Mysteries abound on Game of Thrones, and part of the show's success has been in voracious fans trying to figure out exactly what is going on behind all of the scheming, killing, and incestuous love-making. Though the biggest questions about the HBO series' upcoming final season are likely "who will die" and "how bad will things get" (probably everyone; and really, really bad), there are some smaller mysteries that have been cleared up thanks to an in-depth look at the scripts from the previous seven seasons.
Vanity Fair recently took a deep dive through the scripts, all of which have been available (though not really utilized) via the Writers Guild of America. HBO and series co-creator D.B. Weiss provided them, and though they've been "flying under the radar" according to the publication, interest in the treasure trove has now picked up thanks to an instagram photo from the WGA, which shows a page from the show's bible:
The bible itself is in the WGA's collection, but so is every script written for the show — with the extreme exception of anything related to Season 8.
We've already watched (and re-watched) those episodes, though... so what revelations could the scripts possibly bring into the light? As it turns out, there are quite a few.
**SPOILER WARNING: There are likely spoiler alerts ahead for the final season of Game of Thrones. Most of this is speculation based on existing scripts, but you never know. If you want to go in colder than the Night King, then hop on the King's Road and make your way out of this article.**
Everyone ready? Onward we go. As always, Valar Morghulis.
Oh Cersei Lannister, you never fail to entertain us. Lena Headey's Queen of Scheme cooked up a whopper in Season 7, when she told her brother/lover Jaime that she was pregnant. Not many people believed her (she's not always the most honest person, is she?), but apparently the script makes it clear that she's telling the truth.
As the script reads, “She nods, it’s true. Her happiness is contagious. They get another chance at family. This time with no one standing in their way.” Later, her brother/enemy Tyrion Lannister discovers the pregnancy, and it catches them both off guard: “Tyrion sees what he sees and knows what it means. He can hardly believe it, but knows it to be true. She stays silent for too long, long enough to tell him that he’s right. And once she knows he knows, she can think of nothing else to say.”
It would seem that Cersei wasn't lying for once — she actually is pregnant, presumably with Jaime's child. If this kid actually makes it into the world alive (don't count on it), then it's gonna be... an interesting person, to say the least.
The Cersei reveals don't end there. Season 5 changed things up with the beginning of its premiere episode, doing the only real flashback the show has ever done. We've seen Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven traveling to the past plenty of times, but this particular flashback was not brought on by anything — the show just put it up there.
It involved young Cersei and a friend visiting a seer known as Maggy the Frog; the prophecy she was given here proved vital to the rest of Season 5, and beyond. Not only did Maggy predict the deaths of all three of Cersei's children, she also told her, “You will be Queen. For a time. Then comes another. Younger, more beautiful. To cast you down and take all you hold dear.” Cersei believes this to be Margaery Tyrell, and schemes accordingly. Margaery isn't around anymore, however, so savvy viewers now assume that Cersei was wrong about the prophesy — it was always about Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen.
It's something that many fans called from moment one, but the writing of Cersei and Dany's meeting in Season 7 confirms the connection: “Cersei stares at her enemy, this baby-faced usurper who’s come to take what’s hers.”
In the last episode we saw, "The Dragon and the Wolf," Dany and Jon Snow finally get busy. We cut away from their carnal festivities for a moment to see Tyrion looming somewhere outside their chamber. The look on his face has been a matter of much debate — is his political mind troubled because of this new development, or is he, most unfortunately, in love with his Queen? "Hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm..." after all.
Most unfortunately for everyone, the script for that episode makes it clear that Tyrion is, in fact, in love with Dany. We don't blame him, how could he not be, but still — love may prove to be his ultimate undoing. In one instance, the Tyrion of the books says, "Love is madness, and lust is poison." He could be both mad and poisoned.
The scripting for the finale of Season 6 kind of seals the deal— Tyrion loves her, romantic-style, and has since Dany made him Hand of the Queen. As the script for that episode states: “He studies her face. Dany is staring into the distance so Tyrion is able to watch her from up close. Goddamn but she is beautiful. He watches her for a beat too long and turns away. Lost in her own thoughts, she doesn’t notice that he’s flustered.”
It's brought up again in the barn-burning script for Season 7's "The Spoils of War" (aka the Burning Loot Train episode) which states the following when Tyrion's brother decides to try and attack Dany: “...the brother he loves races towards his probably death at the hands of the queen Tyrion also loves.”
Tyrion is definitely smitten, but hopefully he'll manage to keep these feelings in check. The show needs him. Westeros needs him. We need him. Love is madness, and could easily lead to his death. Just ask Robb Stark.
Tyrion isn't the only character revealed to have a crush — Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) is more than a little taken with Dany's interpreter and friend, Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). When Davos (who still has a wife somewhere, presumably) meets her for the first time, the script states: “Davos sighs, watching Missandei.”
Later on, the script goes further with Davos' crush: “Davos smiles. Jon gives him an ‘Easy you old perv’ look.” Grey Worm and Missandei are meant to be, so this is one of the only instances we can think of where we'd be rooting against Davos.
NICE GUY EURON, AND THE WHITE WALKER LANGUAGE
This is a detail that is almost impossible to spot — in Season 7, when we see Euron Greyjoy and his ship of berserkers, the script describes them as “fearsome, tongue-less brutes.” It's not something that you can readily see, but it is a nice throwback to Euron's ways and means in the book series, where his actions are actually worse.
In terms of characters that don't really speak but could have at one point, we have the frightening White Walkers. We don't hear them communicate in the show, but this may have been different at one point. In George R.R. Martin's books, the Walkers use “inhuman shrieks” to communicate, also described as, “a chilling sound, like crackling ice.” The script for the pilot episode almost picks up this cue — it has them making noises, and states: “These are not the noises of mindless predators. This is a language and whatever is speaking is getting closer.”
JON AND DANY SITTING IN A TREE
The script for the Season 7 episode "Beyond the Wall" susses out the love story of Jon Snow and his Auntie Dany. They've just come from an awful battle, and one of Dany's beloved dragons has "died." She visits Jon on his sickbed, and the script states: "She opens her mouth to speak but only tears come — the tears she has held at bay until now, because people were watching, and she still had hope. Here with Jon and only Jon, she lets go of hope and poise, and weeps.”
Even Jon "knows nothing" Snow gets what this means, and the script has him responding as such: “Jon has truly never seen a girl like this before. Her beauty, her strength, her grief and the pain it makes him feel... they all push him to the realization that he loves her.”
Nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong! Jon is not a bastard at all, but a lost Targaryen. Not only that, he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This ties back to a moment at the end of Season 2, where Dany has a vision courtesy of some time at the House of the Undying. The vision includes the throne room of King's Landing, and is wholly an invention of the show. Still, it's very interesting in how it reads: "She looks up. The roof is missing and snow falls from the sky. At the far end of the room, the Iron Throne waits for her, dusted with snow. Her dream made manifest.”
The Iron Throne dusted with... snow?! Coincidence, or something hidden in plain sight the entire time? We'll have to wait until Game of Thrones returns for its final season, unbent, unbowed, and unbroken, in April of 2019.