WARNING: Possible spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 6 finale.
When you voice your thoughts, predictions or theories online, you put yourself in the firing line of the comments that tend to follow. This one comment, though, about Game of Thrones' Season 6, Episode 9, made me go whoa! Then nah! And upon revisiting it after "Battle of the Bastards" aired, it made me do a double take. This guy had almost all his predictions for the battle utterly — and eerily — spot-on.
Another comment even asked:
My newfound Santa also made predictions for the finale episode coming this Sunday. Considering he wasn't wrong in a single one of his predictions for Episode 9, it's worth going through the viability of his ideas for "The Winds of Winter."
Could Jon Snow Actually Become King In The North?
In the aftermath of the "Battle of the Bastards," the North is, supposedly, a united front, but under whose leadership? The clear answer here would be Sansa, as she’s the only known full-blood Stark still standing. Though Sansa could definitely rule the North, she would still need the guidance of her brother Jon, or even Littlefinger. But what if Game of Thrones throws us a curveball and instead brings forth Jon as King in the North? It’s not such an implausible scenario, and there are basically two ways this could pan out.
1. Long-Lost Decree
A Song of Ice and Fire readers will know exactly what I’m getting at here, but if you haven’t indulged in George R. R. Martin's million or so pages, here's the story.
Jon Snow is a bastard and, as such, he could never rule Winterfell. The only way to legitimize a bastard is through a royal decree — as Ramsay Snow became Ramsay Bolton in Season 4. It just so happens that Robb Stark was indeed proclaimed King in the North while fighting the War of the Five Kings. Before he met his terrible end at the Red Wedding, Robb signed a royal decree legitimizing Jon Snow as a Stark — to take effect in the instance of Robb's death.
Robb's decree means much more than a change of surnames for Jon. In the event that Robb should die without an heir — which he did — Jon would be the rightful King in the North. In the books, Robb signs this decree in the presence of some northern lords and, presumably, gives it to Maege Mormont (Lyanna's mother) and Galbart Glover (Lord Robett Glover's brother), but the decree's whereabouts are presently unknown.
2. Jon Snow Becomes Jon Targaryen
Yes, yes. This is where we once again talk about the hyped R+L=J theory, which states Jon is the legitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. This is the most anticipated reveal for readers and viewers alike, and all signs point to an Episode 10 affirmation of this theory. We've seen the Tower of Joy flashback in "Oathbreaker" — where a young Ned Stark goes to rescue his sister Lyanna — and we've also had a glimpse from inside the Tower while Bran was stuck in the matrix.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have confirmed we'll get to see the rest of the Tower of Joy flashback in the season finale. That gives us hope that Jon's parentage will finally be revealed. But even if it's shown to us, there's still the matter of making it known to the other characters. We'll be inside Bran's flashback, hence Bran will have to find a way to make it public — or at least tell Jon about it.
Game of Thrones reviewer Smoke Screen has come up with a nice explanation for how this might happen. In the finale teaser, we see a white raven flying toward Winterfell and we all know by now that Bran is the new Three-Eyed Raven. It may just be that Bran is warging the white raven and flying it to Winterfell to let Jon and everyone present know that he’s not only a Stark, but also a Targaryen. It does sound a bit far-fetched, but this would be really cool.
Why Would Tommen Be Suicidal?
"The Winds of Winter" will give us Cersei and Loras's trials, and will make King's Landing tremble. Whether the High Sparrow manages to bring Cersei down or she brings the High Sept down herself, Tommen's reign will certainly change. Again, there are two ways things could transpire:
1. Cersei Is Found Guilty
In the teaser, we see her dressed all in black — the color of mourning — in preparation for the Faith trials. As Olenna put it, Cersei is alone now and not even Tommen seems to back her up. Things might be bad for Cersei, but should her incestuous relationship with her twin brother Jaime be confirmed, Tommen will receive the brunt of the backlash for it.
King Tommen would be revealed as a bastard and non Baratheon, and as a consequence he wouldn't be fit to rule. Some may think that's unlikely, since the High Sparrow needs him to attain power, but there's also Margaery to consider. She thinks she's playing the High Sparrow, but my guess is he's on to her and has been using her in his plan to attack Cersei and depose Tommen.
Think about it: Tommen is weak and easily manipulated, which means not just the High Sparrow, but virtually anyone could use him and his power for their own ill-gotten gains. Margaery, on the other hand, is fierce and strong-minded, which could make her an even stronger ally for the Sparrow. Plus, she doesn't only want to be a queen; she wants to be "the queen."
So without his mother and after finding out his own wife betrayed him, Tommen, weak as he is, might decide death is preferable to being slaughtered by the Faith Militant and the Tyrell army, and leaping from a window is his only option.
2. Cersei Doesn't Even Go On Trial
There's a whole bunch of people who believe Cersei will go all Mad Queen on us in next week's episode and, since the producers have confirmed Daenerys won't join the dark side of the Force, Cersei going crazy and "burning them all" is fast gaining ground as a possibility.
This could make for a better explanation as to why Tommen would take his own life. In a burning High Sept, chaos reigns and everyone runs for dear life, while Cersei is safe and sound in the Red Keep. Since the king's brother-in-law will stand trial, Tommen is likely to be in the High Sept when the wildfire devours everything in its path. In a somewhat Hollywood-esque way, he could jump from a window to escape the flames. We could even get a cliffhanger for multiple characters, where we don't find out whether Tommen has died until next year.
What if Cersei goes really mad and pushes Tommen out of a window to fulfill Maggy the Frog's prophecy on her own?
Phew! That's some heavy speculation right there!
My chips are on these things happening, one way or another — but probably with better screenwriting. Fact is, "Battle of the Bastards" was truly a Game of Thrones epic 9th and the finale will likely not disappoint.
What do you think of these predictions? Will the foreshadowing comment be wrong about the finale? Take to the comment section below and make some predictions of your own.