Monday, June 27, 2016

In The Wake Of Winter, Fire!

Tyrion, Daenerys, and Jon Snow

I'm a fan Game of Thrones and have been since the first episode. After that episode I immediately bought the first eBook, appropriately called A Game of Thrones, and dove in without reservation. I have not looked back. But I have looked forward.

When Cersei told her story of Maggie the Frog's predictions I had a very different take than my friends, who are also fans. Maggie predicted that Cersei would be killed by her brother and, knowing Cersei to be extremely myopic, I knew it would be Jaime, her twin, who would do the deed -- and maybe even die in the process. Cersei would not go down easily or without a fight. I didn't know then about Jaime losing his right hand or how that would affect the fight. After season 6 finale, I know I was right about many things and had some insight into the future of Westeros and the coming fight against the White Walkers. And, yes, I was right about Cold Hands. He is, or was, Benjen Stark. Take that, naysayers.

So here is how I see this simple story of George R. R. Martin's.

The truth about Jon Snow has finally come to light and, without knowing he is truly Stark, though not of Ned's getting, he has been crowned King in the North as he should have been all along. He takes precedence over Ned's children because he is the son of Lyanna and Rheagar Targaryen, though still a bastard. Ned took the seeming dishonor because of his promise to Lyanna to protect her son. I've always seen Jon as the ultimate winner of the Game of Thrones as played in Martin's Universe.

Whoever Daenerys weds or beds, she will ultimately end up with Jon. He is the ice and fire to her fire. He is the Prince Who Was Promised. I don't see him giving up the North or King in the North to wed Dany or rule jointly over a combined Westeros. I've always seen Jon as one of the 3 dragon riders to come and it makes sense since Daenerys will also ride one of the dragons, and likely Drogon. Jon will probably get Rhaegal and Viserion will like be commanded by Brandon Stark, the three-eyed raven or possibly Tyrion Lannister. My vote is for Bran as he is, as are all the Stark children, Jon Snow included, a warg.

I do like that Jon Snow, King in the North, is also called the White Wolf, especially since the white wolf, Ghost, is the only one left, other than Arya's Nymeria still loose in the wild. They will meet again as Arya crosses Westeros to return to Winterfell.

Littlefinger is about to get his comeuppance soon and Sansa will not be in his future, except maybe as a part of his downfall. He has finally loose the Cat out of the bag and admit he intends to take the Iron Throne. No big surprise for anyone watching or reading about the Westerosi wars and plots and double- and triple-crosses. Robert's curse fall on Littlefinger. No doubt Robert touched Littlefinger many times on his way into or out of the brothels.

Okay, back to my predictions.

Jaime will kill Cersei, which will leave Casterly Rock to Tyrion who deserves the title and the income it will generate. Tyrion will rule Casterly Rock as Hand to the Queen with Sansa, his wife, by his side. Sansa was married first to Tyrion, but the marriage was not consummated. Now that Sansa has had a taste of the fairy tale life she dreamed as a young girl at Winterfell and tasted the bitter ashes and gall that came with the dreams as they shattered, she may see Tyrion in a different light, less as the Imp and more as the intelligent and tortured (by his own family) man of parts he is. I've always liked Tyrion and I will definitely like to see him where his family, other than Jaime, never saw him or considered for him: Master of Casterly Rock and married to Sansa Stark with children playing at their feet.

Jon Snow will marry Daenerys Targaryen and unite Westeros but Jon will remain the White Wolf, King in the North. Daenerys will undoubtedly take the Iron Throne and she will once again bear children -- to Jon.

Mirri Maz Duur's prophecy for Daenerys was: 
"When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before." 

I dislike prophecies like the above because they are never what they seem on the surface and I wonder if that is not due to the nature of prophecy being like a puzzle that must be solved or merely the nature of the prophet who cannot speak plainly or cannot decipher the other worldly voice into common speech. 

Let's try this on for size.

When Daenerys is Queen of Westeros and takes the Iron Throne, her domain will reach from Westeros (in the west) to Meereen (in the east). The great sea of grass is already dry and the pyramids of the slavers are burned and their remains blow in the wind. Dany bled when Rheagal and Viserion took down the pyramids of the slavers which may be the sign that she is menstruating again. Since Daario Naharis is no longer bedding Dany, that leaves whoever she decides to marry once she reaches Westeros to get her pregnant, but at least her womb has quickened. That may be the result of all three dragons being unleashed and nearly full grown -- or maybe are full grown already. If Dany names her first child, a son, Drogo, the prophecy will be fulfilled. Whether that will result in Khal Drogo returning is another thing altogether, but anything is possible when magic is involved.

So much for Martin's simple story. I'm still waiting for the book, The Winds of Winter, but with Martin imminent release is uncertain. Such has been the case since The Game of Thrones was released. It's easy to get caught up in other projects and making a living that does not depend on a book or a series. Mortgages must be paid, food, shelter, and necessities, as well as wants, must be provided, and life still goes on, and Martin has a very full schedule with his appearances, interviews, other books and anthologies to compile, edit, and release, and his movie theaters and other business ventures to see to. I'd say it's difficult to focus on only one ball when juggling so many balls in the air. HBO will make sure that season 7 of Game of Thrones will roll out on time with or without Martin's final books in the Song of Ice and Fire.  

In the meantime, I'll get back to juggling my own balls and focusing on what I can control and leave prophecies to the Winds of Winter.

That is all. Disperse.