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It’s our first Sunday without Game of Thrones, and while we have Rick and Morty to console us, it still seems like season seven came and went too soon.

And it’s only going to get worse. The final chapter, season eight, is going to be even shorter than this one at six episodes each, and reportedly, will not be airing until 2019 as the overstuffed, assuredly battle-filled episodes are going to take a long while to film and produce.

So we have a long time to sit and think about how we want the series to end. After seeing season seven, I have some of my own thoughts about what I want to see when the show returns in over a year. See if you agree with any of them. Spoilers for the series so far follow.

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

Let Some Characters Defy Prophecy

I’m not a fan of the use of prophecy in Game of Thrones for the most part, and I hope we start breaking out of that box for the final season. My favorite part of the finale was Jon Snow questioning why exactly Daenerys would listen to the hateful words of a random witch, as if she’s the best source of information.

My problem with prophecy is if Martin/the showrunners are determined to make all the prophecies come true, that makes things rather boring and predictable. Right now, it seems exceedingly likely that Cersei will be killed by one of her brothers and her child will not come to term, thanks to an old prophecy. It seems as if Jon Snow or Daenerys are Azor Ahai reborn, the ancient warrior of old destined to defeat the cold and darkness. The question is mainly which one of them it is. And Dany won’t have babies because of another prophecy, unless it’s broken by a different prophecy if Jon Snow can “wake the stone dragon.”

You see what I mean. I just really dislike the show being guided by these invisible forces that make some plot points seem inevitable, and I want them to be able to break out and say “no, that prophecy was bunk” in a few instances.

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

Leave A Villain Alive

While it has made for good “justice,” Game of Thrones has turned from the show that killed a large chunk of its heroes to one that has killed almost all of its villains. Tywin, Joffrey, Ramsay, Littlefinger, Walder Frey and more have all fallen, leaving essentially Cersei, Euron and the Night King alive as the only true bad guys left on the show.

I don’t expect the Night King to end up ruling the Seven Kingdoms when this is all over, but similarly, all fans are treating Cersei like she’s a dead woman walking, again in part because of the above prophecy, but also because that’s what the show does now, it kills its villains and it seems extremely likely that Jaime is going to end up kingslaying (queenslaying) Cersei when she goes too far. That’s being very well telegraphed already, and I really hope something more interesting happens that involves Cersei actually living to see the end of all this. And I wish Littlefinger had survived too, but that ship has sailed.

Game of Throne
Game of Throne

Theon Gets No More Than 15 Minutes

I genuinely cannot believe that with just six episodes left to go, that Theon is being given yet another redemption arc as he tries to save his sister from his uncle’s clutches. We already went through all this with Ramsay and Sansa, yet season seven essentially put him back to square one.

Theon used to be a great, conflicted character, but then the show stopped knowing how to make him interesting, so they turned him into Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill only to have it come crashing back down. Now, this is supposed to be some ultimate form of redemption as he tries to save Yara, finally learning to be brave again, but I’m tired of this arc and I do not want more than 15 minutes total devoted to it next season. There is no time for the fifth retreading of a minor character’s plotline at this point.

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

No More Hiding Information To Trick Viewers

I didn’t think I would have to scold Game of Thrones for doing something The Walking Dead has pulled on us a bunch of times at this point, but we saw the same sort of trickery employed in season seven. I really, really hated the Sansa/Arya/Littlefinger plotline for many reasons, but chief among them was the fact that we, the audience, were just flat out kept in the dark about certain information we should have had. Even though Arya and Sansa and Bran are the characters we “follow around” on the show, we were instead forced to see everything from Littlefinger’s perspective for the most part, so the “twist” at the end would work.

What that means is that we flat-out missed conversations between Sansa, Arya and Bran that were setting up this entire trap. Yes, there was that one scene where Arya and Sansa are winking and nodding at each other that something is up, but clearly to pull this off, they had to communicate more than that, and those are scenes we were purposefully not allowed to see. Do not do this again. It’s a cheap trick and one that didn’t even work well in the end in this instance.

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

The Iron Throne, Destroyed

By this I don’t mean that the Night King simply steamrolls over everyone in the end and King’s Landing is turned into a frozen wasteland, but I do want to see the entire concept of the Iron Throne negated by the end of the series.

We have already see four different people sit on the Iron Throne since the show started, and if things end with just one more person sitting there, ie. Jon or Daenerys, what does that do, really? It’s not like that’s an “ending,” really.

That’s why I want Daenerys to make good on her promise to “break the wheel,” when it comes to the Iron Throne. Tear it down, literally and figuratively. Let each of the kingdoms govern themselves instead of having one person or family trying to lord over everyone. I’m not saying that Westeros should instantly turn into some sort of representative democracy, but the concept of “winning”” the Iron Throne should be done away with, at least for how this chapter of Westerosi history ends. This might be too much of a happy ending for Thrones in a few ways, but I think it would be better than the alternative.

Those are my hopes for season eight of Game of Thrones, what about yours?