Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part X


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will make predictions for those now in the Riverlands.


Arya Stark

A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home. -Arya Stark, Season 6 Episode 8, “No One”

Why spend two seasons with Arya in Braavos just to see her die a quick death after returning home? It just doesn’t make sense for her character. For one, she still has a list and the skillset of a Faceless Man.

One thing I will keep an eye on going forward is a potential reunion with Gendry. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Arya’s father, Eddard Stark, compares her to his sister, Lyanna Stark. Remember, she was originally betrothed to Robert Baratheon before being taken by Rhaegar Targaryen during Robert’s Rebellion.

Gendry, as we learned in Season 1, is the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. Ned also compared some of his features to that of King Robert in A Game of Thrones. How great would it if Arya and Gendry formed the relationship that Lyanna and Robert never had?

Anyway, Arya is safe.


Brienne of Tarth

All my life men like you’ve sneered at me, and all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust. -Brienne of Tarth, Season 2 Episode 8, “The Prince of Winterfell”

All Brienne of Tarth has ever wanted is to protect a royal personage she truly believes in. She swore her sword to Renly Baratheon in Season 2 and watched him die, and swore her sword to Lady Catelyn Stark but wasn’t around to protect her when she died. Not to mention, she failed to see Sansa Stark’s candle in the tower in Season 5.

But despite her many setbacks, Brienne finally completed a quest last season. She swore an oath of fealty to Sansa after saving her from pursuing Bolton men. But much to her dismay, Brienne went to Riverrun by orders of Sansa, once again being forced to trust others to protect her royal personage.

We last saw Brienne rowing away from Riverrun and waving goodbye to her forbidden other, Ser Jaime Lannister. She’s likely on her way back to Sansa at Winterfell. Brienne has made it known that she is ready to “give her life for Sansa’s if need be,” and as her sworn shield, she will likely stay off the battlefield.

But if Brienne were to die, her attraction to Jaime will likely be her downfall. But hopefully, Tormund will have something to say about that.


Podrick Payne

There has never lived a more loyal squire. -Tyrion Lannister, Season 4 Episode 3, “Breaker of Chains”

Siri’s favorite character!

After spending the better part of three seasons pouring wine for Tyrion Lannister, Podrick is now learning to fight thanks to Brienne’s daily lessons. Not to mention, he’s kind, extremely loyal, smart, and apparently has a way with women.

I will be very sad if Podrick dies this season. With that being said, I just don’t see it.


Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

You didn’t know me back in my time. You don’t know the things I’ve done. -The Hound, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”

After being left for dead at the end of Season 4, Sandor Clegane made his return last season, living in arguably the most peaceful community in all of Westeros. Unfortunately, the Hound’s peace did not last long, as rogue members of the Brotherhood Without Banners destroyed the settlement. In other words, those three men made a very big mistake.

After killing the perpetrators, the real Brotherhood offer the Hound a chance to join them and fight the “cold winds rising in the north.” It’s likely that the Brotherhood will join up with Jon Snow, the new King in the North, to fight the White Walkers. As Beric says in Season 6 Episode 8, “You can still help a lot more than you’ve harmed, Clegane. It’s not too late for you.” This makes it sound as if the Hound will be a key soldier in the war against the White Walkers, which should decrease his chances of surviving this season.

But why bring the Hound back just to kill him off a few episodes later? Not to mention, he’s had one of the most fascinating character arcs on the entire show. As Brother Ray told the Hound last season, “The gods aren’t done with you yet.”


Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr

That’s what we are: ghosts. Waiting for you in the dark. You can’t see us, but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear: Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down. -Beric Dondarrion, Season 3 Episode 4, “And Now His Watch Is Ended”

It’s common knowledge that Beric does not have a great track record of staying alive. He’s died six times, and has only come back because Thoros was right there to invoke the Lord of Light’s blessing over his corpse. It’s safe to say that Beric and Thoros are a package deal when it comes to death.

Overall, Beric and Thoros are really interesting characters who will surely get more airtime in Season 7. As for second chances, they are bound to run out sooner than later, especially with only 13 episodes left in the series.


Edmure Tully

Tell me, I want to know. I truly do. How do you live with yourself? All of us have to believe that we’re decent, don’t we? You have to sleep at night. How do you tell yourself that you’re decent after everything that you’ve done? -Edmure Tully, Season 6 Episode 8, “No One”

How can you not feel bad for Edmure? He’s a horrible archer, spent his wedding night in a dungeon, and turned the soldiers of House Tully against his uncle, Brynden “Blackfish” Tully, by orders of Jaime. As of the Season 6 finale, Edmure has returned to his prison cell because Walder Frey believed that killing his son-in-law “would not be right.”

Well, Walder Frey is dead, so will circumstances change in Edmure’s favor?

Westeros is a place where, under the right circumstances, former pawns can make huge power grabs. Edmure is the rightful Lord of Riverrun and House Tully, and has the support of the Tully army. He showed that he is capable militarily back in Season 1, and it’s likely that his experience as Walder Frey’s prisoner have taught him a lesson about making bone-headed moves in the high-stakes Game of Thrones.

It’s entirely possible that Edmure could escape his captivity. From there, he could try to rally Tully loyalists in the Riverlands or take up Jaime on his offer to live out his days in Casterly Rock in the company of his wife, Roslin Frey, and their newborn son.

