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Who Was That Guy Theon Just Beat Up on the Game of Thrones Finale?

By | August 28, 2017

Theon Greyjoy has definitely had a rough go of it on Game of Thrones. But in season seven’s finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” there is a little bit of hope that things will be coming around for him. Sadly, it takes Theon getting into a fight with an interesting character. So who is he?

His name is Harrag, and he is an Ironborn raider. He was very loyal to Yara as his queen and therefore wasn’t really a fan of Euron. He is on the ship when Euron attacks and takes Yara and is also the one who finds Theon after he jumps ship to save himself.

In this episode, we see Theon approach the other Ironborn to try and convince them to save Yara. Harrag says he believes Yara is dead and that there’s no reason to listen to Theon since he’s proven himself to be a coward by not standing up to his uncle Euron and abandoning his sister. The two get into it after Harrag spits on Theon and throws the first punch. It looks like Theon is losing the fight until Harrag kicks him between the legs multiple times. This doesn’t hurt Theon because he was castrated by Ramsay Bolton. Harrag’s shock gives Theon just the right amount of time to land a powerful punch and knock him to the ground where he continues to pummel Harrag. He’s able to get the men back on his side, but it takes him badly wounding – maybe even killing – Harrag to prove he still has some fight left in him, and he can lead these men.

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Why Did Cersei Choose the Dragonpit to Meet Daenerys and Jon?

By | August 28, 2017

In Game of Thrones‘ season seven final episode “The Dragon and the Wolf,” main players Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen finally meet face to face in the hopes of calling a truce and banding together to fight the Night King and his undead army. This meeting was held in a significant place: the dragonpit.

The dragonpit is located in Kings Landing on Rhaenys’ Hill and was essentially used as a stable for the Targaryen’s dragons. It was ruined in the Dance of the Dragons, which was 170 years before the War of the Five Kings. A riot broke out after King Viserys I died because his daughter Rhaenyra and his son Aegon II were battling to inherit the throne. Both sides had dragons, so in the end, five dragons were killed in the civil war. Rhaenyra lost and was fed to a dragon, but Aegon II also died months later from his wounds. Aegon III then inherited the throne.

Daenerys describes the dragonpit as “the beginning of the end” for her family since the dragons that were locked up there became smaller due to being confined. “They wasted away. They grew small and we grew small as well,” she explains to Jon Snow. She goes on to say her family also lost their power without the dragons, which is especially interesting since we saw back in season four that Daenerys felt the need to lock up her dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion.

So why did Cersei decide to hold this meeting at the dragonpit? The ruins of this dragonpit are a reminder that, yes, dragons are extremely powerful, but man has also been able to destroy them. Although Cersei doesn’t know before Daenerys arrives, she notes after that she seems to be down a dragon. We did just experience the death of Viserion, so if anything, the dragonpit should be a reminder to Daenerys of how important the dragons are to the Targaryen family. If Daenerys doesn’t watch out, history could repeat itself.

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This Is the Number of White Walkers Jon Snow Has Left to Take Down

By | August 21, 2017

The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season seven.

It’s no secret that the White Walkers have proven to be the most dangerous threat on Game of Thrones. Their ability to create an army of undead makes them virtually unstoppable, but we find out in season seven’s sixth episode, “Beyond the Wall,” that they do have a weakness.

When a White Walker dies, all of the wights it created die too, meaning an entire army could be destroyed in just a few blows. But how many more White Walkers do they need to take out in order to defeat the Night King’s army once and for all? The answer is three.

In the episode, we see Jon Snow take down one of the four White Walkers, but there are still the Night King and two other White Walkers that make it out of the battle alive. Although this seems like a small number, we can’t forget that they still have a huge army of wights – which now includes a dragon – on their side. If there’s anyone who can find a way to take them down, though, it’s Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.

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What Happens When a White Walker Dies? It Could Be the Key to Defeating Them

By | August 20, 2017

In Game of Thrones, Jon Snow and his men have been finding out more and more about the Night King and his army. They know dragonglass will kill them, but what actually happens when a White Walker dies? We finally got the answer in this week’s episode, “Beyond the Wall.”

