Game of Thrones Season 6 has recently ended, giving us 10 months (sob) to ponder what will happen to our friends and foes in Season 7. But why wait when I can ponder now?
Here are seven predictions that I made, based on my knowledge of George R.R. Martin's novels A Song of Ice and Fire, the way the TV series unfolds, some popular fan theories and, of course, logic. Will my predictions come true? We'll revisit at the end of Season 7 to see just how much I got right. And wrong. After all, I was the one who strongly believed Margaery would try to seduce the High Sparrow in order to discredit him. We all know how that turned out.
Note: I also added one semi-prediction at the end. I can't substantiate it in any way. But it feels right. You'll see.
Let me know in the comments if you think I've hit the target or am so far off the mark, I'm practically in Essos.
Jaime Lannister will kill Cersei
I’m not just saying this because of the prediction that the woods witch Maggy the Frog made, where she told the young Cersei that the “valonquar” (little brother) would take her life—and Cersei was older than Jaime by several minutes.
I’m saying this because Jaime killed King Aerys the Mad for threatening to blow up King’s Landing. Now that Cersei did what Aerys failed to do, Jaime will “Queenslay” once again to protect the city.
Also, Jaime and Brienne will become lovers.
Maggy the Frog also told Cersei that everything she had--and Jaime's love is the one thing she can rely on--would be taken by someone younger and more beautiful.
Brienne is younger than Cersei. And as for more beautiful, remember that people refer to her as “Brienne the Beauty,” even if they mean it mockingly.
Daenerys will take a detour on her way to the Seven Kingdoms
Dany won’t reach the Seven Kingdoms until the end of season 7, despite sailing in a fleet of one hundred ships. That's because she’s going to be waylaid by Euron Greyjoy.
That’s pretty much a given, considering we’ve finally met Euron in Season 6, and why introduce him now if he doesn’t have plot relevance? Dany knows he’s coming for her and her dragons, but her lack of preparedness for him will hurt her: Euron is the Big Bad of the series (especially now that Roose and Ramsay Bolton are dead), and without giving anything from the novels away, he’s particuarly dangerous to Dany.
Because Euron is a killer, I predict someone from Dany’s retinue will fall by his hand. And that someone is Yara. After all, Yara is a threat to his claim to the Seastone Chair. Plus, with both Yara and Theon around, we have a surplus of Greyjoys. As Daenerys had both Ser Barristan Selmy and Ser Jorah Mormont to offer her counsel in Meereen, that was one counselor too many. Barristan died.
Oh, did I say someone will fall by his hand? I meant something as well. One of Dany’s dragons will go out in a blaze (<— see what I did there) because of Euron.
Sansa will fight with Jon, eventually rule Winterfell
When it came to the Battle of the Bastards, Jon didn’t take Sansa’s advice about how dangerous Ramsay really is, and Sansa never told Jon that she had sent for help from the Eyrie. This miscommunication will be the first of many.
Actually, this isn’t a prediction. David Benioff flat-out said it in the extras you can find on HBO Go, in the season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter."
That said, Sansa will ultimately rule Winterfell. Think about it: Robb and Rickon are dead. Bran has other responsibilities. Jon will likely head back to the Wall to fight the White Walkers. That leaves only one Stark at Winterfell. Sansa.
Oh, and in between ruling the North, she’ll kill Petyr Baelish.
This is a popular theory from Westeros.org’s message boards, based on a prophesy from a character called the Ghost of High Heart.
"I dreamt of a maid at a feast with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow."
If you recall, Sansa wore the hairnet Ser Dontos gave her (in the TV show, it was a necklace), which contained poisoned stones. The castle built of snow is Winterfell. And as for the savage giant, as we know, Littlefinger wears a mockingbird…but his house sigil is the Titan of Braavos. A giant.
If this were a game of Clue, I would say, “Sansa. In Winterfell. With the poison.”
The Wall will come down
The greatest structures built in the Seven Kingdoms, the Wall has protected the realm against the White Walkers for 10,000 years. As we learned from Benjen Stark, it’s not just ice and snow—it has magic spells woven into it, to keep the Walkers out.
I'm pretty sure it’s going to come down.
We know the White Walkers are amassing an army of the undead. We also know that the Children, who created the White Walkers to defend them against humans, know powerful magic. I believe the Children are the ones who helped create the Wall, perhaps out of guilt for creating the Walkers. Now, after the episode “The Door,” we know the last of the Children are dead. I can’t imagine their spells will hold after their entire race has died out.
Jon will have to run to the remains of the Wall to keep the White Walkers from destroying the Seven Kingdoms. (With any luck, Dany will have at least one dragon left, to help with the fight. After all, the books are called A Song of Ice and Fire.)
Bran will effect the past in a very negative way
Bran, who has inherited the title of the Three-Eyed Raven, has the power to look into the past, as well as to whisper to people when he's there. And as we learned from his experience with Ned and Hodor, he can’t change their fate.
I think Bran is the instigator of King Aerys the Mad’s madness. We saw it in a flashback, this white-haired king saying, “Burn them all.” That was Aerys, the king who was killed by Jaime Lannister, the one who left all of that wildfire under King’s Landing.
Aerys had been paranoid for years before he went full-on cray-cray. But wouldn’t you be twitchy if you had whispers in your head?
One internet rumor suggests that Bran was trying to reach out to Aerys in the past, to build Wildfire to destroy the Walkers. I don’t hold to that theory. Instead, I think Bran realizes that his grandfather and uncle (Ned’s father and brother) were burned to death by the Mad King, and he wanted to go back and save his family. But no matter what Bran said, it wasn’t (or is that “wouldn’t be?”) enough to stop Aerys.
Jon Snow will learn of his parentage
Just because Jon Snow is no longer a member of the Night’s Watch doesn’t mean he doesn’t take their vow to protect the realm seriously. When the White Walkers attack—and they will—he will race north to help.
At some point, Bran will make his way south and meet up with Jon, where Jon will learn about his true parentage. The knowledge that he’s a Targaryen will encourage Jon to ask Dany for her aid at the Wall (or what’s left of it).
Obviously, Jon will marry Dany. As we know, the Targaryens are incestuous (ew). Then there’s the fact that Jon has fulfilled his vow to the Night’s Watch—to remain celibate until he dies. Which he did. Buh-bye, Mary Palm and her five sisters. Adding that Dany is now newly single and actively looking for a Westerosi husband, and we have wedding bells.
Arya won’t return to Winterfell immediately
Arya Stark of Winterfell is going home...but not just yet. That’s because Arya has a list, and until she’s crossed every name off of it in blood, she has no reason to go back. After all, there’s no one in Winterfell she needs to kill.
The one person she won’t be killing? The Hound. After all, in the episode, “The Children,” she refused to give him the gift of mercy. (And this leaves the Hound alive to return to Sansa, to the delight of San-San fanfic lovers.)
When she goes back to Winterfell, she’ll appear in someone else’s face, just as she did with Walder Frey in "The Winds of Winter." In fact, she may not even appear as Arya for a long time: In the books, she felt guilty for what she had done, and she was afraid her family wouldn’t love her. When she returns incognito, she’ll learn what they all had to do to survive. That’s when we’ll get our bittersweet reunion.
Not a prediction, but a guess: Tyrion will die
I believe that ultimately Tyrion Lannister will die at the end of the series. Why? He’s just too damned awesome to survive George R.R. Martin’s world of treachery and betrayal.