But without any exceptional talents, it’s very possible that Edmure could die in Season 7. But with chaos still to come, there could be opportunities for him to enter the great Game of Thrones. Will he take advantage of the situation?


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131


Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part IX


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will make predictions for those now crossing the Narrow Sea and heading to Westeros.


Tyrion Lannister

I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime: I’m guilty of being a dwarf! -Tyrion Lannister, Season 4 Episode 6, “The Laws of Gods and Men”

If you look at it from a Game of Thrones dwarf perspective, it’s amazing that Tyrion Lannister is still alive. It’s obvious that Tyrion has a bigger role to play, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s immune to death.

No, I don’t think we’re going to see that death in Season 7. But remember, Tyrion killed his father, Tywin, back in Season 4. No matter how big of a jerk Tywin was to his son, Tyrion is now a “kinslayer.” The taboo of Westeros states that any person who kills a member of his own family is dubbed a “kinslayer” and cursed forever. Whether he is “cursed forever” remains to be seen.

Right now, Tyrion’s goal is to return to King’s Landing and help Daenerys Targaryen take the Iron Throne. That means returning to the scene of his kinslaying – King’s Landing. His siblings, Cersei and Jaime Lannister, have made it well-known that they will make their little brother pay for what he did to their father. But even if Tyrion somehow survives that conflict, there’s still a war with the White Walkers looming on the horizon.

Ultimately, there’s just too much for “the Imp” left to do. Not to mention, his great strategic mind could be an asset against the White Walkers. Tyrion’s death could be in the cards, but not until Season 8.


Daenerys Targaryen

I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms… and I will.Daenerys Targaryen

I mean, really? Come on now.



Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling. -Varys, Season 2 Episode 2, “The Night Lands”

Speaking of fish and paddling, Varys is now sailing into battle with the rest of Dany’s fleet. It’s certainly seems dangerous, but when have we ever seen anything surprise Varys? He has powerful allies in Houses Martell (or the ones who killed the Martells), Targaryen and Tyrell. Not to mention, Dany has three dragons.

Like Tyrion, I also think Varys has a role to play in the endgame. For one, we still don’t know what he heard in those flames when he was cut “root and stem.” Maybe those words could be revealed in Season 7. Not to mention, they could give more of a glimpse into what Varys could have planned. Because he always has something planned.



Not long enough to understand. -Missandei, Season 6 Episode 4, “Book of the Stranger”

Since Missandei first appeared in Season 3, her role has been to translate the languages of Essos for Dany as well as advise her on the culture and politics of the land. To this point, she has been highly useful. However, Dany is sailing for Westeros, a land that Missandei knows very little about.

In terms of her survival chances, look no further than the character of Ser Barristan Selmy. His purpose was to advise Dany about Westeros, but the writers knew that Tyrion would fulfill that role later in Season 5. As a result, one of the greatest knights in history would be killed off by the Sons of the Harpy in the first half of the season, shortly before Tyrion arrived. Selmy’s death was one of the few mistakes the show has made to this point, but that’s a rant for another time.

The point is that Missandei’s function, combined with an unclear narrative, has just about run its course. With more and more battles still to come, the writers will be looking for ways to make this story stand out. As tough as it would be to watch, killing Missandei would do that. While she is a big character, she’s not a character of great importance like Tyrion or Dany.

As for how she could die – who really knows at this point? Maybe she could get caught in the line of fire in a sea battle with Euron Greyjoy. My advice? Stay close to those dragons, Missandei.


Grey Worm

‘Grey Worm’ gives this one pride. It is a lucky name. The name this one was born with was cursed. That was the name he had when he was taken as a slave. But Grey Worm is the name this one had the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free. -Grey Worm, Season 3 Episode 5, Kissed By Fire

Grey Worm also joined up with Dany in Season 3, when the Unsullied nominated him as their leader. Since then, he’s helped her take Yunkai and Meereen, defended her regime against the Sons of the Harpy, and battled the Masters during the Battle of Meereen. Now, he’s headed to Westeros to face brand new enemies.

Although the Unsullied are quite talented and disciplined, they have never faced armored knights of the kind that Cersei and Jaime will likely send against them. In addition, they are of little use on water, which could be a problem if Euron attacks at sea.

Like his lover, Missandei, killing Grey Worm would definitely lend some emotional punch to Season 7. At this point in Game of Thrones, anyone can die at any moment. The Unsullied are the best fighting force in the world, but like Dany’s dragons, they’re not invincible. There’s a lot more fighting to come.

On the other hand, Grey Worm is one of the best fighters on the show. If Dany is smart, she will use the Unsullied wisely and pick her spots to attack. For instance, it would not be smart to send them out to kill knights in close quarters in an urban environment, like in Season 5 against the Sons of the Harpy.

However you look at it, Grey Worm will be in the line of fire, which only decreases his odds of making it out of this season.


Theon Greyjoy

Your name is Theon Greyjoy, last surviving son of Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, do you hear me? -Sansa Stark, Season 5 Episode 7, “The Gift”

As a boy, Theon was a hostage of Lord Eddard Stark and raised at Winterfell with the other Stark children. He never truly fit in, but when he returned to the Iron Islands in Season 2, he didn’t fit in there either. His father scorned him and his sister, Yara, ridiculed him. While trying to prove himself a true Ironborn at Winterfell, he was captured by Ramsay Bolton and mercilessly tortured for the better part of three seasons.

