Now that Skin Game is out, this page will now be re-dedicated to predictions and other WMGs that derive from events in that novel. Jossed or Confirmed predictions of Skin Game's contents go at the bottom of the page. To shield fans who haven't read it yet from spoilers, post all WMGs related to this book here, not in the General Plot Predictions sub-page.
Warning: Unblocked spoilers for Cold Days and other late-in-the-series novels.
One of the prisoners trapped under Demonreach is the original Merlin.In the first chapter Harry has a mental conversation with one of the prisoners, who doesn't sound raving mad so much as British. And pissed off, because Harry is interrupting his stasis - stasis, note, not imprisonment - just like novices always do, implying that this particular resident of Demonreach is a wizard. Part of the Merlin myth is that he's trapped in some shape or form - and variously under a rock or in a magical cave/invisible tower/glass house/tree, depending on which story you read - by Nimue, whether willingly or through treachery, and awaiting his return to the world.
Molly is being set up for a Face Your Fears arc.And she will hopefully come out of it stronger and a safer person, though there's really no telling. Molly's main fears are losing her family (as we see when she's discussing wizardly lifespans with Harry), being under the power of Winter fae (Proven Guilty, we are revisiting the situation), and losing Harry to death/the dark side. She'll be told about Nemesis in her capacity as the Winter Lady, and that it may infect Harry someday. It seems likely that Molly will be distanced from her family one way or another, at least for now. And the fear of Winter is self-explanatory. She's become one of the monsters that tortured her in Proven Guilty and will have to deal with that some way. It looks like we've got some life-altering, character-defining decisions up ahead...
Harry has a third child.
Shagnasty will return in the guise of one of Thomas's sisters.When he kicked the crap out of Lara's sisters in Turn Coat, he rendered one of them unconscious and chewed off her fingers while taunting Lara and Harry. If full-blooded naagloshii need to ingest a tissue sample to perfectly mimic someone's form, same as Grey does, then chowing down on those fingers may have been more than a snack or a mockery for Shagnasty: it gave the creature the option of mimicking that Raith sibling with extreme accuracy at some future date.
It was Goodman Grey that stole Susan's loup-garou footage from the TV network after Fool Moon.He seems to know an awful lot about that footage and its details for something that happened more than twelve years ago, and his shapeshifting talents would make him a good candidate to be hired for the theft by whichever supernatural-savvy faction acted to suppress its contents.
Neither Lasciel nor Ursiel are trapped in Hades' Vault like most assume.Lasciel and Ascher are already both assumed to be alive by many fans, since Harry never actually saw her die, but chances are good Ursiel is also out as well, even if Genoskwa himself isn't. The Fallen have previously shown an ability to manipulate the coins in such a way that they're likely to be grabbed by unknowing people, so presumably, Ursiel could do the same with his coin, while Genoskwa's corpse was being bounced around the Gate of Ice, in a way that would allow Nicodemus to retrieve Ursiel's coin on the way out. We lose track of Nicodemus for a while, and don't see a hint of him between Genoskwa's death and Nick himself exiting the Vault. It's definitely possible he grabbed the coin while fleeing the Vault proper.
The Einherjar are going to drag Butters into the sparring ring with them in the near futureIn Ghost Story Butters jokingly claims that he'll work out with them 'five minutes after he gets a functional lightsaber'. And guess what happens during the climax of Skin Game?
The Shroud will allow Dresden to resign as Winter KnightTechnically, Dresden can quit as Winter Knight whenever he wants. The problem is that the moment he does, he loses the magic holding his spine together, which will render him paraplegic for the next 40-50 years. But the Shroud is supposed to have great healing powers, which could possibly mend his spine for him. Once that happens, he can resign without (physical) consequence.
A Post-Skin Game short story will involve a birthday party for MaggieDresden has already missed his daughter's first ten birthdays. Heaven help anyone stupid enough to try to keep him from attending the eleventh.
Confirmed predictions for Skin Game:
Dresden will need to work with the Denarians for the heist.Because, related to the above, they are tracking Namshiel's coin. Their interest? Namshiel proves Denarians can be infected by Nemesis, and they want information to hunt down any other renegade Denarians. Also gives a chance for Lash to get involved, if she is the parasite. Confirmed he's working with Denarians, but not for the reason suggested.
The parasite in Harry's head will be dealt with, faced, or otherwise encountered in this book.
