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Everything to remember from ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2

Everything to remember from 'Game of Thrones' Season 2

Beware, for this publish is darkish and full of spoilers for Recreation of Thrones Season 1-7

Valar morghulis, buddies. You’ve got simply entered Mashable’s Citadel, the place we’re Rewatching for the Throne, dissecting Recreation of Thrones season by season to put together for the ultimate six episodes starting on April 14. 

Listed here are all of the Season 2 theories, unanswered questions, unresolved plots, and forgotten tidbits you want to remember earlier than winter comes for the endgame in Season eight.

1. What did the purple comet imply?

The mysterious pink comet seen throughout all of Planetos within the Season 2 premiere stays a complete thriller. 

You could be tempted to consider each Osha and Daenerys, who declare it means one factor: dragons. However truly, there’s so much of proof to the opposite. 

For one, within the books the comet is definitely first observed by Maester Luwin after he receives information of Ned’s dying. After, Daenerys sees the pink comet in Essos and solely then decides it is a signal that she ought to hatch her dragons over Drogo’s funeral pyre.

If something, the dragons did not trigger the comet, however fairly the dragons hatched as a result of the comet introduced magic again to Planetos. Different magical individuals like Melisandre and the warlocks of Qarth observed a spike of their powers, additionally attributing it to the dragons when it is in all probability that comet.

Melisandre interpreted the purple comet as fulfilling the Prince(ess) Who Was Promised prophecy, which says that, “At the end of a long summer when the stars bleed and darkness covers the land Azor Ahai shall be reborn and draw Lightbringer, a flaming sword, from the fire and destroy the darkness.”

Additionally think about this: The purple comet would have additionally been seen to the White Walkers north of the Wall, and it might very nicely have been the catalyst for them marching South. If the comet signaled the delivery of dragons or Azhor Ahai prophecy, that is a direct menace to their species. Or, if it introduced again magic, it might’ve woken them up after hundreds of years. 

Dragons are not a good sign for the White Walkers

Dragons are usually not an excellent signal for the White Walkers

Different theories see the comet as only a pure cosmic occasion that the characters projected their very own which means onto — which is definitely very consistent with what George R. R. Martin thinks about fantasy.

However even when the pink comet was only a scientific occurring, it might relate to why the seasons of Planetos are so irregular. Some even consider the comet was a harbinger of a meteor that’s coming to destroy the entire world.

That is unlikely, however George R. R. Martin has joked that if he cannot work out a approach to end the books, “I’ve already established that purple comet. I can simply have it hit Westeros and wipe out all life.”

2. Craster’s infants and the White Walkers’ endgame

Craster (the wildling with daughter-wives who sacrificed his sons) is low-key one of an important items of the puzzle to determining what the White Walkers need. And that is the only most essential process for Season eight.

Let’s go over primary questions raised by Craster’s cope with the Others: Why do the White Walkers solely appear to take and convert Craster’s infants when there are a lot of different (much less inbred) wildling infants round? Are his sons the one supply of new White Walkers?

It is protected to assume the Others cannot simply rework any previous child, which suggests Craster’s are particular not directly. And that is virtually definitely to do with their bloodline, since bloodlines are tied to magical talents (i.e. Targaryens’ dragon magic, Starks and their warging, Gendry’s King’s Blood).

There’s quite a bit of hypothesis concerning the id of Craster’s mother and father because of this, however we cannot get into that. It is talked about his father was a brother of the Night time’s Watch who took a wildling (btw Maester Aermon is a Targaryen, virtually a king, and advised Sam of a lady he broke his vows for).

Baby Sam has the most dysfunctional family lineage by far

Child Sam has probably the most dysfunctional household lineage by far

An important takeaway right here, although, is that the Others appear determined to procreate. There isn’t any proof in both the books or present of feminine White Walker, apart from the legend of the Night time’s King and his Corpse Queen (however we’ll get again to that in a later season).