Last season, he once again returned home to the Iron Islands, and once again, Yara ridiculed him for his weakness. That moment cemented Theon’s new humble approach to life, as he gave up his claim to the Salt Throne to his sister. Now, as her chief adviser, he is sailing a large contingent of ships in support of Dany.

But even all of that still doesn’t excuse the terrible things Theon did to get to where he is now. He betrayed Robb Stark, he murdered two innocent boys, and wrongfully executed Ser Rodrik Cassel. He still has a price to pay, and that price is death, likely at the hands of Uncle Euron.


Yara Greyjoy

And she is your rightful ruler. Those of you that have sailed under her, and there are many of you here, you know what she is! She is a reaver! She is a warrior! She is Ironborn! We will find no better leader! This is our queen! -Theon Greyjoy, Season 6 Episode 6, “The Door”

I’m really torn on Yara.

On one hand, she would be a decent ruler of the Iron Islands. However, Euron is out to kill her and Theon. Is it possible that Euron could capture one or both of them?

Under that circumstance, it would not make sense for Theon to get captured and tortured by the next most evil person on the show outside of Ramsay. So it very well could be Yara, and it could end in another unnecessary death caused by Theon.


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part VIII


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will make predictions for the dragons and direwolves!



Dracarys! -Daenerys Targaryen, Season 2 Episode 10, “Valar Morghulis”

Drogon is the greatest killing machine on the show.

He is the most independent and fiercest of Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons. When the “Mother of Dragons” imprisoned two of her children, Drogon fled to the wild, where he grew larger than his siblings. When his mother is in danger, he always comes to her aid. He will get stronger and his bond with Dany will continue to grow in Season 7.


Rhaegal and Viserion

Viserion? Rhaegal? -Daenerys Targaryen, Season 5 Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”

This is where things could get interesting.

After spending the past two seasons locked away in a dungeon beneath Meereen, Rhaegal and Viserion are free and off to Westeros with everyone else. So far, nothing has been able to stop the dragons. But it is worth noting that Rhaegal and Viserion, at best, have provided aerial support for Drogon, who usually takes the lead in dangerous situations. Now, they are large enough to battle, which is not necessarily the greatest thing in the world.

I think Rhaegal and Viserion will get taken down in Season 7.

Showrunners Dave Benioff and D.B. Weiss need to raise the stakes, and killing off two of Dany’s “children” would certainly do that. Not to mention, the show has killed off direwolves at an alarming rate. Why not the dragons?

Granted, dragons are formidable fighting machines, but they’re still mortal. It’s also worth noting that Essos had not seen dragons for hundreds of years since they burned the masters’ fleet last season. Of course they were not ready for such weapons. But it was only a few generations ago that dragons were alive and well in Westeros. Maybe Queen Cersei Lannister could have something up her sleeve that could neutralize them.

But the biggest threat to the dragons in Season 7 will be Euron Greyjoy.


In A Feast for Crows, Euron Greyjoy brings a dragon horn, a.k.a “Dragonbinder”, to the kingsmoot when the ironborn choose a new King of the Isles and the North. Euron wins by promising to conquer Westeros with dragons. In A Dance With Dragons, a red priest named Moqorro says that the Valyrian glyphs on the horn read “I am Dragonbinder … No mortal man should sound me and live … Blood for fire, fire for blood.”

The horn has yet to turn up on the show, but if Euron has it, that could cause all sorts of problems for Dany.

There’s also the possibility that Rhaegal and Viserion are still mad that Dany locked them up in Meereen. Tyrion does say that “dragons do not do well in captivity” and that they are “more intelligent than men, according to some maesters.” Both of them could act up to the point where Dany needs to put them down.

No one on the show knows how dragons will react to long periods of captivity, and that could prove deadly.




The runt of the litter. That one’s yours, Snow. -Theon Greyjoy, Season 1 Episode 1, “Winter is Coming”

Now that Wun Wun isn’t around to eat up the CGI budget, Ghost should play a bigger role in Season 7.

If you look back at the other Stark direwolves, all of them died for a reason. Lady had to go to advance Sansa’s storyline, Grey Wind died during the Red Wedding, Shaggydog died as a precaution so the Umbers could hand over Rickon to Ramsay Bolton, and Summer had to sacrifice himself so Bran could escape the giant weirwood tree.

There’s just no reason for Ghost to die at this point in the story. How can one call Jon Snow the “White Wolf” without a direwolf?


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Will Tear America Apart

It’s actually happening.


Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0) will fight UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor (21-3) in a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. According to Yahoo, the fight could take place at either the MGM Grand Garden or T-Mobile Arena.

On paper, this fight seems to make sense. Both men are, in very different ways, “obnoxious” and fight in the 145 to 150 pound range. In addition, both fighters will likely get huge paydays, as McGregor pointed out a few months ago.

However, this fight between a boxer and mixed-martial artist will ultimately end in America tearing each other apart, limb from limb. All you need to do is look at the history of boxing, some of which involves Mayweather.


America Couldn’t Handle Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries

On July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson, an African-American and then-world heavy weight champion, defeated Jim Jeffires by technical knockout. (White) People were so angry at the result that they started riots across the country. Here’s the story of just one of the riots in New York:

In the “black and tan” and “San Juan hill” negro sections mobs set fire to a negro tenement house, hurled stones at windows, and tried to keep the occupants in by blocking the exits. The fire department routed the mob.

