Since the beginning of television, there have been their shows and our shows. I can tell you everything about Power, A Different World and (the first season of) Empire. I can’t tell you shit about Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother or The Big Bang Theory. But there’s no television show on air right now that unites us all quite like Game of Thrones.
Heck, the line-up for the soundtrack tells you that. A$AP Rocky, Mumford and Sons, Maren Morris, SZA, and other major artists from different genres all make appearances on the upcoming soundtrack.
We’re together in our excitement – and sadness – over the show’s final season, which kicks off this Sunday. The showrunners have moved well past the still-incomplete source material, so no one can brag about how they know what’s going to happen based on the books – we can only conjecture on the final six episodes.
Still, we all have our theories, because it wouldn’t be GoT without them. Here are a few things I hope will (and won’t) happen for the final season:
The Night King Takes It All
The cool thing about GoT is that no man or woman is safe. Once you get to loving a character, they get the Stringer Bell treatment and are dismissed unceremoniously (shout out to Ned Stark (Sean Bean)). As such, it wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility in George R.R. Martin’s world to simply wipe out everyone. Let the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) get control of the other two dragons, f— everyone up and seize control of Westeros. It would piss off fans to a degree unseen since the series finale of The Sopranos. But it would be ballsy television that’ll ultimately be appreciated years down the line.
The Mountain and the Hound need to finish this shit
The bad blood between Sandor Clegane, or the Hound (Rory McCann), and his older brother Gregor Clegane, or the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), has been cooking since season 1 when the brothers first crossed swords during a jousting match gone out of hand. We find out later that it was the Mountain that gave his baby brother that delightful Two-Face look and a lifelong fear of fire. The Hound has become one of the best anti-heroes in a series full of them, and the Mountain is known for delivering the whole series’ craziest kill to the Viper (Pedro Pascal) in Season 4. These two have unfinished business and someone needs to finally put a sword through someone else.
Bran should be the Night King
The only (official) surviving Stark boy, Brandon (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has traversed Westeros as a paraplegic since the pilot, when Jaime pushed him from a castle window after Bran witnessed him schtupping his sister Cersei. We know he’s a warg and the prophetic Three-Eyed Raven, but he might low-key be the show’s main antagonist in his future form. It would be in perfect GoT form if Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is forced to slaughter his last living brother in order to bring peace to the realms.
Cersei needs to die. With agony
Game of Thrones certainly has no shortage of reprehensible characters, but Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) just sucks, man. She isn’t pure evil like her son Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) or a redemptive character like her brother/baby daddy Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). She’s always scheming and scamming to kill the characters we love the most, yet has been unable to keep all three of her own damn children alive. Cersei is the embodiment of every white woman you’ve ever worked for and she must go. Bonus points if it’s Jamie who does it, since it seems as if his betrayal of her is leading up to that as a possibility.
Brienne, on the other hand, needs to live
Frankly, I don’t really care who lives and dies at the end of this thing, as is evidenced by my hope that the Night King takes it all. But there’s one exception: Brienne of Tarth. Gwendoline Christie masterfully plays the character to at once be a consummate badass and an emotionally sympathetic woman forced into her situation thanks to circumstances beyond her control. Christie wears Brienne’s emotions like a millstone on her face and somehow manages to one-up the show’s most intended sympathetic character, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). If the Night King takes over Westeros, I hope Brienne survives and someone does a movie sequel with her traversing a post-apocalyptic Westeros like Denzel Washington, rallying against the new order.
Dustin J. Seibert is a native Detroiter living in Chicago. Miraculously, people have paid him to be aggressively light-skinned via a computer keyboard for nearly two decades. He loves his own mama slightly more than he loves music and exercises every day only so his French fry intake doesn’t catch up to him. Find him at his own site, wafflecolored.com.