Disclaimer: This post will discuss both the TV show Game of Thrones (GoT) and the book series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF). Be warned, I will be discussing topics that reveal what has happened on the show for the past 7 seasons and 5 episodes of season 8 and written series for the past 5 books. I will discuss characters that are in the books and not the show and vice versa. This discussion will include all storylines. It is riddled with information from both sources.
These are not predictions. These are what I would like to happen. Fan fiction of a show that is itself fan fiction of a book series ASOIAF. I will give a bit of narrative as well. Just some fun things to think about prior to the series finale.
Daenerys Targaryen: She has to go. I realize she feels alone and entitled. But she can not feel empowered by her possession of a dragon=Westerosi version of a weapon of mass destruction. Her abject violence which resulted in the slaughter of not just soldiers but also innocents is reprehensible. There must be a reckoning for her unhinged behavior.
I believe her first move will be to request the remaining High Lords and Ladies come to King’s Landing to swear fealty. There would be a group, including Sansa Stark-Lannister, who would demand Jon Snow be crowned Aegon VI Targaryen. And in response, Daenerys would say “Dracarys” and Drogon would burn them.
This would prompt Jon to attempt to arrest Daenerys, who is being guarded by Grey Worm. In their battle, Grey Worm would end up missing Jon and killing Daenerys.
Though Jon was attempting to arrest her seconds before, he would try to comfort her as she dies. They would profess their love for one another. So she would die engulfed in love.
Tyrion Lannister: I assume Tyrion can no longer support Daenerys Targaryen. Her abject violence should no longer be supported. He must walk away. I believe that Tyrion has enough integrity to know when the Targaryen has turned.
I believe he will leave King’s Landing. Intending on going to his boyhood home, Casterly Rock. With Jaime Lannister dead, Tyrion is the heir to the Westerland’s paramount lordship. Tyrion is the Warden of the West.
But before he can get to either his boyhood home of Casterly Rock or his wife’s home of Winterfell; he will be captured by Bronn. Properly arrested.
Bronn will bring him before Daenerys; along with the other High Lords and Ladies. Daenerys will punish Tyrion and he will die.
I really do want Tyrion to live. But he is the last of the “old guard”. Just about everyone of his generation is dead. Davos Seaworthy is also there. But Tyrion has been a more constant character. Someone that has been rooted for. I believe that Tyrion must go now.
Jon Snow: He is going to go through some things. He can’t really trust much of anyone. Daenerys is his aunt and he can’t be supportive with what she is doing. When Daenerys holds others to task, including his cousin Sansa, Jon will snap.
He will attempt to arrest. Not sure he will even use any form of authority. He will simply try. And as described above, he will fail.
He will be inconsolable after that. He will not take the throne. Some will encourage him to take it. He won’t.
Jon will leave. He will head north. Find Tormund. Find Ghost. Maybe even take Nymeria’s pack with him. Becoming a leader in the untamed North.
King of The North?
Arya Stark: I would hope the horrors of King’s Landing, both times she was there, would convince her to lay down the sword. In my fan fiction, she leaves King’s Landing and goes to Storm’s End. She would become Gendry’s wife and the Lady of Storm’s End. Joining Houses Baratheon and Stark, finally.
Gendry would be summoned to King’s Landing. He would support Daenerys and bend the knee. Something he forgot to do in episode 4. But he (the writers) also forgot bastards born in King’s Landing are called Waters not Rivers. So he is a forgetful person.
Back to Arya, if she goes with him everyone will think she will kill Daenerys for the death of her sister. I feel the Unsullied would surround her and she would not be able close that set of green eyes.
There were a few scenes with her practicing shooting arrows. She had to practically apply this skill during the Battle of Winterfell against the army of the dead. But she continued shooting after the battle too, in episode 4. Why? More on that later.
I doubt it is to go west of Westeros. I can’t see her being a traveler. Nor going back to Braavos to rejoin the Faceless Men at the House of Black and White. I would rather see her create a family of some sort or another.
In the end, she would flourish as The Lady Storm. Running the Storm Lands in an efficient manner.
Bran Stark: Of the main characters, I am the least clear on what or where Bran should be. He does not fit anywhere.
Bran is important. He was one of George’s five characters that will survive until the end of the books. https://watchersonthewall.com/george-r-r-martins-original-plan-game-thrones/ . He knows much more than anyone in Westeros.