America Couldn’t Handle Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney

On June 11, 1982, Holmes, an African-American and then-WBC heavyweight champion, took on Cooney, who promoter Don King dubbed as the “Great White Hope.” At the time, there had not been a white world heavyweight champion in 22 years, and Cooney was looking to change that.

As you can imagine, there was a lot of racial tension and animosity leading up to the fight. Both white supremacist groups and African-Americans stated that they would have armed supporters at the fight. There was even a story that police put sharpshooters on the roofs of hotels surrounding Caesars Palace for fear of violence.

Holmes picked Cooney apart and eventually knocked him out in the 13th round to keep his title. But perhaps the bigger story was that two judges had Holmes ahead by just two points when the fight ended. If Cooney did not have three points taken away from him during the fight for low blows, Cooney would have been ahead on the judges’ scorecards.

Nothing brings out the worst in people like a boxing match.

Remember When Mayweather Fought Ricky Hatton?

You don’t believe Americans will root for McGregor because he’s not from America? Guess again.

Do you remember when Las Vegas was Ricky Hatton’s backyard for one night in 2007? Listen to the crowd before Mayweather’s entrance:

If I didn’t tell you the place of the fight, you would have thought it took place in Hatton’s home country of England. Despite the “Born in the USA” entrance, Mayweather was a man without a country that night. The crowd booed him mercilessly before he easily defeated Hatton via TKO in the tenth round.

Americans will have no problem rooting for McGregor.

Remember When Mayweather Fought Oscar De La Hoya?

The fight took place on May 5, 2007, also known as “Cinco de Mayo.” Keep in mind, De La Hoya is of Mexican descent, though he did represent the United States in the Olympics back in 1992. Anyway, here is how Mayweather came out to the ring:

Obviously, wearing the sombrero to the ring was very problematic. But the point is that Mayweather is not going to have many fans backing him in this fight, as shown by the chorus of boos he received on his way to the ring. Even if he were to do something offensive to insult McGregor’s Irish nationality, it really won’t make much of a difference since most of America is already rooting against him.

Remember When Adrien Broner Fought Marcos Maidana?

Broner, an African-American, fought the Argentinian Maidana in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome. The 5,000 mile distance between Argentina and Mexico did not seem to matter, as the fans made it clear who they were rooting for that night (from ESPN’s Dan Rafael):

He [Maidana] had Broner in serious trouble as he winged hard shots from all angles. Broner was holding on as the crowd chanted, “Chino! Chino! Chino,” Maidana’s nickname.

Not to mention, Argentina and Mexico do not have a lot in common. But on that night in 2013, they sure received Maidana as one of their own. I can’t imagine how many people will watch this fight wrapped in an Irish flag or in some type of St. Patricks Day apparel.


Remember When Mike Tyson Fought Lennox Lewis?

Most of America will become Irish on Aug. 23. Boxing promoters are very good at getting the public to believe that the underdog can emerge victorious. People don’t even need an emotional attachment to the fighter to believe. They just need a reason.

Back in 2002, Mike Tyson fought then-WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in Memphis. This fight was at the tail-end of Tyson’s career and he was three years removed from biting Evander Holyfield’s ear off. He just wasn’t the same boxer he was in his prime.

Tyson came out in the first round and got picked apart. It was clear he was not going to win that fight. But because he was Mike Tyson, there were people who said, “He’s still got a chance.” When it comes boxing matches, people will convince themselves of something and hold on to that belief for as long as possible.

Don’t trick yourselves into thinking, “It only takes one punch.” Don’t trick yourselves into thinking that McGregor can win this fight.

Mayweather-McGregor Will Not Go Over Well in America’s Current Environment

You have all seen what has happened to America since November’s presidential election. America is more divided than ever along not just political lines, but racial lines.

Mayweather has used race baiting to promote fights in the past. More specifically, he has used those tactics against Latinos (see Oscar de la Hoya). His uncle and former trainer, Roger Mayweather, used to refer to himself as the “Mexican Assassin” due to his many wins over Mexican fighters. In five of the past ten years, Mayweather has fought on Cinco de Mayo weekend. All five of those opponents were of Latin descent.

Unfortunately, McGregor has dabbled in some race baiting as well, though not nearly to the extent of Mayweather. In a press conference last year, he called the little brother of opponent Nate Diaz “a little cholo gangster from the hood.”

From the promotion to the real fight itself, Mayweather-McGregor is nothing but a clown show. McGregor has absolutely no chance of beating Mayweather in a boxing match. Don’t buy the fight. You will not only be wasting your time, but you will be furthering the divide of the United States of America.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part VII


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will make predictions for characters now in Dorne.


Ellaria Sand

We are everywhere in Dorne. I have ten thousand brothers and sisters. -Ellaria Sand, Season 4 Episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose”

Whether you like it or not, Dorne is an important site on the show. For one, Daenerys Targaryen will need to appease the people who rule it. If she completes her conquest of Westeros, she will need to install a ruler capable of keeping the peace among the people.

With two seasons left, it would not make sense to introduce more Dornish characters just so Dany can dispose of Ellaria and install someone else. It would be so much easier to just leave Ellaria alive and have her rule the South so we can all forget about Dorne.

Because we all want to forget about Dorne.


The Sand Snakes

The Sand Snakes are with me. They have the love of their people. They will avenge their father while you sit here in your chair doing nothing! -Ellaria Sand, Season 5 Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”

The Sand Snakes are incredibly expendable. They have been on the show for two years and have had little to no character development during that time.

