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Game of Thrones: The Winterfeld Crypts and War on the Night King

Beginning Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the boy who lived, for the first time since his childhood, fits into the magical realm, his chaperon Hagrid conveys a little wizarding worldly wisdom: "Gringotts", says the half giant Harry, "is the safest place in the world, for everything you need to protect yourself – except maybe Hogwarts."

It's an oft-repeated mood in Harry's saga the way the masses seek Comfort in the face of death. But, Spoiler: From the moment that Hagrid praises the protective value of these fine institutions, it comes to a catastrophe. Gringotts witnesses break-ins, mind-control, and the flight of a fire-breathing kite smashed on the ceiling. Hogwarts, meanwhile, houses deadly beasts, abusive teachers, countless cases of stolen identity, a tournament that leads to mutilation and death, more air accidents than anyone except Hermione, the Great Spell War, and the actual murder. And these are just the cruelties that fit on the back of a chocolate frog card!

The mantra "No safe place!" Is a myth disguised as a truism and repeatedly exposed as the ridiculously naive dissociation of the bloody reality that plays every year in the halls of Hogwarts. It is also in danger to pass the Misnomer Championship Belt to the Winterfell Crypts this weekend.

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9459003) Game of Thrones (19459004) a prominent representative of Stark's identity and a location for some of the key conversations on the show. We saw Robert put a feather into Lyanna's stone hand, a sign of his immortal and deadly love. We have seen Bran and Rickon and their protectors seek protection from those who would harm them. We saw Sansa and Littlefinger speaking in front of Lyanna's grave to talk about the weight of the past. We saw Jon challenge Littlefinger as an intruder and say, "You do not belong here." We saw Arya and Sansa reunited in front of Ned's grave, talking about the horrors that have torn their families apart. When Sansa realizes that everyone who knew Ned's face is dead, Arya says, "We are not," a mark of endurance that drives her. We saw Sam reveal the truth of Jon's descent from Lyanna and Ned's bones, and Jon shares that truth with Dany in the shadow of the mother he never knew.

We have always known that the Winterfell crypts are elemental to this story, a representation of identity and heritage, especially for Jon, who dreams of them in every book. In A Game of Thrones The First Part of the Series A Song of Ice and Fire tells Jon Sam of such a dream: "The old kings of winter are down there" He says: " They sit on their thrones with stone wolves at their feet and iron swords on their laps, but I'm not afraid of them. I scream that I'm not strong, that this is not my place, but it's not good, I have to go anyway.

These nocturnal taunts are based on Jon's sense of unworthiness as a bastard, but also reveal his later descent. But the crypts are Jon's place. Jon tells Theon in season seven, "You do not have to decide." Theon can be a Greyjoy and a Strong, and Jon can be a Targaryen and a Stark. The Season 8 "Crypts of Winterfell" teaser trailer seems to reinforce this idea by placing Jon as the Starkdom halls next to the family where no real name can rob him.

He also gave a first indication that the crypts would do so. Be central in the 8th season, an issue that reinforces the rest of the campaign for the preseason campaign. The crypts are prominently featured in the main trailer, and the trailer "Aftermath" appears to depict Roberts Feather and a Direwolf statue guarding the crypt's entrance, and other associations covered with snow and debris:

But in The second episode of Season 8, the magnificent "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms", transforms the underground cemetery: From a harbinger and a lens, through the viewer and Jon, the question of how the ghosts of the past shape one's own sense of self in the present , consider a roaring siren signaling that the ghosts of the past will actually emerge from their rock shells to brutalize the living.

In Chekov's Crypts, Episode 2 mentions eight (eight!) Mentions. Gendry said to Arya: "In the crypts it will be safer, you know"; Gilly tells a frightened city woman, "When the time comes, you'll be in the crypts. They are the safest place to be. Gilly then told the scarred Shireen representative, "I'll be in the tomb with my son, and I feel much better with you to protect us"; the sweet young child replied, "Alright; I will then defend the tomb, "Jon tells Bran," We'll take you to the tomb where it's safest. "Dany tells Tyrion," They'll be in the tomb, "because she needs him to keep the battle alive Sam tells Jon of Gilly and Little Sam, "They'll be safe in the tomb," and Jorah tells Lyanna, "You'll be safer in the tomb."

