Game of Thrones: The Alternate Ending
Intro of Dissatisfaction
so I’ve never been much of a revisionist when it comes to story-telling.
Whatever ending I got, I could have mixed feelings about with no sway one way
or the other to impact my overall enjoyment of a story. When
stories go completely off the rails from what they once were (first 3 seasons of
Supernatural vs everything after, Penny Dreadful season 3, Hannibal) I can
still enjoy the show and, in the end, hold whatever first few good seasons I did have close to my heart.
I think the reason for this is that all all those shows had an “ending” before their true
season ending. That ending paid off everything and was consistent with theme and tone first presented. Which brings up the question: What do you do when
you have a story as big as Game of Thrones, a grand-scale epic by design? There
can’t be a satisfying conclusion
mid-way through the Game of Thrones show, where everything comes together
because there’s too much going on. Too many loose strings. Too many factions.
Stannis Baratheon’s death after burning his daughter could have been that great
end-point of the show (the Baratheons known for gaining power by drawing the
blood of their relatives finally take infighting to the deepest, darkest
conclusion and are left with ashes) if
we’d only been following Stannis, the Battle of the Bastards for the stark plot
(to resolve the imbalance of rule of the north. The show starting with Ned and
his family losing power and this culminating in the ultimate regain of that
power through virtuous means but also new compromise and understanding of the
“Great Game” on Sansa’s part), go all the way back to the Red Wedding and that
could be that satisfying cut-off point if we only cared about the Starks.
there’s a show pushing a bolder of its own plot threats up a mountain, slowly
dwindling in stakes and tension as the plot armor becomes too strong to kill of anyone important. That’s kind of a problem. The show has lost what made it, and
the books, so great in the first place. Understand that I’m mostly talking
about the show Game of Thrones, not
the book series—but, this is actually a problem I have with both if George RR
Martin and the writers are shooting in the same direction. If the
TV show was without a doubt Full Metal Alchemisting these final seasons, I
would probably not feel the need to write this. I’d just wait for the books and
get my sweet, sweet, Brotherhood fix with George’s conclusion—but what if
George’s conclusion is the show’s conclusion?
If the end-goals set up in the show are the ones I’m to expect in the books
then all I can say is—George…my man…my buddy…my better Santa…dafq?
The Core of Game of Thrones:
what I mean:
main selling point of George RR Martin’s books is not realism—stop that,
please. When people say “realism”, they’re talking about the feeling of stakes
and motivation that copy realism. In realism, a lot more people would have died
from drinking the bacteria in foreign fresh water and syphilis by now. George
RR Martin doesn’t kill people without purpose. They have a thematic or
plot-related edge to them that makes every death make sense in the grand scheme
main selling point of Georg RR Martin’s books is the subversion of expectation,
actively taking tropes and turning them on their heads, and the consequences of
actions. Every character is out to get something and if you don’t know what
they want or how to make them think you can get it for them, you’ve lost.
Here’s the problem of the show since season 5, more prominent in 6, and overt
in 7, there are no consequences. All that cold-calculated conversation
where you were trying to figure out what someone really wanted in the end-game
is gone. All those terrible decisions made by Danny don’t backfire and have an
overall consequence on how she’s viewed as a leader. Cersei—well the
Margery-taking-over-thing was pretty good and the religion backfiring—but no
consequence for blowing up the church when (especially in the books) it is
explicitly stated that any ruler who ever did that was turned on by the people?
The Iron Born suddenly decide to go and team up with Danny and give up their
old ways in a snap because we need clear dividing lines on who is good and who
is evil to wrap up this thing. Arya gets away with “tricking” the many faced
men—the ultimate deception crew? No!
here’s the thing that frustrates me the most about all of this, up until Season
7, I could live with it. Fine. The overall story still had some promise
to it. We have the “prince that was promised” thread, Tyrion “using” Danny to get
revenge on his family or just see what happens (though in the show they kind of
just make him love her and have no motive). Jon essentially usurping Sansa’s
birthright to be lady of Winterfell and keeping Little Finger around while also
having not told him about the vale, and then the whole Arya killing spree she
was finally going to go on, Cersie dealing with a city/country that had to hate
her after blowing up the church, the white walkers still had potential to be
twisted as some kind of “no yeah, we’re sapient, and it’s cold and we just
wanna go south, shut up” type-thing. Pieces were in place to be played with and
set in order that was unexpected—an order with consequence.
