After a very long hiatus i return to this thread. I'm not one to nitpick a fantasy TV show so i have no issue with tactics/timelines etc. Given many of the overall themes of the show, getting bent out of shape about the lack of recoil on a giant crossbow on a boat while accepting dragons, warging and seeing through time seems rather silly lol. My thoughts on things so far and possibilities going forward;
Bran-I too, had felt that he was useless. His talent wasted while he continually let everyone die. I've since changed my mind on that. He's stated time and again he is no longer Bran Starck but the 3ER. As such, i believe, everything he has done has had a purpose. He alone orchestrated the defeat of the NK. Everything he did led to that end. So, over the last while if we look at everything he did as having a very specific purpose then i have to believe telling JS
his heritage has important implications-not for himself but for the realm. How that works out i don't know. However, if Dany does go mad queen and JS
has to put her down he also somewhat fulfills the prophesy of azor i think. I'll stress this point again-everything Bran says and does is for a reason-to manipulate future events.
Jaimie-I don't see his leaving WF and Brienne as running back to Cersei. I don't discount that possibility but i see him as very conflicted, not knowing what he wants or needs to do in KL but feeling he has to see this through till the end. I think the most likely outcome for him is to fulfill the witch's prophesy and kill Cersei.
Arya/Hound-The episode spent a great deal of time with close ups on Dany and those green eyes. Just Cersei and Dany with green eyes. Cersei, Mountain and hound only members left on Arya's list. Cleaganebowl is coming. Not sure how it ends but i could imagine a scenario that finds Arya helping out to kill the mountain and the hound being mortally wounded. This time Arya provides him the mercy killing striking the 2 from the list. Cersei? Dany? See above and below.
-speaking confidently on this is folly. I don't know. I believe the show has now gone to great lengths to show us Dany is cracking/has cracked and of course they've shown us time and again why she's not fit to rule. She could go full mad queen like i said above and JS
takes her down and becomes king. I would prefer a scenario where at the last second she realizes what she's become and understands that to break the wheel, an equal "Council" needs to rule the Realm of which she would certainly be a part (along with JS
and others from great houses left). To say i'm disappointed with Dany would be a vast understatement. She learns nothing. She has been witness to an insane amount of acts of loyalty and love-Jaimie for Cersei and his house then to the cause of the living, Theon to Yara and then to Sansa and the Starcks, JS
for everyone lol, The freefolk, Brienne etc etc etc. To bear witness to all of this then still insist on coming into a land where no one knows you, loves you, likes you or really wants you and think you can both take the crown and then keep it? Frankly it's moronic. I really would like her to wake up before the end and be a part of the solution but think it's likely too late.
Tyrion/Varys-If we look at who should rule, does it get any better than Varys? Selfless, measured and wise. Not saying it would happen or could based on rules but he's better than anyone. Tyrion disappoints lately and i'm not sure why they have written him this way. He's been weak and made quite a few errors in judgement. I hope he can have a redeeming moment or 2 before the end. He has a hard decision to make as Varys basically stated he'd assassinate Dany rather than see her rule as yet another tyrant.
Sansa-I don't buy the whole Sansa as queen theory. I get she's become a phenomenal mind and strategist in that regard but everything she's done over the last 2 seasons has been for WF and the north-an independent north. I'm not sure if we're done with her yet or not but i believe that any part she may play going forward will be to that end-helping Jon achieve the crown ensuring that WF is free or any number of actions that protect WF sovereignty.
Feel free to critique or comment. The next episode is going to be epic and will be the one people were expecting from ep3 in terms of character deaths imo