They all went to a Hagrid-TED conversation Even one of the above lines would have compounded the already feverish cryptocentric speculation in the costly Battle of Winterfell episode 3 of Episode 3, but the volume of overt references to the security of the crypt, the cross-line phrasing of the mirror and the one on it following concentration of key figures who are not protected by actions protected in the dark depths, there is a likelihood that some catastrophic or at least highly relevant phenomenon will be among them

With the proviso that it would be a vintage throne to make the public theorize in one direction, just to cut off the head of that particular obsession, Let's Investigate What the Crypts Can Provide Other Than Certainly

Dead Starks Arises Out of the Grave

When Littlefinger still sets his first accent, he whispers angrily after Ned unleashes his chokehold against the brothel wall: "Ah , the Starks. Fast mood, slow spirits. "It's hard not to think about that assessment, as cruel as it was when our favorite family sends legions into a closed room full of corpses, while a villain famed for raising the dead is a kind of thing! – marches at home.

In Game Ned and Robert enter the Crypts to visit Lyanna's grave. As he passes the dead, Ned recalls, "In the old custom, each of the gentlemen of Winterfell had an iron long-sword put over their laps to keep the vengeful spirits in their crypts. The Elder had long since rusted to nothing and had left only a few red spots where the metal had been on stone. Ned wondered if that meant that these spirits could now walk freely around the castle. He did not hope.

This always felt like an antecedent, like another line about one of Jon's recurring Winterfell crypts dreams: "When he turned around, he saw the vaults opening one after the other. As the dead kings stumbled out of their cold black graves, Jon had woken up in pitch-dark tones, his heart pounding. "

Legend has it that Bran the Builder erected the Wall and Winterfell among other buildings; Could the magic embedded in the wall to keep the White Wanderers away exist in the Crypts as well, perhaps in the swords that act as a barrier between the world of the living and the dead? And if they rusted or disappeared, does that mean that their power is too? 19459003 A clash of kings, 19459004 Bran, Meera (who is already in the books with Bran at the time), Osha and Co. even take a few swords after their escape – including Ned, Rickard and Brandon's graves.

It is reasonable to wonder what might even emerge from the grave at this point. The old kings of winter are certainly dust, and Ned, who had lost his head, was fried out of disjointed bones and packed in a box that seemed to take years to reach Winterfell. But what about Lyanna? Or Rickon, who was buried only after the Battle of the Bastards? Some fans believe that a Wight needs tissue or muscle fibers to move, but we have seen Skeleton Wights before. Here is a clear view of the Battle of the Fourth Season in front of the Cave of the Three-Eyed Ravens:

If the dead, however decayed, rise from their graves, they can immediately attack the most vulnerable, least armed inhabitants of Winterfell , Unless one of High Septon Maynard's cunts or his steps has taught Gilly how to instantly turn a plethora of untrained city dwellers into capable warriors capable of fighting the dead. The risen Lord would certainly trigger some sort of fear that our heroes rarely had to face. Could the trailer shot of the typically fearless Arya, who seems to panic, not flee from the death of which she had simply praised telling Gendry that she would like to meet him, but in front of the face of a relative, of evil magic is revived? Presumably, the heroes on the battlefield know that the living who fall into the Night King's army will also be resurrected, as will Karsi, the mother of Hardhome, who promised her children she would come to them in a moment ( Cough Gray Worm), only a moment later become blue-eyed servants of darkness. As terrible as this prospect is, it is almost inevitable even in a battle that does not allow routine pauses to burn the dead. However, our friends in the Crypts are not ready to see if Rickon can now walk in a different direction since he is a corpse.

