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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Lady Olenna is not one of the good guys.

Winter quotes an interview with Diana Rigg, in which she talks about playing Olenna. One of the things she says about her character is that she’s “pretty evil.” Dan Selcke responds:

Rigg may have been speaking with her tongue planted in her cheek, but that’s one way to read Olenna’s actions. She did commit regicide, albeit against someone few would miss. But generally speaking, Olenna’s motives are sympathetic, even if she’s done some questionable things in the name of her family’s well-being.

I don’t think Rigg was speaking tongue-in-cheek at all. Lady Olenna is at best a deeply, morally ambiguous character. We like her because it’s so much fun to watch her rip into Cersei and say horrible things about her male family members, but still, we’re talking about someone who’s been in cahoots with Littlefinger.

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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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Sansa, Brienne, and the consequences of decisions

Some time ago, Daniel Portman (Podrick) did an interview with IGN in which he said some things about Pod & Brienne’s biz in Season 6, and it made me a little uncomfortable:

IGN: A lot of Season 5 was Pod and Brienne waiting for Sansa, waiting for the sign, and there’s sort of the twist at the end where they go off and find Stannis. So what can you say of where they find themselves at the beginning of Season 6 and what the payoff for that waiting last season might be?

Portman: Now, I have to be diplomatic. [laughs] So, what I will say is, you’re right, Season 5 was a series of near misses. Brienne is a very strong-minded character, and she has goals and a real drive to do the right thing, and while Podrick is with Brienne, they’re going to continue down that path, trying to fulfill the oath that she made. So I would say that’s where we start in Season 6, essentially in the same place — not geographically, but in the same place as we started in Season 5, where they’re still trying to do what she said she was going to do.

IGN: I feel like this show doesn’t often repeat itself, so does that mean, even though they’re starting in the same place, the journey might be significantly different than last year?

Portman: Absolutely, absolutely. They’re both different character, different people, after everything that happened in Season 5. Their situation changed them, and their relationship has grown. So they are different people, and they are geographically in a different place, but they are sort of back to square one in terms of their quest.

Having spent much of the past year arguing in favor of Season 6 being the time when Brienne finally makes the connection with Sansa she’s been trying to achieve all this time…this interview made me nervous. Just a bit.

BUT HERE’S THE THING. Portman sort of sounds like he’s telling us our nightmares have come true and Bri has to spend yet another season not having already connected with her lady’s daughter, but if that’s really what happens, then he just gave a lot of information away. Which makes it very odd that he began his answer with: “Now, I have to be diplomatic. So, what I will say is…”

(SPOILERS below the jump)

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Game of Cliffhangers: Now We Answer Some Questions

I have a new book! It’s so shiny and pretty, and it’s a genuine, official, HBO-sanctioned product!

“Game of Thrones: The Noble Houses of Westeros, Seasons 1-5” by Running Press

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In which I peer disapprovingly at my ridiculous Cousin Cersei’s latest antics. 

We’re the Riverlands Lannisters, the ones that packed up and intermarried with the Tullys, hence the auburn hair and blue eyes. We still rock the red and gold, though.

I read basically all of this book on the way home from work this evening, and while it could use a bit more proofreading, the photos are gorgeous and some of the information is super helpful.

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“Do you think you know what I want?”

I should be working on planning my next literary novel, but you will never be disappointed by my ability to act like my own worst enemy. I felt like re-watching some old GoT episodes while doing laundry. I chose S4, Eps7-8. You know something that happens here that hasn’t quite been followed up in S5? The scenes between Littlefinger and Sansa.
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Early Winter in the Riverlands, Part 3: the Gruff Priest and Others

Continuing from my ideas about certain major characters coming to the Riverlands in S6, now I’ll move on to characters we haven’t yet seen on the show.

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Game of Speculation: Spoilers in the North

I spent the past couple of days grousing about language differences, but we’ve had some much bigger GoT S6 news at the same time. I’ll put this stuff under a cut with a SPOILER WARNING, because it’s pretty serious, though this is also a good time to talk about how I define “spoilers.” In this case, it concerns crazy shit happening in the North.

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Game of Speculation: What Littlefinger Doesn’t Know

Remember my belly-aching months ago about how marrying Sansa to Ramsay fucking Bolton was such a preposterous idea because Littlefinger would never do anything so incredibly dangerous to her?

Yeah, well. I still think my logic was sound, but much of my outrage had to do with having already made predictions that precluded this turn of events. Also, my argument against the marriage plan was based on the assumption that Littlefinger knew perfectly well that Ramsay fucking Bolton was a disgusting sadistic monster. According to writer/producer Bryan Cogman, he didn’t know that:

The writer producer also confirmed that, for those suspecting Littlefinger might have known about Ramsay’s sadism, that Baelish was definitely ignorant of the situation. “The difference between the Ramsay Snow of the books and the show is the Ramsay of the show is not a famous psycho,” he said. “He’s not known everywhere as a psycho. So Littlefinger doesn’t have the intelligence on him. He knows they’re scary and creepy and not to be fully trusted and it’s part of a larger plan.”

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