Simply put, no one cares about the Sand Snakes.

Hopefully, we see some semblance of personality from one or two of them in Season 7, but die off they will.


Olenna Tyrell

Cersei stole the future from me. She killed my son. She killed my grandson. She killed my granddaughter. Survival is not what I’m after now. -Olenna Tyrell, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”


Olenna Tyrell is the “Ric Flair” of Game of Thrones: she is the dirtiest player in the game.

With one flick of her finger, she saved her granddaughter, Margaery, from marriage to the monster known as King Joffrey “Baratheon.” Best of all, Olenna did it before the marriage was consummated, so Margaery was still eligible to marry the next brother down. This eventually led to the deaths of Tywin Lannister, Myrcella “Baratheon”, and King Tommen “Baratheon.”

Now, only Queen Cersei Lannister remains. Olenna wants revenge and she may very well get it. Plus, we need more scenes like this in Season 7:


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part VI


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will make predictions for characters now in Winterfell.


Jon Snow

I don’t care if he’s a bastard; Ned Stark’s blood runs through his veins. He’s my king, from this day until his last day! -Lyanna Mormont, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”


Jon Snow became Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch through hard work and bravery. Unfortunately, some people didn’t see it that way. But thanks to Melisandre, Jon rose from the dead and “avenged the Red Wedding” when he defeated Ramsay Bolton last season. He is a hero in every sense of the word.

Jon Snow is not dying again.


Ser Davos Seaworth

“…there’s no hiding from this. We have to fight. And we need to do it together.” -Ser Davos Seaworth, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”

Ser Davos is one of the few characters on the show with little to no blood on his hands. Sure, he fought beside Stannis Baratheon for most of the series, but he played no role in Stannis’ questionable acts, such as killing Renly Baratheon or burning little Shireen Baratheon. Ser Davos combines pragmatism with honor, which is why he will likely serve as Hand to the King in the North. To even have a chance against the dead, Jon will need to recruit a lot more people to his cause. To do that, he will need persuasive people like Ser Davos at his side. Remember what he did at the Iron Bank for Stannis and his speech at Bear Island to Lyanna?


Sansa Stark

I did what I had to do to survive, my lady. But I am a Stark, I will always be a Stark. -Sansa Stark, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”

HOT TAKE: I think Sansa will die this season.

Right now, she has two options:

1) Support Jon Snow and his fight against the dead, essentially betraying Littlefinger’s “picture” in the process.

2) Side with Littlefinger and continue to play the “game of thrones” all the way to the Iron Throne.

I would place my money on the latter option. But would Sansa do that because she wants to rule? Or does she plan to foil Littlefinger’s plans and eventually kill him? Both are possibilities, but once again, I would go with the latter option. But is that the right option?

Littlefinger is one of the best “game-players” on the show. For one, he started the entire chain of events when he told Lysa Arryn to poison her husband, Jon Arryn. He also knows that the Starks have “quick tempers and slow minds.” Littlefinger will know if Sansa tries to pull something, and I don’t think that it’s entirely out of the question that he will cause her eventual death because of a potential betrayal.


Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but refuse. They cling to the realm, or love, or the gods… illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is. -Littlefinger, Season 3 Episode 6, “The Climb”

Besides Queen Cersei Lannister (who we’ll get to in a few weeks), Littlefinger is the next-easiest character to predict. He will die in Season 7, and likely at the hands of Sansa. She may not kill him directly – that could be Jon’s job – but she will certainly bring about his downfall.

Once Catelyn Stark died in Season 3, Littlefinger immediately turned his attention to Sansa. Unfortunately, she is unaware that he has brought nothing but destruction and devastation to her family, specifically her father back in Season 1. Littlefinger is out for himself, but with the white walkers on the horizon, there’s not much room left for those kinds of game players.

Not to mention, no one really cares about Littlefinger. On the other hand, Sansa could find out information from former allies that will make sure that she ends Littlefinger’s plan once and for it. There’s a number of potential informants:

1) Her former husband, Tyrion Lannister
2) Varys, one of Littlefinger’s rivals
3) The Hound, who was in the throne room when Littlefinger turned on her father
4) Her brother, Bran, who could learn about it via a vision

Chaos may be a ladder, but Littlefinger fall off that ladder to his death in Season 7.


Tormund Giantsbane

Plenty of little men tried to put their swords through my heart. And there’s plenty of little skeletons buried in the woods. -Tormund Giantsbane, Season 3 Episode 1, “Valar Dohaeris”

First off, can we take a moment to appreciate the greatness of this video?

Anyway, no character in Game of Thrones loves life more than Tormund. He’s loyal and a natural-born leader who genuinely cares for his fellow wildlings, as well as close allies like Jon. He survived the Battle for Castle Black, the Massacre at Hardhome, and the Battle of the Bastards. But unfortunately, this is Game of Thrones, and valar morghulis (all men must die). If Tormund keeps putting himself in the line of fire, how much longer does he really have left?

Unlike fairy tales, fan favorites on Game of Thrones get the horrible deaths (i.e. the Starks, Oberyn Martell, etc.). As much as I would hate to see it, Tormund could be next up. Much to his detriment, he is in the important-but-not-too-important character group, so the show won’t lose a lot if they decide to kill him off. I really hope it doesn’t happen, though.

