A Girl has Predictions
This Sunday feels like how NFL fans feel about Superbowl Sunday. I’m breaking out the ale and lemon cakes for the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 7. We have waited a long time for this and the time has come. Winter is here.
With all the excitement on my timeline I decided to share some of my thoughts and predictions for season 7. I’m not going to disclose that there are spoilers because if you have not caught up you knew better then to come over here. Let’s dive in!
1. Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (*coughs* Targaryen):
DUH. So let’s be honest here, the Mother of Dragons and the King of the North is going to marry for the good of the realm.
Let’s start with Dany. I was not a huge Daenerys fan initially, but she grew on me. Dany gave herself grace to learn how to lead as a Queen. I dig that because who is going to be an all-knowing khaleesi as a teenager?
The closing scene in Season 6 left off with Daenerys traveling to Westeros with the Unsullied, her three dragons, and her council to claim her place on the Iron Throne. I think I may have underestimated her. I thought she was this just this liberator and abolisher of slavery in Essos, but judging by the look in her eyes while sailing to Westeros and the determination to crush her enemies ,well, she might unleash a darker side of her. Power corrupts. But, power + three dragons could equal fiery madness. Her father was the Mad King, so she grows closer to her throne and becomes more hungry for power she might make a really ugly turn. To be clear, I do not think she is evil, but her lineage (Aerys Targaryen) should not be ignored.
Then, there is Jon Snow who defeated death, thanks to the Red Woman, but then almost suffocated to death at the heels of both his army and Lord Bolton’s in a gory scene to win back the North and Winterfell. Remember when Ygritte in season 2 kept telling him he doesn’t know anything, well I would beg to differ, Jon Snow knows how to not die or at least stay dead for long. Thanks to Sansa, he won the war against Ramsey Bolton in season 6, and is now celebrated as the King of the North.
So here we have it, the Mother of Dragons and the King of the North. It seems very possible, and a good strategy that if Daenerys wants the Iron Throne then teaming up with Jon Snow, who has expressed no interest in the Iron Throne, will be her best bet. In Season 6, Daenerys commands Daario to stay and lord over Mereen because she knew that in order for her to build her army and power she has to marry a Lord in Westeros. She broke any romantic ties with Daario and even mentioned that it was easy for her to do, according to her conversation with Tyrion.
Not to mention, Jon Snow and Dany are both Targaryens. Jon Snow’s mother is Lyanna Stark (Ned Stark’s sister) and Rhaegar Targaryn. Ned Stark just played baby daddy to keep a secret because if the late Robert Baratheon found out, there would be no Jon Snow.
What’s better than one Targaryen?
If Dany can stay on the straight and narrow and not go mad with power she could actually win the Iron Throne. This will only get complicated if Dany has no knowledge of the NightKing or that winter is here. Jon could very well suggest that the war for the Iron Throne is not as important as the war to come with the NightKing. He is right. Either way, they are about to fuck shit up. Dracarys, bitches.
2. Littlefinger (Petyr Baelish)
Littlefinger is dangerous as fuck. He had his grimy hands in Ned Stark’s death, he wormed his way out of King’s Landing, became a Lord in the Vale, and shipped Sansa Stark off to the hell the Ramsey Bolton created in the aftermath of Winterfell. He is always riddled in chaos and seems to reappear when it is time to make the next move. To be specific, the day that Joffrey was poisoned at his wedding, we had no idea where Littlefinger had run off to until we learned he created an escape route for Sansa to get the hell out of King’s Landing before Cersei got a hold of her.
In the closing scenes of season 6’s finale, Littlefinger is in Sansa’s ear about who has birthright to Lord over the North, urging Sansa that it should be her.
Judging by Littlefinger’s history to get shit done the way he wants it done, then my prediction is that he might successfully convince Sansa that her rightful place is to be Queen of the North. How? Well, I would assume his reasoning would involve her history with Cersei and her being a full-blooded Stark.
Littlefinger might be playing the cards right in this one. He knows Sansa’s strengths and weaknesses well. During the course of their storylines, Littlefinger studied Sansa early on in King’s Landing and leads her to believe he is the only one who really understands her. He is a dangerous character and could send the realm into more chaos.
