Yep, so I’ve been trying to get other shtuff out of my head, and I’ve decided that maybe trying to piece together ways that GoT ends isn’t such a dumb idea. My original idea was that duh, the dragons and Daenerys were going to come back to Westeros to fight the Others, and then I realized that perhaps how they get there, and what happens to everyone else, might be fun to think about…
So, here goes…
- John Snow is dead, but he’s not gone. Instead (and I’ll stop apologizing for just how obvious all this is now) he becomes a warg, riding Ghost. This opens up all kinds of possibilities, including him becoming a disembodied scout (avatar?/true ghost?) in the coming war with the Others.
- Daenerys’s return to Westeros doesn’t go swimmingly. She is now at the head of another Dothraki khalasar (and even Robert Baratheon feared the khalasars, especially in an open field), but that doesn’t translate so well when tries to go back overseas. I will guess that the Unsullied rejoin her, but there are now companies of mercenaries and others sworn to opposing sides.
- Bran’s ascension to lead warg/ent/druid marks the return of the Ancient Ones. I’m still unsure exactly where Martin thinks the Ancient Ones and the Others come from, although I’m tempted to think outside genre lines and think that perhaps he’s making them extraterrestrials. Martin can be so surprising, though, and maybe he sees them as embodiments of primal forces in some sense, not so much a leap for the Ancient Ones as it is for the Others. Nonetheless, Bran and that old fantasy obsession with the Ancient (not just the Ones) will presage the arraying of all the planet’s forces against the Others. After all, all the talk about the Old Gods has to go somewhere, right?
- The Others themselves become something more than sheer chaotic force. My guess is that Martin will have them become something more than just a cypher for demonic powers. I’m guessing that they won’t become like the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica, completely fully-formed creatures with motives and social structures and relationships (and no awareness of their ‘true’ identity, one of the many joys of the BSG series), but I’m hoping at least that they have motives beyond sheer destruction.
- A Stark will be back in charge of Winterfell, even after Stannis defeats the Boltons. Since this is GoT, there are more betrayals to come, although some of these will be betrayals I will welcome (the Manderleys, for instance). I’m hoping that Sansa becomes its ruler, although my guess is that Rickon will be the new Lord of Winterfell.
- The Hound will return. As a monk. Leading a band of war-like monks, perhaps Lancelot-like but with 75 percent less charm and good looks.
- The Lannisters will ally with the Targaryens. I’m not sure if it will be with the young one or with Danys, but Jaime will offer his generalship, Tyrion his cunning, and Cersei her ruthlessness. I’m very sorry that that last sentence sounded like a cartoon.
- Several characters will develop even more scars. At some point someone will need to lose their manhood but survive as a point of view character, and thus have the ability to complain.
- Martin will kill off someone else I love. I don’t know who, yet, but I’m guessing it will be one of the followers of Beric Dondarrion and what Catelyn has become. The fat bastard won’t let me get comfortable enjoying anyone.
I got a little snarky at the end…