It is also worth considering whether the raising of the dead from Winterfell could be a grave misjudgment of the role of the Night King – if the Night King is indeed in Winterfell and does not split his forces, making a fugitive attack on King & # 39; ; s landing starts. If the crypts were infused with magic to prevent such resurrections and were indeed constructed to combat the forces that had originally heralded the Long Night (more on that in a nutshell), then increasing the long-lost Starks could be ours Heroes may give an unexpected event ally to swing a battle that was otherwise believed lost. In the world of ice and fire, swords such as Chekhov's gun and John Wicks's pencil tend to kick in as soon as they are introduced. Why bury the dead with blades, unless they have to carry them?

Rhaegar's Harp

Not all great warriors want it. In the seventh season, before Dany agrees to have Jon dismantle the kite, she says, "We all enjoy what we can." Jon answers with sincere sadness, "Not me." Jon is a gifted warrior and He has much of it spent his life fighting, but his gifts are a burden for him. He does not love violence. His father Rhaegar Targaryen was also not famous for his silver hair and the silver strings of his signature harp.

As a boy, Rhaegar always had his nose in a book until one day he saw something in a volume that changed his CV. Fans have long suspected that what he read was part of the legend of the prince who was promised, since Rhaegar was convinced that he and then his son would be the prophesied savior. He then declared, "I need sword and armor. It seems I have to be a warrior.

And he won the notorious tournament in Harrenhal, where he named Lyanna Stark the Queen of Love and Beauty. But he never loved killing. He loved music. Characters repeatedly mention his harp and melancholy songs in the books, and we have also heard that his affinity for serenades was narrated by him. Ser Barristan tells Dany about Rhaegar's passion for music, and we hear Dany repeat those words to Jon in Season 8 when he stands in front of Lyanna's grave.

There is no more suitable place for observation, for Thrones [193] had obsessive with certainty that Rhaegar's harp is in Lyanna's grave. Ned Stark broke the tradition by making statues for his sister Lyanna and his brother Brandon in the Crypts. Previously, only the kings and lords of Winterfell were anchored in this way. We know that Ned loved Lyanna so much that he made his last promise to her by making Jon his own to protect him from Robert's wrath, despite the cost of his honor and his wife Catelyn, and it is possible that the statue is just a statue another sign of that love. Ned says to Robert, "She was a strongman of Winterfell. This is her place.

It is also possible that the statue serves a different purpose: proof of Jon's descent. The majority of the kingdom still believes today that Rhaegar kidnapped and raped Lyanna. His harp, the symbol of his love and grace to place with Lyanna, would help solidify the infatuation after Rhaegar's secret annulment had married her. Ned would not have put any piece of the man who had abused his sister into her grave. We saw Dany react to this when he heard the truth of Jon: The word of Bran, a teenager who seems to have consumed too much CBD oil, is not enough for many in the seven kingdoms. Sam's copy of High Septon Maynard's journal should be, but for some, like Dany, the fact that Sam is so close in Team Jon will weaken the strength of his proof. It is not likely that Howland Reed will show up to tell first hand what happened in the Tower of Joy, making any evidence indispensable.

Jon has already flown the Dragon Rhaegal named after his father. The showrunners said that in their world only Targaryen's dragon can ride. Nobody should need more proof but these are stubborn people who in some cases enjoy burning their enemies alive. Rhaegar's harp would be convincing proof to many, an embodiment of love and descent. In 19459003 Clash as Dany travels through the Immortal House of Commons, she sees her brother in a vision, with a wife and a baby he calls Aegon – a name suitable for a king. The name his first son wore, but also the name Lyanna gave his second. "Will you make a song for him?" Asks the woman in the vision. "He has a song," he replies. "He is the prince who was promised, and he is the song of ice and fire." Then he takes a harp.

It is possible that the show has no time, especially in the battle of the battle, to find the string in which she finds the strings of Rhaegar. Perhaps the harp-like appearance of the O in the Game of Thrones logo must satisfy readers of books. But if the night king's army breaks up the graves, it may be something else but a skeleton.

