Fan theories, getting back to the books, family reunions.
By Croix Provence
We have all been waiting for this day since the moment the finale of season six left us all slack-jawed and hungry for answers. We have all been pouring through online fan theories, and creating our own. We have all been re-reading the books. We have all been praying thrice daily to our heavenly Martin to impart upon us the gift of another book, for God’s sake.
But it’s here. It’s real. And it’s coming. Just like winter.
Break out the red and tissues, friends. Season 7 of “Game Of Thrones” begins this Sunday night.
SPOILERS AHEAD! If you have not watched all of season 6, check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Some really intense and unpredictable moments rounded out the last season. One of my favorite surprises was undoubtedly the return of The Hound. Some of us could smell it coming; he never officially died on camera (and even if he did, Jon Snow has something to say about that), and he is the only person living in Westeros that could even hold a candle to his brother, The Mountain.
Speaking of which, the Cleganebowl is the most popular fan theories circulating right now! Somehow, some way, our burnt hero is going to murder his way to King’s Landing and face off with his zombie of a brother. Fingers crossed that things don’t end up for him the way they ended up for The Viper… yeesh. The only thing that could bring that theory to a screeching halt is the fact that trial by combat is being outlawed.
Well, that and the fact that The Hound is making his way towards war with the White Walkers. Hopefully he will catch wind of his brother’s return from the dead and send that sucker straight back.
Another big one that fans have been raving about for multiple seasons now is the potential of Bran learning how to warg a dragon. Come on. JUST DO IT. We are all waiting! His skills have developed, and homeboy is rough and tumble. Let him overtake a dragon and give the Khaleesi a little run for her money! Or help her out. They are distantly related, after all. Which leads me to…
The man who knows nothing: Jon Snow. The one true hero archetype of the show. The poutiest-looking GQ model in all of Westeros. He was brought back from the dead by the hand of secretly-a-corpse Melisandre, who deeply believes that “The Prince That Was Promised” would be born again of Azor Ahai.
Perhaps with the help of his newfound family and their massive dragons, he can overtake the throne in the name of all that is good!
Newfound family, you ask? Well, if you didn’t catch it in season 6, or have it spoiled for you, it was revealed after much speculation that Jon Snow is not the bastard of Winterfell. In fact, he is the son of Lyanna Stark, making him the rightful heir to the throne of Winterfell, since, well, everybody else is dead or younger than him.
Who’s the baby daddy? Rhaegar Targaryen. So, is Snow also the rightful heir to King’s Landing? Moreso than Daenerys purely because of age, I would assume. Is he also impervious to the effects of fire? We will find out.
Will he ride a dragon, presumably one warged by his brother? FINGERS CROSSED, BABY!
Back to prophecies: Cersei has one of her own that is mostly fulfilled. For those who do not recall the prophecy, the witch spoke it as follows:
Cersei: “When will I wed the prince?”
Maggy: “Never. You will wed the king.”
Cersei: “I will be queen, though?”
Maggy: “Aye. Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
Cersei: “Will the king and I have children?”
Maggy: “Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you.” […] “Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds,” […] “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
All of her children are now dead, which is 1/3 fantastic and 2/3 heartbreaking. King Robert had children with plenty of other women around the city, hence the slaughter of them all when Joffrey came to rule. So what of this last part? Is somebody really going to kill the evil Cersei Lannister? For those who have done their homework, “Valonqar” is Valyrian for “little brother”, of which she has two.
I think we would all expect Tyrian to kill her, since he did kill their father and would happily rid the world of Cersei’s menace, but something tells me it will be Jaime. He has had such incredible and humbling growth throughout this show, and at the end of season 6 he returned to the city to hear of a massive explosion that took the lives of Kevan Lannister, Margaery/Mace/Loras Tyrell, and The High Sparrow. Cersei has regained the throne. He knows. HE HAS TO KNOW.
Can he handle knowing this about his sister? Tack on the fact that their son has committed suicide in the wake of these events. If Jaime choked her to death, even with one hand, nobody would be surprised. In fact, I think the entire world will be cheering.
There are so many interesting and exciting fan theories circling around “Game Of Thrones” season 7 that we want to share, but we would rather hear your thoughts on them! What do you think about these theories?
Any theories of your own you would like to share? Comment below, and be sure to tune in to the HBO series premiere on Sunday, July 16th!
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