*READ PART X OF MY GOT S7 CHARACTER PREDICTIONS HERE*
HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season on July 16, 2017 (ONE MORE WEEK!). 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 King’s Landing.
Queen Cersei Lannister
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. -Cersei Lannister, Season 1 Episode 7, “You Win Or You Die”
Not only did Cersei win the Game of Thrones last season, but she became the first woman in the history of Westeros to become the Queen of the Andals and Protector of the Seven Kingdoms.
Yet, it’s a foregone conclusion that her reign will likely be short. There are so many possibilities about how it could go down:
1. She could go down fighting against Daenerys Targaryen and her army.
2. She could kill herself before being taken by the “Dragon Queen”, similar to how she almost poisoned Tommen in Season 2 during the Battle of the Blackwater.
3. Her little brother, Tyrion Lannister, could fulfill the Valonqar prophecy and “choke the life” from Cersei.
4. Her twin brother, Jaime, could slay the “Mad Queen” the same way he slew the “Mad King” so many years before.
5. Arya Stark could swoop in out of nowhere and cross another name off her list.
Cersei’s death is inevitable. At this point, it’s just a matter of how and when.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: ZERO percent
Ser Jaime Lannister
There are no men like me. Only me. – Ser Jaime Lannister, Season 1 Episode 10, “Fire and Blood”
No character on Game of Thrones has a more complicated future than Jaime Lannister. In the Season 6 finale, he returned to King’s Landing to find the Sept of Baelor destroyed by wildfire. Jaime then walked into the throne room and watched Cersei’s coronation with a look of dread on his face.
Based on that information, you would think Jaime would be appalled at his sister’s actions. After all, she did exactly what the “Mad King” would have done had Jaime not intervened. Not to mention, her actions led to death of their son, King Tommen “Baratheon.”
But remember, this is Jaime Lannister we’re talking about. He may seem like a good man around the likes of Brienne of Tarth, but he is not above throwing children from towers or threatening to catapult them into castles. The only thing that keeps him going is his love for Cersei.
As I stated above, Cersei will die in Season 7. That doesn’t necessarily mean Jaime will die alongside her, Romeo-and-Juliet style. The show would be wise to explore the emotional fallout that comes from her death. Perhaps he will escape King’s Landing and wander the countryside, or maybe Brienne of Tarth will save his life in some form. Down the line, I would love to see him reunite with Bran Stark, the new Three-Eyed Raven, once he finds out how he fell from that tower.
There’s a chance Jaime could die in Season 7, but I’d put my money on him making it to Season 8.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 70 percent
Ser Gregor Clegane
I’d be a bloody fool if he didn’t frighten me. He’s freakish big and freakish strong. And quicker than you’d expect for a man of that size. -Bronn, Season 4 Episode 7, “Mockingbird”
Even before Qyburn turned the Mountain into a walking zombie in golden armor, the Mountain was invincible. To think, Oberyn Martell could have put him down once and for all.
I see three potential outcomes for the Mountain this season:
1. He could do a fantastic job of defending Cersei right until Dany and her dragons reign fire upon King’s Landing. Drogon lands on top of him and bites him in half.
2. Qyburn could control the Mountain to help him escape the city once he see that all hope is lost for Cersei.
3. The Mountain dies in the most epic fight in Game of Thrones history: Cleganebowl!
The show will not have much use for the Mountain after Cersei’s inevitable downfall. I’d put my money on options one or three.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 25 percent
The Citadel stripped me of it. They found some of my… experiments… too bold. -Qyburn, Season 3 Episode 5, “Kissed by Fire”
Qyburn is an interesting case.
Right now, his loyalty lies with Cersei, but how loyal is he? In other words, would he stand by Cersei until his last breath or flee if his side is losing? I’d lean towards the latter.
Just like Tywin Lannister at the end of Robert’s Rebellion, Qyburn could swear allegiance to the side who will win and keep him alive. Personally, I’d love to see him make it to the end. His pursuit of knowledge is a bit extreme, but he has essentially championed modern medicine in Game of Thrones. Who knows, that knowledge could come in handy against the White Walkers.
It all depends on Qyburn’s motives. He doesn’t seem like a man to stay loyal when there is no personal gain. Not to mention, his usefulness to Cersei will run out at some point.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 50 percent
Jaime Fookin Lannister. -Bronn, Season 5 Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”
Once again, Bronn is another interesting case.
The foul-mouthed mercenary has survived far longer than anyone could have guessed when the series began. Right now, he fights for the Lannisters, which does not bode well for his safety. On the other hand, Bronn has demonstrated that he is one of the most savvy characters on the show.
While not important to the show’s overall narrative, Bronn is still a beloved character among Game of Thrones fans. That love is clear by his placement in the Dorne and Riverrun storylines, which he was not a part of in the books.
Season 7 will likely be a bloodbath. That being said, I just don’t see Bronn even getting hurt, let alone dying. Like declining to fight the Mountain for Tyrion in Season 4, there’s no way that Bronn would charge into a no-win situation. If Dany and her dragons come marching with an army, expect Bronn to escape and maybe even rejoin Tyrion, his former employer.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 90 percent
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