Why Season 7 Fails:
did I get in season 7?
a nutshell: sister’s fighting over nothing from 5+ years ago—Danny and Jon, the
5$ love story. Cersei sitting in her chair with a fresh set of crazy pants and Jamie being
angry, but not enough to do anything about it. And last—OH NO—That one! That dragon! I’m not sure which one but
oh no…oh no…that one’s dead. Bummer. Wall down. Scene.
was the consequences of this season? What were the biggest changes? The wall
came down because the walkers had a dragon. Everything else was putzing around
until that point. I’m not even joking. Little Finger’s death means nothing
because he’s an inactive player in the story at that point. Danny’s getting
evil—except—she’s always been evil (well, like, shes no more ruthless than she had been before). She crucified an entire city, so burning
two guys alive is not out of character for her and changes nothing about the propoganda. Jon being
declared the prince that was promised means nothing because that prophecy is
vague. Bran’s omnipotent and missed the part where his aunt whispered the
baby’s legal name because…reasons. Oh, oh, and the sand snakes finally died.
Cheers to that.
Petty Child Explaining the Petty Rant
here’s why I’m so mad. Because they have set up for—maybe not a great
ending—but a good one that stays true to the tone of the books. Yes, this is
the part where I say I can do better—and I really REALLY wish I couldn’t. The
fact that I want every action to have a consequence, should not be something I
have to insert to a story.
following is “fixing” Season 7 of Game of Thrones, working with the plot threads
set up at the beginning. I’m not going all the way back to 6 or 5 because
that’s too much work, and I’m honestly just doing this for my own piece of
mind. You can tell me this version of season 7 sucks. Hey, you’ve got the real
TV version written by people with more talent and success than I’ll ever see.
I’m some idiot with a keyboard and some ranting issues. Also, I’m more editing
things that already exist like “working off the same budget” not adding new
things, just going with what they gave me.
the best way to fix this is to go narrative thread by thread, so let’s start
with the 2nd worst one first. Danny. Oh…Danny, Danny, Danny. So much set up. No payoff. Loved you this season,
girl. In the original Season 7, nothing
changes with her character besides her becoming the ultimate Mary Sue with
everyone falling in love with her left and right and her never dying on her
dragons. Nothing she does or says or what people do or say to her this season
have consequence unless it leads to getting into her nephew, Jon’s, pants (is
anyone else not creeped out that there are literally no degrees of separation
there. Her brother was his father. He’s sleeping with is aunt…no? And she’s
totally going to get pregnant with an incest baby next season because they made
a really huge point of saying she couldn’t have kids (and that’s mostly a man’s
fault if you can’t have kids—like biologically speaking). Okay, it was a thing
when the Lannisters were doing it but sure).
explain how to fix Danny is to explain her overall relevance to the plot—the
plot of Game of Thrones. Her mechanical purpose was two main things. 1. Bring
dragons to the army that dies of getting burned so that they can be defeated by
getting burned, but also so that they have a dragon to break down the wall and
make plot happen. 2. Be the inspirational invader that provides pressure for
the native forces to band together and fight on two fronts (north and south)
while bringing in these foreign fighters.
is not meant to sit on the iron throne. Mechanically, she has been foreshadowed
to be a great conqueror and a terrible, terrible ruler. In the books, it is
better portrayed that she’s a little girl who can draw in inspiration, but has no
clue what she’s doing when we get down to brass tax. In the show, she’s like
mid-20s, so it doesn’t come off the same way. But, that’s the core of her. A girl
who does not want to become the monster of her past, but believes that her
lineage—not her actions—makes her deserving—not earning—of the Iron Throne. She
wants to rule over this country because it exists and someone told her it was
hers. Danny is a villain so letting
the invasion play out is fine, but the two major threads need to be addressed.
1. Dragons are in Westeros (check), but now they need to go north. 2. Danny is
leading inspiration and causing terror (check if you do the first 3 episodes of
her plot the same).
two main themes for Danny this season that culminate into nothing. She’ll ask
for advice and listen to no one after they’ve given that advice “Be a dragon.”
That should make Tyrion more frustrated with her and put a strain on their
relationship because Westeros is Tyrion’s home, and he’s trying to put a ruler
on it that he can’t mold to his views so easily. She’s an impulsive child.
