I'm not sure if blogs are overly popular here, but I thought I may as well write down some speculation stemming from the newest chapter.
To start off, I think it's fairly clear that Brownbeard will be one of the many pirates that Luffy and The Strawhats will end up facing, if not simply because he has been named as a character, and if Oda simply wanted to demonstrate the inevitable fate of WBs old territory he would have simply shown a gang of un-named pirates and left it at that. I also think we will see something alone these lines happening in Fishman island, which will probably result in the strawhats having to do some work to save the fishmen.
I also agree with most of the people on the wikia who believe that Big Mom is in fact Lola's mo…
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