Who else is going to hilariously gawk over Brienne?


Wyman Manderly, Robett Glover, Cley Cerwyn

THE KING IN THE NORTH! THE KING IN THE NORTH! THE KING IN THE NORTH! -All three of them, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Just to refresh your memory, they are the three main lords who pledged their house to Jon in the Season 6 finale.

All three could play a role in Season 7 and maybe earn a role in Jon’s new cabinet, but they don’t offer much in terms of advancing the plot. We don’t really know them and honestly, we don’t really care about them. If the White Walkers begin their assault later in Season 7, these three lords and their men will likely be at the top of the death list.


Lyanna Mormont

If they [House Mormont] are half as ferocious as their lady, the Boltons are doomed. -Ser Davos Seaworth, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”

Have you ever seen a more badass ten-year-old than Lyanna Mormont?

She’s fiercely loyal to Jon and possesses the leadership skills of her late uncle Jeor Mormont, the late Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Combine that with her ability to call out northern lords, and you have one of the most likable characters on the show.

Like most northern forces, House Mormont took a major hit at the Red Wedding, leaving them with a 10-year-old leader and only 62 men to offer the Starks in their time of need. But as shown by Ser Jorah Mormont, Lyanna’s cousin, the Mormonts are a tough out.

As enemies gather in the south, White Walkers march in the north, and winter freezes everything solid, Lyanna’s massive heart and fortitude will undoubtedly lift the spirits of everyone around her. Game of Thrones needs a character who can offer lightness in an ever-increasing dark world.


“Bronze” Yohn Royce

The beauty of the Vale is matched only by the nobility of its great families. Lady Arryn often told me that you were her rock, Lord Royce. -Littlefinger, Season 4 Episode 8, “The Mountain and the Viper”

Ever since Littlefinger pushed Lysa out the Moon Door, “Bronze” Yohn Royce has been the face of the Vale. He commanded the Knights of the Vale when they helped Jon and his troops at the “Battle of the Bastards.” In the Season 6 finale, he was the one upset about “wildling invaders.”

If the Knights of the Vale stay at Winterfell, Royce will likely be on the front line of the war with the White Walkers, which doesn’t bode well for his survival. Not to mention, he is not that politically savvy, which could be a problem if he picks a fight with Littlefinger again.


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part V


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will make predictions for characters now in Oldtown and Horn Hill.


Samwell Tarly

“I saw it with my own eyes on our way down to Castle Black. He drove a dagger into the walker’s heart. He risked his own life to save mine more than once. He’s a greater warrior than either of you will ever be.” -Gilly, Season 6 Episode 6, “Blood of My Blood”

There is a compelling case for Samwell as the most knowledgable character on Game of Thrones. As the former steward of Maester Aemon Targaryen, Sam knows all the great houses of Westeros and even penned responses to some of them. Now at the Citadel, he will only expand his knowledge on the history of the realm.

When it’s all said and done, I think Samwell will be the Grand Maester to the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms (which is a topic for another day). I mean – someone has to write a book about all of this, right?


Gilly and Little Sam

The thing about Gilly that’s so interesting… is after all that Craster’s done to her, she’s still got hope that life might get better.” -Samwell Tarly, Season 2 Episode 10, “Valar Morghulis”

Gilly has certainly come a long way from Craster’s Keep. Since then, Gilly and Samwell have fallen in love and formed one of the sweetest romances in the Seven Kingdoms.

Now at the Citadel in Oldtown, it’s safe to assume that Samwell will discover something pivotal as it relates to the looming war with the White Walkers. How long that will take, though, is unknown. That being said, it’s likely that Samwell and Gilly will stay at the Citadel for most of Season 7, which bodes well for Gilly and Little Sam’s survival chances. Not that anyone would want to kill a baby – thank goodness Janos Slynt is dead.

Granted, there could some threats lurking around Oldtown, similar to the A Song of Ice and Fire books. But barring something unforeseen, Gilly and Little Sam should make it through to the last season.



Randyll Tarly

I thought the Night’s Watch might make a man of you – something resembling a man at least. You managed to stay soft and fat, your nose buried in books, spending your life reading about the achievements of better men. I’ll wager you still can’t sit a horse or wield a sword… -Randyll Tarly, Season 6 Episode 6, “Blood of My Blood”

This guy is a first-class asshole. What kind of father threatens their son with death?

Not to mention, Lord Randyll is a loser. He fought with the Targaryens in Robert’s Rebellion and initially supported Renly Baratheon back in Season 2. As a vassal family to House Tyrell of Highgarden, Horn Hill’s forces will likely support Olenna Tyrell and Daenerys Targaryen. The Mother of Dragons is certainly no loser, but who knows what will happen in Season 7.

Randyll is not likely to show up that often in Season 7. If he does, expect him to exact revenge on Samwell for stealing the family’s valyrian steel sword and fleeing to the Citadel. With the support of Dany and her dragons, Randyll will likely make it to Season 8.


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part IV


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for their seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will cover characters now located beyond The Wall.


Prince Bran Stark

My dreams are different. -Prince Bran Stark, Season 2 Episode 4, “Garden of Bones”

Bran is now the Three-Eyed Raven, which means he has the power to see into both the past and future. He has some very important information to relay to Jon Snow and will likely uncover even more nuggets in Season 7. Bran has not yet learned how to control his power, which makes killing him off pointless.


