Don’t look now kiddos, but here we stand at the Wall preparing for our final outing before the long nine months of desiccation.
Time flies when you’re piddling around in Dorne with half naked Sand Snakes.
Yet, we stand here nonetheless.
But we’ve got a fighting chance; an opportunity to finish strong; a revelation for what lies ahead; a favorable conclusion that will keep us engaged through the long cold nights that await; the prospect of redemption!
Are you with me? With me now! Now, with me!!….
Welcome to another round of Looking Forward, where the Dany Unsullied have apparently found a new pastime lying in the friendlier brothel bosoms, but the Unsullied non-book reader army stand ready for battle.
A man goes by Oz, consequential Lord of the small yet powerful House Oz, and is here only for your reading enjoyment and speculative amusement.
And now, for some full disclosure:
For those of you that digest my endless conjectures on a regular basis, you know without doubt that a man is truly Unsullied.
Oh, you’ve heard this before? Understood… but humor me for a moment. There’s a point this time.
I neither own the books nor has my flesh ever come into contact with them. Hell, I don’t even think I have seen an actual copy of any of them other than the ones hidden in the glaring displays exhibited in the middle of the local Barnes and Noble.
Years ago, in another time in another setting, a man took an oath. And a man is only as good as his word, for it is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
But here is what I do know of the books, trustfully gained through honest Sullied who swore to never spoil:
In a nutshell, books Four and Five were (arguably) good, but had their fair share of wandering and travel from place to place where essentially very little of substance transpired.
Since the bulk of the product we discuss here is based (loosely according to some) on the written verse, a concern developed (in my mind, at least) on what if Season 5 somehow fell flat.
Through the first four episodes, those fears grew exponentially as the show I had been infatuated with since Ned’s head went for stroll had morphed into something I was not sure I recognized.
And let’s be honest: great television series’ are commonly judged by the entirety of the work. I’m not implying that it’s a fair method of assessment, but it is reality. And as beautifully written and constructed as Game of Thrones has mostly been for the first four seasons, it would be contemptuous for the body to be scarred by a couple of miscued beach scenes.
Yet, that is the world in which we live, especially when it comes to the fanatical fandom of GoT. Every scene analyzed. Every casting discussed. Every word dissected. Every miscue aggrandized.
There is a level of expectation, and I hold no shame in saying as much. We the viewer didn’t set the bar… you did GRRM. You did D&D. You did HBO. Hell, you more or less did it too well. To put it plainly, you spoiled us rotten, and then spoiled us in the process.
How many times have we seen the end of an episode and asked ourselves, “How in the world are they going to top this?”
And at times they haven’t. And at times, we’ve complained.
But consider what has been done in relation to what has been done before on other mediums. The whole concept revolves around the fact that no one is safe from anything. Period.
Remember the infamous “if you think this has a happy ending…” phrase?
Barristan Selmy was not going to live forever. Ramsay was not going to become a hopeless romantic just because he married a virgin. Shireen was born to a crazy woman that nurtured jar babies and was cool with her hubby bumping uglies with the Red Witch. What exactly did we expect?
Yet for whatever reason we kept watching, knowing good and damn well something hideous could occur at any given moment to even the most innocent of victims.
And it did. And the internet plunged into a dark oblivion full of terror threats of quitting the show.
Combine all of this with the whole preseason “Sight and Vision” campaign, the pesky screener leaks, the premature releases of the “Inside the Episodes” airing before the actual episode, and rumors of leaked footage and images of eps 9 and 10, and Season 5 seemed to be fucking cursed.
In a limited capacity and in the minds of many, the Kingdom, in a sense, seemed to be cracking at its foundation. Or at least, showing signs of fatigue.
Part of it is on the viewer and our heightened expectation. But part of it is also on the show runners who inadvertently raised those expectations to a height that would be almost impossible to emulate. Those other miscues are all on someone at HBO (and now, most likely, his/her watch is ended).
But then as the cold came flushing in, we were all blown off the La-Z-Boy when we were surprisingly speared in the throat by ice daggers compliments of the White Walkers at Hardhome. Go figure.
