The HBO juggernaut Game of Thrones begins its final season to record-breaking audiences. A look back and a few predictions…
A Cultural Phenomenon
When Game of Thrones premiered all the way back in April of 2011, the world was quite a different place. And I don’t mean Westeros.
Barack Obama was the President of the United States. Donald Trump was a sometimes reality star, sometimes semi-famous businessman often found indulging in minor-celebrity feuds on the internet with Rosie O’Donnell.
Game of Thrones aside, 2011 was still a year for king-making. It was in 2011 that Donald Trump attended the fateful White House Correspondent’s Dinner where then-President Barack Obama took the opportunity to take a few shots at Trump.
It was Obama’s turn, after all.
Trump’s vociferous doubts about Obama’s birth certificate had recently been laid to rest. But it was at this dinner that Obama spoke these immortal and prophetic words:
“All kidding aside, obviously we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example … no seriously, just recently, in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice, at the steakhouse, the men’s cooking team did not impress the judges from Omaha Steaks. And there was a lot of blame to go around, but you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership, and so ultimately you didn’t blame Lil Jon or Meat Loaf, you fired Gary Busey. And these are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir. Well handled. Say what you will about Mr. Trump, he certainly would bring some change to the White House. Let’s see what we’ve got up there.” — President Barack Obama, White House Correspondents dinner, 2011.
Many political insiders wonder if this was the night Donald Trump decided to be president.
Like it’s hard?
Now, all these eight years later, the world is certainly different. Whatever his impetus, Donald Trump is, for better and worse, U.S. President. The rules of U.S. politics have been changed forever. Who could have predicted it? Besides Barack Obama.
Like Donald Trump, Game of Thrones, with its massive budget and ravenous fan following, has changed the rules of television, and movies, forever. Who could have predicted that?
The television actor, in 2011, was something of a second-class celebrity to the mega stars of the big screen. For a television actor to break into movies was something of a big deal, a promotion in the world of entertainment.
Not after Game of Thrones.
Not after tvs became so cheap and amazing. Not after streaming, and on-demand, and audiences always demanding more, and more, quality content. The newer, the more interesting; the more sensational, the better. The genius team at HBO saw something in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series; dragons, zombies, a classic political struggle for power; why not?
Into a world ripe with technological wonders and a level of cinema wizardry that makes the cinema wizardry of five years ago look quaint by comparison.
Now, after 8-years, Donald Trump, a million fan theories and a wait that has felt endless to fans. How will it all end?
What will the Mueller report reveal? Who will sit the Iron Throne? Will it be as much as a surprise as who is currently sitting in the Oval Office?
So, in the spirit of the kingmaker, of Barack Obama’s very improbable prediction in 2011, here are a few of my personal predictions about how the series will end this season:
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Winter Is Here
- Who will kill Cersei Lannister? Answer: Arya Stark, with the Valerian steel dagger, wearing the face of Petyr Baylish, in King’s Landing.
- Who is the father of Cersei’s baby? A. Jamie Lannister, B. Euron Greyjoy or C. The Mountain/Cyburn. A: We’re going with the Mountain! Cyburn promised Cersei a baby who would never die. We’re also betting Cersei hedged her bets with, not only Jamie Lannister, but Euron Greyjoy, too. She’s crafty. Jamie Lannister, delete your account.
- Who will betray Daenerys Targaryen? According to strange-veil lady, Dany still has one more betrayal to go. Answer: Tyrion Lannister. Yeah, it’s going to hurt. But Tyrion thinks he is doing it for his family, poor soul. Love is the death of duty, Tyrion! Don’t do it!
- Who will kill the Mountain? Answer: The Hound. How can you kill someone who is already dead? Not sure about the nomenclature. Arya Stark and the Hound, back together on a mission to King’s Landing to make their own justice. Road trip!
- Jamie Lannister and Tormund Giantsbane will fight to the death over Brienne of Tarth. In a perfect world, they would! But this is Westeros, and if you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.
Have fun fellow GOT fans! And seven blessings to you all!
(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)