The Skinwalker will returnSkin Game, Skinwalker. Pretty obvious connection.
Mortal Skinwalkers will be in the plot.It's mentioned that the immortal Skinwalkers taught mortals. This organization will appear.
Murphy will take up FidelacchiusMichael is coming off the bench and the Denarians are appearing also. Additionally, Cold Days has shown that Murphy is now at least somewhat connected to the force determining where and when the Swords are used. Therefore, even if it's just for one fight, she's using it again.
Molly will not appear in this book at all, or she will only appear at the very end.Harry said his Fae training took around 50-60 days (?) and it's reasonable to think Molly's would take a similar length of time. Heist stories usually don't cover long stretches of time.
Nicodemus is going to try and double-cross Harry.This one's obvious. It's Nicodemus. Grass grows, birds sing, the sun shines, and Nick is an asshole. It's just how the universe works.
The heist is just a smokescreen. Harry's real orders from Mab will be to take out Nicodemus and/or Hades.Because I just don't see Mab expecting Nicodemus to hold up his end of the bargain. Maybe she'll tell him to wait until after Nicodemus's sudden but inevitable betrayal (so that Winter isn't seen to be breaking any bargains).
Jossed predictions for Skin Game:
Harry's new blasting rod will be the rifleBecause Rule of Cool meets This Is My Boomstick. And its already a weapon that killed a Walker with Soulfire on Halloween. That knocks it up to legendary weapon status right there. Nope. No new blasting rod, but it could still happen in a future book.
Harry will start researching Tam LinWe know from Mab that Tam Lin was real, and a Winter Knight. The entire point of that story is Tam Lin being freed from his mantle (Yes, on Halloween, when mantles are flexible) and becoming human again, so we know it's possible. Tam Lin isolating himself and ordering all women away also makes sense in terms of the Knight's mantle, since he was worried he couldn't control himself. Harry needs to get on this lead for escape.
Mab will send Harry to steal Thorned Namshiel's coin from either Marcone or Odin.Namshiel's hand, containing his coin, was taken onto the helicopter with Michael at the end of Small Favor. Sanya couldn't find it afterward, suggesting that either Marcone or Gard swiped it. Thorned Namshiel is a suspect in the attack on Arctis Tor, and the only Denarian suspect likely to be in an inert coin at present. Tasked by Mab to pursue her vengeance for the Black Council's assault, Harry will need to determine whether it's Marcone or Monoc Securities that are keeping the coin in storage, then steal it back, preferably without the current holder catching on that it's him who does so.
Harry will be ordered to capture Bob for Mab, but will take advantage of her Exact Words by going after Evil Bob instead.We've known for ages that Mab has it in for Bob, and learned why in Cold Days. Mab doesn't necessarily know that Evil Bob exists, which gives Harry a loophole to abuse when she orders her Knight to eliminate the spirit once and for all. Actually finding Evil Bob will be difficult, as Harry doesn't know what sort of sanctuary he inhabits or where he went after the events of Ghost Story, although the wicked spirit's having formed an alliance with the Fomor seems likely.
Molly and Harry hook up
Harry will be sent to steal the Blackstaff from Ebenezar.It's actually Mother Winter's walking stick, and she wants it back. Mab agreed never to send Harry against those he loved, but Mother Winter outranks Mab and has never promised any such thing.
Harry will face/accidentally bust out one of the TitansHades' vaults are in Tartarus, where at least one powerful Titan is imprisoned, and Butcher cryptically asked "well, what could imprison a Titan?" during a Q&A.
Lara will show up as either part of the thieving crew or the victim.The title's going to be Skin Game, and what do the Raiths deal in?
Mavra will be a part of the heist crew.As the above WMG talks about, there is a major vampire antagonist every three books. It is possible Mavra will be back and she wasn't there to agree to Harry and Nicodemus's "truce." Odds are she won't want to play nice with Harry.
The Beckitts' daughter will figure in the plot.We already know that the Greek pantheon will figure into the plot, that Harry will be working with allies he'd rather not be working with, and that his nickname for the Beckitt's daughter is "Persephone." The plot will involve Marcone somehow coercing Dresden into helping him or his people in nabbing something from Hades to cure her, with the Denarians involved somehow.
Harry will take up Injun Joe on the offer to teach him.Back in Turn Coat, the morning after Injun Joe runs off the Shagnasty, McCoy mentions that Injun Joe has offered to teach some things to Harry. Could be his subplot in this and the next novel is Harry deciding it might be a good idea to learn what he can from a more experienced wizard.
