So I gave my predictions for Sunday night’s episode on Saturday, and I’m kind of tickled to say I got quite a bit correct. As usual I’ve waited two days before discussing the show, but if you aren’t totally current on Game of Thrones beware of spoilers! So let’s revisit my predictions:
PREDICTION 1: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NORTH.
I was a bit off here, we did get to see what was going on in Meereen. Because dragons are awesome.
PREDICTION 2: KNIGHTS OF THE VALE ARE GOING TO SHOW UP.
Uhh yup. And exactly as I thought, it was when they were needed most and they turned everything in the Starks’ favor.
While it was very heavy handed foreshadowing, Ramsay’s face as the Knights of the Vale streamed down the hill was pretty fantastic.
PREDICTION 3: SOMEONE WE LOVE WILL DIE.
Okay this is a bit like saying the episode will air at 9pm EST. But I was thinking we’d lose someone like Davos or Tormund. Instead we lost Wun Wun. He wasn’t even armed! He could have swung an axe and wiped out half their forces in a few minutes. What’s the point of having a giant if you won’t even give him a weapon and you let a douchelord like Ramsay kill him?
Oh and Rickon. But at this point that was completely expected. Rickon was extra baggage from a bygone era and he was only brought out to lure Jon into a trap/explain out of character actions to keep the plot moving. As I said before: once they’ve served their purpose it’s time to go.
I was absolutely right about Ramsay dying, and it was very satisfying to see Sansa get sweet, fitting revenge on her tormentor.
PREDICTION 4: SOME NORTHERN LORDS ARE GOING TO PEEL AWAY FROM THE BOLTONS AS THE BATTLE GOES ON.
Eh, Lord Umber stayed pretty loyal to Ramsay to the very (painful for him1 ) end. I didn’t see much of Carstark, but I also didn’t really see anyone deserting. Jon was pretty sure Ramsay would lose men as well, so hey, great minds and all of that.
PREDICTION 5: THIS ISN’T GOING TO GO THE WAY WE HOPE OR THINK.
Honestly this was my way of steeling myself for the possibility that this episode would be just terrible and everything would go wrong. To quote my post, “This is Game of Thrones, we’re so used to things going so awfully why should we expect anything decent to happen? Maybe that’s exactly why we should.” I’m really glad I was finally wrong on this point. Good things did happen in this episode. The good guys – read: Dany, Jon, Sansa, Tyrion – prevailed over terrible people – read: Ramsay, the Masters.
I’m very excited for the final episode. I want to know what’s going to go down in King’s Landing and hopefully we’ll see more of Arya before next season. Also I want to see what the Hound is up to now that he’s done chopping people to bits2.