That’s what you should get out of all those close calls where she takes her
dragon and nearly gets killed. The other theme is succession. After Danny is
gone, what will happen? Danny doesn’t want to think about that, but she’s this
inspirational ruler that brought armies across the sea for her. What do they
have to fight for if Danny is dead? This isn’t their home. They won’t care
after she’s gone. That’s why the children thing kept being brought up, and it’s
never acted upon. So, here’s Danny’s conclusion for Season 7.
stupid plot with the guys going across the wall to kidnap a walker happens,
they’re on that lakebed… sure. Tweak it. As Danny swoops in to save them she is
yet again not listening to advice and endangering herself. Danny drops with
Drogo to go pick up the SQUAD and it’s too hot. She gets on a dragon, commands
one to pick up the boys while she goes straight for the white walker kings (as
the boys could have pointed out to her that you kill the boss, the adds die).
And then, that Olympic-gold-winning javelin throw goes straight into Drogo (the
only dragon you can actually tell apart) with Danny riding on his back. They
both plummet to the ground behind a mountain or something (not in the lake
because where’d the wights get chains?) out of sight and the SQUAD has to take
the walker and run because one of the least favorite children dragons takes
them away already. Jon can even have his stupid staying behind moment if he was
trying to get Danny if they really needed that scene (he’d have a reason to
stay in the middle of the army of wights fighting one or two because he’s just
as impulsive and brash). I’d prefer everyone just left on least-favorite-dragon
#1 or #2 and they flew back over the wall.
by the end of the season, the white walkers now have the ice dragon they
wanted. Not just any dragon. The only dragon the audience could name/care about: Drogo. (maybe Danny’s in there too as a wight, or a wight king if we
wanna apply the rule of cool—like this would be kind of dumb but I’d want to see it. It’s probably more poetic for her to fall off the dragon and one of her least
favorite children to pull her corpse out of the snow and fly her home).
What does this change/do?
arc is a woman who doesn’t want to be an evil ruler but is not willing to learn
or be flexible. Her inflexibility and inability to understand her limits
because of years of have the ultimate advantage of dragons is what causes her
death, ending that thread. Two, now what are Danny’s forces doing in Esos?
Tyrion still has this army to deal with and they have no leader, no
inspiration. That burning fire that has been carrying them is snuffed out and
an entire group of people who’d hoped to find a great ruler (Tyrion’s hope) is
dead. As for Danny, she did not want to become a mad king like her father, she
did not want to kill hundreds of thousands, but due to her inflexibility, her
ultimate drive for power, her defiance of death shown many times throughout the
series—she has failed to reach her ultimate potential (and if we go with the
white walker thing, she defies death for the final time becoming the ultimate
conqueror of death and the destined ultimate conqueror of the nation she set
out to rule, but not how she would have wanted. (but this one I’m ehh on
because I got a better plan)) She’s fallen to tragedy because of her lack of
familiarity with the country she was going to reign over. (also something else
pays off from this in like 10 paragraphs, I’m sorry).
block goes to Cersei next…also not that long. Mostly because it’s not hard to
make it interesting.
CERSEI FIXING WHAT’S BROKE
character is fine. It’s not great, it’s not the best with the magic plot lack
of logic, but it’s fine. Have her do the thing with the iron bank and take
Highgarden…Highgarden—the wealthiest country—being overthrown because…rich
people don’t have the biggest armies to protect their loot? Oh my god,
Highgarden. The way the show presented it, I could run in there with a
toothpick and win.
sure. But, the people hate her because she blew up their religion. (I know the
show plays it off that the people think it’s an accident but…come on).
Consequences is that she now has lack of support from the people while this
foreign invader tears up her home. She needs aid. So…she’ll call upon the
north, upon Winterfell because there’s a new Boss up there who may be wiling to
work with her. She hears they’re in need of military aid. Why
wouldn’t she band together as many men as she could from all corners of her
country to kill Danny?
she summons Jon, he’s already south yucking it up with Danny so Sansa has to
deal with that.
What does this change?
Things remain basically the same, but Cersei has to be willing to drag
in new allies like she did with the Iron Born. The Lannisters have always been
a flexible group. With the North having a new power player, why wouldn’t she
reach out to them? Also, she should be shown protecting the people to keep them happy. It has never been a more crucial time to get rid of the problem that is
Danny. Danny is making the people unhappy as Cersei’s reign is starting with the terror of invasion. People already hate Cersei. The longer Danny’s around, the more they’ll hate her. Now, she has motivation beside territory claims to hate Danny. Motivation is clear, it’s present, and it relies
on public opinion—something the Lannisters are slaves to. The lions do consider the opinions of the sheep.
