Welcome GoT Burning Questions of the Week, where speculation, analysis and theorizing are the order of the day. This is not a review. Most of the questions relate to the previous episode, but questions for all seasons and episodes may arise. Answer or ask your own questions in the comments. And obviously, beware of show, book, and theory
Why is the Brotherhood w/out Banners Heading North?
Thoros of Myr
We haven’t seen the Brotherhood Without Banners since season 3. They’re likely headed to Castle Black, where Dolorous Edd is facing a severe crow shortage and impending doom. We’re here for a reason,” says Thoros of Myr.
Beric Dondarrion says “a cold wind is rising in the North,” which can only mean White Walkers. How did they find out they were needed at Castle Black? Did Dolorous Edd send a crow? Did Thoros of Myr (a Red Priest) see it in the flames? And can they bring magic to bear on the White Walkers?
Beric and Thoros believe that along with The Hound, they’ve survived this long because the Red God has a mission for them. “We are part of something larger than ourselves,” said Thoros.
Beric tells The Hound that he can still do good and redeem himself by joining them in fighting the White Walkers. The Hound is skeptical.
It would be great if The Hound heads north to battle those icy bastards and reunites with Arya and Sansa at some point. He has been a protector to them both at different points in the story. Perhaps he’s meant to be in the North. The Hound may well refuse the Brotherhood, because he was sooo not having it. We shall see.
How Many Men are in The Brotherhood Without Banners?
Because Castle Black needs every man it can get. And how likely is it that they will join the fray at Winterfell just because it’s on the way? That would be so cool. Speaking of Winterfell…
Will the Knights of the Vale Arrive in Time? Will they Fight for Sansa or Ramsay?
These questions send chills down my spine. The battle for Winterfell is about to begin, and Stark forces look to be out-numbered. Jon looks like he’s ready to die again. Sansa has written to Littlefinger for help, but will he fight for her? Sansa knowingly anticipates treachery because she says in her letter (it’s been decoded online here) that she will reward him. AS IF. We’ll come back to that later.
After he handed Sansa over to Ramsay last year, Littlefinger returned to King’s Landing to meet with Cersei. He promptly told her that Sansa was alive and at Winterfell. He offered to use the Knights of the Vale to re-take Winterfell from the Boltons if Cersei made him Warden of the North. Cersei agreed and requests Sansa’s head on a stick. “I live to serve,” replied Littlefinger.
Littlefinger will fight with the North against the Boltons and will then turn on the Starks (using some devious trick to garner support) in an attempt to take Winterfell from Sansa. He will turn on her once he realizes that her reward, which he may believe to be an offer of marriage, will never happen.
Littlefinger wants the throne. He’s trying to amass enough armies to march on King’s Landing and depose the Lannisters. The White Walkers will undo all of his plans if Sansa doesn’t kill him first. And I think that she will.
Will Jon Snow Die Again?
He looks awfully tragic in the previews, I must say. I mean, more than usual. If Melisandre survives Ser Davos’
wrath, she had better ignore Jon Snow’s request (to not bring him back again if he is killed in the battle). If she truly believes that he is Azor Ahai, the Prince who was Promised, she may well refuse his request. She may tell him that he is destined to rule.
Who is Burning on the Crosses?
I have this horrible feeling that one of them may hold Rickon and the others may be members of Northern Houses that he found were conspiring against him. Hey Great Northern Conspiracy fans, that one’s for you. I don’t want to accept that Davos may be one of the victims (please God, no), but I think the odds are against him surviving the season. Maybe they will send Davos to try to negotiate Rickon’s release and Ramsay’s response is to fire them both up.
Jon’s face (above left) looks like he just had family killed. Like he knows the people on those crosses. There are four crosses, and I think that at least one of them will hold a Karstark, an Umber or another Northerner.
Will Tully Forces Ride to Winterfell?
I hope so, but I don’t think it will be any time soon. I think the Tullys will be avenging the Red Wedding sooner rather than later, and I think Arya may be a part of that vengeance. Remember the season 6 trailer that showed Walder Frey celebrating with Lannister forces? Didn’t that look an awful lot like the Red Wedding? Get ready for major retribution. For that to happen, they need an event coordinator, someone like…
Is the Blackfish Really Dead?
Doubtful. He should have died on camera and didn’t. I’m not one to hope against hope with this show, but this is completely different from the Stannis situation. The case for him being dead is nil. He wouldn’t leave Sansa to fend for herself when Winterfell is at stake. There’s a plan. Also, he will hit the Freys back hard. The old man lives.
What Will Davos do When he Finds Out?
It looks like Davos will find out the truth about PrincessShireen’s death in episode 9. How safe will Melisandre be after that? Or will she flee before he has a chance to strangle her? I don’t think so, but the battle and related craziness may delay the confrontation between these two.
Where’s Lady Lyanna?
Because if there’s anyone who can take care of Ramsay Bolton, it’s her. But seriously, she was at the Stark camp the last time we saw her. Did she go home after delivering her men? Somehow I don’t think so.
Give us the TOWER of JOY!!!
We still haven’t seen the end of that scene. Whyyyyyy? I repeat, is R+L=J the only revelation we’ll find up there? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t get the delay. The suspense is killing me!
The poor guy would probably be totally confused by everything that’s happened and how he figures in it, but still. Seriously. It’s been four seasons. Did he fall off the edge of the universe?
