Oh, what do we do on Sunday nights now that Game Of Thrones is done for the year? We can either latch onto shows like The Walking Dead once that comes around (seriously, was there a better cliffhanger in the history of television than the one we saw during that season finale?) OR we could spend the next several months theorizing and coming up with ways Game Of Thrones will course its way through its penultimate season next year. That’s right, there are only two seasons left in the series, and producers and showrunners have all but confirmed that there will be fewer episodes per season. While it sucks to know that in a couple of years we won’t have any more Game Of Thrones to look forward to (unless those prequel series rumors are true), it’s equally good to know that the show won’t overstay its welcome. But that’s two years away. For now, we still have season 7 to look forward to, and at the moment we pretty much have a clear idea of what’s going to happen during that stretch.
Also, I don’t have to tell you that this post is chockfull of spoilers and is meant for those who are caught up with the series but, just in case you’re wondering, yes it’s insanely spoiler-heavy!
Here’s a comprehensive list of things that will happen in the seventh season of Game Of Thrones. As of right now, Cersei is the new Queen of the realm, Jon Snow is the new King in the North, and Daenerys Targaryen is sailing towards the Capital with a fleet unlike anything the world of man has seen before. And she has dragons. But the true threat lies beyond The Wall, for Winter has finally come, and with it the promise of the Night King and his army of the undead. We’re nearing the end of arguably the greatest show ever produced for television… and Season 7 will set the stage for what may be the most epic series finale of all time.
21 The Night Is Dark And Full Of Cures
Ah, Melisandre. The divisive redhead on Game Of Thrones who has a compulsive tendency to disrobe every so often. The last time she did that though, we were treated to more than we had bargained for, and Game Of Thrones fans the world over said “Please, no more!” in unison. She made quite the debut when she birthed a smoke baby, and really went too far when she ordered for the sacrifice of Princess Shireen, Stannis Baratheon’s daughter. Add to that the fact that Stannis Baratheon was a spineless wimp who had the emotive capabilities of a pine tree, and you had a character who was puppeteering a war that would ultimately lead to Stannis falling flat on his face on the battlefield.
After the end of the blockbuster sixth season of the show, however, we’re pretty much left in the dark about Melisandre’s whereabouts, since she was banished from Winterfell by the new King in the North, Jon Snow. Or are we?
20 The Cunning Conqueror: Littlefinger's Big Plans
There are not more than a handful of characters on Game Of Thrones who are slimier and creepier than Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish. Yes, he did assist Sansa Stark during the "Battle of the Bastards" and his influence ultimately saved Jon Snow and the wildlings from an ugly demise at the hands of the Bolton army. But then again, Petyr Baelish is the reason the Starks are in this muck in the first place, isn't he? His manipulations got Ned Stark killed, which is something Sansa has yet to uncover, and he sold Sansa to the putrid Ramsay Bolton knowing full well what that heinous sadist would do to her. If you look at it that way, this was the least Littlefinger could do to even things out.
19 Jaime Vs Cersei: Rise Of The Valonqar
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Jaime Lannister is really a nice guy deep down, underneath all that "Kingslayer" stuff. I mean, once you take away the fact that he has the hots for his sister… and that stuff with Ned Stark being killed… and that other time when he…
18 A Stark Reunion At Winterfell
The great Circle of Life will finally be complete. Everything that we’ve seen in Season 6 leads up to this one much-earned moment by the fans; a reunion of the Starks (or whatever is left of them) in their home of Winterfell.
17 The Hound Vs The Mountain
The Hound is back and he’s ready to kick some ass. Or, you know, jam an axe up someone’s groin. And whose groin are we hoping he goes after? The Mountain! That came out wrong, but you get my point.
16 Daenerys Vs Cersei: Battle For The Throne
There’s a storm coming to King’s Landing. No, it’s not an ice storm. In fact, it’s the direct opposite. Leading the most brutal battalion known to man is none other than Daenerys Targaryen, and she brings with her the promise of fire and blood in the form of relentless warriors and three gargantuan winged serpents. The time has finally come for the Mother of Dragons to meet Cersei Lannister, and things will not go well when it happens.
