Game of Thrones episode 2 brought more shocking revelations than the premiere did. New characters, new friends, and new obituaries filled the hour-long show to the brim, and yet we dare ask: what comes next?
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
Screen Rant revealed possible events for the future based on what has already happened in the books. These clues give light on what will happen after the pivotal events that happened in “Home.”
First, details about Tyrion’s “talk” with Rhaegal and Viserion in the dungeons of Mereen. The Imp fears that keeping the dragons in captivity would lead them to the same fate as the last Targaryen dragons, weak and stunted.
Tyrion cautiously releases the dragons from their chains, talking to them all the while. After finishing the ordeal, he asks Varys to punch him the next time he proposes such a “brilliant” idea.
But what is the significance of this, other than Tyrion realizing his childhood dream of seeing a dragon? The books tell us that it has something to do with Tyrion’s heritage as a Lannister and the Targaryen sigil.
All his life, Tyrion was ostracized by his family, with the exception of Jaime; even his father tried get rid of him the moment he was born. Despite having no concrete proof that he is not a Lannister, many claim that Tyrion is a secret Targaryen, emphasized by his father’s hatred of him and Tywin’s order to slaughter the Targaryens as some sort of revenge.
Farfetched as it may sound, this theory has gained more steam after Tyrion’s stunt with the dragons. How can he, a person they have never seen, come close to these monsters without getting crisped? Some say he will ride them along with another carrier of Targaryen blood (cough* Jon Snow cough*) when Daenerys returns to Westeros, the same way Aegon did with his sisters.
Next are the sudden deaths of the heads of two powerful houses: Balon Greyjoy and Roose Bolton. Both of them were killed by ambitious family members who planned on succeeding their respective houses.
Balon’s death was already coming, as he was already dead in the books before season 6 began. His brother, Euron Greyjoy, apparently half-mad after a long time pillaging foreign waters, throws him to his death.
Euron succeeding House Greyjoy is not yet confirmed in Game of Thrones but is very likely, as Yara is not seen fit to succeed due to her being a woman. According to the books, his contact with the supernatural during his voyages could possibly be a threat in the upcoming struggles.
While Balon’s death was expected, Roose Bolton’s murder caught many by surprise. Calculating and emotionless like Tywin Lannister, no one could have predicted he would suddenly become one of Ramsay’s victims.
The books reveal that his death will cause chaos in the north, more so now with Ramsay as the head of House Bolton. Along with their new ally, House Karstark, they now command the largest army in the north, and it will not be long until other houses choose sides.
Finally, the least surprising reveal of episode 2: Melisandre reviving the dead Jon Snow. His death did not sell with fans, who thought the death was untimely and a total waste of character, hence he must be revived
The rumor that he is a Targaryen has been going on for ages, and with this, the resurrection has gained more traction among fans. He is the son Rhaegar and Lyanna, the former the books predict to be the promised prince whose song is of ice and fire.
Being resurrected means Jon Snow will live and fight another day, literally. The enemy is currently unknown, but Melisandre’s vision tells us that he will fight in Castle Black, which means it could be against The Night’s King or Ramsay’s Northern Army.
Game of Thrones might finally give the answers that have plagued the readers for decades. They might as well watch the series for spoilers while waiting for The Winds of Winter to hit the shelves.