I am hoping Bran shared some of his knowledge with Tyrion. And hopefully Tyrion spreads that knowledge as well. But we can’t tell. There have been so many conversations that have started on camera and ended off. Tyrion had two of those with Bran this season. One in episode 2 and another in episode 4. What was said? Will we know? Who can tell?
But I don’t have the slightest clue where he is going. But the only diservice will be if they don’t talk about Bran at all. More of a disservice if he does not impart his knowledge as well. He needs to start talking. Someone needs to write it down. So it doesn’t happen again.
His direwolf Summer died in the North. It was still in a summer season when that occurred so I am not sure if there is any significance there. But possibly because it was a magical place, Bran may need to also go to a magical place. Maybe the Isle of Faces where his magic should be strongest. Maybe future leaders will come there to consult with him? Maybe he needs to die there mirroring his direwolf’s death in a magical place? I have lots of questions and very few answers.
The future is unclear for this one.
Sansa Stark-Lannister: Sansa will be burned. She will try to outwit and outmaneuver Daenerys. She will ally with a few of the other great houses.
Then Daenerys will burn them all.
Many of the Stark children have followed their direwolves into the afterlife. Lady, Sansa’s direwolf, was the first to die and still Sansa persists. Not sure how much longer Sansa can fight that fate though.
I would prefer things to be different. Sansa is the mirror of Elizabeth of York https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_of_York. Others have noted this resemblence in the storyline as well https://www.quora.com/Is-Sansa-Stark-inspired-by-Elizabeth-of-York. I am not sure who her Tudor king would be though. Some speculate it could Gendry. He is a legitimized heir of the Baratheon line now. I don’t think this will happen though as I am shipper of GendArya. Although this would similarly fulfill the joining of the Stark and Baratheon houses. So I am saying there is a chance.
Drogon: With the destruction of ice made flesh of The Night King in episode 3, I believe the last bit of fire made flesh will also be eradicated. The nice way would be Drogon flying away to Valyria. Maybe to lay eggs? Maybe to get eggs that were already laid in a time he left Daenerys?
The un-nice way will be Drogon getting shot and killed. There is some speculation that an arrow made from the wood of a Weirwood tree could kill a dragon.
Who might take that shot? Although I did not mention this explicitly above I alluded to the potential archer, Arya. This could be a pay off to Arya’s archery training.
Dragons can have more than one rider. There is a slight chance that Jon uses Drogon to fly north. But the dragons did not like it up north. So he may drop off his Uber ride and then go off to Valyria.
Grey Worm: I mentioned above what I think he will do. Being the blade that strikes his own queen’s heart. This will break him.
This free man and leader will wander away. Leave Westeros, a foreign land that will not accept him. Going to the Summer Isles just as he had planned with his beloved Missandei.
This is the type of sad ending a warrior gets. Grey Worm will leave a broken man. But he will be a free man. Maybe a farmer?
Bronn of the Blackwater: I described above what will happen with him and Tyrion. After Tyrion is dead, Daenerys will confer lands and titles on Bronn. Maybe even Casterly Rock? At that time as Daenerys announces his house; he will say either Reyne or Tarbeck. The two families that attempted to take over the Lannisters in the past. Both are thought to be extinguished. The Reynes are the subjects of the Rains of Castamere. To me that would be a great twist.
Davos Seaworthy: Along with Tyrion, Davos is the last of the last generation. But unlike Tyrion, I think Davos will survive. There are 2 paths that seem clear.
Most likely, he will go back to his own keep. One he has been away from for years. The wife and kids he left there. And resume his life as a Lord.
Or Davos may become a castlen or advisor for Gendry Baratheon the new Storm Lord. Two poor boys from Flea Bottom ruling one of the seven kingdoms. It would be a good story.
Ser Brienne of Tarth: She goes up north, finds Tormund and has close-to-giant babies.
Seriously though, I think she will be part of someone’s Queen’ or King’s Guard. In a self imposed celibacy.
I have heard theories that she is pregnant from her nights with Jaime. But I can’t see that being true. Her being pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl. That would be unusual.
I would enjoy seeing Brienne having a happier end. I can’t even see her more than being a sworn sword in the end.
Podrick Payne: He puts away his sword. But his “sword” gets plenty of use as he travels the seven kingdoms singing with a troupe of performers. All Pod the sex god of tits and wine.