Meera Reed

Some people will always need help. That doesn’t mean they’re not worth helping. -Meera Reed, Season 3 Episode 2, “Dark Wings, Dark Woods”

Meera is one of the few characters in Game of Thrones that is truly a good person. She may have lost her brother, Jojen, to the undead, but that has not affected her duties as Bran’s bodyguard, a role of paramount importance after Hodor held the door.

Considering the high mortality rate of all those who have tried to protect Bran, Meera’s survival chances don’t look so good. However, someone needs to carry him, protect him and march through the cold winter to get him where he needs to go. Why not Meera?


Benjen Stark

The great war is coming, and I still fight for the living. I’ll do what I can… as long as I can. -Benjen Stark, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Like Jaqen H’ghar and Daario Naharis, I’m torn on whether we will see Benjen Stark in Season 7.

Notice how I said “Season 7.”

Before rescuing Bran and Meera last season, Benjen had not appeared since Season 1. In other words, last season was a cameo appearance. Cameos don’t come back each season. Otherwise, they stop being cameo appearances.

So I do believe Benjen will return at some point – just not in Season 7. He’s more likely to come back in Season 8 once the “great war” has begun.


The Night King

The true enemy won’t wait out the storm. He brings the storm. -Jon Snow, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

That’s an understatement.

The Night King is the most powerful character on the show. Not only does he command a large army of undead, but he can turn the recently deceased with a mere raise of his arms. His army only grows larger with each battle.

So how in the world can anyone defeat the Night King?

Well, it’s worth stating that the Night King was created by the Children of the Forest as a way to defend themselves from the invading First Men, who were cutting down their sacred Weirwood trees and slaughtering fellow “Children.”

The Night King and his fellow White Walkers have two known weaknesses – obsidian (a.k.a. dragonglass) and Valyrian steel. But even if every living person in Westeros possessed these weapons, it would be extremely difficult to kill the army and Night King’s lieutenants, let alone the leader himself.

The Night King is heading south towards the Wall and – let’s be honest – will likely succeed in invading the lands of men. As for defeating the living, that may have to wait until Season 8 after everyone in the South stops fighting over a stupid iron chair.

In the end, I do believe the Night King and his army will defeat the living and ultimately return to the Lands of Always Winter, but that’s a theory for a different day.


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part III


HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for their seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.

This week, I will cover characters now in unknown locations.



The night is dark and full of terrors, old man, but the fire burns them all away. -Melisandre, Season 2 Episode 1, “The North Remembers”

I hate Melisandre. I mean… how can you not?

Thank goodness Jon Snow sent her packing from Winterfell.

Melisandre has headed south, so it would make sense for her to run into someone heading in the opposite direction – like the Brotherhood Without Banners. For one, she can reunite with a fellow red priest, Thoros of Myr. That would certainly make for some very insightful conversations about the Lord of Light.

Granted, if she does head back north with the Brotherhood and they end up at Winterfell, things could get ugly. Ser Davos Seaworth promised to execute her if she came back and I don’t see any reason he should go back on his word.

But the fact is that Melisandre is too interesting to kill off now. Will anyone find out about her true age? How did she develop her powers? What other abilities does she own? As much as it pains me to type this, there’s just too many unanswered questions.


Ser Jorah Mormont

I love you. I’ll always love you. -Ser Jorah Mormont, Season 6 Episode 5, “The Door”

Remember when Ser Jaime Lannister said, The things I do for love, before pushing Bran out of the tower window?

Now think about all that Ser Jorah Mormont has done out of love for Daenerys Targaryen – ignoring his multiple banishments from Meereen, capturing Tyrion Lannister, fighting off the Stone Men in Valyria, contracting grayscale, getting captured by slavers, spending time in Meereen’s fighting pits, saving Dany in the ambush by the Sons of the Harpy, and saving Dany again at Vaes Dothrak.

Jorah just won’t go away.

Sure, Jorah has done some not-so-cool things in his life such as selling slaves and spying on Dany for Varys. But he’s never been a bad person. He is a brave man who, again, has saved Dany’s life on multiple occasions.

But unfortunately, he had to go away when he revealed to Dany that he contracted grayscale.

So where will Jorah find this cure? It’s certainly out there, as Stannis Baratheon pointed out in Season 5. But will he find it in time? That is the big question.



You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be my lady. -Gendry, Season 3 Episode 5, “Kissed by Fire”

Well, it’s about time Gendry showed up.

Last time we saw him, Davos freed him from Dragonstone and told him to head back to King’s Landing, specifically Flea Bottom, where he was born. But wouldn’t make sense for him to somehow return to the Riverlands and reunite with the Brotherhood Without Banners? This would also make for a potential reunion with Arya Stark, his lady, as well.

In terms of the big picture, Gendry could certainly play a role in the battle against the White Walkers. His experience as a blacksmith would go a long way in terms of potentially crafting Valyrian steel swords. As of now, only Jaime, Jon, Samwell Tarly and Brienne of Tarth have a Valyrian steel sword. Other ancestral swords, such as the Tarly’s “Heartsbane”, will likely show up over the next two seasons.

Gendry is also the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. This will come up at some point, though maybe not in Season 7. It would be awesome to see him survive the war against the White Walkers and revive House Baratheon, with Arya as his lady.


Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Colin Kaepernick *May* Be Getting Blackballed from the NFL

It’s been almost two weeks since the NFL Draft, and Colin Kaepernick still does not have a job in the National Football League.