That Meeting at the End Tho:
Okay, that last episode was everyone bitching until nothing got
accomplished or changed. Here’s how you change/fix it. Danny wasn’t invited.
Cersei organized the meet-up, inviting Jon along with other lords she’s going to try to win over. Jon happens to be doing exactly what he’d
been doing throughout the entire season with the walker expedition (there’s
honestly just no good way to fix this, unless they break the wall early or if
they just have Danny fly up, swoop down to grab a white and fly back. I get it.
Mechanically, walkers need to be shown as real and dragon needs to die. Mostly, dragon
needs to die) So the show can do whatever needed to happen to get Jon to meet Danny and be like…you’re
a hot aunt. That…happened. Then the usual sich happens with Jon coming back with
the walker. Sure. Whatever.
we changed what happened with Danny. Danny’s now dead. Tyrion is the one in charge. So…what does he do when the Queen’s dead? Tell everyone pack
up and go home? NO! He’s got a steak grilling on this army. He wants his family
out of power and this is the only way he’s ever going to get anywhere. He’ll show
up, uninvited, as the ambassador for the queen, a messenger protected by the
knight’s law (or a dragon). He will take a seat at the council saying that Danny wants to
negotiate peace in order to fight the wight walkers. Spin the excuse so that he says it
was Danny’s plan all along to invade Westeros just to kill the things in the
north and she has every intention of leaving afterwards (some kind of clever bs
lie that gets his foot in the door and makes Cersei consider it).
come back to this in a second, but the point is, this meeting had a reason to
happen. Here, there’d be tension because…why couldn’t Danny come herself? Cersei has a reason afterwards to doubt the power of Danny. Tyrion is left a leader, unofficially an equal with his sister.
important plot line is Sansa, but it won’t be touched on that much. Because,
basically, for what they were going for, they did okay. Like…yeah…if you took
Sansa, put her in her own Sansa box in this season and edited some things in
your mind, it’s cool.
SANSA, LADY OF WINTERHELL:
so first off, Jon has to scream at Sansa for not letting anyone know that she
had a cavalry that would be a larger army. That knowledge alone would have prevented many deaths in the battle of the bastards. (or at least have it that Sansa told
him and then they go like “Oh, I guess the vale didn’t show…shit we have to
fight these guys on our own” and then it just turns out the vale was late. Jimmy stubbed his toe—anyway).
Sansa and Jon have a power dynamic that is inherently interesting—until it’s
presented to you.
bunch of old white guys chose a bastard over a queen and Sansa’s birthright was
taken from her. Now, the reason this is cool is because, though the Starks are
the closest family, they haven’t seen each other in years and Sansa has grown
up in places of manipulation and deceit. Living with her Aunt should have
broken trust she had in family ties. Jon, has usurped her and she’ll see
it like that, but know that he’s too stupid to have done it on purpose.
public, she has to put on a bold face because if they go against Jon, they go
against the Starks. She and Jon are a packaged deal in the eyes of the
northerners right now, so she has to be quiet and kind in public, while in
private, they can have those confrontations. (If Sansa learned anything from
the series, it should have been to keep her mouth shut and pretend to be one
unbreakable unit—but she doesn’t in the show. Pretend she did in this version and went against Jon only in private). Sansa would be
caught between two things: The love and trust she has left in her family, and
survival through playing the great game. She can love Jon, but think he is a
terrible leader in Winterfell, think/ know she can do better, be great where
Jon is failing.
When that letter comes from Danny inviting the king of the north, it should be
Sansa pushing Jon to let her stay in charge if he does go—because she knows he
will go. Make it her decision. The consequences of her conversations with him are carefully crafted for Jon to instill confidence in her and leave Winterfell to
her as if it was his idea. Sansa wants power because she thinks she can be
better. So, Jon shoves off, and she’s lady of Winterfell, to many people’s
she uses the tactics she learned in the south, throwing sly comments here and
there that make people twist on themselves and acknowledge her as ruler and
stabilizes her power. She’s not trying to take the throne back from Jon as much
as she’s trying to secure it (instead of little finger doing all of this for
her). The entire Season 7 could have been her dance between loving her family
and desiring power because she can’t trust anyone else with it. Little Finger
would be the devil on one shoulder, whispering encouragement to be tricky. She could
employ him to sway the Vale her way, making their change in allegiance and sudden trust in Sansa not LIttle Finger make sense. Arya would be the voice family on the other shoulder.
