PART 3: KINGS LANDINGS
“The things I do for love.”-Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister has finally left Cersei’s side and it has been long time coming. His development during the seasons has been one of the most significant, from kingslayer, to attempted murder of a child Bran Stark…….not to mention his incestuous relationship with Cersei……….but now he is a character viewers actually like.
That’s testament to Martins writing! So his departure from Kings Landing, in the name of honour, has to be one of the most satisfying moments of the season thus far!
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”- Cersei Lannister
Is Cersei pregnant or is she lying? Judging by a scene that was apparently not included in Season 7 where she wakes up in a pool of blood, it seems that the initial plan was for her to have a miscarriage. Maybe this will appear in Season 8 or the producers may decide to rewrite her story.
According to Maggy the Frog, it was prophesied that Cersei would only have three children. If the prophesy is to believed, a miscarriage is very likely.
There are a lot of Cersei fans. But is she as intelligent as she thinks? She is definitely no Tywin. In the books, she jumps from one ridiculous situation to the next, makes terrible decisions, become paranoid and is quite insane.
In the show, she does show some level of intelligence and sanity. But, does she think she is outplaying everyone else? Or is she in-fact being outplayed by the Bank of Braavos, with their possible connection to the Golden Company, who we will see in Season 8? Does she really believe Euron Greyjoy is Loyal to her?
There is very little doubt that Cersei will not survive until the end of series. How she dies is the only real question!
“For the night is dark and full of terrors.” – Words of R’hllor
Melisandre seems to have outlived her usefulness since Jon’s resurrection. Will she be back? What was the purpose of the Red Priestess Kinvara in Season 6? And what is the connection of the R’hllor to Varys and his mutilation as a child? Hopefully we do get a satisfying ending to these plots.
“What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.” – Words of the Drowned God
Theon has had his ups and downs……more downs to be sure! Maybe it’s time for him to finally redeem himself and save his sister Yara, possibly sacrificing his life in the attempt.
By the way Yara is actually named Asha in the books. The producers seem to have thought Asha was too close to Osha (the wildling at Winterfel), and that viewers would have difficulty differentiating them! Go figure!
“Balon was mad, Aeron is madder and Euron is the maddest of them all” – Baelor Blacktyde
Euron Greyjoy in the show is a joke….literally. Euron Greyjoy in the books is an absolute monster, having raped and killed his brothers. He is also highly involved in dark magic and sees himself as a literal God. If you want to get an idea of this, try googling “The Forsaken” chapter from the upcoming “The Winds of Winter” that has been read by George RR Martin.
Euron was teased as being much more sinister than Ramsay Bolton! Has Euron shown any of this? His late introduction to the show was always problematic…..and the character seems to have been included only for a few good laughs and to serve as some extra muscle for Cersei, to be able to level the playing field against Danny. Other than that, I do not see the point of Euron Greyjoy!
“Vengeance. Justice. Fire and blood.” – Doran Martell
What can one say about the Dorne plot…..that hasn’t already been said? In plain terms, the entire Dorne plot since its inception in Season 4 has been an absolute mess, and it has never recovered. The rushed demise of the Sand Snakes in Season 7 was welcome! Good riddance!
Where to from here?
Season 8 will be a bloodbath! Expect a lot of deaths, more surprises and twists….some may even make sense. It will be spectacular for sure!
The ratings and the record number of weekly viewers speak for themselves. Games of Thrones continues to be biggest show on TV by far, and for good reason. And it shows no signs of slowing down. In a year or so from now, Game of Thrones will be completed and HBO will move on to spin-off series currently under development.
The time for A Song of Ice and Fire is now…..and audiences have immersed themselves into Westeros, and want more. Book readers want more too……it’s been more than six years since the 5th book “A Dance of Dragons” was released, with a further two novels (at least) still to go, “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring”.
The sad reality is that the story George RR Martin set out to tell more than 20 years ago……will be concluded by HBO long before the author has the chance to!
If you haven’t read the novels yet, I would highly recommend you do, as it is an absolutely amazing story:
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK 1: A GAME OF THRONES
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK 2: A CLASH OF KINGS
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK 3: A STORM OF SWORDS
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK 4: A FEAST FOR CROWS
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK 5: A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK 6: THE WINDS OF WINTER (UPCOMING)
- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BOOK 1: A DREAM OF SPRING(UPCOMING)
Well, that’s it, as promised, a review in 3 posts, by my hubby. If you missed the first 2 posts, check them out here:
If you enjoyed these posts by my hubby, check out this post where he shares his thoughts on Equal Parenting:
Equal Parenting – A Daddy’s Perspective