If you have not watched Season 6 Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, do not read this blog post. THERE ARE SPOILERS!
Okay, so it took me 6 days to wrap my head around Game of Thrones’ “Battle of the Bastards” episode. With the season finale fast approaching—talk about a bittersweet Sunday—there are some big questions we hope get answered, and there are a lot of rumors about what’s next to happen. Let’s review and discuss before tomorrow night’s episode:
Is Sansa Stark pregnant with Ramsay’s heir?
I simply do not believe this theory that has recently been floating around. It has been a full season since she lived under the same roof as Ramsay Bolton and even though we don’t have a precise Season 6 time frame, I think it is safe to say there would have been some implication that she’s pregnant by now. She journeyed to the Wall, strategized to overtake Winterfell (and had enough time to make Jon and herself elaborate clothing), traveled to various Northern territories to recruit Houses and soldiers, before arriving outside of Winterfell for the epic battle. Wouldn’t there have been a glimpse of foreshadowing at some point during all this? Morning sickness, belly rubbing, something—anything—along those lines.
Ramsay’s last words, “I’m part of you now,” reflects more that his memory will always haunt Sansa. Think about it: He repeatedly abused her, made her life a living nightmare, and killed her little brother, to say the least. That person influenced her to be the woman she is now, no matter how much she convinces herself that he will “disappear.” Sansa being pregnant is too big a plot twist to just pull out of nowhere at this point in Game of Thrones. So nope, sorry Little Finger—she does not need a quick wedding cover-up. Although knowing him, he’ll still figure out a conniving way to get what he wants (which we can all agree is to marry Sansa and become Warden of the North, yeah?).
Who and what is going to burn when Cersei ignites the underground wildfire?
Because this, at least, we can be 99% sure is going to happen, and most likely in this season finale. Will she be able to position the flaming attack to the High Sept, the High Sparrow, and his army of fanatics? Or is the wildfire going to burn much more of King’s Landing? If and when Cersei uses the wildfire to escape whatever fate from the guilty trial, I don’t think it will kill Margaery (as much as Cersei wants it to). The young queen has her own manipulative plan up her sleeve… surely she won’t die before we see where she is heading with it?
Which leaves us with another question: Is Cersei willing to sacrifice Tommen as a victim to her wildfire plan? The prophecy has warned us all three of her children will die before her, and he’s certainly been making her life more difficult with his weak leadership and alliance with the Faith. However, I still just don’t see Cersei willingly let him burn, despite what so many GoT fans say. If she stood by a son like Joffery, wouldn’t she maintain her strong motherhood characteristics during tough times with Tommen? I foresee her trying to orchestrate a plan for the wildfire to primarily take out the Sept with Tommen out of harm’s way. Whether that plan will work or not is a completely different story.
Now that Arya is coming home, will she continue checking people off her list?
Let’s review who is left on her infamous kill list.
- Cersei, but I believe Jaime will ultimately be the cause of her death. A powerful and prominent character such as Cersei needs a more poetic ending than Arya getting to her (which in and of itself would be extremely unlikely, no matter the scenario). Cersei’s death isn’t coming too soon, we’ve already been rewarded with Ramsay’s death this season.
- Walder Frey, who I believe she actually might have a chance at killing. I really like this fan theory, but I admit I’m skeptical of her having the Faceless Men abilities. A girl is Arya, after all. But come on, that was too long of a plot story for her to walk away just being able to fight in the pitch black—so perhaps she does have the unique ability of becoming No One, only on her terms instead of the Faceless Men’s.
- Melisandre, and she did warn Arya they would meet again back inSeason 3. If someone is going to get the Red Woman, it will be Davos. Even then, it has already been concluded she is very hard to kill, so I don’t think Needle (or even Davos) will do the trick.
- The Hound, who has unofficially been vetoed off Arya’s list after they unwillingly bonded during their prior travels. These two certainly seem like they may meet up again, and the plot line may get a little interesting because he is currently in the company of two others on her list…
- Beric Dondarrion and Thoros Of Myr. The Brotherhood Without Banners claim they are going North, which could be good news for Jon Snow. The Brotherhood recognizes the Lord of Light and if they find out Melisandre has devoted herself to Jon, they might be open to an alliance of some sorts. Jon is not technically a Stark, so they wouldn’t necessarily be joining the Stark banners if they agreed to, say, fight against the White Walkers.
- Ser Ilyn Payne, remember him? He hasn’t been in the series for quite a while due to the actor’s cancer diagnosis in 2013. Our favorite mute to hate (I mean, he did chop off Ned’s head) is most likely safe from Arya’s revenge.
- The Mountain… though for Ary’a sake, I really hope she is not the person who tries to kill that zombie. If I had to guess, the only thing that could realistically kill him is the wildfire; however, if Cersei needs to find safety upon burning the city, you can guarantee he will be right by her side.
Will Daenerys finally cross the Narrow Sea to Westeros now?
She has an even larger army than she did at the beginning of Season 6, thanks to the Dothraki. Her three dragons are reunited and, seemingly, under her control since she began riding Drogon. Her biggest problem throughout the entire series has been lack of ships, and now she has Yara’s ships and the Masters’ ships. Even Tyrion says they can overseas transfer this big army with the ships she now has. With all this in mind, I do believe Daenerys is running out of excuses not to attempt to claim the Iron Throne.
We all know this is far overdue. I get it, it is a massive move for her character and the entire plot. She was not ready and neither were we for the first four seasons, though now she is a little hesitant due to fear of failure. Her entire life has been leading up to this and she better succeed. However, what happens when she comes to King’s Landing, if there is still a standing Iron Throne after Cersei unleashes the wildfire? And will we ever see Jorah again? You’d think she wants him to be part of her journey to Westeros, yet it is unlikely she will wait for him to maybe possibly show up cured of Greyscale.
We’re within 24 hours of the season finale! Quick, what do you think about my predictions? What do you think is about to happen?