Little Finger would still die in the end. Sansa, the most Tully of the Starks,
ultimately choosing family over the poison she’s seen in the slimy pursuit of
power—but she will want to remain lady of Winterfell because she’s doing such a
good job at it and Jon (who she hasn’t seen in years, has deserted the night’s watch, come back,
and never even waved at her as he passed their home some 2 odd times on his
travel past the wall and back) isn’t capable, and she uses her manipulation to
strengthen the FAMILY not herself.
What does Sansa change?
basically gives Sansa more agency and culminates in payoff for her arc. That
whole thing where Arya was accusing Sansa of wanting power comes off as flat in
the show because you know Sansa already chose family and hasn’t been
manipulative, it’s only been Little Finger. So…give those actions weight. If
Sansa really is torn, show why, because she has more than enough reason to be.
a new ruler of people in uncertain times whose alliances are in a shifting
period. Power is hers and Jon’s but unstable and she should be able to see it.
She does in the show. The fickleness of the people around her is a danger and
honest tactics, which rely on knowing another’s character, is impossible for
someone like Sansa or Jon who haven’t been present. Have men whispering of
usurping the absent Starks, saying things were better before this dumb war. Have them saying two children of Ned, their failure, will get them all killed. Have Sansa deal with that. She’s learned from her
travels how to be clever, how to make people follow her, how to gain power, but
only ever power for herself. Here, with her family, she’ll take the
cruelty she learned and grow as a character to expand her definition of rule
and make the Starks, as a house, as a name, strong as a pack.
let’s go to the next major plot thread that made me gnash my teeth: Sibling
rivalry. I think the worst part about this is that the fight between Sansa and Arya never needed to happen. It has no consequence. It had no reaosn to exist because niether sister changed status. Before, they were annoyed with one another but willing to work together. After, it’s the same thing. The presentation of this plot is also terrible. The writers leave you in the
dark with Sansa and Arya because they want a cheap “shock factor” when Sansa puts Little Finger on trial. But for an entire season, Arya is bringing up bs from 5 years ago (as sisters tend to do) and threatening to murder her own sister over it! But, twist! Sansa and Arya actually
weren’t fighting—but they were-and it was all a ploy to get Little Finger
exposed…only we were only ever shown Arya saying she is super jiving
to kill Sansa in a room with no one else around. Why would a single private conversation between them ever end with Arya threatening to kill her sister if they’re fine with each other by the end? It certainly wasn’t for Little Finger’s benifit, he clearly wasn’t around. It was to manipulate the audience, and it’s dumb. Simple as that. Dumb. Soap Opera levels of lacking in consequence. (In my
head, Bran was the one to end it. Like the fight between the girls got so bad it literally created a future that would tear down Winterfell, so he
had to grunt and wheel himself into a room with them. Then he used his omnipotent
power and told both his sisters to stop being idiots off
god. She has plot armor just because she’s the favorite and it hurts. Nothing
hurts more than seeing a 14 year-old rave about how they could have done
everything better and you suck for bending to the world. And, unfortunately, she hasn’t had to compromise for a long time. Everyone she interacts with lets her get away with things that would kill other characters. (many faced men plot). Somehow, she’s still one of my favorite characters in principle, but execution is….er… The girl needs a
thematic slap on the wrist.
ARYA AND THE MANY-FACED CONTRIVANCES
look at the core of Arya’s character again. She’s the reluctant princess. The
girl who was wild and always wanted to be wild, and there were consequences for
that for a very long time. She was never able to be a proper lady, and judged for that so she turned to being tough. That was great with the hound and the red wedding for a long time. Her learning the hardships and cruelties of the world and the need for compromise through a man like the hound was great.
Then, she goes to the many-faced men and…tricks
them. The cult that makes a living understanding people and taking on the
personas as their own indoctrinated a faker because 12-16 year old Arya was the
first kid to try to trick them? By being good at the hazing ritual of being
blind that everyone probably had to go through? It’s dumb, but roll with it because the books is doing it cleverly so I’ll live.
say we keep that, but that the many-faced man let her go because
he knew she’d only be more trouble if she stayed. (GLaD0s motivation pretty much.
