*READ PART IX 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 those now in the Riverlands.
A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home. -Arya Stark, Season 6 Episode 8, “No One”
Why spend two seasons with Arya in Braavos just to see her die a quick death after returning home? It just doesn’t make sense for her character. For one, she still has a list and the skillset of a Faceless Man.
One thing I will keep an eye on going forward is a potential reunion with Gendry. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Arya’s father, Eddard Stark, compares her to his sister, Lyanna Stark. Remember, she was originally betrothed to Robert Baratheon before being taken by Rhaegar Targaryen during Robert’s Rebellion.
Gendry, as we learned in Season 1, is the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. Ned also compared some of his features to that of King Robert in A Game of Thrones. How great would it if Arya and Gendry formed the relationship that Lyanna and Robert never had?
Anyway, Arya is safe.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent
Brienne of Tarth
All my life men like you’ve sneered at me, and all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust. -Brienne of Tarth, Season 2 Episode 8, “The Prince of Winterfell”
All Brienne of Tarth has ever wanted is to protect a royal personage she truly believes in. She swore her sword to Renly Baratheon in Season 2 and watched him die, and swore her sword to Lady Catelyn Stark but wasn’t around to protect her when she died. Not to mention, she failed to see Sansa Stark’s candle in the tower in Season 5.
But despite her many setbacks, Brienne finally completed a quest last season. She swore an oath of fealty to Sansa after saving her from pursuing Bolton men. But much to her dismay, Brienne went to Riverrun by orders of Sansa, once again being forced to trust others to protect her royal personage.
We last saw Brienne rowing away from Riverrun and waving goodbye to her forbidden other, Ser Jaime Lannister. She’s likely on her way back to Sansa at Winterfell. Brienne has made it known that she is ready to “give her life for Sansa’s if need be,” and as her sworn shield, she will likely stay off the battlefield.
But if Brienne were to die, her attraction to Jaime will likely be her downfall. But hopefully, Tormund will have something to say about that.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 90 percent
There has never lived a more loyal squire. -Tyrion Lannister, Season 4 Episode 3, “Breaker of Chains”
Siri’s favorite character!
After spending the better part of three seasons pouring wine for Tyrion Lannister, Podrick is now learning to fight thanks to Brienne’s daily lessons. Not to mention, he’s kind, extremely loyal, smart, and apparently has a way with women.
I will be very sad if Podrick dies this season. With that being said, I just don’t see it.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 90 percent
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
You didn’t know me back in my time. You don’t know the things I’ve done. -The Hound, Season 6 Episode 7, “The Broken Man”
After being left for dead at the end of Season 4, Sandor Clegane made his return last season, living in arguably the most peaceful community in all of Westeros. Unfortunately, the Hound’s peace did not last long, as rogue members of the Brotherhood Without Banners destroyed the settlement. In other words, those three men made a very big mistake.
After killing the perpetrators, the real Brotherhood offer the Hound a chance to join them and fight the “cold winds rising in the north.” It’s likely that the Brotherhood will join up with Jon Snow, the new King in the North, to fight the White Walkers. As Beric says in Season 6 Episode 8, “You can still help a lot more than you’ve harmed, Clegane. It’s not too late for you.” This makes it sound as if the Hound will be a key soldier in the war against the White Walkers, which should decrease his chances of surviving this season.
But why bring the Hound back just to kill him off a few episodes later? Not to mention, he’s had one of the most fascinating character arcs on the entire show. As Brother Ray told the Hound last season, “The gods aren’t done with you yet.”
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 95 percent
Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr
That’s what we are: ghosts. Waiting for you in the dark. You can’t see us, but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear: Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down. -Beric Dondarrion, Season 3 Episode 4, “And Now His Watch Is Ended”
It’s common knowledge that Beric does not have a great track record of staying alive. He’s died six times, and has only come back because Thoros was right there to invoke the Lord of Light’s blessing over his corpse. It’s safe to say that Beric and Thoros are a package deal when it comes to death.
Overall, Beric and Thoros are really interesting characters who will surely get more airtime in Season 7. As for second chances, they are bound to run out sooner than later, especially with only 13 episodes left in the series.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 40 percent
Tell me, I want to know. I truly do. How do you live with yourself? All of us have to believe that we’re decent, don’t we? You have to sleep at night. How do you tell yourself that you’re decent after everything that you’ve done? -Edmure Tully, Season 6 Episode 8, “No One”
How can you not feel bad for Edmure? He’s a horrible archer, spent his wedding night in a dungeon, and turned the soldiers of House Tully against his uncle, Brynden “Blackfish” Tully, by orders of Jaime. As of the Season 6 finale, Edmure has returned to his prison cell because Walder Frey believed that killing his son-in-law “would not be right.”
Well, Walder Frey is dead, so will circumstances change in Edmure’s favor?
Westeros is a place where, under the right circumstances, former pawns can make huge power grabs. Edmure is the rightful Lord of Riverrun and House Tully, and has the support of the Tully army. He showed that he is capable militarily back in Season 1, and it’s likely that his experience as Walder Frey’s prisoner have taught him a lesson about making bone-headed moves in the high-stakes Game of Thrones.
It’s entirely possible that Edmure could escape his captivity. From there, he could try to rally Tully loyalists in the Riverlands or take up Jaime on his offer to live out his days in Casterly Rock in the company of his wife, Roslin Frey, and their newborn son.
But without any exceptional talents, it’s very possible that Edmure could die in Season 7. But with chaos still to come, there could be opportunities for him to enter the great Game of Thrones. Will he take advantage of the situation?
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 50 percent
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