GRRM + D & D already said that the ending won't be tragic just bittersweet. It's kinda ruled out by default."If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention."
I'm just going to assume the absolute worst. I'm not expecting my favorite characters to survive the final season.
Why isn't the Night King an option? Are we just assuming everything is going to turn out alright?
There's nothing to rule beyond the wall. All the people there are dead.
Im not talking about people.
She was 11 years old and it's not in the show.
Younger than that. 11 in the books and doesn't happen in the show.
The monarchy being abolished would betray every single motif of that has being laid down in the book and show regarding medieval power politics. It would honestly be the worst betrayal of the world building from the show-runners.
Let me expand a bit. The show has built up a world view in which sustaind power is achieved through a mix of four major elements:no?
not at all, the show and books has largely been about illustrating how pointless political squabbles are in the end when there is a massive looming threat like the WW. couple this with Dany's "break the wheel" speech and her vision from S2, and Tyrion trying to get her to reconsider her political legacy, it seems unlikely the throne will become her (or anyones) destiny.
I mean judging by that criteria Tyrion should be kingLet me expand a bit. The show has built up a world view in which sustaind power is achieved through a mix of four major elements:
1) Military Power and Experience
2) Political Cunning and Charisma
Every major character that has fallen power has had a tragic deficit in at least one of these. Ned was not ruthless enough, Ramsay did not have the right blood, Joffrey had negative charisma, etc etc. The main characters have been presented to us as having deficits in some of these, but we have seen them grow.
In fact, the whole reason that Jon and Danerys work so well is that you combine their lineage, temper Danerys ruthlessness with Jon's charisma and then amplify their military power through the dragons and manpower.
The show is 100% monarchistic. Not in the sense of a king that can do anything, but in a ruling dynasty that is accepted but has to eventually answer to their people and to their competing houses.
He does not have the right blood or charisma. He might be a Lanister, but he is destined to be the head of a minor branch due to being born last. He has cunning, but he cannot overcome his innate physical defects.
The show has to end with Jon Snow and Daenerys wed and ruling together over a peaceful kingdom after defeating the White Walkers. It's just the kind of schmaltzy ending the fans deserve at this point. It's all heading that way like a runaway train.
Biggest issue with Jon and Dany is how much of a disconnect there is between the portrayal and the writing. Those two actors have the charisma of a board and have no chemistry. However, the writing pretends that they can sway anyone to their side and that there is a raging fire between them.