Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3: The Long Night was, in short, freaking amazing! Oh my gods! Arya saved the world with the Cat’s Paw dagger, the war against the dead is over and we can move on to complete A Song of Ice and Fire. Yes! And, because not as many characters died at the battle of Winterfell as we expected, there are a lot of things to think about going forward. Here are some things to consider with a few predictions thrown in!


There are a few things to think about here. First, Arya (Maisie Williams) clearly has a role to play in the Lord of Light’s plan. Will she be the one to finally weild Lightbringer? Could she be the Prince who was Promised? Possible. But, two things are for sure… she has not worn nearly enough faces and Cersei (Lena Headey) is on her list. Arya is my second choice to kill Cersei (keep reading) but she’s a good one. Add to that, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) has king’s blood. He’s a bastard and neither he or Arya have their sights on the Iron Throne, but that doesn’t make him less of a threat to Cersei’s power. Or, for that matter, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon (Kit Harington). Think about it. 


Look. I really want Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) to end up together. The Long Night made the case for them to work it out. And, they’re technically still married. But, Sansa called it. A romantic alliance between them would be a problem for Daenerys. Maybe that’s the point. Sansa doesn’t even know about Jon’s true identity yet. What. About. The North? 

I’m also not giving up on the idea that Bran said something of consequence to Tyrion by the fire in episode 2 of season 8. Might he have given him some information that could defeat Cersei, or relate to his alliances? Yes. He might have done. 


Ghost was on the front lines with the Dothraki when the lights went out. But, we didn’t see him die, and he’s spent plenty of time among the dead. He’s alive. We see a glimpse of him in the next episode’s trailer. And, Nymeria is out there somewhere with her pack.  They’ll come into play.  


Drogon is okay. Good. Rhaegal is alive.  Though, he got seriously wrecked in that fight with the undead Viserion. They are going to matter in the ‘last war.’  I very much doubt they’ll both survive.  


There’s an elephant in the room. Well, not an elephant. The elephants stayed in Essos. But, you know… there’s a big issue that Jon and Daenerys have to resolve. He’s her nephew and the true heir to the throne and also her lover. So… yeah. That’s a lot. And, don’t forget that Jon is undead, brought back by the Lord of Light for some purpose. Beric’s (Richard Dormer) purpose was fulfilled in a glorious way. Jon still has a destiny to fulfill. He might be the Prince who was promised…or Daenerys…or Arya. Ugh. So much. 


Cersei won’t survive long. That’s clear. And, she won’t have that baby. The witch told her so when she was a kid. For my money, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is the one to kill her. That means he might also kill their unborn child. And, if he does. It. Will. Be. Epic. 


Theon (Alfie Allen) is dead. Redeemed. Yara (Gemma Whelan) has a an army on the Iron Islands. It’s small, but it has been pledged to Daenerys. Euron’s (Pilou Asbæk) fleet is securely in the hands of Cersei. I think Yara will come for Euron in a big way. One of them will die.  


Daenerys’ army is dunzo. She’s got a dragon and a half and a few bloodied heroes. But, Sam (John Bradley) is the lord of Horn Hill, the Starks have what’s left of the North, and Yara is (presumably) the ruling queen of the Iron Islands. Will the people rally to her side in the south like she has always been told? It is yet to be seen.  

Cersei has the only surviving army in Westeros. She has the Golden Company and Euron’s fleet. Even without elephants, that’s a lot. We can also assume she’s still got some wildfire hanging out somewhere. She’ll fight, and she’ll fight dirty. 

BRONN and the PLAN

Bronn (Jerome Flynn) is coming for the Lannister brothers. I think he’ll get one of them, and the other will get him. Honestly. It could go either way. But, because Bronn and Tyrion are so close… I think Bronn will kill Tyrion. Jaime will kill Bronn defending his brother. It hurts to write it, but I think it’ll happen. 


I think Varys (Conleth Hill) has a major part to play going forward. He is, and has always been for the realm. When he finds out who Jon really is, his loyalties will shift. He’s already got reservations about the wrath he’s seen Daenerys exhibit. It is also true that Varys has more power in King’s Landing than in any other part of the world. His birds do big things there. I think that Varys will back Jon’s claim to the throne. And, when Varys backs a horse… that horse wins. 

I have not forgotten about Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) or the Hound (Rory McCann). They’re the biggest, baddest fighters in Westeros. They’ll be in play. Will Brienne accept Tormund’s love? Will the Hound finally fight his brother? I say yes to both. Let’s do this. 

Game of Thrones season 8 is airing now on HBO.  



Jenny Flack
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