After seeing episode two of season 8 I thought I might write down my ideas about what might happen by the end of the show and episode three, more specifically. All the characters are back together at Winterfell and Cersei is held up in King's Landing on a throne she doesn't deserve. Essentially it is a reversal of the situation that led to the Targaryen's losing the throne. Now, Cersei is the Mad King, but she will probably not be killed by her hand. Then again, maybe she will...
Gendry and Arya are like Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark, except that they get to fuck. Brienne is a sir, Jon Snow is now Aegon Targaryen and the white walkers are at the gates when episode three begins next week. What will happen next? I have no fucking clue but here are some thoughts and notes on what I'm thinking about.
First, I think that the battle in episode three will be the biggest single battle in the series and all the subsequent battles will be smaller in scale but the stakes will be higher for their outcomes. The battle in episode three at Winterfell has a two-prong strategy; one goal is to defend the North from the hoard of white walkers and the other goal is to get the Night King alone by using Bran/Three-Eyed Raven as bait and to bum rush the Night King at the God's Wood. Bran will not die during this exchange but someone else important will. I would guess that it will be Reek. He betrayed Bran and the Starks and this will be an opportunity to sacrifice himself for their house by saving Bran from death. Also, the previous Three-Eyed Raven was stuck in the roots of a God's Wood tree and this might be a foreshadowing of where Bran will end up; in the Winterfell God's Wood Tree. The God's Wood tree might get torched by the Frost Dragon and Bran is responsible for reviving it as it re-grows around him.
I think that Daenerys and Aegon will have to work together during the battle but at some point, one will be forced to save or kill the other. This will be a difficult decision that will ultimately test their love and in the end, they will choose each other over their claim to the throne. This will cause a new power realignment but ultimately will end with them becoming King and Queen together, ushering in a new era of just and honorable governance; if they live that long. One of them will probably die.
Ayra will sneak about strategically killing white walkers, but not in the front lines. She will fight with her new blade and Gendry will end up fighting by her side at some point. They will survive and if Aegon and Daenerys both die they would be potential throne contenders, although Arya probably wouldn't accept it. Also, Arya will probably make her way to King's Landing after episode three to take out Cersei but things won't go quite as planned or be as easy as the others she has assassinated. The real question is what face will she take when she attempts to infiltrate King's Landing? Maybe Euron Greyjoy or maybe the unsuspecting face of a handmaiden.
The Hound will most likely end of fighting The Mountain, potentially as a distraction for Arya to take out Cersei. I hope they take each other out and die together with The Mountain's face on fire.
Jaime Lannister and Sir Brienne will fight together on the front lines and save each other's lives a few times and one might die in the melee. I could see Jamie dying and coming back as a white walker and Sir Brienne ends up killing him in this form. That would be appropriately tragic.
The catacombs will not be safe and those there will have to defend it against white walkers, and potentially one of the leaders of the white walkers. Tyrian and Gilly will play a role in this defense. The little girl that wanted to help will die, because its GOT.
I'm not sure what the sea-faring people are up to. Yara and Euron will most likely fight over the Iron Islands at some point but I'm not sure who really cares about it. Euron has way more ships but Yara is clever and she might come up with a plan to keep the throne and be the first female ruler of the Iron Islands, if Daenerys allows it in the end.
The two living dragons will fight the frost dragon and only one living dragon will remain alive in the end. The Night King will not be killed until the very end. If he takes Bran as a captive that could be an interesting twist. Maybe the Night King needs his info or something deeper than just killing him in mind.
Bronn will catch up with Jaime and/or Tyrian after the battle in episode three and will act like he is going to kill them or is thinking about it but then will side with Jaime and Tyrian to help take King's Landing in episode 5. Episode 4 will be the aftermath of the battle at Winterfell and planning the next move. Cersei could attack Winterfell in Episode four or five but so far it seems that she is going to sit back and wait. Possibly use wildfire to blow shit up.
In episode four Daenerys and Aegon will decide to embrace their heritage rule together. They will decide to take King's Landing with their remaining force and hold up in the south as the frozen dead folk don't do so well in the warmer weather. Daenerys and/or Aegon will make their last stand at King's Landing in episode 6. The Night King will finally die but someone will take his place, maybe Bran. The winter will be long and full of terrors but the humans will survive. Samwell will live to tell the tale of the Game of Thrones to a new generation of Winter-Born children.
Summers will come and go and the winters will do the same. And in a thousand years or so the white walkers will come again.