Want her gone because killing her has proven to be more trouble than its
worth). Arya can have her Frey thing and the poisoning scene, but then she goes
home to Winterfell. She was on a murder spree until she heard Jon was alive. When she gets there and
there’s no Jon, she should want to go right back to murder. She’ll want to
leave. But Sansa, seeing Arya is trying to travel alone to the most dangerous place in the country, will want
to keep her around. As far as Sansa’s concerned, Arya is a child. To Sansa, if she
goes out on her own again, she may very well die. Sansa has to keep Arya in
Winterfell, lock her in for her own good, not wanting to split up a family.
Arya can even tell Sansa she has people on her list to kill and Sansa isn’t
going to believe her sister became a magical face-murderer. She’ll say “Okay,
that’s nice. Wash up for dinner, don’t stab anyone, please stop creeping
everyone out by staring at them like they all killed Nymeria.”
Arya has a reason to bring up distrust and events of Sansa’s past. The sister fight now has a purpose grounded in the characters and their actions. The fight still shouldn’t last long. At best, two episodes. The consequences of a conversation/fight matter more than the actual fight/conversation.
Set the scene so that Arya
confronts and threatens to kill Sansa in that lying game. Sansa says something like this, “I’m keeping you here because I love you and I love my family. I don’t
want you to die, and I don’t believe that you can waltz into king’s landing and
kill the Lannister’s. You’re a child. You’re going to get yourself killed so
excuse me for trying to keep what little of our family is left together. You
belong home to be a lady of the house and help when winter is coming!” Only, you know, written well.
is told for the first time since bravos that she’s not “the shit.” (because who was listening to the waif or the many-faced guy. No one she’s taken seriously has talked her off of her high horse in a while and it shows). So the fight happens and
though it ended with Sansa confessing her choice of choosing family over power,
Arya takes it to heart that someone thinks she can’t take care of herself. She hates the the idea that she may still be that powerless little girl watching her father
get executed from season one. All that’s been keeping her going since that point is that
list. If she can’t check off the names, and can’t be a proper lady, what’s left of her? She’s stuck in
the past, stuck in a fantasy that will be a revisionist history and keep her from achieving closure.
Thinking this, Arya runs away from Winterfell and fast-travels to King’s Landing. There, she steals
the face of another servant girl and tries to kill Cersei, but the mountain (or something) catches her and her face is removed. Cersei (who’d is about to have a council
meeting with the king in the north) will now have leverage. She’ll use Arya as a pawn to win the Stark loyalty, showing her craft and desperate need for allies.
gets traded for Jon’s declaration of loyalty. He’ll choose family over Danny
(who he’s been dicking around with for a while the same way as in the show,
sure). Now we got a happy little brigade that’s going to fight the white walkers
What does this change?
there’s a reason for Arya to stay in Winterfell and for her to have a conflict
with Sansa. It also fleshes out Sansa’s family vs cunning theme we were going
for. Now, Arya can bring up her sister’s past mistakes because Sansa is actually trying to overthrow
Jon, so there’s grounds for suspicion. NOW this fight has a consequence. It
leads to Arya, who’d been a character shown to be consumed by revenge, relentlessly pursuing that path instead of truly coping.
Arya fails to kill Cersie, it makes an impact on her character. She goes to
thinking she’s just as powerless as she was when she was little, and it crushes
her, frustrates her, boils in her. She can’t stand that thought. She’s trapped in
the past and now her purpose is shown to be infeasible. She’s the weak princess
she didn’t want to be. (of course, she’s not actually, but that’s what she
would think of herself as she’s taken down a peg and she’ll understand her
sister’s need to play the game.)
else does this change? Something that I really hate. (coming up next).
THE PRINCE THAT WAS PROMISED
wonder who—it’s Jon. It’s always Jon. Sure. But NO! NO! NO! NO!
why I say NO! Because prophecies in this show have been used as kind of like a
cryptic underline to events that happen. Whatever is said is not always
whatever is meant. Now, remember when everyone was theorizing who could be the
prince that was promised and this is basically Game of Thrones Jesus? For
the story to be in keeping with it’s original tone, Game of Thrones Jesus
should not exist! Jon should not be him. He’s the most obvious choice and the
show has built that up since day one. Sure. It was a three-way tie between Jon,
Danny and Tyrion for a long time. But…how about this:
Keep it the obvious choice everyone discounted. Keep it Danny.
killed Danny in this narrative before anyone got to smash,” you say.
did!” I say to you. “Because we’re going to make this prophecy better.”
has been set up as the girl who can steal faces, someone designed to slip into
personas that aren’t hers and nothing of use has been done with that. (I mean in the overall plot. There’s this story telling tool that says you introduce a mechanic early on in a book and reuse that mechanic for another purpose later that wouldn’t be initially thought of. Face stealing is a mechanic with boundless potential).
if, at this meeting with Cersei, Arya is thrown in the center with the face of
the servant she tried to use. Arya’s called a witch. Tyrion takes notice (because we put him at that meeting already). When Arya is traded back, and Jon has her, Tyrion takes Arya
aside and asks her if she can slip into any face. (This is why we need Danny’s
corpse back—Oh shit, Danny could be that white walker they present to Cersei.
