The final season of Game of Thrones starts in less than a week. It’s been over a year since we’ve had new episodes so we’ve had a lot of time to think about what we’ve seen, what we want to see, and what we really DON’T want to see. I worked out what I’m hoping for about a year ago and it’s still mostly accurate. But I wanted to get a sense of where some of the other Pajiba writers were and so here’s what we’d all like to see in Season 8.
Kate Hudson: I most definitely want to see the ice dragon get taken down by his brothers, because dragon fights are the coolest fights. It is known. Also, I will riot if Gendry dies. He’s one of the few morally good characters on the show.
Steven Wilson: Since the Brotherhood without Banners (did I remember that right?) in the books, and the recurring theme of how it doesn’t matter who wins the squabbles among the nobility the peasants still suffer the same, I’ve really really been hoping for a straight up peasant uprising such that no one wins the throne. Call me a commie, but I was rooting for a straight up no gods no masters ending to the story.
1. No rape.
2. No babies.
3. DEFINITELY NO RAPE BABIES
No more dead dire wolves.
Hannah Sole: Can I offer a ‘do not want’? No Harry Potter Epilogue with some aged up folks and some kid saddled with a terrible name to cement an uncomfortable revisionist posthumous redemption arc. But also, I want some happy endings anyway! I want Sansa to be a boss, and live happily ever after with a nice chap who is kind and sweet. (Cough POD cough). I want Jaime to choose Brienne over Cersei. If he’s not the one to kill Cersei, maybe a heroic sacrifice for Brienne would fit the bill. I want Sansa and Tyrion to have a properly good scene together where they can talk openly and as equals. I don’t want more timey wimey stuff with Bran. I don’t want him to somehow be the Night’s King or the real Bran the Builder or some shizz like that.
Steven Wilson: At Bran’s funeral in the opening scene, it’d be great if someone just said “too bad Drogon ate Euron on the way here” and tie off that uninteresting person too.
Kate Hudson: Also, I know this is unpopular, but…I’d be ok with Cersei coming out on top of all of this. Like, the last shot of her is drunk, on the throne, giving no fucks, with everyone else dead. Am I allowed to say I very much want the Clegane Bowl?!?! Because fuck the Mountain.
Emily Chambers: If Tormund dies, I’m done with the show.
Tori Preston: I want Cersei’s armored shoulderpads to take the throne, then I want the throne to melt in a jet of dragon flame. AND THEN I want Arya, Sansa, and Tyrion to move to whatever island Gendry’s been kickin’ it on and I want them to basically grow old like the Golden Girls. Also I kind of want to see more interaction between Varys and Melisandre. I’m rooting hard for Varys to walk out of this ok. I just want some resolution on all the prophecies and faiths that have been thrown around for the past seven seasons. And I don’t know if that’s even feasible, but I want it.
Hannah Sole: Is it possible to warg into a wight? Wondering if Bran could warg into Viserion, and turn that blue flame on the hordes. (Is the Night’s King kinda also in the head of a wight though? Would there be some sort of telepathic Kung fu needed? And is there a huge risk of brain freeze?)
So what are your big wishes? We know we’re gonna lose some big names this season but I think we’re also mostly hoping for an ending that feels true to some of the larger themes of the series. Ultimately we don’t know what we’re going to see and we’re all pretty excited/terrified of what it may be! But also the overall history of Westeros is that like 80% of the planet they live on is entirely uninhabitable due to monsters, highly contagious stone disease, deadly butterflies, grass that kills people, something only referred to as “the shadow”, an endless smoking horror that devoured an entire civilization, or being the ocean. So. You know. Maybe we already know the answer.
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