[This is my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. Careful, though. There may be spoilers ahead.- AC]
After an insanely long hiatus, Game of Thrones returns to HBO this week with a six-episode eighth season that promises to condense all 5,000 separate plotlines into just two: Jon and Daenerys vs. Cersei and Euron and the White Walkers vs. humanity.
Still, there are so many questions. Will Jon realize that Dany is actually his aunt? What will become of Arya after she killed Littlefinger? Where will Jamie go now that he’s left Cersei? Who will finally end up on the Iron Throne? And where and when will the final battle with the White Walkers take place? Remember that they now have their own zombie dragon.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are GoT co-creators and keepers of the show’s greatest secrets. Last week, they trolled fans with a specially-curated 50-song Spotify playlist they say is loaded with clues about what will happen during the final season, including how the GoT will ultimately end.
In the Spotify press release, they say, “The answer to the ending is one hundred percent hidden in the playlist choices. No one will believe us, but it’s true.”
So what can we divine from Game of Thrones: The End is Coming? Let’s try to deconstruct a few things, keeping in mind we need to examine everything from song titles and lyrics to the names of the artists and members of the bands. And there’s no guarantee that these songs give away any secrets based on the order in which they appear.
Dig into the playlist and here. Any and all help with these interpretations is most welcome.