Like, they got what they wanted…you know what? They should have literally just
brought someone [like a prisoner marked for death or something] over the wall,
killed them, tied up the corpse, waited for the corpse to reanimate, walk back…ANYWAY).
Tyrion and Arya have a conversation about the face-stealing-thing and a plan forms in his mind.
looks to Arya and asks, “How would you like another chance at ending the
Lannister reign? I can help you kill all the people on your list.” (With better written dialogue). Arya’s super
down for this plan. Why wouldn’t she be?
got the Danny-dead-body-face and Arya slips it on. Now, she’s impersonating
queen Danny. In comes the Princess that was promised. Arya will be exactly who
she wanted to be, Nymeria, the conquering queen, who has to juggle the duality
of the game in her deception, with the gore and violent vengeance promised to
her. Now, the legacy of Danny will truly be one of a merciless mad-queen driven
only to kill the enemy. Burn them all, Arya. Burn them all.
Because I don’t doubt that Jon Snow’s birth would be a great twist, but it makes the prophecy too obvious now. It fits too well. I hate the prince that was promised prophecy because of how much it adheres to modern convention. I just think George has set up a world that can easily subvert the obvious. If it turned out that someone
was wearing the face of the person who was supposed to be this prophesied
messiah, that’s so much better in my opinion. (It also has to be someone the audience has as much attachment to as Danny. Someone from season 1, who won’t be a “lesser” replacement. You still want to keep people interested after killing off a major character so another major character has to take her place). Arya’s technically Danny from that point on, making her the prince that was promised. The “savior” is now Arya, the
girl consumed by revenge and blood, the girl shaped in this world, taken all
around it, and culminated into this leader for people she doesn’t care about. Her own goals are short-sighted, leaving her a pawn for Tyrion (a great ruler the people would never follow) to shape the world as he sees fit. You can even add Cersie’s prophecy that a younger queen will usurp her–Arya in Danny’s skin.
You remember that phrase “The dragon has three heads?” One for Danny (the OG ruler), one for Arya/impersonator, one for Tyrion (the man who will rule in her name). I know it’s supposed to refer to the riders, but let me dream.
my god, we’re finally near the end! There’s other plot points that aren’t
great, but they either ultimately don’t impact the story that much, are implied
with the changes, are fine as they are, or I don’t care. This is long enough as
it is. A few closing thoughts: you can’t have a long-running series and
kill off all the main characters while still keeping investment intact, I get it. Danny’s
a favorite, so is Jon, so is Arya, so is Peter Dinklage. That’s why they have
super thick plot armor. But, the show has grown toothless. The overall story is not the story of these characters. It’s the
country’s story. How this one continent ends up scarred by the damage of people who ends up ruling it. Whoever sits on the Iron Throne says something
about the world, not the people in
main conflict of the show is that there’s this terrible force coming in from
the north. While it’s approaching, power has to be a loose structure and
chaos has to run rampant through all of Westeros. If you watch everything
before season 6 and say “Hey, looks like this country’s plot line is finally
going to be in order and we may have a stable and just power structure”—No.
That’s why you had the Red Wedding, that’s why you had the Lord of Light and
demon baby, that’s why you have a line of dead Lannister kings. It’s a
world-wide story. That’s why there’s no mini-cut off point with perfect plot
I know there’s a lot of cool stuff in the books I’m not mentioning. That’s
because the books and show are separate entities with
just the main stretch goals as their common ground at this point (I guess). So, most of this is
feel like I said this before, but I don’t hate this series. I love it. I’ve had a lot of fun with it. There’s a metric ton of talent going into the show and the books and I am glad
they exist. I’m still dying waiting for the next book, and the
show will have my groaning support every Sunday when it next
airs. Until then, for my own piece of mind, I’ll just scream at this wall.