In A Storm of Swords Littlefinger says to Sansa: "A harp can be as dangerous in the right hands as a sword." From a certain point of view nothing is more dangerous than the truth about Jon's descent.

A way out (or Gulp, a way in)

Winterfell is as tall as Jon's load now, but the crypts are even bigger, deeper, and wider than today's view of the castle allows understand. Due to its size and its ancient origins, the castle, the crypts and the terrain contain many secrets, including passages known only to a few.

In Season 2, Maester Luwin tries to persuade Theon to take the black man where his sins are forgiven. Theon notices as the horn of the attacking soldier beats mercilessly that he will not make it more than 10 feet when he tries to leave the castle where Northmen (who we will soon learn to belong to Ramsay) are waiting for. "There are possibilities," says Luwin Theon. "Hidden passageways built to allow the Lords of Winterfell to flee."

Could these paths be in the crypts? We know that Theon will be in the Godswood to protect Bran from the Nightking, but the fact that he has that knowledge and is back in Winterfell, when it matters most, seems to bear fruit. If our heroes lose the fight, the survivors may escape through a hidden exit and climb aboard Drogon and Rhaegal. Can dragons ride the dragons? Sorry? – and flee.

But a way out is of course also a way out. Theon is not the only one who knows the secrets of the castle. When Bran was a boy, he loved climbing and exploring every inch of the castle until he realized his secrets in a way that was unusual for any man. In that sense he was, at least long ago, the Three-Eyed Raven. An Example from Game: "He knew that you could penetrate the inner wall at the South Gate, climb three floors, and run Winterfell through a narrow tunnel in the stone and then come out floor height at the North Gate, with a wall of one hundred feet Wall. Even Maester Luwin did not know that Bran was convinced. "

As Zach Kram, one of Greeninger's Ringer in his battle for Winterfell observed the connection between Bran and the Night King could mean that if Bran knows the secrets of the castle, these secrets one Out of the Crypts – where Bran, Rickon, Osha, Summer, and Shaggy hid from Theon in the second season – the Night King might be able to acquire this knowledge through his knowledge of the Three-Eyed Raven.

The showrunners cite Helm's Deep, the legendary battle in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as an Influence for the Battle of Winterfell; In this movie – a 17-year-old spoiler alert – a mammoth orc pushes into the previously impregnable wall with a bomb he finds in a drain. The heroes are ultimately able to maintain a degree of security in the fort until Gandalf arrives with reinforcements. This does not necessarily indicate a parallel of invading the crypt and disrupting holiness inside by creating a new entrance, but the Night King or its forces might be able to choose a masked path that already exists; to invade secretly and pursue their main task, or to plunder their enemy by shaking off this perceived sense of well-being, making the fortress and its defenders vulnerable to infiltration.

The Great Other

It is possible that the Night King in Winterfell has a different destination than Bran, who reveals in "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" that the Night King comes with many for him Three-Eyed Ravens. "For years, countless theories have explored the possibility that the Great Other, the God of Darkness and the counterweight to the Lord of Light, could be locked up in the Crypts – and that the Crypts and Winterfur really exist to contain it.

Note that unlike all other prominent castles in history, we do not know why Winterfell is so named. We can logically conclude that it was literally the place where the death, the cold, and the darkness as the Great Other embodied literally fell. Winterfell is the seat of power in the north, and yet, as Kram recognized in its combat animation, it is not positioned near a shore or a prominent river or lake, as is the case with most fortresses. Perhaps Bran the Builder chose this place because the Battle for the Dawn, which closed the Long Night 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, took place there.

The crypts are located below the first fortress, which, despite architecturally-driven time stamping disputes, was probably the first construction of the castle and spread over the aeons. They are as old as the place itself. Perhaps the Starks earned the nickname "Kings of Winter" because they literally ruled over winter, and they may say, "There must always be a strong in Winterfell," because that's the part the maintenance of the magic that includes this power. Critics will rightly note that for a significant portion of our story has not become a Stark in Winterfell – from Bran and Rickon's escape in the second season to Sansa's return to swimming in the fifth season Starks, Winterfell or civilization ever since!

