*READ PART V OF MY GOT S7 CHARACTER PREDICTIONS HERE
HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its 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 make predictions for characters now in Winterfell.
I don’t care if he’s a bastard; Ned Stark’s blood runs through his veins. He’s my king, from this day until his last day! -Lyanna Mormont, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”
THE KING IN THE NORTH! THE KING IN THE NORTH! THE KING IN THE NORTH!
Jon Snow became Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch through hard work and bravery. Unfortunately, some people didn’t see it that way. But thanks to Melisandre, Jon rose from the dead and “avenged the Red Wedding” when he defeated Ramsay Bolton last season. He is a hero in every sense of the word.
Jon Snow is not dying again.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent
Ser Davos Seaworth
“…there’s no hiding from this. We have to fight. And we need to do it together.” -Ser Davos Seaworth, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”
Ser Davos is one of the few characters on the show with little to no blood on his hands. Sure, he fought beside Stannis Baratheon for most of the series, but he played no role in Stannis’ questionable acts, such as killing Renly Baratheon or burning little Shireen Baratheon. Ser Davos combines pragmatism with honor, which is why he will likely serve as Hand to the King in the North. To even have a chance against the dead, Jon will need to recruit a lot more people to his cause. To do that, he will need persuasive people like Ser Davos at his side. Remember what he did at the Iron Bank for Stannis and his speech at Bear Island to Lyanna?
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent
I did what I had to do to survive, my lady. But I am a Stark, I will always be a Stark. -Sansa Stark, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”
HOT TAKE: I think Sansa will die this season.
Right now, she has two options:
1) Support Jon Snow and his fight against the dead, essentially betraying Littlefinger’s “picture” in the process.
2) Side with Littlefinger and continue to play the “game of thrones” all the way to the Iron Throne.
I would place my money on the latter option. But would Sansa do that because she wants to rule? Or does she plan to foil Littlefinger’s plans and eventually kill him? Both are possibilities, but once again, I would go with the latter option. But is that the right option?
Littlefinger is one of the best “game-players” on the show. For one, he started the entire chain of events when he told Lysa Arryn to poison her husband, Jon Arryn. He also knows that the Starks have “quick tempers and slow minds.” Littlefinger will know if Sansa tries to pull something, and I don’t think that it’s entirely out of the question that he will cause her eventual death because of a potential betrayal.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 20 percent
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail, and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but refuse. They cling to the realm, or love, or the gods… illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is. -Littlefinger, Season 3 Episode 6, “The Climb”
Besides Queen Cersei Lannister (who we’ll get to in a few weeks), Littlefinger is the next-easiest character to predict. He will die in Season 7, and likely at the hands of Sansa. She may not kill him directly – that could be Jon’s job – but she will certainly bring about his downfall.
Once Catelyn Stark died in Season 3, Littlefinger immediately turned his attention to Sansa. Unfortunately, she is unaware that he has brought nothing but destruction and devastation to her family, specifically her father back in Season 1. Littlefinger is out for himself, but with the white walkers on the horizon, there’s not much room left for those kinds of game players.
Not to mention, no one really cares about Littlefinger. On the other hand, Sansa could find out information from former allies that will make sure that she ends Littlefinger’s plan once and for it. There’s a number of potential informants:
1) Her former husband, Tyrion Lannister
2) Varys, one of Littlefinger’s rivals
3) The Hound, who was in the throne room when Littlefinger turned on her father
4) Her brother, Bran, who could learn about it via a vision
Chaos may be a ladder, but Littlefinger fall off that ladder to his death in Season 7.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: ZERO percent
Plenty of little men tried to put their swords through my heart. And there’s plenty of little skeletons buried in the woods. -Tormund Giantsbane, Season 3 Episode 1, “Valar Dohaeris”
First off, can we take a moment to appreciate the greatness of this video?
Anyway, no character in Game of Thrones loves life more than Tormund. He’s loyal and a natural-born leader who genuinely cares for his fellow wildlings, as well as close allies like Jon. He survived the Battle for Castle Black, the Massacre at Hardhome, and the Battle of the Bastards. But unfortunately, this is Game of Thrones, and valar morghulis (all men must die). If Tormund keeps putting himself in the line of fire, how much longer does he really have left?
Unlike fairy tales, fan favorites on Game of Thrones get the horrible deaths (i.e. the Starks, Oberyn Martell, etc.). As much as I would hate to see it, Tormund could be next up. Much to his detriment, he is in the important-but-not-too-important character group, so the show won’t lose a lot if they decide to kill him off. I really hope it doesn’t happen, though.
Who else is going to hilariously gawk over Brienne?
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 45 percent
Wyman Manderly, Robett Glover, Cley Cerwyn
THE KING IN THE NORTH! THE KING IN THE NORTH! THE KING IN THE NORTH! -All three of them, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”
Just to refresh your memory, they are the three main lords who pledged their house to Jon in the Season 6 finale.
All three could play a role in Season 7 and maybe earn a role in Jon’s new cabinet, but they don’t offer much in terms of advancing the plot. We don’t really know them and honestly, we don’t really care about them. If the White Walkers begin their assault later in Season 7, these three lords and their men will likely be at the top of the death list.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 15 percent
If they [House Mormont] are half as ferocious as their lady, the Boltons are doomed. -Ser Davos Seaworth, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”
Have you ever seen a more badass ten-year-old than Lyanna Mormont?
She’s fiercely loyal to Jon and possesses the leadership skills of her late uncle Jeor Mormont, the late Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Combine that with her ability to call out northern lords, and you have one of the most likable characters on the show.
Like most northern forces, House Mormont took a major hit at the Red Wedding, leaving them with a 10-year-old leader and only 62 men to offer the Starks in their time of need. But as shown by Ser Jorah Mormont, Lyanna’s cousin, the Mormonts are a tough out.
As enemies gather in the south, White Walkers march in the north, and winter freezes everything solid, Lyanna’s massive heart and fortitude will undoubtedly lift the spirits of everyone around her. Game of Thrones needs a character who can offer lightness in an ever-increasing dark world.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent
“Bronze” Yohn Royce
The beauty of the Vale is matched only by the nobility of its great families. Lady Arryn often told me that you were her rock, Lord Royce. -Littlefinger, Season 4 Episode 8, “The Mountain and the Viper”
Ever since Littlefinger pushed Lysa out the Moon Door, “Bronze” Yohn Royce has been the face of the Vale. He commanded the Knights of the Vale when they helped Jon and his troops at the “Battle of the Bastards.” In the Season 6 finale, he was the one upset about “wildling invaders.”
If the Knights of the Vale stay at Winterfell, Royce will likely be on the front line of the war with the White Walkers, which doesn’t bode well for his survival. Not to mention, he is not that politically savvy, which could be a problem if he picks a fight with Littlefinger again.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 10 percent