We learned a lot from the season finale, “The Dragon And The Wolf,” like how seven seasons of incest is just enough time to make people okay with it, and while ravens, dragons, and ships travel at light speed in Westeros, humans walk very slowly. But the episode raised plenty of questions, too, and in this post-season finale Mailbag Of Thrones we’re tackling your inquiries about the future of Littlefinger’s face, whether or not Rhaegar knew any other boy’s names, and the supernatural properties of Jon’s Little Aegon.
Steve emails: With it being almost certain that Arya has at least one major “faceless” move in season eight, I would like to see her use Littlefinger’s face to get up close to Cersei. She is still on her list. Thoughts?
Using Littlefinger’s face doesn’t seem like Arya’s best option, because Baelish publicly declared for House Stark after the Battle Of The Bastards, betraying Cersei. He is on Cersei’s own little hit list. Would she potentially take a meeting with “him” now? If she was willing to take one with Tyrion, sure, if it suits her needs, but that doesn’t mean she’d allow “him” to leave.
Arya could fight her way out of a deadly situation in a way Baelish never could, but his face doesn’t seem worth the trouble. Ideally she’d use the one of someone Cersei would let get close to her without wanting to kill them. But who in the world is close to her at this point? Qyburn? The Mountain? How would Arya get their faces without getting close to Cersei anyway? She would need to be able to get the face of someone physically far away from Cersei, but who could return to her side.
What if Jaime goes north to fight the White Walkers, dies in battle, and then in the final episode Arya uses his face to kill Cersei? After all the fan service of season seven, at least that moment would make sense.
For those of you who don’t know, before “Jon Snow” was born, Rhaegar already had a son with his first wife Elia Martell and he was also named Aegon. The Mountain raped and killed Elia during the Lannister sack of King’s Landing at the end of Robert’s Rebellion, and then he murdered baby Aegon and his older sister Rhaenys. (Note to book readers: We’re not getting into Young Griff and whether he really is the first Aegon. We’re only focusing on the show, but for the record Young Griff is a fraud). The murders of Elia and her kids was what Oberyn was screaming about during Tyrion’s trial by combat.
Rhaegar was killed by Robert Baratheon and his war-hammer at the Trident weeks before King’s Landing was taken, and only after the Mad King was dead and Robert had won did Ned go to the Tower Of Joy to rescue his sister Lyanna. So there was a gap between the events of Rhaegar dying, The Mountain killing the first baby Aegon, and Jon being born.
Lyanna must have known Robert was the new ruler by the time Ned arrived at her bedside, which is why she made him promise to keep her son’s true identity a secret. The new legal son of Rhaegar Targaryen would have suffered the same fate Elia’s children did.
So either a) Rhaegar told Lyanna to name their son Aegon before he knew his other son Aegon would be killed or b) Lyanna, knowing the first Aegon was dead, decided it was okay to give her son the same name. Either way, kinda weird.
(Second note to book readers: I bet in the books Jon’s real name will be some other famous Targaryen king, like Jaehaerys, which is what we thought it would be before the season started, but HBO went with Aegon because every viewer knows it’s the name of the great conqueror who forged the Iron Throne.)
Maria emails: First we have Tyrion talking about royal succession to Daenerys, next Jon tells her she doesn’t know for sure that she can’t have children, then Jon and Daenerys’ relationship becomes sexual. Please, please, please tell me there is no way Jon’s magical cock is going to get Daenerys pregnant, thus ensuring the continuous existence of House Targaryen, even if Jon dies defeating the Night King—which he totally will. I really hope season eight doesn’t turn into the tragic, incestuous love story of Jon and Dany.
Loaded questions are the best questions, but loaded questions that use the phrase “Jon’s magical cock” are really the crème de la crème.
It certainly feels like they are setting up a Daenerys pregnancy at this point. It was an important enough topic that Tyrion brought it up at a strange point in time. Jon’s not wrong though; the word of a vengeful witch isn’t exactly solid gold, so maybe Dany has been able to get pregnant this whole time.
Or maybe Jon’s cock is magical. Most people seem to think that’s true about his ass now.
As for your pleading about next season, the bad news is I believe Jon and Daenerys’ love story will be a major focus of the final season. The good news is I think it will end with Jon stabbing her in the heart.
James emails: It took seven seasons for the show to finally get to Highgarden and Casterly Rock. So, will we finally see Storm’s End or the Isle Of Faces or some other important location the show hasn’t yet gone to in the last season?
I could see a place like Storm’s End getting a quick glance, the same as Casterly Rock, especially if Gendry ends up being legitimized as Robert Baratheon’s son, so House Baratheon can continue on. (It’s extinct right now.)
But the Isle Of Faces could be a major new location in the final season. That’s where the Children Of The Forest and the First Men signed the pact, their peace treaty that ended their 2,000 years long war, and they left the mysterious Green Men there to protect it. If there are any ancient secrets, or Children Of The Forest left in Westeros, who can help defeat the Night King, they might be found on the Isle Of Faces.
Even if we only “go” there in one of Bran’s visions.
Alyssa emails: I couldn’t tell if that dragon was breathing blue fire or ice. What is the answer to that? It didn’t LOOK like ice breath. At times it looked like there was steam from heat hitting the wall. But the effect of it didn’t look like what happens to ice when it encounters fire.
I’m sure the show will give us a definitive answer, probably soon. I thought it might be ice, a kind even colder than the Wall, but I’m not positive. It sort of looked like a concussive energy, like Cyclops from the X-Men.
The real problem is the show didn’t make this clear. We should not be debating this right now. Have him either melt or freeze a few trees or one of the wildlings on the Wall first so we could appreciate what happened next.
Liam emails: In this episode Bran says to Sam, “I can see things that happened in the past, I can see things happening now, all over the world.” I was under the assumption that to see the past he touched a weirwood (and thus could see anything that had ever occurred in the vicinity of any still-standing weirwood throughout time), and to see things far away in the present he warged into that flock of crows. But in that very same scene, when Sam mentions reading about Rhaegar’s annulment, we cut to Bran witnessing the event in the same way as he did Jon’s birth last season. What does this imply? That Bran is green-seeing literally in front of Sam? If so, why does he use the weirwoods and crows if he can just cast his mind across space and time unaided? Or is this supposed to be a previous vision of Bran’s, which he is only now understanding? If so, why didn’t he recognize Lyanna? Is he in control of what he sees, or does he have to have a certain prompt, like Sam telling him that the secret wedding for sure happened?
Just because they didn’t show Bran leave that room to go touch a weirwood doesn’t mean he didn’t. Maybe he teleported like everyone else this season, but that’s probably the simple explanation.
As for what he can see, there didn’t seem to be a weirwood near the Tower Of Joy, so that doesn’t seem to limit his options for what past events he can be present for. He just touches a weirwood and can see anything that has ever happened anywhere, past or present.
I don’t think he had seen that secret marriage before though, because he never thought to look for Lyanna and Rhaegar’s wedding because his whole life he was told Rhaegar kidnapped her. It seems like he needed to be prompted by Sam to look for a specific vision, which could mean Sam and his old books could end up working with Bran to find other useful past events to help them defeat the Night King.
Theon doesn’t have the balls to get in the ring with Conor.
...Sorry, you deserved better. Ending on this note is probably a real kick in the nuts.