In the episode, we see Jon and his men surrounded by a White Walker and a small group of wights. When Jon kills the White Walker with his sword, all but one of the wights immediately dies. Our best guess is this is probably because the White Walker killed was responsible for turning them, so it’s safe to assume that when a White Walker dies, all of the undead warriors that it turned will die too.

This is obviously incredibly useful information for the living if they have any chance of defeating this army. Before now, they were clearly outnumbered by the undead warriors (and now animals!); however, if they target the White Walkers, then perhaps they stand a fighting chance.

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Game of Thrones: 3 Possible Places Sam Could Be Heading

By | August 13, 2017

We see Sam go through a lot working at the Citadel on Game of Thrones. He empties bedpans, scrapes greyscale off people’s bodies, and realizes he is working for a bunch of men who don’t know what they’re talking about. So in “Eastwatch,” it’s not totally surprising that he decides to pack up his family and leave. But where is he going? The answer isn’t given . . . but there are a few options.

1. Back to The Wall

Sam says before leaving the Citadel, “I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men.” (It’s a callback to something his father, Randyll Tarly, said to him.) He obviously aspires to be a “better man,” even though he already has an impressive record with killing a White Walker and discovering how to kill more. It would make sense for Sam to return, in hopes of going back to fight with the knowledge he has now.

2. Dragonstone

In “Dragonstone,” we see Sam discover in a book that there is dragonglass in Dragonstone that could kill White Walkers. He tells Jon Snow this and now his men are mining it. But it’s possible Sam will go there to help Jon further.

3. Horn Hill

This last theory is a stretch, but Sam could be returning home to Horn Hill. We see in this episode that his father and brother, Dickon, are killed by Daenerys for not bending the knee. Sam is now the last man of his house, although he isn’t well liked. Someone could tell him the news about his father and brother along the way, and he could change his destination to Horn Hill.

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Arya and Bran Have Been Separated For Way Longer Than You Remember

By | August 6, 2017

In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark reunites with Arya Stark after she makes it back to Winterfell. Bran might have the most dramatic transformation out of all of the Stark children because he’s not Bran anymore; technically, he’s the Three-Eyed Raven. But when is the last time he sees Arya?

That would be in the very first episode of the show, “Winter Is Coming.” We see Bran, along with the rest of the Stark family, lined up in Winterfell in order to welcome the Lannisters. Arya is messing around and is late to get in line. When she does, she tells Bran to move and stands next to him. This is their last interaction. Later, Bran climbs up a tower and catches Jamie and Cersei Lannister in the act. Jaime pushes Bran off and he is unconscious from the fall for the next episode. That also happens to be the episode where Ned, Arya, and Sansa leave Winterfell to go to King’s Landing.

So we haven’t seen these siblings really interact. Only time will tell how the Starks will continue to react to Bran’s transformation.

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The Last Time Sansa and Arya Were Together, They Were Actual Children

By | August 6, 2017

In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, we get another Stark family reunion. Arya Stark makes it back to Winterfell to see Sansa and Bran Stark after six seasons of separation. They have changed a lot since then, and chances are good that you probably forgot the last time you saw the two Stark daughters together. So when was it?

In the fifth episode of season one, “The Wolf and the Lion,” Arya and Sansa are together at King Robert Baratheon’s tournament, which he is throwing to celebrate Ned Stark becoming the Hand of the King. Arya and Sansa sit next to each other for the bloody tournament where there is a joust including Loras Tyrell, Sandor Clegane, Jaime Lannister, and more.

The two sisters are sitting next to each other but actually don’t interact during the tournament. This is because Littlefinger sits next to Sansa and decides to tell her the horrific childhood story of The Mountain and Sandor “The Hound” Clegane.

This might have been the last time the sisters are together and seeing each other, but it isn’t the last time they are in the same location. That would be in “Baelor,” in which Ned Stark gets beheaded. Arya watches the tragic event in the crowd while Sansa is up on stage with the Lannister family. They are in the same location, but Sansa doesn’t know and they therefore don’t acknowledge each other.

Thankfully their reunion was on much better terms than their last meeting – hopefully they have a lot more time together in the future!

