Despite that I am about fifty pages from the end of George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings, I actually sat down and composed these twenty-five predictions just after I finished A Game of Thrones. It’s really fun to take time and and think about these characters, to make predictions and theories, and then to laugh and cringe at how terrible I am at it. Am I even remotely prepared for this book? PROBABLY NOT.
I realize how painful this is, so please do your best not to spoil me on this book or any future books in this series. I imagine I’ll finish A Clash of Kings this weekend and post my one-off review next week, and I’m hoping to free up some time to do a version of Mark Reads with A Storm of Swords, perhaps by grouping 3-5 chapters at a time. Either way, I’ll figure something out.
Mark’s Awful Predictions For A Clash Of Kings
- Arya Stark will make it to the Wall, but it will be after Jon Snow has left to travel north of the Wall.
- She will then discover a way to sneak out of the Wall and will meet up with Jon at the end of the novel.
- Jon Snow will encounter something worse than a wight by the end of the novel.
- Samwell will die when he goes north of the wall. (I hate typing that because I adore him so much, but if Ned Stark can die, any other character who I enjoy can die as well.
- Bran will remember how he fell from the tower, and will use that information to help his brother Robb fight against the Lannisters.
- Robb will give Theon Greyjoy a huge responsibility during a specific battle, but Theon’s arrogance/ego will get in the way and he’ll fail at what he was ordered to die and he will die.
- We will finally meet Stannis Baratheon! We kind of have to, since he is laying a claim to the Iron Throne.
- Jamie Lannister will escape imprisonment by the halfway point of the novel.
- Tyrion will attempt to travel to King’s Landing, but won’t make it there before the halfway point of the novel. I think something or someone will stop him from getting there.
- Cersei Lannister will take a more pronounced role as the Hand of the King/Regent (whatever she is), and will not allow Joffrey to make any real decisions, and that will in turn transform him into an even bigger shitbag than he already is.
- Sansa (I LOVE YOU SANSA) will plot with someone we have not met to murder Joffrey and Cersei, but will abandon this by the end of the book when a better plan is proposed.
- King Renly will eventually concede the crown to Stannis and join up with his brother by the novel’s end.
- Daenarys and Ser Mormont will travel to Asshai first to begin recruiting people to cross the Narrow Sea. The existence of her dragons will help this.
- Daenarys will encounter Dothraki soldiers by the end of the novel and will fight them, with the help of her dragons, to defeat them, thereby making her the most powerful force in the East, so that by the end of the novel, she will have gathered a massive army to cross the Narrow Sea.
- We will discover that Syrio Forel is still alive.
- Lord Varys will be incredibly difficult with Tyrion when he arrives at King’s Landing, but we won’t find out why until the end of the novel.
- Lord Baelish will die by the end of the book.
- By the halfway point, we will find out that Benjen Stark died.
- Tywin Lannister will forbid Shae from coming to King’s Landing, and it will break Tyrion’s heart to leave her behind. However, she will find a way to sneak in by the end of the book.
- Catelyn Stark will return to Winterfell to be with her sons and will not join Robb in battle.
- Bran will discover some sort of ~magical~ method to heal his paralysis, will agree to do it, but it will not work.
- Jon Snow will learn of a possible character who could be his mother by the end of the novel.
- Jon Snow will get separated from Ghost until the end of the book.
- Catelyn will find out who sent someone to kill Bran with Tyrion’s dagger.
- Arya will train her sword fighting at the Wall, and her improvement will save someone’s life at the end of the novel.