*READ PART III OF MY GOT S7 CHARACTER PREDICTIONS HERE*
HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for their seventh season on July 16, 2017. The season will be seven episodes long and each episode will have an extra 20-30 minutes of content to meet the usual 10 hours per season. Every Sunday leading up to the season premiere, I will be posting my Season 7 character predictions.
This week, I will cover characters now located beyond The Wall.
BEYOND THE WALL
Prince Bran Stark
My dreams are different. -Prince Bran Stark, Season 2 Episode 4, “Garden of Bones”
Bran is now the Three-Eyed Raven, which means he has the power to see into both the past and future. He has some very important information to relay to Jon Snow and will likely uncover even more nuggets in Season 7. Bran has not yet learned how to control his power, which makes killing him off pointless.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 precent
Some people will always need help. That doesn’t mean they’re not worth helping. -Meera Reed, Season 3 Episode 2, “Dark Wings, Dark Woods”
Meera is one of the few characters in Game of Thrones that is truly a good person. She may have lost her brother, Jojen, to the undead, but that has not affected her duties as Bran’s bodyguard, a role of paramount importance after Hodor held the door.
Considering the high mortality rate of all those who have tried to protect Bran, Meera’s survival chances don’t look so good. However, someone needs to carry him, protect him and march through the cold winter to get him where he needs to go. Why not Meera?
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 90 percent
The great war is coming, and I still fight for the living. I’ll do what I can… as long as I can. -Benjen Stark, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”
Notice how I said “Season 7.”
Before rescuing Bran and Meera last season, Benjen had not appeared since Season 1. In other words, last season was a cameo appearance. Cameos don’t come back each season. Otherwise, they stop being cameo appearances.
So I do believe Benjen will return at some point – just not in Season 7. He’s more likely to come back in Season 8 once the “great war” has begun.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent
The Night King
The true enemy won’t wait out the storm. He brings the storm. -Jon Snow, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”
The Night King is the most powerful character on the show. Not only does he command a large army of undead, but he can turn the recently deceased with a mere raise of his arms. His army only grows larger with each battle.
So how in the world can anyone defeat the Night King?
Well, it’s worth stating that the Night King was created by the Children of the Forest as a way to defend themselves from the invading First Men, who were cutting down their sacred Weirwood trees and slaughtering fellow “Children.”
The Night King and his fellow White Walkers have two known weaknesses – obsidian (a.k.a. dragonglass) and Valyrian steel. But even if every living person in Westeros possessed these weapons, it would be extremely difficult to kill the army and Night King’s lieutenants, let alone the leader himself.
The Night King is heading south towards the Wall and – let’s be honest – will likely succeed in invading the lands of men. As for defeating the living, that may have to wait until Season 8 after everyone in the South stops fighting over a stupid iron chair.
In the end, I do believe the Night King and his army will defeat the living and ultimately return to the Lands of Always Winter, but that’s a theory for a different day.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent