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Update to Master List of Predictions of Doom -- ***SPOILERS***

Okay. We’re at the halfway point in the final Game of Thrones season. The big battle is done. Now it is time for, as my girl River Song says, SPOILERS.

Bold and italics = Right

Italics = wrong.

Here’s where we stand on Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells the Story?

Lives:

Jon*

Dany*

Tyrion*

Arya*

Tormund

Gendry*

Podrick

All 3 Dragons - unfortunately wrong :( RIP Viserion.

Greyworm

Sam

Davos

Yara

 

Dies:

Jaime

Cersei

Brienne (in some grand sacrifice)

Sansa - at this point I’m going to call this one wrong. If she was going to go, it would have been this week

Bran (in a 3-eyed raven sort of way)

Gilly - this is another one where I’m going to call it wrong. She survived the Stark bone-zombies, so she should be good.

Messandei

Night King - Right. I knew that little drop move would come into play. Badass.

The Hound*

The Mountain*

Berric Dondareon* - Right!

Ser Jorah (defending Dany)* - Right, right down to the manner of death.

Qyburn

Grand Maester

Melissandre* - Right. I honestly forgot about her at this point in the season, but she redeemed herself in the end.

Varys*

Bronn

Theon - Right. A noble, noble death. Literally and metaphorically charging at death head on to redeem his poor battered soul.

Lyanna Mormont - I left her off the list, because I thought she was safe/forgot. Clearly not. But what a way to go.

Tay's Game of Thrones Predictions Master List of Doom

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Game Of Thrones Theories:

 

Well, I couldn’t help myself. I had to write down all the theories I have about Game of Thrones (GOT) ahead of Season 8. I’m not ready for the story to end, but I also want answers, damn it. These are a collection of things I’ve read, thought of, interpreted from the “text” of the show, because I’m an English major and that’s what I do. An * indicates the few I’m convinced of without a doubt. Everything else is just a guess and my opinion. 

 

As we make our way through the last six episodes, I’ll periodically come back to update/weigh in on if I’m proven right or wrong.

 

1.    The characters may somehow represent the “Seven”.

Father—Jon

Mother—Dany

Maiden—Sansa

Crone—Tyrion? Melissandre? Davos?

Warrior – Greyworm? Jorah? Brienne? Jaime?

Smith – Gendry

Stranger – Arya or Bran? 

2.    The lone wolf dies while the pack survives*

those with direwolves still living will survive. Caveat: I don’t WANT this to be true. But I also don’t trust the showrunners not to break our hearts (still no over the Red Wedding or the fact that Rickon didn’t zig-zag). And thus far, it’s been correct. 

3.    The dragon has three heads* 

Jon, Dany, and their child

4.    A song of Ice and Fire*

Jon is going to end up with the ice dragon—warging will probably be involved

5.    Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark 

someone in power helped manipulate it—Dayne family may come into it.

6.    Prince that was promised—>The Stallion that Mounts the World

Jon and Dany (medieval use of ‘prince’ is ruler, and they’re both going to rule Westeros) and Dany and Jon’s child. 

7.    Melisandre in Volantis is going to have meaning. Not sure what. Maybe bringing more priests and priestesses with her?

8.    Dany breaking the wheel may be tied to the White Walker symbols (one of which is a wheel).

9.    White Walkers were created by children of the forest from the First Men. Being the blood of the First Men may come into play when fighting the Night King 

10. Only death can pay for life—will pertain to White Walkers and Dany can conceive because Viserion “died” *

11. Weirwood trees/heart trees are going to influence the battle for the dawn.

12.Bran’s connection with the Night King—will warging be involved?

13.There must always be a Stark in Winterfell

Bran becoming one with the heart tree there?

14.Gendry will make Valyrian steel with the help of the dragons–maybe even forge Lightbringer.*

15.Jaime is the Valonqar and will kill Cersei—or Arya in his face will.*

16. Craster’s sons and the White Walkers—are White Walkers made or grown? Wights are dead people. Will little Sam’s connections to his brother/uncles do anything?

17. The Prophecy that says: ". . . three heads has the dragon . . . . . . three fires must you light . . . one for life and one for death and one to love . . . . . . three mounts must you ride . . . one to bed and one to dread and one to love . . . . . . three treasons will you know . . . once for blood and once for gold and once for love . . ."

Life, bed, and blood – Dragons’ birth/Drogo/Mirri Maz Dhor. Death and dread—  Viserion. Gold—Doreah and dude in Qarth. Love—Jon. Maybe he’ll sacrifice his life for hers (but not be dead-dead, only mostly dead). 

18. Someone is going to visit the Tower of Joy to find Dawn, Ser Arthur Dayne’s sword. Or it’s in the Winterfell crypts with Lyanna and/or Rhaegar (which would explain the teaser in the Crypts of Winterfell…just sayin’).  

19. Jaqen is going to be back as someone—probably impersonating a major character for a really long time.

20. Clegane Bowl is happening. Fire will obviously be involved. 

21. Maesters are the memories of those in the 7 Kingdoms. Bran can see the past, present, and future. Sam and Bran are gonna get up to some shenanigans while the others do the physical fighting. Gotta use the brains and the brawn. 

 Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells the Story? yes, a Hamilton reference was necessary. Don’t judge.