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How the Iron Bank May Decide Who Wins Game of Thrones

By | July 31, 2017

From the very beginning of Game of Thrones, the Lannisters have been tied to money. The saying “a Lannister always pays his debts” has been repeated many times. But in “The Queen’s Justice”, we see Cersei Lannister facing her money woes with the Iron Bank. So what is the Iron Bank and why is it so important? Here are three important things to know about the bank’s past . . . and its future.

The bank has funded the Lannisters greatly.

It’s actually the Iron Bank of Braavos, and it is a financial institution that has many clients, including the government that rules over the Seven Kingdoms. It especially has ties to the Lannisters and Baratheons, given how much they owe. In season one, Ned Stark is shocked to find out the Iron Throne owes 6 million Gold Dragons. The institution is also infamous for the line “the Iron Bank will have its due,” so it’s not to be messed with.

We also see the Iron Bank in season three, when Petyr Baelish becomes Master of Coin and is borrowing more money from the Iron Bank. This worries Tyrion Lannister because the Iron Bank has no problem funding his family’s enemies.

The bank also funded Stannis Baratheon.

In season four, Stannis Baratheon also turns to the Iron Bank, to continue his failed mission to take the Iron Throne. He and Ser Davos go to Braavos to convince the bank that they are its best option to getting its money back after the death of Tywin Lannister. They are successful and get a loan, but it ultimately is another loss for the bank, given Stannis’s death.

The bank may invest in Daenerys Targaryen.

The visitor from Braavos reveals that the Iron Throne’s vaults are empty, and given it’s fighting a new war, it will be needing more money. It also doesn’t help that the rich Tyrells are no longer allies but enemies. So it makes sense that the Iron Bank would be interested in backing Daenerys instead.

Cersei asks for a fortnight to pay her debt in full, and given her lead in victories, she might get to keep the Iron Bank on her side.

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This Is the Bloody History Between Jaime Lannister and Euron Greyjoy

By | July 19, 2017

In the Game of Thrones season premiere, we see Cersei and Jaime Lannister struggle with almost being completely surrounded by enemies. They know that they need a powerful ally in this war if they are going to keep the Iron Throne, so they turn to Euron Greyjoy. But who is he and how exactly does he know Jaime Lannister?

We get some of their backstory when Euron comes to King’s Landing, and the two men reference a battle – the Greyjoy Rebellion, which happened nine years before the events of the show. According to the books, the Ironborn, or natives of the Iron Islands, not only wanted independence, but to revert to the “Old Way,” or their traditional lifestyle of reaving and plundering in the name of the Drowned God. Balon Greyjoy, Euron’s brother (and Theon and Yara’s father), declared himself the King of the Iron Islands, rebelling against current King Robert Baratheon, who himself had usurped the throne from Aerys Targaryen. Next, Balon planned the Raid on Lannisport, and Euron Greyjoy sailed to Casterly Rock and burned the Lannister fleet.

The Ironborn were eventually overtaken by Robert and his allies (which was pretty much everyone in Westeros besides the Greyjoys), and Jaime Lannister was able to take part in Robert’s massive victory at the Siege of Pyke, which he and Euron are reminiscing about (at the time, Jaime is part of the Kingsguard and the fleet of ships belonged to his family). Jaime and Euron were both personally in that battle, and Euron even praises Jaime’s fighting ability in the season seven premiere, despite losing the battle. Euron lost two of his nephews, Balon’s sons, in the rebellion.

Euron had to go into exile after the defeat, but his Iron Fleet grew stronger. Balon Greyjoy surrendered to King Baratheon and was accepted back into the kingdom in peace in exchange for his son, Theon, staying with the Starks as a hostage.

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On top of all this dramatic history, Jaime could also inherit Casterly Rock, an area that was once promised as a reward to Balon Greyjoy once the war between the North and Lannisters is over, since Casterly Rock is technically under rule of House Lannister.

So the Greyjoys, Lannisters, and Baratheons certainly have a fraught relationship, given they’ve gone to battle before. But it looks like the betrayal of their relatives is what is going to bring them together as allies, despite their complicated history.

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