Gendry Baratheon: He will be among the High Lords who are summoned by Daenerys. No matter what happens with Arya, Gendry will back Daenerys. He will bend the knee. Even if that is not a virtuous side to be on. Gendry will be beside Jon Snow in their support of the dragon queen, prior to Daenerys burning the opposition.
Gendry will survive though. He will rule the Storm Lands. I hope he has a lady who can help him. I would like to see him and Sansa most because that is a power couple. Next Arya. Last would be just some girl who wants to be a lady and is a good person. I think his fate will be mostly happy even if he isn’t with Arya who he wants first.
Yara Greyjoy: She will be called. Will she come? I don’t know. She sat out the end of the war. She may just stay Iron and stay away.
Best ending for her would be her directing the helm of a ship to distant lands.
Samwell Tarly: Also among the High Lords summoned to King’s Landing. He would side with Sansa. Which means, he might burn. Like his father.
Randyll Tarly sent Sam to the wall due to a lack of respect. But Sam has done so many heroic acts. Battling Wildings. Battling White Walkers. Being the most learned man he could become. Randyll made a huge error.
But in the end, Sam stands with honor. Making the same decision his father made. Even though they are dramatically different.
Most speculation includes Sam being the author of A Song of Ice and Fire. Maybe he works with Bran to write it? Reading stories to little Sam. That might happen. I would like to see something different though.
Gilly: She will live. Go down to either Horn Hill or HighGarden. Raise Little Sam the new baby. Maybe she will be at Horn Hill and Sam’s Mother Melessa and Sister Talla will go to High Garden to be the Ladies Paramount? Not too much needs to be explained about her. She will live a good life but very little will be shown about her and the kids.
Edmure Tully: Summoned too as the Lord Paramount of the Riverlands. He would likely side with his niece Sansa. Which means he is toast.
Tycho Nestoris, Representative of the Iron Bank: I believe he will arrive to get the Iron Bank’s due. And Daenerys will pay him, in fire. I believe there will be a speech by Daenerys about arming her enemies. A well deserved speech. But it will be followed by fire. And for the first time, the Iron Bank will decidedly not get its due from House Targaryen.
Robin Arryn: He will ally with his cousin Sansa. Not a good idea.
Yohn Royce: I doubt we will see him. He will likely go back to his keep. But afterward, there is no heir to the Vale of Arryn. In the books, there is a male heir with a few drops of Arryn blood left. But in the show, Yohn might be the one helping pick up the pieces for the Vale. And his son got “Molly-whopped” in the first episode. So it would be good to have a Royce in the finale as well.
Unnamed Prince of Dorne: I really can’t tell. Probably not going to make it through this series. If he sides with anti-Daenerys crowd, he will be toast. First appearance = Last appearance.
Daario Naharis: His story is done. Won’t see him again. Neither of his two actors. And won’t get to see a blue haired, golden mustachioed leader of a mercenary company (books Stormcrows/show Second Sons).
Ghost: He will, Finally, get a good boy pat by Jon. Enjoying the North. Creating a pack of his own.
Nymeria: She will go with Ghost up North. Her pack will be sung about by the Wildlings for generations.
I think those are the main characters left as well a few minor ones. Hopefully I am not missing anyone. I don’t think this is how it would happen. Just some elements of what I would enjoy seeing.
Now I am not part of the crowd that is “demanding” a different season 8. If you are inclined to think that way, do two things. First, stop petitioning and pay for a new season. Second, convince George R.R. Martin that you should adapt his story. Simple right. I am sure you are the first to try that.
I acknowledge that the last four seasons have problems. But I am also an adult. I can choose to watch or choose to change the channel. This repeated gripping about the quality of the story is easily remedied. Turn off the show. In fact, vote with your wallet and stop paying for HBO. That might have the impact you are looking for. But the constant whinging is unbecoming.
Follow the lead of Elio Garcia. He is one of the co-authors of The World of Ice and Fire. Another co-author was some guy named George. Anyway, after season 5; Elio decided he was done with the show GoT. He says so here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzmpxuDqt9A&list=PLjmq3-40drsdBRDao3W7zvIPev3h0Lm76&index=14&t=0s. As best I can tell, he has held up to that. I believe that is the correct way to handle the disgust for the show. Either way, please just stop.
If you are waiting for the books, you watch continues.
For reference, I used this list: https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/game-of-thrones-finale-every-character-still-alive/2900-2649/34/ to get a complete list of remaining character. The content within the characters remaining arcs are my own thoughts.