History of Game of Thrones

The Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel May Be The Most Exciting One

I recently wrote about five Game of Thrones prequels that were confirmed by George RR Martin in his live journal back in May. HBO earlier had only confirmed four but now they have confirmed a fifth Game of Thrones prequel one to be written by Bryan Cogman. The fifth prequel may be the most exciting one as Bryan Cogman understands the soul of Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire.

Game of Thrones Prequel

Bryan Cogman Will Be Writing The Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel



The Fifth Game of Thrones Prequel May The Most Exciting One

Bryan Cogman contributes one episode per season, which makes Bryan Cogman the only writer to have contributed to all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. A Cogman episode is always marked by callbacks both to previous seasons and to deeper lore from Martin’s novels. In George RR Martin’s own words about Cogman, “He’s a really terrific addition. A great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”

At that time Martin didn’t reveal the identity of Cogman as the writer of the fifth prequel (or successor series as George Martin likes to call them) as HBO hadn’t officially confirmed the news. But everything hasn’t always been rosy for Cogman. He wrote a very controversial episode of Game of Thrones Season 5, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” which featured Sansa’s wedding night with Ramsay. But Cogman was very open to addressing questions and criticism about why he wrote a scene like that.


Cogman engaged in a dialogue over what many considered to be a misstep. The decision to put Sansa in such a position—one she doesn’t endure in the books—surely wasn’t his alone. But Cogman shouldered a lot of the blame in both one-on-one discussions with fans on social media and in an emotional commentary track, which is available on the Season 5 DVD/Blu-ray.

In fact, Weiss and Benioff have been reluctant at times to engage directly with the fandom and Cogman has often served as a direct line of communication. This year, he apologized to fans on Twitter for not including a scene between the direwolf Ghost and Jon. “I tried!” he said, acknowledging the desires of the fans to see more of Ghost and Jon together.

Bryan Cogman may be the best hope HBO has at ensuring a new series that will be both faithful to the spirit of Martin’s original text and consistent with the work that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have done for the past seven or so years. He may indeed write the most exciting Game of Thrones prequel.

The Truth About Rhaegar Targaryen

We saw in Season 6 of Game of Thrones that Jon Snow is not the bastard son of Ned Stark. We saw Lyanna Stark in The Tower of Joy when she tells her brother Ned Stark about her relationship with Rhaegar Targaryen. She makes Ned promise to not tell Robert Baratheon about Jon as Robert will kill him. Lyanna Stark dies after giving birth to Jon Snow and Ned Stark brings Jon back to Winterfell as his bastard son.



Will Jon Snow Come To Know The Truth About Rhaegar Targaryen?

The Truth About Rhaegar Targaryen

Drogon and Jon Snow in Eastwatch

 

Jon Snow is unaware of the fact that he is not Ned Stark’s bastard. He doesn’t know that he has Targaryen blood. He has no idea on the truth about Rhaegar Targaryen and her mother. But in the preview of Eastwatch, we see a shot where Drogon stands in front of Jon just like he did for Daenerys in Season 5 before she took her first ride on him.



The Truth About Rhaegar Targaryen

Drogon in front of Daenerys in Season 5

Will this be an indication to Daenerys that Jon will be one of the other dragon riders? There is already some chemistry brewing between Jon and Daenerys. Jon will most likely ride Rhaegal, the dragon Daenerys named after brother Rhaegar Targaryen who also happens to be Jon Snow’s father. The only person who knows about Jon’s true parentage is Brandon Stark, the Three Eyed Raven. We also see in the preview that Jon talks about Bran’s visions of the Army of the Dead advancing towards Eastwatch. Will Jon Snow also receive news from Bran about who his parents are? There are so many questions on the minds of the readers. It is hard to wait for the next episode. But meanwhile, let’s watch the preview again.

Let us see when Jon Snow comes to know about his true parentage and when we will see him riding a dragon. Join me tomorrow for a live analysis and commentary on Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 ‘Eastwatch’.

Why is Eastwatch by the Sea Important?

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 is named ‘Eastwatch’. Viewers and fans are wondering why is Eastwatch by the Sea important? 



Eastwatch by the Sea – Relevance and History 

Eastwatch by the Sea

Eastwatch by the Sea in the map of Westeros

Nights Watch mans Eastwatch by the Sea castle. It is located at the far eastern end of the wall. It also serves as a port, just like the Kings Landing, White Harbor, and Gulltown, on the eastern coast of the continent of Westeros. It is also the point where the Great Wall drops into an inlet of the Shivering Sea called the Bay of Seals. Right now, it is manned by Cottor Pyke, and also includes Borcas, head Stewart of Eastwatch, and Dareon, a newly made Stewart of Eastwatch as its residents. In short, Eastwatch by the Sea is the point where the wall meets the sea. Eastwatch is the closest castle to Hardhome, the Wildling village where Jon encountered the White Walker army in Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 8.

Mentions of Eastwatch by the Sea in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 1

Jeor Mormont tells Jon Snow that four wights in the snow were found by Cottor Pyke’s men near Eastwatch. Unlike the men at Castle Black, they had the sense to burn them. Dareon is assigned to the Stewards and is sent by Maester Aemon to Eastwatch.




Game of Thrones Season 2

Tyrion Lannister dumps Janos Slynt onto a boat headed for Eastwatch by the Sea.

Game of Thrones Season 3

When Jon Snow infiltrates the wildlings, he is asked by Orell that which of the nineteen castles along the Wall are still being manned by the Nights Watch. Jon replies that only Castle Black, Eastwatch by the Sea, and the Shadow Tower are still being manned.

Game of Thrones Season 5

Stannis Baratheon advises the recently elected Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow to appoint Alliser Thorne as commander of Eastwatch, during his stay at Castle Black. Jon, instead, appoints Alliser Thorne as the First Ranger in recognition of his service.

Game of Thrones Season 7 

Dragonstone 

Jon Snow, in the episode Dragonstone, asks that the Wildling army, now led by Tormund Giantsbane, head to Eastwatch by the Sea to stand as the first line of defense against the oncoming White Walkers.  The Hound also sees a terrifying vision while staring into a fire alongside Beric Dondarrion: “The Wall… It’s where the wall meets the sea. There’s a castle there. There’s a mountain, looks like an arrowhead. The dead are marching past, thousands of them.” 

Eastwatch

That brings us to the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones Season 7. Eastwatch by the Sea is going to play a pivotal role in the fight between the army of the dead and the living. That will be the first face off between the Wildlings being led by Tormund Giantsbane and the army of the dead. Tormund is definitely going to need a lot of help soon. I just hope that Daenerys agrees soon to help Jon Snow with her dragons and Dothraki army.




Okay, so this was a history lesson for Eastwatch by the Sea. To catch up on what happened in episode 4 click here. Watch the preview of Eastwatch before the episode airs on HBO on Sunday at 9 pm EST.