So a lot of people have been buzzing, like a handful of bees, about the GOT season finale, which left most of us at the edge of our seats. Some have even come up with their own theories for future seasons, which are scattered all over the Internet.
So I thought I would weigh in with my own two cents (just two, though). I wanted to first talk about some of the major happenings in the finale, so if you haven't seen it yet and wish to avoid spoilers, I strongly suggest that you stop reading from this point on. I also want to talk about character development, and some possible directions that they could go in from here, combined with a few of my own predictions.
To borrow a famous William Shakespeare quote, "To be, or Not to Be!" That seems to be the main question on most people's minds, when thinking about some of their favourite Game of Thrones characters. We didn't really get to see a lot of main characters meet their demise this season, as has been the case in previous seasons. Actually, I don't think any main characters were written off this time around; or were they?
The confrontation between Brienne and Stannis had been building for a long time, and even though these two are secondary characters, I think there are at least some people who would have been looking forward to that. But did Brienne kill Stannis? I guess we'll have to wait until next season to find out. Stannis sacrificing his own daughter was one of the shocking moments of this season, but since he had already killed his brother, I guess we should have expected it, and because of that, I'm sure a lot of GOT fans were counting down the days to his death. I don't see Brienne uniting with Stannis, as that wouldn't make a whole lot of sense. Here's how I think this is going to play out: as Brienne is about to cut Stannis in half, The Hound (remember him?) makes a surprise return and kills her. So The Hound is now aligned with Stannis, and Brienne is dead. Podrick sees this from afar, and goes out on his own, and he eventually meets Arya, who trains him in the same fashion that she was trained, so he can avenge Brienne.
And then there's Theon...oh sorry, I meant Reek, and Sansa. Some would say that if it weren't for bad luck, these two would have no luck at all...until the end of this season, of course; well considering how it ended, I guess that's not entirely true. I think these two have been through enough though, so I don't see either of them dying anytime soon. Ramsay is undoubtedly going to be searching for both of them, which will keep all three characters occupied for the time being, until they eventually reunite with Bran, who also forgives Theon. So the Stark family will be somewhat whole again, by the end of next season.
But what about Cersei's walk of shame? That's something that definitely needs to be talked about. I'm sure a lot of people think that she had it coming, but there's an old saying that goes 'Hell Hath no Fury like a Woman Scorned,' which can only mean that revenge, much like winter, is coming. And now that The Mountain is back, who knows what Cersei will have planned for those who have wronged her. And she doesn't even know about her daughter's death yet, which I think it's safe to say that it was the one death in that finale that we can be sure about. The feud between The Oberyns and the Lannisters has just about reached its boiling point, but I don't see them going to war just yet. First, they'll need to keep reminding everyone what a monster The Mountain is, and the only way to do that is to have him keep killing people. But more importantly, they need someone on the Oberyn side that can match him. Needless to say, there are going to be a lot of deaths next season, and I doubt that The Mountain is going to be one of them.
And then there's Jon Snow. There is no question about it that the closing sequence of the Game of Thrones finale was the hottest topic at the water coolers the following morning, and it's all thanks to Mr. Snow. He was betrayed by his Night's watch brothers, stabbed multiple times and left for dead. But being left for dead doesn't necessarily mean that you're dead. In fact, there are a number of theories floating about that Jon Snow might actually be undead. Some think that he has powers similar to Bran's, only much stronger. The fact remains that if Jon Snow dies, then the Night's watch storyline is pretty much over, since there isn't a strong enough character in that entire group that can replace him. I don't know about these special powers of his, but I guess stranger things have happened, and I don't think for a minute that he's dead. I think Snow will end up slaying everyone who was involved in his betrayal, thus proving himself yet again to the remaining Night's watch members, and he will continue leading them into battle against the White Walkers. There's another rumour going around that Snow's mother was a Targaryen, making him and Daenerys related. Those two will eventually cross paths at some point, either next season or the one after, and with their combined armies, Tyrion directing traffic and the power of the dragons, they will wipe the White Walkers off the face of the Earth, before attempting to reclaim the throne from the Lannisters, Baretheons, or whoever else will be in power by then.
I guess we'll have to wait and see...