“When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.” – George R. R. Martin.
Game of Thrones is an immensely popular television show, perhaps the second most popular show in the world in terms of ratings. The show is based on the epic fantasy novel series– “A Song of Fire and Ice”, written by George R. R. Martin. Over a span of five years the show has completed six seasons, with the seventh being the most awaited season of all as it nears its end.
Although, all GOT seasons have previously surfaced around April, Season 7 is set to premiere in mid June as show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explained –“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, Winter is here”. (Winter is finally here and is to stay). This season is also shorter in terms of the number of episodes as there are 7 instead of the usual 10.
Based on where each character left of in season six, I have got seven theories about how the show’s seventh season might play of
1. Jon Snow learns the truth of his identity.
Throughout the six seasons of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow is identified as Ned Stark’s bastard son. However Season 6 revealed the truth to this situation and fulfilled the ever surfacing fan theory of L+R=J. This theory states that Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rahegar Targareyan, which makes him anything less than a bastard. Lyanna left Ned Stark in charge of the baby as she died, giving birth. If Jon Snow comes to know of his true lineage, he would be the direct successor to the Iron Throne
2. Could Nymeria possibly return back?
“The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives”. This dialogue from the Season 7 trailer could possibly hint towards the reunion between Nymeria (Arya Starks dire wolf) and Arya. As per the book, after Nymerias dismissal the direwolf forms a pack of its own in Westeros. But in the show, Nymeria was dismissed for her own protection after it attacked Joffery and was never seen or heard of ever. However, show watchers have always wished for a reunion among the two. This reconnection between the two could perhaps signal Arya’s return to her familial roots as well as her reunion with Sansa, Jon and most importantly Winterfell, the House of Starks.
3. Jon Snow will unify rivals against the White Walkers.
The trailer shows Sir Davos telling an imaginary figure that “ It doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.” This dialogue could hint to the age old fact that the white walkers have been the biggest threat to the Iron Throne. Jon was the former member of the nights watch, whose mission was to keep the white walkers at bay. With the magic spell broken and Bran being marked by the Nights King the White Walkers become the biggest hazard. Jon would in this season try to bring all the houses together in unison to fight the walking dead
4. Will the Mad Queen be killed?
Cersei Lannister aka the Mad Queen as per a prophecy by Maggy the Frogg told her that she would wed a king, all her children would die and that she would die by the hands of a valonqar which in Valyrian means younger brother. Three forth of the prophecy has already come true, which leaves us with the latter. It could be possible that Jamie, who is born a few minutes after Cersei would be the one to kill her.
5. Littlefinger’s manipulations.
Peter Baelish is the catalyst for wedging a rift between Sansa and Jon. He attempts to manipulate Sansa into believing that the king in the North is actually her enemy and is trying to steal her throne which being the eldest, is her sole right. Littlefinger is trying to evoke feelings of sibling rivalry in Sansa so that Jon gets eliminated from the way so that he can rule beside Sansa at Winterfell and eventually take on the Iron Throne.
So here’s my take on the upcoming season of GOT. Stay tuned for the premiere of the seventh season on 16th July 2017 to know who finally wins the game of thrones and whether these ever surfacing theories are given light!
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Authored by Shivani Jaggi