Game of Thrones Returns Tonight! What to Expect In Season 7

HBO’s Game of Thrones returns tonight at 9 p.m. ET for its seventh season! Over the past three months, I’ve made predictions for every main character and creature on the show. You can find all of those posts below.

Part I: Robin Arryn, Jaqen H’ghar
Part II: Euron Greyjoy, Daario Naharis, Eddison “Edd” Tollett
Part III: Melisandre, Ser Jorah Mormont, Gendry
Part IV: Bran Stark, Meera Reed, Benjen Stark, The Night King
Part V: Samwell Tarly, Gilly and Little Sam, Randyll Tarly
Part VI: Jon Snow, Ser Davos Seaworth, Sansa Stark, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Tormund Giantsbane, Wyman Manderly, Robett Glover, Cley Cerwyn, Lyanna Mormont, “Bronze” Yohn Royce
Part VII: Ellaria Sand, The Sand Snakes, Olenna Tyrell
Part VIII: Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion, Ghost
Part IX: Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Varys, Missandei, Grey Worm, Theon Greyjoy, Yara Greyjoy
Part X: Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Podrick Payne, The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Edmure Tully
Part XI: Queen Cersei Lannister, Ser Jaime Lannister, The Mountain, Qyburn, Bronn

So now that I’ve touched on each character, it’s time to predict the potential plot points of Season 7 by drawing information from the two trailers.

TRAILER #1 (from May 24)

TRAILER #2 (from June 21)

So here’s what you should expect this season on Game of Thrones:

Daenerys Returning Home to Dragonstone!

(HBO)

I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms… and I will.

This is what we’ve been waiting for since Season 1. Daenerys will return to her ancestral home while also building a wall around Cersei and King’s Landing. In the first trailer, we see Dany sitting on the throne ready to receive someone. Could it be…

Melisandre Also Returning to Dragonstone!

(HBO)

Why is Melisandre at Dragonstone? It could be that it’s a familiar place and she had nowhere else to go. I’m sure we’ll find out early, likely in the first episode.

A Greyjoy Sea Battle!

(HBO)

Towards the end of the second trailer, we see a quick shot of Euron Greyjoy attacking one of Theon and Yara’s soldiers. It’s hard to predict who will come out on top in this battle, but later in the second trailer, we see a person that looks like Theon kneeling down in the sand. There is also two quick shots of Euron’s fleet riding towards King’s Landing, so maybe he captured Yara and brought her to Cersei for a potential alliance?

The Return of the Flaming Sword!

(HBO)

By far, the best shot of the two trailers.

Ser Davos and Jon Snow Plead Their Case To Daenerys

(HBO)

If we don’t put aside our enmities and band together, we will die. And then it doesn’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.

For centuries, our families fought together against their common enemy. Despite their differences. Together. We need to the same if we are gonna survive. ‘Cause the enemy is real. It’s always been real.

We know Jon and Davos are all about taking down the Night King and the White Walkers. Based on the color of the background behind Davos in the shot above, it looks like he’s in the Dragonstone throne room. With that being said, I predict that Jon and Davos will travel to Dragonstone to try to convince Dany to work together to stop the White Walkers. From there, I assume Dany would want Jon to swear fealty to her as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, to which Jon will likely decline, or something along those lines. Whatever happens there, Dany will shrug off the “White Walker” situation and turn her focus back to taking the Iron Throne.

Jon Snow Strangling Littlefinger!

(HBO)

By far, the most exciting shot of the first trailer. Based on his conversation and facial expressions to Sansa in the Season 6 finale, Littlefinger is not a supporter of Jon Snow as the King in the North. From the background, it looks like this is taking place in the crypts of Winterfell. It makes sense for Jon to go down there, but why is Littlefinger there? What would make Jon strangle Littlefinger? It’s worth noting that this is also a mirror image of Ned strangling Littlefinger back in Season 1. My guess is that Littlefinger says something like, “You’re not Ned Stark’s son. You don’t have the claim you think you do.” We’ll see what happens from there.

Grey Worm and Missandei…Getting it On?

(HBO)

Look, I just want happiness for them. I won’t ask questions.

The Unsullied Attacking Casterly Rock!

(HBO)

Based on the color of the stone and the Lannister symbols all around, we can assume that the Unsullied are infiltrating Casterly Rock, the ancestral home of the Lannisters. From the looks of it, the Unsullied will gain the upper hand. It would be great to see Tyrion take back the castle that his rightfully his while also leaving his siblings with nowhere to run.

Bran and Meera Making It To the Wall!

(HBO)

Will they stay at the Wall or will they travel south to Winterfell? Between the two trailers, there are very few shots of Bran and Meera, which makes me believe that Bran will play a pivotal role at some point.

Arya Traveling… Somewhere

(HBO)

If you look to Arya’s left, there is frost on the ground, so it’s safe to assume that: a) she is traveling north or b) winter has reached the Riverlands, which is where we last saw her. Like Bran, there is very little footage of Arya in the two trailers. It seems like the show is trying to keep her next destination a secret. Could she be heading back to Winterfell?