And here we stand, in unison, unwavering, waiting to see if the conclusion of this odd season will leave us shaking our heads in criticism or shaking our heads in disbelief. Or both.
One thing is certain: There will be death. And it will likely include someone of popular importance. So let’s not act like we didn’t see it coming, even if it is not yet written and for that reason we didn’t see it coming.
For this segment, specifically requested by @GameOverRos, @Danygonebad and @DeeSensFan, a man invested time and resources and polled a grand total of one (1) Unsullied to get her feedback on death likelihoods, transposed here as betting odds. Ozzette has a distinguished background with numbers and serves as the CFO of House Oz as well as a Certified Public Accountant in her day job.
However, no numbers here are scientific in nature. But they are emphasis driven by character. So, feel free to disagree and add your own. As per the norm, this list is not comprehensive. But no list in GoT ever was.
I am FanMan.
Unsullied Death Odds: 2:1
Rationale: My personal odds on favorite for getting the business, and for reasons that need no explanation. Ozzette believes the situation is too obvious and that MFT survives. She may be right, especially if Jaqen is putting Arya through a test that she is ultimately failing by not taking care of the Thin Man.
BTW, if I ever write a novel, my nom de plume will be Meryn F. Trant.
Unsullied Death Odds: 2:1
Rationale: Ozzette’s odds on favorite for even more obvious reasons. Ramsay has somewhat tipped the bucket on perversion and barbarity to the extreme that has the general viewing public calling for his head. Add in the Shireen factor and the future for the heir to the Bolton leftovers and career as a sausage maker are very much in doubt, even if it ends up having nothing to do with Stannis. (Reeeekkkk).
Unsullied Death Odds: 7:1
Rationale: The travesty here is that Roose hasn’t been seen nearly enough this season, and that is a damn shame. Apparently, James Bond Bolton has been busy off-screen prepping battle strategies against Stannis and shagging Fat Walda. Even with the Shireen factor now in place, I doubt that we lose Roose at this point in time. Roose has been a major player in the game but has not had enough emphasis this season to justify a finishing blow.
Death Candidate: Jon Snow
Unsullied Death Odds: 5:1
Rationale: Why Oz… why would you say such a thing (girls sob, women scream)? Because a mutiny at the Wall is still very possible. And that sneaky little shit Olly continues to saunter around asking questions and passing dirty looks. Going back to the emphasis conversation (see “Roose” and “lack of”), Olly has shown a pattern of discontent since Jon announced the Wildling Proclamation. You can’t blame the kid for holding a grudge, especially after reviewing the death of his parents. And the show runners aren’t throwing this in for shits and giggles. It holds meaning. And remember, Olly shot Ygritte.
It is difficult for non-book readers to fathom this possibility, but add it up: Olly; the disgruntled attitudes of the bulk of the Crows when he arrived back at the Wall; even a potential finale Walker appearance. It just doesn’t look good.
Unsullied Death Odds: 8:1
Rationale: Ozzette’s pick for the good guy that goes down. And due to the reasons stated in “Jon Snow,” I would tend to agree. But something tells me that if any of the above transpires, Jon will tell Sam to gather up Gilly and baby Boo and run for the hills. Should there be trouble in Icelandia, I’m convinced this will happen.
Unsullied Death Odds: 7:1
Rationale: Ozzette’s personal wish along with Red, Selyse and anyone who bear witness to the burning of the sweet Princess. And he is on the eve of battle, which puts anyone involved at risk. But nah… not yet anyway.
Unsullied Death Odds: 3:1
Rationale: Davos. He’s taken swipes at her before, and for much less. Should this occur, the Shireen factor might not be a factor any longer assuming the work of Red Velvet dissipates if she bites the dust. Does the Lord of Light get pissed if one of his chosen goes down? If so, all bets are off.
