Will Game of Thrones Season 6 Reveal The End Game?
[Spoilers ahead if you aren’t up to date on Game of Thrones.]
For years I’ve been covering my ears when people discuss George R.R Martin’s series of novels, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. The material is, of course, the inspiration for one of my favorite television shows of all time. I’ve never been an avid reader although I did purchase the books with the intent of reading them someday. Truthfully, I’m very protective of my lack of Game of Thrones knowledge as it relates to the TV show.
For five seasons now, the unpredictable plot twists, character deaths and massive battle sequences have been nothing short of inspiring as a student of good stories. Throughout the show’s powerful run on HBO, there is one aspect of the story that remains hidden. The end. Where is it going? There are shows out there like The Walking Dead that can seemingly go on forever thanks to a steady influx of new characters and storylines. Game of Thrones does not share those characteristics. George R.R Martin is writing a seven part series of novels with a clear end game planned. The TV series is surely following a similar trajectory carefully plotting and moving pieces around the board until the end game can begin.
The sixth novel in the saga, ‘The Winds of Winter’, has yet to be completed with the seventh and final installment years away. But the end is coming. Perhaps that is why Martin is taking his time with the sixth book’s release. The beginning of the end is a crucial point in any story. It has to be perfect. As for the book’s televised counterpart, we are officially in uncharted waters. For the first time, fans of the books and the television show are on the same page. No one knows what’s coming except Martin and the series’ showrunners/writers.
Currently, Game of Thrones is scheduled for three more seasons including 2016’s entry. Season six will be crucial in the development of the overarching story of Westeros. Could this season mark the beginning of the final act? Typically, you can see where a story is going when the final act begins and season five moved more pieces forward than ever before.
I’m not going to assume I know what’s going to happen but let’s take a shot at it given what we know so far. Game of Thrones has always been leading to the inevitable confrontation between Westeros and the horrors that reside beyond The Wall. The Night’s King is readying his army while the seven kingdoms of Westeros fight each other. Let’s assume the end game is the need to unite every Banner in order to eliminate this massive threat.
In the beginning, we were only given tiny glimpses of The White Walkers. Every subsequent season, their mythology expanded and we were shown more and more of their world. Now, most of the main characters are aware of the threat north of The Wall. We’ve seen their intimidating power on the battlefield. Winter is almost here. (Prediction: There will be snow at King’s Landing this season)
How will our favorite heroes (and villains) defeat such a formidable foe? For years we have followed individual characters as their stories evolved. Now those stories are converging with others. Tyrion met Daenerys as she continues her long journey to the Iron Throne with her dragons. After five years of storytelling solitude, seeing her interact with another main character like Tyrion was a welcomed event. (Even though she’s seemingly more alone than ever now.) Jon Snow and Stannis were united for a time with the White Walkers on their doorstep. Sansa and Bran are close (geographically at least) to understanding the threat beyond the Wall as well. More stories and character motivations will merge this year and by season’s end, many will be focused on the brutal winter ahead.
The end game revealed? The strategic and violent manoeuvring for the Iron Throne will take a back seat leaving the game’s biggest players fighting for an idea that no longer exists. The Iron Throne is worthless if the entire world is destroyed after all. The popular theory online is the entire story hinges on Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. Let’s start with the mother of dragons. Danny has been determined all along to regain her birthright and rule over the seven kingdoms. She’s already displayed her ability to gather vast armies to fight alongside her. Things appear bleak for her now but she will make it to Westeros and King’s Landing. But will she face the Lannisters, another House or the Night’s King?
Jon Snow can’t be dead. There are too many storylines that directly involve him. Specifically, the identity of his mother. Is he actually Ned Stark’s illegitimate child? Or is he the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister Lyanna. R+L=J. If it’s true, Jon Snow has a legitimate claim to the throne as well.
What if the world of Westeros is destined to unite thanks to a King AND Queen? The novels aren’t called ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ for nothing. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen embody both elements and could be the key to saving the world from the devastating undead army that gets closer every episode.
I doubt we will see Daenerys and Jon’s meeting this season. (He is dead after all) But we have to be getting close to, at least, a hint of their ultimate purpose in the story. It’s time. We’ve followed these characters for years watching many fan favorites fall along the way. Without a book we are all in the dark but it’s time. It’s time to reveal the true end game of the story and all the magnificent twists and turns that come with it. Game of Thrones has expertly balanced multiple storylines featuring and impossible amount of characters in vastly different locations. It’s time to bring them together. The stars are aligning. The characters are colliding. The winter is coming.
… Or maybe I’m wrong and so is the internet and we have NO IDEA what’s coming. That’s fun too…
Game of Thrones returns April 24th, 2016