Many followers assume that Craster is proof that what the White Walkers need is to save their species from extinction, since there’s infinite reanimated corpses however only a few White Walkers. That is in all probability why they’re marching south: Both they want extra magical human infants, a brand new Night time Queen, or understand the return of dragons and/or Azor Ahai as the last word menace.

Lastly, we will not overlook that the Others truly got here after Gilly and Sam for Craster’s final son — and failed. It appears fairly vital that Sam Jr.’s half brothers are all a bunch of White Walkers. (And is not it bizarre that child Sam is rising a head of very conspicuous Targaryen-blonde hair?)

three. Will Arya marry Gendry?

SHIP TIME! However since that is Recreation of Thrones, it is a in style coupling based mostly on actual proof relatively than simply want achievement.

There are a couple of moments all through Gendry and Arya’s time collectively that appears an entire lot like foreshadowing. When Arya reveals her true id to him in Season 2, Gendry jokes, “I should be calling you, ‘My Lady.'” 

Then, once they have to cut up up as a result of of the Brotherhood With out Banners in Season three, Arya is devastated and tells Gendry with longing, “I can be your family.”

Arya actress Maisie Williams even informed Rolling Stone that, “[director] Alex Graves stated, ‘Once you say that final line, ‘I can be your family,’ say it like ‘I really like you.'”

Can you blame Arya for wanting to make a family with this man?

Are you able to blame Arya for wanting to make a household with this man?

Then there’s an entire bunch of lore-based proof for why their marriage would parallel some essential historic occasions. 

However finally it additionally comes down to how Gendry is the final surviving Baratheon by blood, if not by identify as a bastard. That would simply change, although, particularly if a former bastard named Jon Snow takes the throne and legitimizes him. 

The Starks and Baratheons have an extended historical past collectively. And there has to be a purpose why the Baratheon’s stag stays within the opening credit, regardless that there hasn’t been a true-born Baratheon on the present since Robert died. 

In accordance to Gendry actor Joe Dempsie, he’ll have a task to play in remaining climax. And in all probability, so will Arya. What might deliver individuals collectively greater than surviving a conflict of international annihilation?

four. What Quaithe’s prophecies imply

Alright, remember this weird woman who confirmed up in Qarth for 2 scenes to warn Jorah about Daenerys being in peril, by no means to return once more? Yeah. Bizarre.

Quaithe is a mysterious shadowbinder from Asshai, like Melisandre. She’s a looming determine within the books, however clearly the bulk of her position was reduce from the present. She nonetheless issues to Recreation of Thrones’ endgame, although, as a result of of the prophecies she tells Dany about that may undoubtedly play out not directly by way of different characters.

Daenerys gets bombarded with prophecies left and right

Daenerys will get bombarded with prophecies left and proper

Picture: paul schiraldi/hbo

Particularly, she provides Dany a riddle that principally states she’ll have to go to the Shadow Lands. When she asks what’s in Asshai, Quaithe solutions, “Truth.”

We have by no means seen Asshai, however the historic, darkish, ominous place is vital to unlocking the secrets and techniques of how magic works on the earth. 

In George R. R. Martin’s World of Ice and Hearth companion guide, it is stated that lengthy earlier than the Valyrians, a unique species of dragons originated in Asshai — and probably nonetheless stay hidden there. Which, you realize, may show useful within the conflict to come.

However apart from that, Asshai undoubtedly has information of dragonlore, dragon glass, and Azor Ahai that will probably be very important to defeating the White Walkers.

It is impossible Dany will go all the best way again to Essos at this level. However after connecting Jon and Dany on Dragonstone in Season 7, Melisandre tells Varys she’ll have to go Volantis. Presumably, that is so she will debrief on what she’s seen on the purple temple of R’hollor.

However since Volantis is not too far in any respect from Asshai, it is very attainable she’ll cease by her hometown too. And when she comes again (as she guarantees she’ll have to do), she might convey again that very important.