Lives:

Jon*

Dany*

Tyrion*

Arya*

Tormund

Gendry*

Podrick

All 3 Dragons

Greyworm

Sam

Davos

Yara

 

Dies:

Jaime

Cersei

Brienne (in some grand sacrifice)

Sansa

Bran (in a 3-eyed raven sort of way)

Gilly 

Messandei

Night King

The Hound*

The Mountain*

Berric Dondareon*

Ser Jorah (defending Dany)*

Qyburn

Grand Maester

Melissandre*

Varys*

Bronn

Theon

Thoughts on Captain Marvel

Note: I had to write this down. Like, could not sleep until these thoughts were put on paper. Excuse any typos or missing words. It’s 95% spoiler free and any spoilers are super generic.

Higher. Further. Faster.

Think about those words.

Higher. 

Further. 

Faster.

 

Those words have been an integral part of aviation since the Wright Brothers got the Spirit of Kitty Hawk up in the air. They’re what pushed Charles Lindbergh across the Atlantic, what put Chuck Yeager in Glamorous Glennis to break the sound barrier, what put men like Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin into spacecraft on top of rockets. 

But those words apply to more than just the typically male dominated world of aviation. They also apply to women. For a ridiculously large part of history, to get ahead, we have had to push that glass ceiling to get a little bit higher (the damn thing has trouble breaking, to go further to prove ourselves, and do it faster, because if we don’t, we’re pegged to only live in the realm of “feminine” pursuits, that glass ceiling growing walls around us.

To the shock of no one who knows me, this is something that has been swirling around in my head, particularly since I spent my New Year’s Eve watching Mary, Queen of Scots andOn the Basis of Sex. And, because hi, I’m a romance novelist, I’ve been thinking of it through the lens of relationships. The romantic ones, yes, but also the platonic ones. 

But what does this have to do with super heroes?

A lot, actually. As a student of literature, I can’t help but notice how women’s stories are almost exclusively told through their relationships to men. Lady Macbeth is first identified as her husband’s wife, not as a woman of ambition who is clever and politically minded. Elizabeth Bennett is defined by her father, her lack of brothers, her lack of a husband. Every Disney princess before Mulan was defined by her hunt for a husband or her relationship with a prince. 

And, in my opinion, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this. NOTHING. Because, again, romance novelist. I love love and romantic relationships (regardless of gender). 

But I have to say that I was damn near in tears watching Captain Marvel. Not because it was a sad movie or because there was a super poignant tear-jerking part. Not because my little av-geek heart was loving the references to Pancho’s (The Right Stuff) and Goose (Top Gun). And not because my child of the 90s heart warmed like crazy at all the details and nods they took care to include. Note to self—check out the soundtrack in the morning. 

It’s because I realized that Marvel, the same Marvel who spent two movies unnecessarily trying to pair the Black Widow with her fellow Avengers (because she’s the only woman, so she must be paired with one of the men around her—can you hear my eyes rolling?) kicked off their first female-led movie franchise (let us not forget her Royal Badassness Agent Margaret Carter) with a story about a woman without a single ounce of romance in it. 

You heard that right. I adored a movie without any romance in it. 

It was a movie without love or relationships. There were so many complex relationships, Carol and Fury, Carol and Michelle and Michelle’s daughter—her found family, Carol and Dr. Lawson, Carol and her Star Force Team. Most importantly, though, it was about Carol learning to love herself. 

She’s learning to embrace her flaws and her humanity, as well as her incredible strengths—strengths she had before she ever got her super powers. With those super powers, she is arguably the most powerful superhero in either DC or Marvel universes (I will fight you on this—don’t tempt me). But more than that, she’s an incredible human. She’s a female pilot, she’s a friend, she’s the cool aunt, she’s flawed, and strong, and resilient as hell. 

Would I be mad if there’s a romance in subsequent movies? Absolutely not. Hell, I will revel in reading fan fics pairing her with certain Avengers (*coughcaptainamericacough*) and with normal humans/aliens/whatever until the next movie comes out. But I was blown away and delighted by the decision not to include a male love interest in this movie. 

Wonder Woman was amazing. It was about love, as well, and selflessness and sacrifice and all of those thing. She’s a fascinating character in her own right, and Patty Jenkins is a brilliant storyteller. I’m so ready to see what happens next in that franchise. But aside from her, DC has a fundamental problem with the female characters in their movies that makes me sad, especially considering how much I love Superman and Lois Lane. 

Peggy Carter is far and away one of my favorite characters. Yes, she was introduced as the love interest of the ever so dreamy Captain America, but she always had dimension and character. When she got her own TV show, there was always an undercurrent of potential romance, but it wasn’t the focus of her story. It was a plot device rather than the plot itself. Which, for a comic book franchise property, was a HUGE step. 

Then along came Carol Danvers.

As I write this, it’s about to turn over the clock to be International Women’s Day, and I think about all of the little girls who get to see this movie, to see a woman being totally awesome and flawed and powerful, saving the planet with humanity, fierceness and grace. I think about all my little cousins, male and female, and how much hope it gives me that they get to grow up in a world where it will be the norm to see a character like Carol on the screen. Because I believe that to find real, lasting love, you have to be able to love yourself first, outside of your relationship with a partner—male, female, or nonbinary—and accept your flaws along with your strengths.

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Captain Marvel will be joining the girl squad SOON.

Captain Marvel will be joining the girl squad SOON.