10 Discussion Points From Game of Thrones “The Wars To Come”
“The Wars To Come” certainly gave us a lot to talk about, if frustratingly little substance. Here are are ten talking points that have us buzzing for more of the upcoming season.
1. Cersei’s Future
We learnt that Cersei was as much of a pleasure as a child as she is an adult in an interesting new flashback scene, but we also learnt that she knew of her future long before we watched it play out. And, to be honest, we’d probably be unpleasant too if we knew our futures looked so bleak. Apparently she’ll watch her three children die and be usurped by a younger, prettier Queen.
Joffrey is already dead (hurrah!), and presumably poor old Tommen and Mycella are going that way too. It makes sense really – of all the possibilities for an endgame monarch, no-one is betting on the cute blonde Lannister kids. What will happen to them? What will Cersei do to protect them? It will be far from easy for a woman who, for all her faults, will do anything for her children.
As for the prettier Queen… Cersei thinks it’s Margaery. It’s got to be Margaery… or is that too obvious?
2. Sons of Anarchy – sorry, I mean Sons of Harpy
One of the more intriguing developments Daenerys has faced as a ruler so far is the emergence of a terrorist group in Mereen. They wear masks and are wreaking havoc on the town, undermining Dany’s leadership. Who are they? Who is their leader and what do they want? Do they want to discredit Daenerys? Are they working on behalf of someone else? Are they simple troublemakers who need a clip round the ear?
How will Daenerys cope with them now she’s having trouble controlling her dragons? Obviously she is going to need to learn to control her children to come out on top. It looks like she’ll have to figure it out the hard way, because Supernanny quit Channel 4 last year.
2. WTF is up with Lancel Lannister?
Lancel Lannister – the cute Lannister cousin who unwittingly served as Robert’s squire and Cersei’s lover (we’re not sure which experience was worse) – has found religion.
It’s weird. We don’t know much about the “Sparrows,” though apparently being in their presence has encouraged Lancel to get a rather plain makeover. He also apologises to Cersei for what I’m pretty sure were her crimes. Who are the Sparrows and what has this got to do with Cersei? More to come on this, there’s got to be.
4. Loras Is Far Too Happy
We know what happiness means in Game of Thrones. He also ignored a warning from Margaery that would be completely pointless television if something wasn’t going to happen.
5. The Drogon Situation
As we saw last episode, one of Dany’s three dragons, Drogon, has completely disappeared, following an attack on locals. It prompted Dany to make the heart-breaking decision to lock up the other two dragons, but there’s been no sign of Drogo.
Where is Dany’s wayward child? Perhaps he has found another master – is that even possible?
6. Sansa and Littlefinger’s uneasy friendship
We’re not entirely sure where they are going with the creepy Sansa-Littlefinger partnership. While we’re glad Sansa has gotten far away from King’s Landing and seems to have learnt how to take care of herself as a result of her experiences there, one can never feel to secure in the knowledge that she’s hanging out all the time with slippery snake Littlefinger. After all, she looks so much like her mother, whom he was obsessed with.
7. Lord Commander At The Wall
Sam was asking this question. Will it be Thorne or Mallister or someone else? And what will it mean for lovebirds Sam and Gilly?
8. Tyrion To Switch Allegiance?
Varys has finally made the suggestion we’ve been wetting our pants in excitement for. Varys wants Tyrion to consider lending his abilities to Daenerys and her team. We’ve been watching Dany to join up with/attack the rest of the characters pretty much since Game of Thrones actually began, and there are so many things we want.
Will Tyrion join Daenerys? What would his role be? How will Dany react to Tyrion? He is rather an odd fellow, after all. I can’t wait for Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke to share scenes together. It’ll be electric.
9. Will Stannis Take Winterfell?
Stan-the-man wants to take Winterfell, and we want Roose Bolton to lose Winterfell, so it’s in everyone’s best interest than Stannis does get an army together, even if it won’t be Mance Rayder who gets the Wildlings to agree. It will be a lot more difficult now however without the unifying man, which leads us to…
10. The Wildling Question
They were separated before Rayder, and it would make most sense for them to separate again, but will they? As Mr Snow likes to remind us, winter is coming, and noone is safe beyond the wall (and probably not inside it either). Perhaps they can be unified by fear – or Stannis can offer his same bargain directly to other leaders?