Quaithe’s most necessary prophecy, although, is concerning the trials she is going to face:

Quickly comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and darkish flame, lion and griffin, the solar’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Belief none of them. Remember the Timeless. Beware the perfumed seneschal.

Now, many of these are book-only characters. However the Kraken is probably going Euron, the perfumed seneschal could be Varys, and the lion is nearly definitely Tyrion. That final one’s fairly devastating, however there’s tons of hints in Season 7 that his betrayal is already taking form.

One other piece of proof for Tyrion’s betrayal comes from Quiathe’s different recommendation: “Remember the Undying.”

5. What the Home of the Timeless visions imply

Within the Season 2 finale, Dany enters the Home of the Timeless and sees two main, revealing visions. There are a ton extra prophecies and visions within the e-book model we’ll get into deciphering. However first let’s dive into what the present informed us.

The iron throne room might be destroyed, and winter will come for it. That is much more plausible now than it was again in Season 2. However some questions stay about precisely how that may occur.

The pure assumption is that the Night time King will come for King’s Touchdown and destroy it with the undead Viserion. This ties again to one other prophecy Bran typically flashes to of dragon wings beating over the capital. We thought they have been Dany’s dragons, however Season 7 forged doubt on that.

One other principle, nevertheless, is that whereas the White Walkers will come for King’s Touchdown (explaining the snow) the town will have already got been destroyed by Cersei. We all know she loves that wildfire, and she or he might very properly go all Mad Queen earlier than being overthrown. 

Or, Cersei might even betray all of humanity (urgh she would) and turn out to be the Night time Queen.

Apart from that, the imaginative and prescient exhibits Dany come very shut to claiming the iron throne, earlier than selecting to flip away to one thing Past the Wall (which has kinda already occurred). Within the imaginative and prescient, she’s referred to as away from the throne by the sounds of her dragons, then finds herself on the Wall, earlier than lastly seeing Khal Drogo and child Rheago within the tent the place he died.

That is strong proof to foreshadow that Dany will die preventing the White Walkers. She even speculates she’s already died, earlier than repeating the witch’s curse from Season 1, which we interpret as her reuniting with Drogo within the afterlife.

6. Much more Home of the Timeless prophecies

The Home of the Timeless prophecies not included from the books are very telling, too. Most notably, this prediction for Dany: “Three treasons will you know … once for blood and once for gold and once for love.”

Daenerys has been losing Tyrion ever since the battle with the Lannisters

Daenerys has been dropping Tyrion ever because the battle with the Lannisters

These are obscure sufficient to be interpreted in so many various methods. However she was already betrayed by the witch in Season 1 for blood magic. And Dany believes Jorah was the treason for gold, although that is not fairly proper since he needed a pardon.

So these two treasons nonetheless grasp over Dany’s head going into Season eight. The treason for gold could possibly be Illyrio or Varys — and even Tyrion, who may betray her for his household (the golden lions). Or, Tyrion could possibly be the betrayal for love, both rising jealous of Jon or selecting the love for his household over his loyalty to Dany (remember that secret assembly he had with Cersei within the Season eight finale?)

Jon and Daenerys getting a new dragon baby is very likely after this conversation

Jon and Daenerys getting a brand new dragon child could be very possible after this dialog

One of probably the most fascinating interpretations, although, is that the betrayal for love will come from none aside from Jon, who will want to sacrifice Daenerys so as to fulfill the Azhor Ahai prophecy.

Lastly, there’s a imaginative and prescient that, “From a great smoking tower, a great stone beast took wing, breathing shadow fire.” Remember within the final part once we stated that there could possibly be a dragon on the best way from the Shadow Lands of Asshai?

Even when it isn’t from Asshai, there’s tons to recommend that Dany and Jon will increase one other dragon from Dragonstone. Apart from numerous visions, one other recurring prophecy insists “the dragon has three heads” (which can also be within the Targaryen sigil). So we’ll want one other to substitute Viserion.

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