It is also reasonable to note that we have not yet seen anything in the crypts resembling the Great Other, but despite all the time we have spent in these underwaters, we have seen only a fraction of them. In Game Bran says, "The vault was dizzying, longer than Winterfell itself, and Jon had once told him that there were other levels underneath, vaults even deeper and darker where the older kings were buried. "Some of these levels have partially collapsed, so the foot traffic is highly unlikely, maybe even impossible.

However, this theory can be supported beyond all visual evidence: while the rest of Winterfell thanks to the natural hot springs that pump steaming water through the water, positively infects castle and land, the crypts are cool. In Game Ned thinks, "It was always cold down here," as he leads Robert down to Lyanna, and in this section, in an almost personalized way, he thinks of the stinging draft: "He could feel the cold comes up the stairs, a cold breath from the deepest earth. "

In the trailer" Crypts of Winterfell "we see this cold breath through the crypts towards Jon, Sansa and Arya.

This fog could certainly represent the Night King or his incoming army, but also the discovery of a force he has come to Winterfell to unleash. Maybe the Night King is here to free the Great Other and finally bring darkness that never fades. Or maybe the Night King is the Great Other. 19459003 A Dance With Dragons Melisandre, Champion of Rhelor, believes: "Beyond the wall, the enemy becomes stronger, and should he win the dawn, he will never come again." A Subset of the Great Other The theory says That the Night King wants to free the Night Queen, a figure with whom Bran, the Builder, the Night Watch, and the book version of the Night King (the Night King) are connected. Perhaps the Night King's true motivation is really his own version of "The Things I Do for Love."

There is another possible application for some sort of great theory of others: When Sam or Bran seeks ways to win this fight, they discover evidence of this grave lie as they read their scrolls and memories to adhere to the Night King prevent him from reaching his destination. They could also learn to use similar tactics to achieve the same performance that Bran, the Builder, and his contemporaries did, and captured the Night King. If he's really strong, that would be a handy way to make sure there's always a Stark in Winterfell.

A Dragon (or Dragon Eggs)

While the cold of the crypts might indicate that winter was buried in it, the heat that pulsed through the rest of the Winterfell could indicate a very different kind of magic below. In Game we learn of the hot springs that keep the inhabitants of the castle warm: "The seething water poured through its walls and chambers like blood through the body of a man who drove the cold out of the stone halls and that Glass filled gardens with damp heat that protect the earth from freezing. Open pools smoked day and night in a dozen small courtyards. That was a trifle in the summer. In winter this was the difference between life and death.

The hot springs are more than just an alternative source of energy in the midst of the cold: they testify to a possible connection to dragons and their magic. In The World of Ice and Fire Maester Yandel notes that hot springs are heated by the "stoves of the world – the same fires that made the Fourteen Flames or the Smoking Mountain of Dragonstone" with dragons. (The fourteen flames are the volcanic areas of the Valyrian Peninsula that broke out and caused the downfall, wiping out all Dragonlord families except the Targaryens, who had sailed to Dragonstone years ago thanks to a prophetic dream.)

The inhabitants of Winterfell and Winter City believe that a dragon fire warms the hot springs, and though Yandel dismisses the claim as "stupid," legends in George RR Martin's world often prove to be the foundation. Could Bran the Builder have taken the power of a dragon while smithing the castle, perhaps as part of the magic needed to keep the winter in check? Fire and ice, ice and fire. If this is the case and the Night King's attack breaks the foundations of the castle, as the ground beneath the Three Eyes Raven Cave did, could that dragon finally roam free?