Where is Varys Headed?
That farewell scene with Tyrion screamed that he’s not long for this world. How or why I have no idea. He mentioned that they needed allies in Westeros and finding a fleet for Daenerys.
We heard in ep. 7 that the Iron Fleet is already in Slaver’s Bay (from the Captain that Arya books passage with), he’s literally going to trip over them on his way out of Meereen. So what then? Will he negotiate with Yara to attack the Slavers from behind and destroy them in the bay? Will he continue to King’s Landing? Who in King’s Landing will support Daenerys? Also, what’s on his mind? There’s something, I can feel it.
How Adorable are Grey Worm and Missandei?
Completely. They were the only good thing about that scene. What in the hell have they done to Tyrion? A brilliant, erudite, shrewd and politically saavy character has been turned into a complete doofus. Missandei and Grey Worm saved that scene. And shout out to Ms. Interpreter for grabbing the knife, as soon as they heard rumbling from above. Gangsta, haha.
How Pissed is Daenerys?
Royally. The look on her face was hilarious. Like when Mom gets back early from a trip and finds you partying with your friends instead of cleaning the house and doing the laundry. I think Tyrion is in big trouble. but I don’t think his life is at stake. I do think we’ll finally see some dragonfire. Yaaaay!!
Did Tommen Drink the Kool-Aid?
No. I think he’s doing what he thinks will work best to avoid bloodshed and keep everyone out of the dungeons. His whole demeanor and tone of voice screamed that he was under duress during that announcement about Cersei’s trial and the trial by Seven. He is conflicted, but he has seen what the High Sparrow (and his followers) are capable of. He’s trying to stay alive and keep his mother and wife safe.
Unfortunately, he has no head for scheming so he’s pretty helpless, which is what you see when he walks out of the throne room. He feels bad for Cersei, but can’t do anything about it. If only he and Margery could plot together.
What is the “Rumor” ?
Popular opinion says that Cersei and Qyburn are referring to the caches of wildfire that Mad King Aerys stashed all over King’s
Landing. The scene plays like this is what they’re talking about, but I’m not sure. It doesn’t play to me.
First of all the origin of this story is Jaime Lannister, former Kingsguard to King Aerys. How likely is it that he never told his sister about it? Not very.
Cersei has been in King’s Landing (I keep wanting to type Knot’s Landing, ha-ha) for years. Why would she need Qyburn to find this out? In season 2, she’s the one who went to the pyromancers to have them increase production before Stannis’ siege. Tyrion found out about it because of his spies. It wouldn’t be difficult for her to ask the pyromancers about the rumor or to have them investigate, but I guess Qyburn would keep it quiet. But I think that she would know.
Can the rumor refer to something about the High Sparrow, her or the Faith Militant itself?
Will Cersei Burn King’s Landing to the Ground?
There will be fire. It’s been foreshadowed so often it’s almost a cliche. She says “I will burn this city to the ground,” or “I would burn cities to the ground” at least once every season. Last season she said it to Tommen to explain how much she loved him (thanks Mommy).
Cersei will attempt to burn down the Sept of Baelor on the day her trial is to begin. For some reason I believe it will be full of people and they’ll be waiting for her to appear when she rains down fire on them. I think she will want to protect Tommen, but at this point she may think that it’s no use, the prophecy will come true anyway.
If the Red Keep goes up in flames it will be an an accident, one of Cersei’s Unforseen Consequences. I could see her burning it on purpose if the Faith Militant tries to move the trial to the Throne room. But no, she will light the Sept and the whole city will go up in flames.
But here’s the thing: There’s the image in Bran’s visions of a Dragon Flying over King’s Landing and there are clouds of smoke rising over the city.
I may be wrong, but if Cersei lights it up this season, that means dragons in Westeros (or at least this dragon), this season. Because how many times can they burn King’s Landing? Daenery’s vision at the House of the Undying included a scene of the Throne room in the Red Keep that was burned to a crisp.
Will Jaime or Qyburn kill Cersei to prevent her from torching the entire city?
Whose Head is the Mountain Wearing?
I’ve been wondering this for ages and keep forgetting to write about it. Back when Qyburn started his “experiments” on the mostly dead Mountain it was season 4, right after Tyrion’s trial by combat. We’re not given details but we are shown mysterious tubes removing and replacing fluids into his body. At the end of the season Tyrion becomes a fugitive. In season 5, Cersei is offering a reward to whoever brings her Tyrion’s head. This has the — say it with me– unintended consequence
of causing a steady stream of severed heads arriving at the Red Keep. In one hilarious scene (pictured above) Cersei examines a head and says that it’s not Tyrion. Meryn Trant offers to punish the uh…bounty hunters, but Cersei says that she doesn’t want to dissuade others from the hunt. “Mistakes will be made,” she says. The men are dismissed, and Cersei tells them to “take the head,” but Qyburn says that he will take it because “it will prove useful for my work.” This gives Cersei pause, but she says “very well then,” and leaves. Ever since, I’ve wondered if Frankenmountain is sporting a new head. Why else would Qyburn want it? No, Don’t answer that. The Mountain never takes off the helmet, and he looks kind of decomposed under there.
Bonus Random Question:
Is it Just Me, or does Qyburn have a thing for Cersei?
I’ve been getting that vibe for a while. *shudder* Opinions?
What do you think? Answer or ask your own questions in the comments!