15 Jon Snow’s Finds Out About His Bloodline
For 17 years, fans of George R.R. Martin’s epic series of books have wondered if their R + L = J theory held any water, and if Jon Snow was indeed the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. In the grand finale of Season 6, it was confirmed that Jon Snow is indeed a Stark, and his mother is none other than Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna. But what of his father?
14 Brienne–Tormund–Jaime: Love Triangle
Just admit it, you love the perversely flirtatious advances made by Tormund Giantsbane towards Brienne of Tarth! It’s how all romantic comedies start… except without the giants and dragons and undead armies and the heinous stench of death all around them. But still, wouldn’t we want to see these two get it on in a really weird love-hate fling? No? Just me, then? Alright whatever, you people are dullards. Anyway, I’m pretty sure Brienne is going to bang Tormund’s brains silly, but she also has a thing for Jaime Lannister, remember? Unless that little wave they sent each other as Brienne was rowing away from Riverrun was a final goodbye between both characters, I’m betting there’ll be some love triangle drama when Brienne, Tormund, and Jaime are in the same room. And no, it won’t turn into a threesome, get your mind out of the gutter and don’t you dare think that of Brienne, you hear me! She’s a lady!
13 Arya’s Checklist: A Girl Has A Name
Arya is on a revenge-driven rampage right now, and if the Faceless Men of Braavos couldn’t channel her rage, I doubt anything else can. She’s coming to avenge her family, and she’s doing it in bloodthirsty fashion. But Arya’s story isn’t simple. She’s connected to a web of events that may or may not be a distraction to her. For better or worse, Arya is linked to Jaqen H'ghar and the faceless god, and who’s to say that he won’t show up again in Season 7? We don’t know if his plan was to set her on this path from the very beginning, or if her actions have angered the Faceless Men. Also, won’t it be interesting to find out just who these Faceless Men are? Will they lend their stealthy warriors to Arya’s cause?
12 Tyrion’s Ascension
Tyrion Lannister has always been a central character on Game of Thrones and as of right now, his arc is ascending towards a place of great power at the side of Daenerys Targaryen. Once mocked as “the imp”, Tyrion has been through the hoops and is now returning to settle a score with his sister for having him banished in the first place. But that’s not all there is to the fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister. There’s also the rumor that he could be of the Targaryen bloodline.
11 Bran Stark Finds His Purpose
One of the things that kicked off this whole saga was when Jaime Lannister pushed Brandon Stark off the ledge of a tower when Bran popped in on the Lannister siblings going to town on each other. Ugh. Since then, Bran’s journey has not been without hurdles, but at the end of Season 6, the youngest of the remaining Starks is more powerful than ever and has taken control of his warging abilities to see through time and gain knowledge of his family’s shrouded past.
10 Death Of A Dragon
As we’ve seen in Game Of Thrones time and time again, no one is safe from the cruel hand of fate in this series. Men have died, women have died, giants have died, and direwolves have died. It only makes sense that dragons can and will die, too, so be prepared to see that happen.
9 The Night King Explained
Who is The Night King, really? Cold, merciless, and a threat unlike anything the world of men is truly prepared for, we have yet to learn any real information about the dreaded lord of the undead, he who moves in the fog and beckons the icy storm at his will, The Night King.
8 The War In The North: Jon Snow Vs The Night King
Speaking of The Night King, winter has finally come to the world, and with it the threat of an enemy unlike anything anyone has seen before. With Bran Stark literally opening a doorway for The Night King to pass, and the omen of winter here at last, the White Walkers will finally begin to make their move onto the realm, and the first people they’ll set their icy gaze upon are the Starks up in the North.
7 A Rogue Stark: Sansa Vs Jon
All is not well in Winterfell, at least not underneath the surface of things. Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish is a manipulative bastard, and his words have already begun to take hold of Sansa Stark’s psyche. Does she demand her place as the true heir to Winterfell, or will she allow a supposed illegitimate prince to rule over her homeland? Sansa has always been attracted to power and glory, and now that things have smoothened out for her and her ex-husband is dog chowder, there’s no reason for her to sit back and allow others to bask in the limelight. Simply put, she’s not a helpless little child anymore.
6 Unholy Alliances
Speaking of rogue Starks and rebellious members of the family, there are bound to be some twists and turns once Season 7 comes around. As is with Game Of Thrones, nothing is as it seems and sooner or later, sh*t always manages to hit the fan.