Yandel also dismisses the testimony of Mushroom, a fool In the service of the Targaryens, who claimed that Jacaery's dragon Vermax had laid eggs in Winterfell when the prince was treated to Cregan Stark during the Dance of the Dragons. The good Queen Alysanne also flew her kite Silverwing to Winterfell, which is remarkable as Silverwing did not move to the north and refused to fly over the wall three times. Dany tells Jon in the Season 8 premiere that Drogon and Rhaegal do not like the North. Unless they are prepared for battle, the arrival of a dragon long in the cold might be what saves the north.

Eggs would need time to hatch, of course. But what if they already have? Clash Bran sees the following vision through his wartime connection with his Direwolf Summer: "Smoke and ashes clouded his eyes, and in the sky he saw a large winged serpent, whose roar was a blaze of flame. He bared his teeth, but then the snake was gone. "A great winged serpent, whose roar was a stream of flames, no doubt sounds like a dragon.

Years of theory have suggested that Winterfell, Dragonstone, and Valyria are the only places in the book where Gargoyles are known to speak of a dragon's bondage in stone. What if Ramsay's sack and the burning of Winterfell freed the dragon from its subterranean slumber? When Bran and Co. emerge from their sanctuary in the crypts in the Clash Bran observes the following: "Stone and shattered gargoyles lay strewn about the courtyard. They fell right where I am, Bran thought, when he saw them. Some of the gargoyles were broken into so many pieces that he wondered how he ever lived. "When the gargoyles collapsed, the theory suggested the dragon could have been flying. Davos, who continues to provide support on Dragonstone, remarks, "Behind him, the gargoyles and stone dragons on the castle walls seemed blurry, as if Davos saw them through a veil of tears. Or as if the animals were shaking and moving … "

Of course, the characters who make these observations do not know at this point that Daenerys has become the mother of dragons. Emblematic: Melisandre speaks in all books and in her time with Stannis of the prophecy that Azor Ahai will "wake dragons out of stone". Dany, der Hauptgegner der Geschichte außer Jon, erscheint als der prophezeite Retter, der buchstäblich Drachen aus Stein weckt als sie ihre versteinerten Eier in Drogos Scheiterhaufen brachte. Es ist wahrscheinlich, dass die Drachen, die diese Prophezeiung erfüllen, bereits Teil unserer Geschichte sind.

Außerdem hat die Show keinen Drachen oder Dracheneier unter Winterfell aufgestellt, wie dies in den Büchern der Fall ist. Deus ex dragon könnte für die Zuschauer ein harter Verkauf sein, vor allem, wenn sie versuchen, die neuesten Mythologie-Entdeckungen über Bran und den Nachtkönig und trauernde Charaktere aufzuspüren. Es ist möglich, dass die Showversion dieser Theorie symbolisch sein wird, denn war in Winterfell ein geheimer Drache: Jon Snow.

Das Ende, das Jaime in den Büchern sah

Der Höhepunkt des tief bewegenden "Ritters der sieben Königreiche" war der Höhepunkt, als Jaime Lannister Brienne von Tarth zum Ritter rittete und einen gemeinsamen Bogen bildete, der seit Jahren als eines der pulsierenden Herzen dieser Geschichte dient. Briennes nackte Freude, nachdem sie als Ser auferstanden war, und die einfache Zuneigung und Bewunderung in Jaimes Augen, als er sie dabei beobachtete, war eine entscheidende Erinnerung daran, dass sich Menschen ändern können. Entscheidungen bestimmen uns mehr als Etiketten und Normen, und Liebe kann in vielen Formen auftreten

Es fühlte sich auch wie eine Todesstrafe für einen der beiden an. Ohne den Massenglauben, Jaime werde die Prophezeiung von Valonqar durch den Tod von Cersei erfüllen – den Tod Briens in einem Kampf, den Cersei durch die Weigerung, ihre Truppen zu verpfänden, kompromittiert hätte, wäre sicherlich der Grund dafür -, dass sein Tod hier wahrscheinlich wahrscheinlicher wäre als der von Brienne. Denken Sie daran, dass die Serie die Valonqar-Linie nicht in der Prophezeiung von Maggy the Frog enthalten hat Es zeigte jedoch eine Szene, in der Jaime Bronn erzählt, dass er in den Armen der Frau sterben möchte, die er liebt.

