Warning: Spoilers ahead…I mean, it’s Friday, I’ve given you a lot of time to watch the episode from Sunday. The fact that you’ve been able to stay away from spoilers this long while doing anything online makes you some kind of internet ninja…regardless, consider yourself warned of spoilers.
We’re through 4 of 7 episodes for this (sadly short) Season 7 of Game of Thrones. So let’s do a quick recap and some fan theories –
1. First, we learned that not even the Freys enjoy Walder’s dinner parties any more.
To be fair, Robb, I don’t think Walder is a fan them anymore either. After all, the North does more than just remember now…
2. Series symmetry!
Okay, so as a writer/nerd I have to point this out – In the beginning of the series, all of our Starks were at Winterfell before scattering about the land on their own adventures. Each of the Starks were tested in their own grueling way, until there were only 3 and well, Jon. Also, the series began with Jon and Tyrion meeting each other and having their own bonding moments.
And now, we find ourselves in series 7, and bursting with symmetry –
- All of the Starks have returned to Winterfell (still waiting for the Jon-Arya reunion though)
- Arya with the “that’s not you” comment to Nymeria as a throwback to her “that’s not me” comment to her Dad on being a lady living in a castle
- Jon and Tyrion meeting again
- Frey dinner parties – first, symmetry with the red wedding and then, with the stories old Nan used to tell
Series Symmetry! Love it. It’s like closing the loop.
And there may be another bit of symmetry coming up, and that’s…
3. Jaime is probably going to be captured by his enemies (again)
Ah yes. Oath-breaker, you attempted to kill another Targaryen when their back was toward you. Fortunately for Daenerys, her bad-ass dragon was there to stop you.
(Long side note: Can I start using ‘dracarys’ in every day speech…I mean, without seeming overly weird? Also, while we’re on the topic, who else was torn with Bronn and the dragon? I mean, I was going to officially disown him if he killed Drogon but I wasn’t quite ready for him to become a mass of flames either…)
Anyway… Jaime, you devilish oath-breaker, you find yourself with Bronn sinking to the bottom of the lake. But…we all know you’re not dead. Why? Well, sir there are a few reasons – 1) you’re a main character and main characters don’t die like that, 2) aforementioned symmetry, 3) I think you’ve got a bit of prophecy to fulfill yet…
4. The valonqar still has to kill Cersei
This hasn’t been covered in the HBO series (yet), but along with the prediction that Cersei’s children would die and another, younger queen would unseat her, Maggy gave one more prediction. It was that the valonqar (younger brother) would kill her.
Now..this is tricky, since Cersei has two younger brothers (even if Jaime is only younger by a minute or two). I think it’s reasonable to assume that she thinks the man in this prophecy is Tyrion. After all, she’s always been mean to him and has actively sought out his death. But has this whole relationship with Jaime been a bit of a hedge as well? I mean…what better way to ensure your safety than to align yourself with the stronger of the two and seek to control him through….eww gross incest.
But why would Jaime kill Cersei? It’s clear throughout the WHOLE series that he loves her and has only ever been with her. Cersei on the other hand, well, I’m pretty sure power is her only love. Mayhap after Cersei refuses to step down after Tyrion attempts to use Jaime as a bargaining chip, Jaime would be motivated to kill her. Maybe if she joins her forces with the Greyjoys through matrimony, it would be enough. Or maybe, Jaime finally realizes that Cersei is not a good person and certainly not a peaceful ruler (a lot of people have been telling him that, after all).
Or maybe…hmmm. You know, I am partial to Arya. I really am. And Cersei is on her list. Maybe Jaime will die and Arya will use his face to fulfill the prophecy… ooooh wouldn’t that be awesome?
Either way, Cersei isn’t getting a happy ending. Though I doubt that will happen this season.
5. What about the white walkers?
I mean, these cold fools have been pretty quiet this season. We know they’re making progress from north of the wall. And we know – based on previews, that Beric Dondarrion is supposed to have a flaming sword…which I’d assume he could use against the white walkers. So, an easy prediction here – sometime before this season is out, we’ll see what the Night King has been up to. 🙂
But…rumor has it that they would cross the wall by the castle that Tormund Giantsbane is currently defending. Does this mean that the man could perish?? Leaving us without his delightful fawning over Brienne? Let’s hope not. I really like that guy…
6. Grey Worm and Missandei
It finally happened. You know what. They never used to show that on TV or in movies, and even implying it would grant you a NC-17 rating. So, when it did, I was literally squealing in my apartment. Literal. Squeal.
But seriously – I’m really glad that these two characters were finally honest with each other about their feelings. And the scene was done so very well. You could see the longing and fear of rejection on Grey Worm’s face (it almost broke my heart), and then the sweetness and open honesty of their feelings. Tots adorbs. Thanks, HBO for granting us some sweet romance for two great characters – it was really lovely.
Speaking of which….
7. Jon and Daenerys
I feel like this is going to happen, folks. I just have to wrap my head around that they’re related and it’s going to happen anyway. Ugh. The Targaryen’s are into that sort of thing though… Maybe Bran will tell Jon beforehand, which should allow Jon to engage in what he does best – serious brooding.
Hope you’re looking forward to Sunday’s episode…I know I am. 🙂