Yes, I know, Season 9 is an entire 2 years away. But I wanted to share some thoughts I had tonight. Specifically, I think that Season 9 Episode 7 will be a Rainbow Dash Wonderbolts episode focusing on Rainbow Dash becoming a low-ranking Leader in the Wonderbolts, or, more specifically, becoming either Spitfire's Lieutenant, or becoming a Captain like Spitfire. For reference's sake, according to The Wonderbolts Academy Handbook, the Wonderbolts are separated into three groups:
- Cadets. These are low-ranking Wonderbolt, still in training at the Academy.
- Team Members. These are your average everyday Wonderbolts who have completed their education.
- Leaders. These are the ones in charge, and are divided into the following categories:
- General - A senior command position reserved for decorated veterans who have served proudly.
- Commander - A high-ranking senior officer who has led an elite squadron and served with distinction.
- Colonel - A high-ranking field officer who is responsible for commanding lower-ranking ponies.
- Admiral - A high-ranking officer who oversees the day-to-day operations of a pony platoon.
- Captain - Basically, what Spitfire is (this rank goes unmentioned when the Handbook lists off ranks).
Got that out of the way? Good. Let's move on, then.
Why do I think that S9E7 will play out this way? That's a very good question. Let's look back at Rainbow Dash's previous jumps in rank:
- S3E7 - Wonderbolts Academy: Rainbow Dash becomes a Cadet.
- S6E7 - Newbie Dash: Rainbow Dash becomes a Team Member.
And that's all we have so far. However, there are two things I immediately noticed about the episode numbers where this happens. First, they're both Episode 7. Second, they're both Seasons divisible by three. It's likely that, during Seasons 7 and 8, we're going to see Rainbow Dash climb up the Wonderbolts Team Member ranks, and in Season 9 Episode 7, we'll get a payoff to that, with Rainbow Dash being promoted to a Leader, likely with a low rank such as Lieutenant.
As a bonus, the 200th episode will likely be Season 9 Episode 5, only two episodes before this! :D