5 Dragons Unite: Jon Snow Meets Daenerys Targaryen
Of all the highly-anticipated meetings between characters on Game Of Thrones, none ranks higher than the meeting of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. One proceeds to King’s Landing with such ferocity and precision, while the other is still lost in a shroud of uncertainty pertaining to his bloodline. But the time will come when these two forces, the prophesized songs of ice and fire, come face to face on the show, and it’ll be a moment that fans will not soon forget.
4 The Wall Collapses
Literally the only thing standing in between the world of men and the ravenous horde of the undead is the great Wall. Said to be made of ice and ancient magic, the Wall protects the realm of men from the dark forces that dwell beyond it. But… the Wall isn’t indestructible. A mythical object called the Horn of Joramun is said to have the power to breach the wall, causing it to collapse, thereby exposing the Realm to threats unlike anything they’ve encountered for many centuries. Also known as The Horn of Winter, the horn is an item of legend that was supposedly first blown by Joramun, a wildling King Beyond the Wall, in order to awaken “giants from the earth”. No one in current times known if the ancient horn is real or even exists, but the show has alluded to it before.
3 Revenge Of The Red Vipers
Game Of Thrones has scarred many fans in many different ways. Do your first shocking moment on the show? Was it the ever-popular Ned Stark scene? Was it the Red Wedding? That one had fans screaming, didn’t it? For me, it was when Oberyn Martell took on The Mountain in one-on-one combat… and lost. That scene, you know the one, was horrific and one of the most uncomfortable sequences to witness on the show.
Nevertheless, Oberyn’s legacy didn’t just fade away into obscurity. While The Mountain is probably stronger than ever thanks to the tinkering of that creepy ol’ Qyburn, Oberyn’s avengers have made their message very clear as well. They’re coming to take from Cersei every little thing that she holds dear, and they’ve aligned themselves with a fleet that will sweep King’s Landing like a hurricane. It’ll be fun to see Ellaria Sand and her “Sand Snakes”, the bastard daughters of The Red Viper himself, come face to face with Cersei and her bulky companion. I won’t lie, I’ve waited for this moment for a long time, and just knowing that there’ll be a chance for Ellaria to seek vengeance on the ones who killed Oberyn makes me a very happy fan.
2 Euron Greyjoy: A Dragon’s Appetizer
Okay, so while everyone’s gung-ho and on their way to the Capital, everyone’s favorite creepy uncle, Euron Greyjoy, is probably still building ships back at the Iron Islands. What’s he waiting for… the next Winter? While Euron was “waking up” from his anticlimactic drowning ceremony on his own sweet time, Yara and Theon Greyjoy were already halfway across the world making powerful alliances with Queens who own goddamn dragons! Dragons, Euron… dragons!
1 Knowledge Is Power: Sam’s Library Holds The Key
I didn’t think I’d ever see anyone happier to see books than Belle in Beauty and The Beast, but in comes Samwell Tarly on the season finale of Game Of Thrones and he looks happier to see a library than he was when Gilly mounted him. Okay, no… now that I think about it he was shocked with happiness when that happened so maybe he likes her a little bit more.
Anyway, Sam’s ascension to the path of becoming a maester is pivotal to the show because history is the key to solving the problems of the future. The past is a major element on the series, as displayed by Bran’s ability to warp his consciousness through time. Sam having access to this library means that he’ll discover secrets of a time long gone that will determine the fate of the entire Realm. There’s probably clues in there to Jon Snow’s father, the truth behind Cersei’s three children, and loads more. While a library in the midst of a great war may not sound like the most exciting thing in the world, it’ll be fun to see what secrets good ol’ Samwell discovers along the way, and how he’ll play a part in finally helping his friend Jon Snow out. Also remember that Samwell has Valyrian steel with him, so that’s bound to have some significance.
I guess this is where we cap things off for potential Season 7 storylines. I’ll leave you with an interesting bit of trivia. Did you notice the chandelier in the great library? Does it look familiar? Now, do you remember the axis that spins too close to the camera during the show’s opening sequence? Aaaah, you’ve connected the dots. What if all the events on Game Of Thrones are a retelling based on the books in the great library? What if, and here’s the shocker, all of this is based… on a book? ;)
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