We’re only a few days away from the fifth season finale of Game of Thrones, which means it’s crackpot theory time! This is a very spoiler-y post, since I’m taking a lot of book knowledge into consideration to make my predictions for the finale.
HBO also released a bunch of photos from the season finale (called “Mother’s Mercy”), but they don’t reveal a whole lot of information: Stannis and Melisandre share a scene post-burning, Sansa is walking around Winterfell wearing a hood, Cersei is kneeling before the High Septon, Jaqen H’ghar is hanging out in the House of Black and White, and Jon talks to Sam.
Daenerys Targaryen and Meereen
“The Dance of Dragons” ended with Drogon making a spectacular return, saving Dany from the Sons of the Harpy and flying her away to who knows where. I’m guessing Dany will encounter some of the Dothraki; the description for episode 10 reads: “Dany is surrounded by strangers.” Next season, she’ll probably gain her own khalasar and finally make her way to Westeros via Dorne.
Meanwhile, Tyrion, Jorah, Daario, and Missandei will have to stay behind in Meereen to clean up a city that’s been thrown into complete chaos. Tyrion will take on Ser Barrisan Selmy’s role in the books, meaning he’ll be the de facto leader in Dany’s absence.
While Stannis and his army lay siege to Winterfell, Sansa (and Theon) will escape with Brienne and Podrick’s help. Brienne might get the opportunity to kill Stannis, since she talked about it earlier this season (foreshadowing!), but I don’t think Stannis will die so soon.
Unfortunately, Ramsay will probably survive.
The Night’s Watch
For The Watch! In the books, Jon Snow gets stabbed by the Night’s Watch because they’re not happy with his leadership. Since they’ve been building it up all season long, I’m guessing Olly will deliver the fateful blow. The question is whether or not Jon Snow will live, and I don’t think the show will give us the answer in the same episode, which means we’re getting… a cliffhanger.
Prior to the stabby stabby, Jon will send Sam to Oldtown with Gilly to get information about the White Walkers. Next season, we’ll meet Sam’s family, including his cruel and surly father, Randyll Tarly.
Cersei will confess to sleeping with Loras and take the penance walk. The Tyrells, Kevan Lannister, Tommen Baratheon, Qyburn, and Robert Strong (a.k.a. The Mountain) will be present. Cue utter humiliation.
Maybe Varys will show up and kill Kevan and Pycelle? But I think there’s already too much going on in the finale, so they might save it for next season.
Arya will retrieve Needle and kill Meryn Trant. Her last scene of the season will be waking up blind as punishment for killing someone for personal reasons. (I have a feeling we won’t be seeing a whole lot of Arya next season.)
Bronn and/or one of the Sand Snakes will die because Ellaria still wants her vengeance; Myrcella will be injured. I’m crossing my fingers that this subplot can be salvaged by Prince Doran being a badass and revealing his actual plans for House Martell to sit on the Iron Throne. In A Feast for Crows, Doran tells his eldest daughter: “I have worked at the downfall of Tywin Lannister since the day they told me of Elia and her children. It was my hope to strip him of all that he held most dear before I killed him.”
The actress who plays Nymeria Sand, Jessica Henwick, talked about the finale in an interview: “What happens with the Sand Snakes is… extreme. Very extreme. So I’m really curious to see how people take it. I don’t know what else I can say! Episode 10 sets the rest of the show on a very certain path. It’s a big move in Game of Thrones, and the Sand Snakes are a part of it.”