay up well past my bedtime last night. I took an assignment for FanSided with a morning deadline, which was okay this week because I don’t have work today. The practical upshot was that I basically watched the episode twice in a row; first time without interruptions so I could live-Tweet at the same time as all the other Stateside nerds, and second time so I could take screencaps for my Monday morning article.

I also drank a lot of wine last night. Like, a really ridiculous amount of wine, so I was nice and buzzed when I wrote my new slide show. In retrospect, I’m surprised at how coherent it is. 5 Questions Answered in Episode 6. (SPOILER warning for my peeps who haven’t had a chance to watch the episode yet.)

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In which I may be a tiny bit surprised.

Now THAT was quite an episode of Game of Thrones. I’m putting all the stuff under the cut for the benefit of my UK peeps who haven’t had a chance to watch.

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Yes, Ms. Headey, please tell us more.

Entertainment Weekly did this thing where they ran a big feature article on Game of Thrones Season 6, and they structured the story around six female characters and interviews with their actresses. And since that story ran, EW’s been running those actresses’ interviews with a bit more detail, one at a time, on their website. Today it’s Lena Headey’s turn to talk about Cersei’s arc in Season 6. There’s some good stuff in there. I’m especially interested in this biz here:

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