Skin Games will contain (possibly in a flashback) the scene where the Carpenters learn that Molly is now the Winter Lady.This can fall out one of two ways. 1. Harry, immediately after getting cleaned up, heads over to the Carpenters. 2. After a few days, Mab tells Harry to return Molly to her home. Either way, this is a funny enough scene that Jim can't leave it out.
Sayna will die or be crippled.In each of the two Denarian books before now, one of the Knights has been taken out of the fight. First Shiro was killed in Death Masks, then Micheal was disabled in Small Favor, now we'll lose Sayna in Skin Games. This of course means that someone will have to take up at least one Sword. I'm thinking Murphy for Fidellachius, Thomas for Amoraccius, or Hope Carpenter for Esperaccius (not totally sure Hope is old enough, but she's pretty close.)
Skin Games will feature Harry making an alliance with Nicky and the Nickelheads against the Outsiders.One of the running themes of the book so far is Harry having to support and aid evil characters in order to get rid of even more evil characters. Furthermore, we can be reasonably certain that Nicodemus is not infected by Nemesis, and that he pretty much hates it. I can see Nicodemus and Harry needing to team up to fight some Outsider plot, possibly with infected Denarians on the Outsider's side.
We will find out Kincaid's parentageFrom the beginning chapters of Skin Game, Harry requested that he have a person on the team of his choosing. Mab pointed out that when loaned Anduriel's associate that he brought his spawn along, which if she was talking to Nic would indicate Deirdre, however she was making the deal with the fallen angel so what about the fallen's "spawn". Who do we know is not completely human and even has a nickname associated with down below? The Hellhound. Therefore Mab's agreement required "symmetry". She will suggest that Harry hires the Hellhound for this symmetry, sort of how she tasked Harry with killing Maeve as there was a symmetry there because he had killed the Summer Lady.
Any silver coins Harry collects by the end of this book will be going into Demonreach.Nicodemus has stated that they get about half of their captured coins back from the Church due to the corruptibility of human guardians (Lasciel was thought to be under lock and key until she was thrown at Harry), by putting the coins in his own private super-prison he removes this possibility. Of course this will make for quite the problem with the Church as he will appear to be hoarding them for his own nefarious purposes.
Harry will fix his parasite problem by killing Nichodemous with the Noose and then use it on himself to make him immune to the damage caused by the parasite. Removing the need for Molly.Kind of Obvious but the big guys death is overdue, each time they faced off Harry came a little closer to killing him, any closer this time and he will kill him. And it would be a shame to waste a cool superpower like that.
Daniel Carpenter will be the new Fist of God and carry Amoracchius.Like Father like Son? Daniel has been introduced as a grown man in Ghost Story, physically fit, and there will be a new Knight of the Cross before the book ends.
The Leanansidhe will be Harry's backup during the heist.She's a heavy enough hitter to be able to tangle with the Denarians (unlike Murphy or some of Harry's other friends) and she loves blood and treachery, which this job will give her ample amounts of. Also gives Harry someone to talk to about being the Winter Knight and "of Winter", as it were, and give some exposition on Nemesis and what being a host to it is like. Also hasn't seen much focus since Changes, so it makes sense that she'd get some limelight that she hasn't had in a while.
Harry will come out on top by destroying the Holy Grail. Or faking its destruction in such a way that Nicodemus can't or won't check.It just seems like the most blatant method of making Nicky lose this round.
Nicodemus will manage to corrupt the Grail. And Daniel Carpenter will end up destroying it will Amoracchius.For bonus points, the latter part will happen after Nicodemus flees to Japan, and Harry will have to order a conflicted Daniel to do it.
The British sounding prisoner is HadesSince we know that mythological gods exist, it's possible that Merlin or a previous warden imprisoned Hades on the theory that he was similar to/working for Satan. After all, Hades had been demonized by Christians. It's possible that Merlin/a previous warden locked him up just in case.
The Vault will be destroyed once the Grail is removed, Nicodemus will die trying to retrieve it, and Harry will nearly die before being savedBecause the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade parallels will be hilarious.
The Monster-Under-The-Bed Mouse and Maggie "slayerized" is fineLet's face it, assuming there is a monster, if it got by the angelic bodyguards, the biggest threat it would pose to anyone is if you accidentally tripped on it.