CHARLOTTE, NC: Thanks to IMDb we continue our Game of Thrones trivia by completing a look at the last seven seasons of the popular HBO series. And predict the outcome of the Game of Thrones final season.
Readers: you are warned – if you are not up to date on Game of Thrones – this article offers many spoilers. This is your only warning.
Alfred Hitchcock was the first mainstream director to kill off one of his marquee stars in Psycho (1960) when Janet Leigh was stabbed to death in the shower. In this installment, death plays a significant role in our trivial pursuit since one of George R.R. Martin’s trademark tactics to eliminate popular characters throughout the show.
Author George R. R. Martin must have thought it was a great idea, since he managed to do in over 45 main characters in the first six seasons of GOT.
Forty-five died on GOT before Season 8 begins
Among those who lost their lives was Sean Bean (Eddard “Ned” Stark) who opted to play football with the replica of his head after filming his death scene.
For the record, in every season except the seventh, at least one king or claimant to a throne dies. In fact, in the entire run of 70-plus episodes over eight seasons, only three installments had no deaths of any kind; Lord Snow (2011), The Bear and the Maiden Fair (2013) and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (2019).
Oddly enough, the only season where the death of the main character is the closing scene takes place in Season 5 when Olly stabs John Snow. Fans, of course, know that for Jon Snow death is fleating.
In many ways, the old adage “Everything old is new again” certainly applies to Game of Thrones.
For all of its countless characters and plot twists, George R.R. Martin says character influences come from numerous other personalities, both real and fictional.
In our first Game of Thrones article we mentioned that Martin patterned Joffrey Baratheon after Rome’s insane emperor Caligula, but that was only the beginning.
In Mother’s Mercy (2015) in which Jon Snow is stabbed to death by several assassins, Martin was strongly influenced by the historic murder of Julius Caesar on the steps of the Roman senate in 44 BC. Caesar’s supposedly loyal and trusted friend Brutus struck the final blow as did Snow’s protégé Olly in Game of Thrones.
The Mad King
The Roman Emperor Nero is said to have had a significant impact on the character of Aerys Targaryen II, also known as “The Mad King.”
Following in Nero’s footsteps of allegedly setting Rome afire and fiddling as the city burned. Aerys threatens to reduce King’s Landing to ashes with hidden wildfires while murdering many of the capital’s five million inhabitants.
Not every character was drawn from Roman history, however.
Bran and the time traveling Three-Eyed Raven which appears in visions of events from the past where nobody can hear or see them were strongly impacted by Ebenezer Scrooge from the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Scrooge, a bitter and mean-spirited businessman, is visited by three ghosts who show him scenes from Christmas’ past, present and future causing the old curmudgeon to alter his personality into a more caring, loving person.
Continuing with GOT’s “death valley days” assault and other macabre trivia, until the major battle scene in Season 8 when the White Walkers are finally defeated. Only three characters had ever been successful at causing the demise of a member of the nemesis zombie horde which threatened the seven kingdoms.
Until Ayra kill the Night King, Sam, Jon, and Meera were ablet to kill White W, but Meera was the only character to take out two.
Then again, that’s twice as many as Sam and Jon, if the math is correct.
It makes sense that it is Ayra that brings an end to the Knight King, destroying his threat. Now it is on to Kings Landing.
Moving on to other items, Robert Baratheon is never seen sitting on the Iron Throne. That honor belongs to Joffrey.
The 2019 season lead villains are Cersei Lannister, Euron Greyjoy and The Night King. The Knight King is dead, leaving Cersei and Euron at the top of the kill list.
Give Joffrey credit, however, even after a couple of seasons without him, he still ranks second behind Cersei as the most disliked character on the show.
Only 12 characters appeared in all eight seasons: Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Jorah Monmont, Samwell Tarly, Varys and Bronn.
In real life, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) had a twin sister who was deceased at birth. Turner used that aspect of her life to get more into character for the scene when Ned Stark is beheaded. Though she, of course, has no memory of her sister.
Truth or Fiction: Spilling the beans about Jon Snow’s fate?
In a confession of sorts, Kit Harington gave away Jon Snow’s fate to avoid a speeding ticket. When the police officer gave him a choice of being booked or tell him whether Jon would come alive again in the next episode, Harington spilled the beans. (Kit Harington Says He Used Jon Snow’s Fate to Avoid a Speeding Ticket)
With just a few episodes left, there has been much speculation about how Game of Thrones will end. Though still a secret, George R.R. Martin says that some fans have correctly guessed the ending of the series.
How will it end?
There are two more episodes to the final season. The previous trivia is, other than Ayara killing the Knight King in an already aired episode, from the first seven seasons.
Among the most popular fan theories during those seven seasons, and which is now a fact, is that Jon Snow is a Targaryen. His true father is Rhaegar Targaryen and true mother being Ned Stark’s sister Lyanna. Which makes Daenerys Targaryen, his love, also his aunt.
It also makes Jon Snow the true heir to the Iron Throne.
Whether Snow is an heir to the Iron Throne is under some debate. Since his presumed father was married to another woman (Elia Martell) he could still be a bastard, an unforgivable sin in the patriarchal society.
However, the Targaryens were known to practice bigamy, so if Lyanna and Rhaegar were married, it would make Snow a legitimate heir to the throne, and the one true king.
All this speculation aside, at the end of the seventh season, it was confirmed that Rhaegar was legally married to Lyanna. This marriage makes Jon, or Aegon Targaryen, a legitimate son.
Other speculation surrounds a poster for Season 7 where Cersei Lannister sits on the Iron Throne as a White Walker. Some fans believe Cersei Lannister will die in an upcoming episode. Only to be reanimated by The Night King to become The Night Queen.
But wait, the Night King is dead. Ayra saw to that.
A third possibility is that Arya Stark avenges her father’s death by killing Cersei. The problem with that theory, however, is that Maggy the Frog, a seer, told young Cersei in an earlier episode that the valongar (“Little brother”) would kill her, suggesting that her end would come at the hand of Jaime or Tyrion.
An interesting notion as Jamie lost his hand, and Tyrion is the hand of Queen Danaerys.
With two episodes left, all will soon be known. Even better news for GOT fans is that HBO may be considering several spin-off series.
However, if George RR Martin is not writing these series, fans will surely be disappointed. Because the creator is the only one that understands the creation.
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Lede Image: (L to R) Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister – Photo: Courtesy of HBO