The Field of Fire II

Enemies to the east. Enemies to the west. Enemies to the south. Enemies to the North. Whatever stands in our way… we will defeat it…

(HBO)

HISTORY LESSON! The “Field of Fire” was a major battle that took place during Aegon I Targaryen’s (a.k.a. Aegon the Conquerer) conquest of Westeros. The battle took place in the northern part of the Reach. Opposing Aegon and his sisters, Rhaenys and Visenya, were the 55,000 men of Loren I Lannister and Mern IX Gardener, then-King of the Reach. They had roughly five times as many men as the Targaryens, whose army mostly consisted of soldiers from the Riverlands. To make it up for their lack of numbers, Aegon and his sisters took to the air with their three dragons, Balerion, Meraxes and Vhaegar, and set the dry field aflame on all sides. About 4,000 men burned to death, including King Gardner and his entire family. In the end, Loren bent the knee to Aegon and named him Warden of the West.

Okay… so how does that apply to the present day? Well, Dany obviously has the dragons to burn the field aflame, which it looks Drogon does pretty easily. It’s unknown who will join which side and how many soldiers each side has, but it will be interesting to see if this battle results in another Lannister bending the knee to a Targaryen. Also, what is Jaime charging at? He’s not that stupid to charge at a dragon, right?

Jon Snow and Others Traveling Beyond-the-Wall

The Great War… is here.

(HBO)

We see Jon Snow, Beric Dondarrion, and a tall figure, likely the Hound, surrounded by wights. There’s also shots of Jon and Tormund running away from something, a group of twelve men in a circle, and Jon fighting a White Walker. The two trailers make it clear that Jon and group of people will travel beyond the Wall to embark on some mission. What could that mission be?

Samwell Tarly Playing A Very, Very Important Role

Two trailers. ZERO shots of Samwell Tarly, who is at the Citadel training to become a maester. This leads me to believe that he does something pivotal to help Jon Snow’s effort to take down the Night King. I mean, he can’t just sit there and read for the entire season, right?

Jon Snow Becoming “The Last Hero”

(HBO)

When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.

HISTORY LESSON #2! I’ll let Old Nan tell you about this one:

*taken from George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones*

Now these were the days before the Andals came, and long before the women fled across the narrow sea from the cities of the Rhoyne, and the hundred kingdoms of those times were the kingdoms of the First Men, who had taken those lands from the children of the forest. Yet here and there in the fastness of the woods, the children still lived in their wooden cities and hollow hills, and the faces in the trees kept watch. So as cold and death filled the earth, the last hero determined to seek out the children, in the hopes that their ancient magics could win back what the armies of men had lost. He set out into the dead lands with a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions. For years he searched until he despaired of ever finding the children of the forest in their secret cities. One by one his friends died, and his horse, and finally even his dog, and his sword froze so hard the blade snapped when he tried to use it. And the Others smelled the hot blood in him and came silent on his trail, stalking him with packs of pale white spiders big as hounds…

This expedition took place during the Long Night and it’s unknown whether “the Last Hero” as any connection with Azor Ahai, a person who saves the world from darkness in legends of Essos. Shortly after this expedition, the Night’s Watch formed and went on to win the Battle of the Dawn. In the process, the generation-long winter came to an end and the “Others” retreated, possibly to the Land of Always Winter, which we get a glimpse of in Season 4. As for Old Nan’s story, let’s break down the key parts:

“…the last hero determined to seek out the children.” – In other words, someone (Samwell? Bran?) told Jon Snow about the children of the forest creating the White Walkers.

“…their ancient magics could win back what the armies of men had lost.” – This motivates Jon to embark on a mission north of the Wall to try to find the children so he can learn how to stop the Night King and save the world from inevitable death. That would be fantasy literature 101: creating the thing that is everyone’s undoing and finding a way to stop it.

“…a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions.” – Based on the details of the second trailer, it seems like the sword represents Beric and the dog represents the Hound. As for the horse, we see a figure, possibly Jon, riding a horse in retreat. We also see exactly twelve companions in the bird’s-eye view of the circle of men in the blizzard.

“One by one his friends died, and his horse, and finally even his dog, and his sword froze so hard the blade snapped when he tried to use it.” – Well, this is bad for everyone that goes on this mission with Jon. It seems like Beric will die, the Hound will die, and the horse carrying Jon will die. Like the last shot of the second trailer shows, Jon will be the last survivor. The last hero.

My only question? Where did all of that fire behind the army of wights come from? It couldn’t have all come from Beric’s sword, right? Could it be the children of the forest and those fireballs? Or… wait for it… does Dany finally see the light and ride north with Drogon to save Jon from the army of the dead?

Okay, I’m going to stop writing before this turns into a never-ending post.

I will be writing recaps for each episode of Season 7, so stay tuned for the first one tomorrow morning. Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131! As always, thanks for reading!

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