Game of Thrones. The television phenomena that left everyone anxiously waiting for Winter came and went over the course of a bloody decade. While the show was critically and publicly acclaimed, the final season left much to be desired. There are a number of plot threads abandoned or book arcs lost, some that may have garnered a better final season. So let’s gather up some of those loose ends and jump into some of those stories that the showrunners forgot. Here are 7 lost Game of Thrones plot points to pull into the light.
SPOILERS: You probably already know all there is to know about Game of Thrones. But if not there are spoilers ahead.
1. Lady Stoneheart
When I first heard that in the books Catelyn Stark became a revived corpse-like figure hell-bent on revenge for the Red Wedding well… I was a little shocked. In the books, Arya’s Direwolf Nymeria pulls Catelyn out of the river her body was disposed of in. Having been dead and in the water for three days she was a little… ripe. Beric Dondarrion of the Brotherhood finds her and kisses her- bringing her back to life with the help of the Lord of Light. The gracious nature she had in her first life is nowhere to be seen, and her wounds never fully heal. She can barely speak due to her slit throat and leads the Brotherhood in a revenge quest for the Freys. From there on out she goes by Lady Stoneheart and is a ghost-story whisper throughout the rest of the series.
Now all of that is pretty stupid cool, and fans of the book could not piece together why that would be excluded from the series. The showrunners do have their reasons though. In the Game of Thrones behind the scenes, book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon by James Hibberd, David Benioff and Dan Weiss explain three reasons for the character’s exclusion. One of them is that it had to do with spoilers for the upcoming book, and so they couldn’t quite elaborate on it. The other two were simply that they didn’t want to lose the integrity of Jon Snow’s resurrection or the Red Wedding.
They knew that Jon Snow would come back to life. And feared that if there were too many resurrections in the show the deaths would lose their weight. Furthermore, the Red Wedding was one of the most impactful moments of the series. Resurrecting Cat would water that moment down a little bit. They decided that sacrificing Lady Stoneheart to keep the emotional weight of the other two events was worth it. We kind of get why this Game of Thrones plot point was abandoned.
Remember that ominous lady with the mask on Qarth? Right, that’s Quaithe, appearing in season 2 and then disappearing without a trace. The question of who she was and where she came from was never answered. She called herself “no one,” perhaps alluding to a connection to the House of Black and White, but there was never any other clues to connect her there. In the show, she simply helps Dany find her dragons and boosts Jorah Mormont’s sense of purpose.
But in the books, she appears a couple more times with some prophecies. One of which goes into detail on whom she should not trust. “The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.” The meaning of this prophecy and who it refers to is still a mystery, as well as Quaithe’s origin and purpose.
Throughout the series, we met a couple of Wargs, people who can move their consciousness into animals. Considered a skill beyond the Wall, the ancient bloodline of the Starks lends itself to the genetic skill. Bran Stark is the most notable Warg in the series. But in the books, there were some more Wargs in the Stark family. When Arya was blinded on Braavos, the way she was able to survive was because she discovered that she was Warg. She Warged into a cat, using it to help her navigate and hide on Braavos. Over time she learns that she could do it with almost any animal.
Jon Snow could do it as well, although he was limited to Ghost. When Jon died, he Warged into his Direwolf and was one with Ghost until Melisandre brought him back. Jon used his ability to Warg into Ghost as an asset for the rest of the series. Jon Snow and Arya (More so Jon) were a little dry in the show, and this lost plot point loses some major cool points for both Jon and Arya. Not to mention the Stark family in general. The most likely reason it was cut out was because of how difficult the Direwolf effect was to produce on the show.
4. The Prince that was Promised
The Prince that was Promised was an old prophecy with an unknown origin, speaking on the coming of a saviour leader. There were many theories on who that might be; Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen, Stannis Baratheon, and Jon Snow all being strong contenders. But none of these people came into long term rule, and none of them brought peace or acted as a “saviour.” The Prince that was Promised never quite came into fruition as a Game of Thrones plot point and was just another of the many unfilled prophecies in the series. This did have a strong effect on Melisandre, who firmly believed it to be Stannis Baratheon. After his death, she lost her sense of purpose for a bit, and the Prince that was Promised was never seen in the show. Whether he will make an appearance in the books has yet to be seen.
5. Arya’s Revenge
Over the course of several seasons, we watch Arya grow from a spunky little girl to a hardened warrior. Training in the House of Black and White on Braavos, Arya learns how to literally steal faces… a skill she uses once. She never once breaks out her skills in the final season, which is more than a little disappointing. Furthermore, she has a list she relentlessly mutters of all the people she is going to kill one day; Cersei Lannister is on that list.
Melisandre also prophecies that she will shut “blue eyes, brown eyes, green eyes” forever. The blue ones eventually referred to the Night King (another complaint we’ll get to in a second) but what of brown and green? Specifically referring to Cersei’s emerald eyes. The obvious and best trajectory that we seemed to be on was that Arya was to kill Cersei using Jaime’s face. Not only would that have been a satisfying death and completion to both Arya and Cersei’s arc, but it would have been so much better than getting crushed by a bunch of rocks. The drama and spice that would have ensued were completely lost, and Arya’s shapeshifting ability was never seen again.
6. Jon’s Return
When Jon Snow is brought back to life, it’s made clear that he would have only come back if there was a reason for him to. For the rest of the show, both Jon and the audience are left waiting to see why Jon was brought back to life. There were some obvious theories, like killing the Night King or becoming king…. none of which happened.
At the very least, Jon should have been the one to kill the Night King. His entire arc over the whole show was leading to that moment, only for it to be given to someone else. While I love Arya, it’s clear to most fans that Arya should have killed Cersei while Jon got the Night King. Furthermore, I personally was rooting hard for Jon to take the Iron Throne. He was lined up for it in his shared Stark-Targaryen genes, it was his birthright, and it would have unified the North and South. Some could argue that he was brought back to life to kill Daenerys, but that feels a little weak. At the end of the show he disappears beyond the wall, and there’s a sense of purpose left waiting.
7. The Lost Targaryen
And to wrap us up, we have a massive character left out of the show completely. While Tyrion is on his way to Meereen to meet up with Dany, he meets a blue-haired boy named Young Griff. This boy turns out to be Aegon Targaryen, the son of Rhaegar and is another individual claiming the Iron Throne.
It had been believed that Rhaegar’s wife and children were murdered by the Mountain. Meaning that Aegon, who was an infant at the time, was switched out with another baby. Some speculate that Griff is not actually Aegon, but just another conspiracy for the Iron Throne made on a false claim. Whoever he may be, in the books he has a small army on Westeros and is gunning for the Throne. Whether he wins it is to be seen, but if he is actually Aegon, he has a strong claim to Throne. Griff/Aegon never make an appearance, nor are they even alluded to in the show.
There are so many discrepancies between the books and the Game of Thrones show, so many plot lines lost or forgotten, that it would take us days to uncover them all. While the show may have left a little to be desired, the books are still alive and kicking, and there’s a lot left to discover in Westeros.
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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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