I have heard that elsewhere. I'm sure our heroes can get what they want and still not be very happy.
The Night King's goal is to destroy men. There are men in Winterfell including The Three-Eyed Raven who we were told is the world's memory. Two episodes to solve The Night King I can concede. Two episodes because he took a thousand mile detour to take on King's Landing on his own is just playing a game of Mark-it-down.
I forgot Royce from the Vale. I intentionally left out Melisandre.
I consider Melisandre, Edmure, Meera, Daario, Jaoquin, Hot Pie, Robyn Arryn, and any one from Essos or Citadel to be non-relevant or their stories are concluded. Some of them might show up or still have a part to play (Meera most likely with Mel next) but it feels like a stretch. I'd think Melisandre or any help she'd have drummed up (since she was banished from The North) would have shown up already.
The first white walker was created when a man tied to a Weirwood tree was stabbed with dragonglass. Bran and company are going to try and bait The Night King into Winterfell's Godswood where there is a Weirwood tree.
Maybe that mark on Bran goes both ways and The Night King has to go after The Three-Eyed Raven? The Night King didn't really march south until he'd killed the Three-eyed Raven and the new one Bran got dragged to The Wall. Maybe The Night King can't be further south than The Three-Eyed Raven?
I can accept, "I don't think The Night King will be defeated in episode three."
I will not abide the idea that it is because he just didn't show up for the fight and decided to take on King's Landing all on his own. Our heroes win and drive him off and he makes a run for King's Landing maybe. But that The Night King just bypasses Winterfell to take on King's Landing on his own so he can march back to Winterfell seems a patently ridiculous idea.
A thousand years and he's just going to leave two dragons, The Three-Eyed Raven, three armies, and the largest stronghold in the North to subordinates in order take on 20,000 men on his own?
If his men can handle it without him what does he need to go to King's Landing for? Why wouldn't he just wait and make sure it was handled? If he can handle the Golden Company on his own and after a thousand years he's just not going to wait and take the rest of his army bolstered by Unsullied and Dothraki and Northmen and another dragon or two south to handle the rest of the realm who don't really believe he's coming?
Two episodes with every character left in the story except six (Cersei, Bronn, Frankenmountain, Clyburn, Euron, Yara) gathering in Winterfell-- Jon Snow, Ghost, Sansa, Bran, Arya, Theon, Dany, Jorah, Missandei, Greyworm, Drogon, Rhaegal, Tyrion, Jaimie, Brienne, Pod, Sam, Gilly, Baby Sam, Ed, Tormund, Davos, Lyanna Mormont, Varys, Gendry, Dondarion, The Hound, The Unsullied, The Dothraki, The White Walkers, and The Army of the Dead. But this is a diversion? This is instead the greatest tease in the history of television? The creators don't care for the use of their limbs and are just going to have the villain kill the other villain and leave all those other characters and all of us with the bluest balls in the history of foreplay?
So The Night King wins and destroys the world and everything of men in it and then he and his army disintegrate to nothing?
Bitter the show is ending and likely at the cost of characters we'd rather not see dead. Sweet some of our characters get happily ever after.
Thanks. That was the polite and diplomatic post. "Angry Rant" doesn't begin to describe the first draft.
Episode Three climatic battle possibly with The Night King escaping.
Episode Four final confrontation with Night King if escaped and aftermath of battle.
Episode Five battle for King's Landing.
Episode Six coronation/marriage of Jon or Dany or Jon and Dany and happily ever afters of our characters.
What "more" is there to the story?
Sure. Makes a lot of sense. Much better to have spent an entire episode as the night before the climatic battle with nearly every character in the story we give a toss about facing their last night on the world and then not have the climatic battle in the next episode so you can keep three factions going longer. Far better to have your villain bypass our heroes to go kill the other villain.
Snow stabbed the wight they took to King's Landing with dragonglass and it just died. The Hound lopped off the wight's arm and Jon set the severed limb on fire then Jon stabbed the rest of the wight with dragonglass and killed it.
At Hardhome Snow shattered a White Walker with Longclaw but was not blowing up the wights with it.
In the episode where the dragon is killed the wights were not shattering when hit with either Longclaw or dragonglass.
When Sam killed the White Walker with dragonglass it evaporated after a moment of torment. Armor on either the White Walkers or the wights seems to offer protection from dragonglass. You've got to get it in them. In the episode where Hodor goes down we see that with Meera and the Children of The Forest in the cave.
I feel like they're setting us up too. I mean they added the crypts to the opening credits afterall. They just seem to have left out some important information thus far.
We only "need" the Reeds if both Jon and Dany make it through the coming battle. And then we only need Howland if Dany and Jon can't sort the entire thing out between them. If Jon doesn't give a toss, and doesn't make a claim it won't matter. Also at this point Dany or Jon or Dany and Jon will need to take the Iron Throne from Cersei who isn't a popular monarch. They won't need the Reeds to vouch for Jon with the rest of the realm since they'll be glad to see Cersei gone.
It is kind of funny. Cersei wants to do what Roberet didn't want to be bothered with holding court and dispensing favors and bossing folks around but she's chased all of them away. Euron showed up and there wasn't any court at court. Just the Queen's Guard, Clyburn, and some men at arms.
The thing with the dead Starks and a battle in the crypt that is bothering me is they haven't shown any bones or such like will often be shown in the style of catacomb/crypt they have at Winterfell. We've only seen stone coffins. The wight they took to King's Landing couldn't get out of the box they had it in. I'm not seeing how the dead Starks are getting out of their stone coffins. If there is some other way into the Stark crypt, sure we can have a mess down there.
But from what they've shown us it doesn't feel "fair" for the wight of Lyanna Stark to get out of her coffin to tear apart Gilly or Varys or Missandei or something.
Seems right. It did seem like she didn't know how to smile.
I think Jon is a sort of a one problem at a time kind of guy. Who rules at Winterfell or in King's Landing isn't important right now. Getting it together to fight The Night King is important right now. There aren't any other problems if they don't solve The Night King.
Theon is at the top of my list. With Ed from the Night's Watch, Greyworm, one or more of Brienne/Pod/Jaimie, up there as well. That dude Davos was talking to in the bread line is also a goner.
I'd guess Jon needs to command the entire battle or intends to go up against The Night King himself.
You've probably got the right of it. Although to be nit-picky knowing where Bran is and Bran going, "Come at me Bro" are a little different.
Maybe? I think we've only ever seen him seeing Bran when he was looking at him. As noted seems like the Night King probably just knows where the Three-Eyed Raven is.
Is that a point of fact? That was my first thought as well, "Is that the first time she's smiled?"
Got to give him credit for taking his shot.
Bran would need to be dead for Arya to take his face. Also I don't think that would work since I don't think Arya would then become The Three Eyed Raven.
The Night King can see Bran when Bran is trying to watch The Night King with his Raven Powers. Bran can send up a flare to draw in The Night King pretty easily.