3. Brandon Stark
Bran has always been very self-aware. Jaime Lannister thrusted him out of the window onto the ground, crippling him for the rest of his life, but it did not cripple his spirit or mind. Even at a young age, he understood his role and call as Brandon Stark. His storyline is very unique, with the abilities to prophesy, transport himself into the minds of animals and even humans (Warg), Bran is one of the most powerful characters in the story. The Starks have always seem to have easy access to magic so it does not come by surprise that his role will be the glue for the Seven Kingdoms.
Last season, he time travels and watches a young Ned Stark, fight his way up to save his sister Lyanna from Rhaegar’s men but before Ned reaches out to Lyanna, Bran calls out his father’s name. Dangerous as it is to interfere with history, this could very well mean that he has not only the power to foresee the future and go back in time, but can also alter historical events. This is MAJOR and quite frightening if you ask me. Frightening because that is too much power for anyone.
Bran’s role this season is looking like a powerful weapon for the war to come with the NightKing and his white walker army. Bran is learning to understand his gift of Greensight.
4. Sansa Stark
Sansa has been through a helluva lot. Joffrey woke up every morning with new ways on how to make Sansa’s life miserable. Remember days after her father was beheaded by Joffrey’s order, he made her go out and look at her father’s head on a spike. He flogged her publicly in the King’s Hall, and tossed away their marriage a after deciding to marry Margaery Tyrell. Which of course you can argue was not such a bad thing, but on the same token, imagine if Joffrey chose not to marry Sansa in the first place, it might have saved her father’s life and saved her misery. Joffrey did everything in his power to make sure she lived the life of a traitor’s daughter. Not to mention Sansa endured threats of being thrown out into the Moon Door by wild her Aunt Lysa.
Sansa’s road eventually led her back into Winterfell, but it was not the Winterfell she left years ago. Littlefinger manipulated Sansa into marrying the new Lord of Winterfell, Ramsey Bolton. She was afraid and did not want to go through with it, but fell into Littlefinger’s trap and ended up marrying Ramsey Bolton. She was sexually abused by Bolton on a nightly basis after their wedding, which was hard to watch because at this point of the show, I feel like Sansa has already been through enough.
There was a glimpse of hope for Sansa as she escaped Winterfell with traitor, Theon Greyjoy, eventually being reunited with Brienne of Tarth, but more importantly her brother, Jon. There is some redemption as we watched her lay waste to Ramsey’s army after sending word to Littlefinger in the Vale, in which he sent the Men of the Vale to crush Ramsey’s army. Then, she dragged Ramsey to Winterfell and fed him to his hounds. Tiny victories for Sansa, but victories nonetheless.
Sansa has every cause to rain the fury of the North on Cersei. Cersei, like Joffrey, purposively made Sansa’s life hell in King’s Landing. Recall the time when Cersei ordered for Sansa’s direwolf to be killed (since Nymeria, Arya’s direwolf, ran off) on the King’s Road or when she made Sansa write a betraying letter to her brother Rob pleading with him to surrender. There is no doubt in my mind that if it came down to it, Sansa would wage war against Cersei in a blink of an eye. In fact, that would be a more interesting war to me then Jon Snow & Dany against Cersei. Sansa has a lot more cause.
Sansa seems much more certain of herself now and what it means to be a Stark. Littlefinger is trying to convince her that her rightful place is on the throne in the North and the more he plants this seed in her head it might manifest into something really terrible. If she decides it is her place to sit on the throne in the North, this would inevitably mean that she will betray Jon Snow. It pains me to even think about that! The people chose Jon, let’s leave it at that, please! I think Sansa might cave into Littlefinger’s web.
5. Cersei Lannister
By the mercy of the gods, OLD AND NEW, save us from the wrath of Cersei Lannister.
All of her children are dead. Cersei’s only redeeming quality was the love she had for her children who all died. Her children’s death is a manifestation of a curse that a witch who lived in a bomb ass tree trunk told Cersei when she was young.
Cersei has always been about Cersei (save her children), and has even given Jaime Lannister wiggle room to fuck up. You know because he is the father of her children — some weird incest storyline going on there. Cersei has told Jaime that she does not like how absent he has been in their children’s lives and seems to hold some disdain for him over it. However, after her daughter’s, Myrcella, death in his custody, she is not putting up with anymore shit. Did ya’ll see the look she gave him when they crowned her Queen of the Realm? She’s out here to get hers. Cersei is undisputedly one of my favorite characters because she is a complicated villain. I hate that I love her.