Diese Aussage, die schließlich Brienne anstelle von Cersei definiert, wäre die perfekte Schlussfolgerung für Jaime. Und in den Büchern gibt es einige Beweise, wie Thrones Gelehrter Joanna Robinson, hier fachkundig umreißt, dass es passieren könnte – und unter der Erde passieren könnte.

In Storm nachdem Jaime seine rechte Hand verloren hat, verfällt er in einen langen, waghalsigen Traum. Während Jaime anfangs glaubt, dass er im Casterly Rock ist, wird ihm klar, dass dies nicht sein Zuhause ist. es ist eigentlich kein Ort, den er überhaupt kennt. "Unter der Erde erwartete sein Schicksal", geht der Durchgang. „Er wusste es mit der Gewissheit des Traumes. dort lauerte etwas Dunkles und Schreckliches, etwas, das ihn wollte. “

Könnte dies die Krypten sein? Obwohl die von Jaime beschriebenen Merkmale – Sand, Wasser – nicht dem entsprechen, was wir über die Ebenen der Krypten wissen, die wir gesehen haben, stimmen andere Faktoren überein. Zunächst fürchtet Jaime, was schlafend und unsichtbar sein könnte: "Es können Kreaturen darin leben, versteckte Tiefen …" Der Drache? Der große andere? Neue Gewichte?

Noch wichtiger ist, dass Cersei in seinem Traum Jaime aufgibt, während Brienne an seiner Seite steht und entschlossen ist, ihn in Sicherheit zu bringen. (Und für alle Verlader nackt.) Als Brienne Jaime fragt, was dort unten ist, sagt er: "Doom, nur Doom."

Bald kommt der Geist von Rhaegar Targaryen und beschuldigt Jaime, ihn nicht beschützt zu haben Frau und Kinder. Jaime glaubt natürlich, er meint Elia, Aegon und Rhaenys, aber jetzt, wo wir wissen, dass Rhaegar eine andere Frau geheiratet hat, ist es möglich, dies als Hinweis auf Lyanna, die in den Krypten steckt, und Jon, der irgendwann in der Lage ist, zu entschlüsseln retreat there too to help save those in peril during the impending battle.

As the shades of the old Kingsguard close in around him, Jaime’s dream ends with his death—a death in which Brienne is the last thing he sees: “Terror closed a hand about his throat. Then his sword went dark, and only Brienne’s burned, as the ghosts came rushing in.”

The Valonqar foreshadowing feels real, and seeing Cersei die at the hands of the very last person in the world who really loved her, because of her greed, hubris, and cruelty, would be delicious poetic justice. But so would Jaime giving his life at the site of one of his greatest sins (pushing Bran out of the window) and one of his greatest triumphs (abandoning Cersei to fight for the living, and in so doing, giving himself over fully to Brienne and goodness). We know that Jaime will be fighting under Brienne’s command out on the left flank, but certain shots from the preseason trailer place him inside of the castle, perhaps on the walls.

If the enemy breaches the crypts, and Jaime goes there to try to save those clustered within, he’ll be defending the innocent, as the words he just uttered to Brienne say a knight must, and as Jaime did so long ago when he killed the Mad King. Killing Cersei feels fitting for the man Jaime was for so long, but dying by proving his knightly valor, with Brienne by his side, the last light in his life as the darkness takes him, might be the better end for the man Jaime has become.

For Jaime and so many other characters, the question of choice and belonging has been paramount throughout this tale. No matter what plot function the Winterfell crypts serve during the battle, they’ll remain a key emblem of Stark identity in this story. In GameJon tells Sam, “Somehow I know I have to go down there, but I don’t want to. I’m afraid of what might be waiting for me.” Now, we’re all afraid too. But in ClashBran says, “That was our place. A Stark place!” We have to hope that after Sunday, it still is.

Disclosure: HBO is an initial investor in The Ringer.

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