Keeping in mind that he underwent offseason shoulder surgery before the 2016 season, Kaepernick played in twelve games. He ended the season with 2,241 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, four interceptions, 468 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. According to NFL analyst Cian Fahey, Kaepernick is one of the more accurate passers in the NFL and the wide receivers on last year’s 2-win San Francisco 49ers squad dropped a lot of catchable passes.


So why doesn’t Kaepernick have a job in the NFL? Well, the popular theory is that he is getting “blackballed” from the NFL for not standing during the playing of the national anthem before each game. There is certainly evidence that this is the case.

Fans burned his jersey.

Former NFL quarterbacks referred to his actions as “an embarrassment.”

Anonymous NFL executives have called him “a traitor.”

He got blamed for the NFL’s drop in ratings. Guess who?


He’s also received death threats, for what that is worth.

So Kaepernick is getting blackballed… right?

A few weeks ago, Tim Kawakami of the San José Mercury News said that his line of blackball demarcation was Kaepernick’s former teammate – quarterback Blaine Gabbert. In other words, if Gabbert got an NFL job before Kaepernick, then we need to start asking some serious questions about whether the NFL is blackballing Kaepernick.


Well, Gabbert just got a job with the Arizona Cardinals. Keep in mind that Gabbert lost his starting quarterback job last season to Kaepernick after five games and finished the season with five touchdowns and six interceptions.

This prompted Kawakami, as well as Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, to write a column on the “disinformation” surrounding Kaepernick.

“Kaepernick is not in football shape.”

Apparently, he’s back up to “2013 playing weight” of 230 pounds. So clearly, his vegan diet is affecting his muscle mass, right?

“Kaepernick wants too much money.”

This is false because he has not even had one meeting with an NFL team. He’s not demanding $9 to $10 million per season, which is popular theory among NFL circles. Yesterday on ESPN’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, The Nation‘s Dave Zirin said this about Kaepernick’s “demands”:

None of that is true. I spoke to Kaepernick and what he said was that he was training every day. He’s in the best shape of his life, he loves football, he wants to play, and then I spoke to people around Kaepernick… and they said to me that they have gotten no calls… You’re talking about a total ghosting of Colin Kaepernick… He’s asking for an invite to [training] camp and he’s asking for a sit-down and a meeting. We’re talking the most barebones level. He’s asking for some kind of engagement with the National Football League and the chance to play quarterback in the National Football League and that is not being offered to him.

So NFL executives are willing to call and see what Gabbert wants as opposed to Kaepernick? Interesting.

So… blackballed?

Well, let’s pump the brakes for a second.

Based on the evidence above, it is certainly fair to question whether Kaepernick is being blackballed. However, it’s hard to say that in a definitive statement because the concept of “blackball” is very difficult to prove.

Here is the more important question:

Why are people so confident that Kaepernick is not getting blackballed?

It’s important to point out that “quarterback” is the scarcest position in all of sports. It’s very difficult to find a decent quarterback, let alone a good to great quarterback. It’s crazy to think that an NFL team won’t even have a meeting with a quarterback who has played in the Super Bowl and has won multiple playoff games.

“Kaepernick is not good anymore. He doesn’t fit in many NFL offenses.”

How many systems does Gabbert fit?

More importantly, how many systems did Michael Vick fit? From 2009 to 2015, three different NFL teams signed Vick to back up their current starting quarterback. So a team wouldn’t have to change their system to accommodate Vick, a mobile quarterback who was on the verge of getting run out of the NFL before getting sent to prison?

Even if there is no concerted effort by the NFL to keep Kaepernick out of the league, how can anyone say that the issue is not related to the national anthem or the work he does to advance the cause of marginalized people in the United States?

“Signing Kaepernick would be bad public relations.”

So is this bad PR?


Community first !! 100suits & Colin Kaepernick @ Queens parole

A post shared by Kevin Element Livingston (@100suits) on Apr 30, 2017 at 5:28am PDT


Wouldn’t our country be a lot better if people who got out jail could find jobs? If those people do not have jobs, what do you think is most likely to happen?

The work that Kaepernick is doing is worthy of the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Is this the bad public relations?

Or what about this:

There was zero distraction. He met with the team immediately after [his first protest]. He met with the other team leaders. He explained his position and where he was coming from. And literally, that was it. Colin was focused on football. He was all about the team and trying to help us win.

This is a direct quote from then-49ers head coach Chip Kelly, who was once questioned for his ability to get along with independently minded black players.

It seems like there were not any problems with Kaepernick.

So what is the “bad PR?”

Here’s another important question – do you think Kaepernick provides bad PR for black people?

The point being, this bad PR is another way of saying that, “We are scared that white people will not tolerate Kapernick’s presence.”

White fans in Philadelphia sure got over Vick and his dogfighting scandal. The Cincinnati Bengals sure got over Joe Mixon punching a woman back in the 2014.

It seemed like fans in San Francisco were tolerant of Kaepernick. Granted, the Bay Area is a bit more liberal than other places, but it’s not like the population isn’t majority-white.

This “intolerance” of Kapernick is not bad PR. It is fear that people are too racist to deal with Kaepernick and his views, which is likely not true. There is no way that all the charity work he has done is bad PR.


Again, it is difficult to definitely say that the NFL is blackballing Colin Kaepernick. On the other hand, no one can definitively say that he is not getting blackballed either.