This season, I think her gaze is bent on Dorne. The Sand Sisters of Dorne poisoned her only daughter, Myrcella, while she was on her way back to King’s Landing. I believe this will cripple her because Cersei has so many enemies so while she will be out to destroy Dorne, she might be hit by Sansa in Winterfell or Dany with Jon Snow.
I think Cersei fans have been waiting for this moment since season 1. Cersei has always been foufive seconds from popping off in Westeros. Blowing up the Sept in the last season was only the beginning. I particularly love the way she sipped her wine after she blew up the Sept. The entire scene is gold. It was a good reminder to viewers that Cersei is a force to be reckoned with.
In Cersei’s words to Joffrey in season 1, “Everyone who is not us is an enemy.”
6. Arya Stark
From water dancer to assassin, Arya Stark is unmatched. This Stark girl is determined. I knew I fucked with her when every night before falling asleep she recited the names on her hit list. She’s not the one to toy with.
I’m not sure which kingdom she will hit first, but she left off in season 6, in the North after killing the organizer of the Red Wedding, Lord Walder Frey. Since she is already in the North, I’m thinking she will go to Winterfell first. Hopefully, word has reached her that her half-brother, Jon Snow, is the King of the North and that Sansa also resides in Winterfell. I’m betting that is the road Arya will take OR she will head to King’s Landing to kill Cersei.
I have heard theories that Arya kills Littlefinger because of a promotional photo circulating with Arya wielding Littlefinger’s dagger, but I cannot subscribe to that theory so quickly because there is no cause behind her killing him…yet. This is because, in Season 2, Arya disguised herself as a maiden for Tywin Lannister. Littlefinger met with Tywin to discuss war matters and recognized Arya as she was serving them. Littlefinger could have disclosed to Tywin that his maiden was the Stark girl everyone was searching for, but he didn’t. So I’m not sold on Arya murdering Littlefinger yet.
Another interest to me, is the Red Woman and Arya. There meeting was short-lived but happened in season 2 of the show, when the Red Woman took Gendry (Robert Baratheon’s illegitimate son). The Red Woman grabbed Arya by the face and told her she saw many faces in her eyes (definitely referencing the Many Face God) and that they will meet again. My senses are telling me since Jon Snow exiled the Red Woman from the North (season 6), then she will seek out Arya.
Lastly, I believe there will be a reunion of Arya and Nymeria! Nymeria is Arya’s direwolf. She had to chase Ny off after she bit Joffrey’s arm on the Kingsroad in season 1. An Arya and Nymeria reunion would be sweet. I will probably cry.
7. Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion Lannister is another fan favorite. His love for history, riddles, and solving problems is what makes his character magnificent. Tyrion has always been pushed into the bottom of the barrel and considered a bad apple. Basically, his family perpetuated this ableist hideous lie that because Tyrion is a dwarf that he is a monster and should be treated as such.
Tyrion gets blamed several times throughout the show for the death of his mother, who perished while she was giving birth. His own father, Tywin, said he wanted to thrust Tyrion into the sea when he was born.
Tyrion being blamed for deaths, though responsible for Tywin’s, is an ongoing theme in his storyline. But through all the hatred and mockery spewed at him from his family and a running joke in King’s Landing, he still found joy in being a temporary King’s Hand to Joffrey, and making sure that King’s Landing did not succumb to ruin. Say what you want, but Tyrion made sure that the King’s Landing ran decently.
After killing his father, his lover, and escaping out of King’s Landing (thanks to his brother Jaime Lannister) his path crossed with the Lord Varys. Lord Varys urges Tyrion not to drown himself in wine and self-loathing, but to look to Daenerys, Mother of Dragons, for hope that the realm can be saved. Reluctantly, Tyrion finds himself in Meereen and advising Daenerys, and last season was given the title, “Hand of the Queen”.
Tyrion’s role this season will most likely be in the background and to be honest, I believe that if Tyrion were not present with Dany she would be lost. He could be the very reason that overturns my worry of Dany becoming corrupted. Tyrion is rational, sympathetic, strategic and just. Although, he may not be the best fighter he is certainly versed in battle tactic. Dany will need Tyrion to make the best choices and even make sure she does not fly off the handle.
A girl is done.
Thanks for reading my predictions. This season only consists of seven episodes so it will not be long before we can see how right or wrong I was about my predictions! Please share below what you think about is going to happen this season, your fears, the inevitable character deaths, and so on! Also, if you enjoyed reading this post or any of my other work, please share, and follow me on Medium and Twitter.