The Season 6 finale of “Game of Thrones” seems to have positioned most of our major characters pretty nicely for an all-out war.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is finally sailing for Westeros, Jon (Kit Harington) sits on his own “throne” as King of the North and Cersei (Lena Headey) has just been crowned queen at King’s Landing. If that doesn’t sounds like “Game of Thrones” Thunderdome to you, then we’re not sure what show you’ve been watching.
When all is said and done, Daenerys seems to have the edge on everyone with her Unsullied army, Iron Islands ships, Martell support and the Tyrell army ready for vengeance. That’s quite the list of allies.
However, there’s one alliance left on the horizon that might shock people.
Jon Snow may have been crowned King of the North, but he certainly wasn’t crowned King of Westeros. For that matter, we’re not sure he even wants to sit on the Iron Throne. All the Starks ever wanted was to be left alone at Winterfell — preferably with all their body parts intact — and for the North to gain its independence.
At the beginning of the series, that seemed like a tall order, but now it may not be so impossible.
Daenerys has already granted independence to the Iron Islands as payment for Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon’s (Alfie Allen) loyalty and support. If Cersei and the Lannisters turn out to be too much for her alone, it may be time for her to consider letting the North go and aligning with Jon Snow. If she attacks from the South, while Jon attacks from the North, there is no way this killer team can lose.
Unfortunately, there is one stumbling block on the road to this awesome alliance: Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was Robert “Usurper” Baratheon’s main man.
We can’t see Daenerys jumping at the chance to ally with House Stark, given that history.
Luckily, we we’ve already got a fix for that problem in sight. In Season 6, we received a few flashbacks that reveal Jon Snow to be the son of Lyanna Stark rather than Ned Stark. The other half of the equation, however, will most likely reveal him to also be the son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, making him Daenerys’ nephew.
Once Daenerys finds out Jon is a Targaryen — and a close relation to boot — she may be more willing to sit down at the table with him to talk terms.
We also predict that her Hand of the Queen, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), will come in handy in this process, seeing as he’s still technically married to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Their marriage may have been a sham for the most part, but these two parted on fairly good terms (regicide not withstanding), and their history should help pave the way for peace talks.
If Daenerys can get the North on her side — even if it means eventually giving up her claim to it — then she’ll have this war in the bag.
Right in time for the White Walkers to invade and start the whole thing over again, no doubt.