Unsullied Death Odds: 10:1
Rationale: Here is the problem… unfortunately, we are due a major character death, and when I say major I am speaking of a character that the large mass of viewing public perceives as a face of the show. I am convinced that the lacking storyline of Dorne was not time wasted on what amounted to an agreement for Myrcella and Trystane to ride back to the KL with no issue and an elbow to the face of Bronn. Plus, the brief scene with Ellaria and Jaime was inserted for something. Speaking of Bronn…
Unsullied Death Odds: 5:1
Rationale: I don’t like Bronn’s odds at all, unless I was a betting man betting on demise. See “Jaime” above. If the speculative conflict arises, one stays and one goes.
Unsullied Death Odds: 3:1
Rationale: Again, assuming things aren’t roses and peaches during the exit of Dorne, Jaime and Bronn are at high risk. But they take a Snake with them. #savetyene
Other potential notables from Dorne: Doran, Ellaria, Areo, Trystane and other unnamed beach dwellers. In fact, a Trystane death might be a good bet should things go further south than they already are, upsetting the bride to be. Not included: Myrcella. You wouldn’t bring a new actor on board just to be killed, would you? Well, maybe. (See: Lord of Bones).
Unsullied Death Odds: 20:1
Rationale: Cersei will likely be punished. Not executed. Unless that punishment is execution.
Unsullied Death Odds: 25:1
Rationale: The man seems to have strategically climbed back into friend zone territory and it is unclear if anymore action awaits Meereen after the pit, other than the safe landing of Dany aboard Air Drogon. But Jorah still has the scale, and although it may not kill him, it’s a loose end that needs to be tied one way or another.
RSP (Raven Search Party) issued for: Varys and Grey Worm. Let’s not leave this dangling for nine months.
Unsullied Odds: 15:1
Rationale: Brienne is set-up to be stuck between a Wall and a Winterhell, neither of which is a friendly confine. She has no love for Stannis due to the shadow baby incident with Renly, and once she realizes how her sweet Sansa has been treated, she is likely to attempt to put Ramsay’s sausage on a stick inadvertently inventing the first Westorosi corndog. Should she become stuck in between the two, the outcome may not be favorable. But, emphasis factor. Brienne has been featured primarily camped out on Bolton’s doorsteps, so emphasis logic for death disagrees. Of course, this is also a time where D&D are prone to bend us over when we least expect it. Because, you know, that’s their thing.
Unsullied Odds: 12:1
Rationale: The odds on Pod receiving a sword to the sternum are a little better than his counterpart only because of his fighting experience. And his rabbit recipes. And his deficiencies in equestrianism. Brienne likely tells Pod to stay out of it, but if she were to get in trouble… Pod to the rescue (see Tyrion at Blackwater). Only this time, he may not walk away.
Unsullied Odds: 30:1
Rationale: Sansa is obviously at risk, even stating “If I’m going to die, let it happen while there’s still some of me left.” But D&D wouldn’t allow someone to be raped and killed in the same season, would they? Oh, nevermind.
Unsullied Odds: 50:1
Rationale: On the opposite end of the spectrum of Meryn F. Trant is Lanna Del Arya who is almost guaranteed a confrontation with her list headliner. But what if things go awry? What if Trant gets the best of her during the attempt? What if she never makes it that far due to her disobedience to the Many Faced God Tech Moral Code? It’s a shot in the dark, but a shot worth mentioning.
Granted, the deaths of Sansa and Arya are admittedly far-fetched and completely unlikely. But it would send shockwaves through the system putting this Season into a complete tailspin and leaving us contemplating the future of this fine programming.
It would also deem these odds utterly useless, which they are anyway.
Yet, we must hope for the unexpected. With stunning developments come abrupt and unanticipated outcomes, sometimes at the expense of the characters we adore.
But this is what we pay for with the subscription or the internet. This is why we buy the merchandise and the DVD’s and the Hodor & Bran figurines and sport GoT T-Shirts at the grocery store. This is why it’s the most talked about show online and in the office break room.
We’ve got one chance; one shot; one opportunity; one last hurrah!
You had one job, D&D. Nine months at the water cooler is a long time. At least one more time… give us something to talk about. No Mercy.
See you good-looking guys and gals Monday morning for the Ep. 10 recap. Until then, may there always be peace in your realm. -Oz
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