Leadership and Management

My Predictions on the Rest of Game of Thrones, Based on Jordan Peterson’s Maps of Meaning

I think I know how the rest of Game of Thrones will play out. No spoilers, just guesses. Guesses based on Jordan B Peterson’s “Maps of Meaning“, which is like a legend to the maps of traditional archetypical storytelling, but it’s so much more than that (future post on this to come soon).

First, here is what I believe each of the remaining great houses and characters represent:

  • Targaryen, The Dragon: The dragon is the symbol of pure chaos. The last Targaryen king was called the Mad King because he lost his mind and started killing everyone (chaos). Daenerys has already shown her propensity to destroy the old order in favor of chaos. She is the “breaker of chains,” known for freeing slaves and disrupting the old order. Also, on several occasions she has shown a desire to burn the world to the ground, while advisors like Tyrion try to suppress her chaotic thoughts in favor of order. If you thought she was the hero of the story, I think you’re wrong. She’s the villain. dany
  • Lannister, The Lion: The lion is the king of the jungle and is the symbol here of order, or more specifically tyranny. Their slogan is “A Lannister always pays their debts,” which means they are predictable and creditworthy, another symbol of order. Even Tywin and Tyrion’s names have a ring of “tyranny” to them. They have a mighty army and Lannisters are oppressive, controlling, and master manipulators. CS 65 Friday 22nd October 2010
  • Stark, The Wolf: I think the Starks are the “wise king” version of the Lannisters. They are traditionalists, that is they represent order, but they take the honesty and integrity approach to order rather than the tyranny approach like the Lannisters. Most of the Starks of been destroyed, and they need a savior to revivify their house.
  • The Night King and the White Walkers: White and the night both represent death. Also, in the bible, anything coming from the north and descending to the south is a representation of The Fall and death. The white walkers are The Flood that will come and reset the world, destroy everything, because the world has become corrupt. night king
  • Jon Snow: Jon is half Stark (order/wise king) and half Targaryen (chaos/dragon). Jon’s old mission in life has been to make his father proud. He did his time at the wall, faced the Night King (and ran from him), was betrayed by his closest brothers and killed. Then he rose from the dead. Hello people, he’s the hero, the Jesus character. And what has the new Jon done since his rebirth? He is choosing to confront the dragon of chaos (Danerys) with the goal of willingly confront (instead of running from) and conquering the Night King (death). jon snow

Ok, so how do I think it all plays out?

  1. Chaos destroys the order: All of the remaining Starks and the Lannisters will die at the hands of Dany and her dragons (maybe some at the hands of the Night King). None will survive. (Except maybe Arya, who I hope disappears like her wolf Nymeria and becomes a spin off.)
  2. Jon Snow willingly confronts the dragon to conquer death, again: Jon will confront Daenerys (as we learned last week) and join forces with her. They will fight together along with Bran and their armies to defeat the Night King, but many will die. The Night King will kill any remaining evidence of corruption in Westeros.
  3. Dany will become Jon’s adversary and he will kill her: Daenerys will become drunk with her own power and blind to the consequences of her actions. She will fall in love with herself and her dragons and go mad. As a Mad Queen, she will be unable to listen to the advice of Tyrion and Jon (2 representations, and she will need to be destroyed. She is Aniken Skywalker becoming Vader. She is Loki in the Avengers. She’s Cain and Goliath from the Bible. And Jon is the only one who can stop her, and after he does he will rule the 7 Kingdoms, revivifying the Stark name and his father, Ned. After all, Jon’s the hero and the hero always slays the dragon in the end.


11 replies »

  1. I found your blog when I typed “Jordan Peterson” and “Game of thrones” into twitter. I did this because I was interested to see if Jordan Peterson (who I just came to know of last week) had commented on the storyline of Game of Thrones from a Jungian perspective, the way he uses Lion King or Pinochio to illustrate archetypal characters in his lectures. My belief is that Martin deliberately avoids these archtypes, or better: breaks with archetypal patterns after having set up the characters in an archetypal way. So yes, the dragon is the mad king is chaos but THEN his daughter is outgrowing the archetype by bringing justice to the world and “breaking the wheel” (while stile struggling with dragon-like tendencies, but overcoming them). Or Ned, the hero of the first series, who ventures into the unknown, out of his comfort zone, to uphold honour and justice, but THEN actually losing his life because of his inability to act strategically and instead following the hero-narrative. So I think that your analysis will prove wrong, because Martin will continue to intentionally break with archetypal characters especially now that the arcs of the characters will be coming to an end. Thanks for your viewpoint, though I would love to hear what Peterson has to say about it or whether he even is aware of this awesome story.

  2. I read your post last year and kept thinking about it.
    Now that there is only one episode left I think you are going to be right!

      • All the signs were there in the first several episodes of this season, her transformation scene is in the post-battle against the night king when she realizes she can never be loved in this world and only has fear to keep her in power.

  3. Very well done!

    I don’t think they planned the final king very well as the character would have been given a much better story and arc coming to terms with his (or her) destiny over the last 4 seasons….

    To me that was the hugest disappointment.

    The rest made sense based on your symbolic reasoning.


    One question i have is regarding Jon Snow.

    Being the Christ figure his “retirement” shall we say doesn’t follow any traditional archetype, that I in my limited studies have seen.

    My take on this is that in this story “the word” is alive and directing the people, so the usual sacrifice is unneeded as a true Christ figure would have needed given the word is still separate from the people in terms of physical reality.


    • So Jon never wanted the throne, so I think his “reward” is to be with the free folk in the north. That’s like his heaven. I also like that Bran is the king, because he’s the true born son of Ned, the symbol of truth and honor, which means that despite all the politics the truth prevailed in the end.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.