I’ve long since given up on George RR Martin finishing GoT, and I don’t blame him – my guess is that the series has gone far beyond any type of ending that television viewers will be satisfied with. In this post I’ll try to give a guess at a couple of possible endings.
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- Jaime completes his transition and becomes the head of the Brotherhood, fighting side-by-side with Brienne. They shift tactics a bit, but he ends up in the final battle fighting with Dany and John Snow against the Others.
- Lady Stoneheart finally dies, perhaps giving the last kiss to someone (Jaime?), and completing her transformation (as well as the theme of mauled humans).
- In the North, the Boltens gets theirs, and Manderley (who survives the wounding) and the rest of the Norther lords return the young Stark to the throne.
- John Snow’s recovery means that he stays Lord Commander and does not get involved in the succession. He is there to help Dany and the dragons defeat the Others.
- Mance Rayder (who sent the red letter) helps the Starks regain the throne because of their connection to the North (the importance of their blood to whatever blood magic keeps the Wall up).
- Dany kills Victarion and Euron, descending with her khalasar on Mereen just in time. She then takes their fleet to sail her and her khalasar and her dragons to Westeros.
- She meets and weds the Young Griff in true Targaryen tradition. He is already established in Westeros.
- As the Lannisters and Tyrells lose hold of the Iron Throne, Dany’s army meet them, and they fight, bloodily, but the battle breaks off when Brienne and Jaime appear with the Brothers and warn of the conflict in the North.
- The Night’s Watch, what’s left of Stannis’s army, and the rest of the North finally turn their attention to the Others, who have either breached or completely brought down the Wall.
- Arya, of course, appears in time to kill Cersei, then joins the rest of the human forces in the North. She might do some sort of trip to join Bran fight the Night King in Winterhome, or whatever the hell it’s called.
- This happnes because it turns out that Bloodraven has been fighting a long guerilla war against the Others, and now he has passed the torch on to Bran, who is equipped to fight the magic that the WW possess.
- And, of course, John and Dany combine forces to defeat the WW. The CotF, realizing that the WW are worst than humans because they can make deals with humans (see the First Men). I’m not sure that we quite get the beautiful finish at the end of LotR, but some sort of harmony sort of exists.
I don’t believe this is what Martin wants to happen, and there is too much evidence pointing to many other possibilities. I’ll go on with those other guesses in the next post.