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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Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part XI

*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.

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

Qyburn

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

Bronn

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

Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part X

*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.

THE RIVERLANDS

Arya Stark

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

Podrick Payne

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

Edmure Tully

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

Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part IX

*READ PART VIII 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 crossing the Narrow Sea and heading to Westeros.

CROSSING THE NARROW SEA

Tyrion Lannister

I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime: I’m guilty of being a dwarf! -Tyrion Lannister, Season 4 Episode 6, “The Laws of Gods and Men”

If you look at it from a Game of Thrones dwarf perspective, it’s amazing that Tyrion Lannister is still alive. It’s obvious that Tyrion has a bigger role to play, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s immune to death.

No, I don’t think we’re going to see that death in Season 7. But remember, Tyrion killed his father, Tywin, back in Season 4. No matter how big of a jerk Tywin was to his son, Tyrion is now a “kinslayer.” The taboo of Westeros states that any person who kills a member of his own family is dubbed a “kinslayer” and cursed forever. Whether he is “cursed forever” remains to be seen.

Right now, Tyrion’s goal is to return to King’s Landing and help Daenerys Targaryen take the Iron Throne. That means returning to the scene of his kinslaying – King’s Landing. His siblings, Cersei and Jaime Lannister, have made it well-known that they will make their little brother pay for what he did to their father. But even if Tyrion somehow survives that conflict, there’s still a war with the White Walkers looming on the horizon.

Ultimately, there’s just too much for “the Imp” left to do. Not to mention, his great strategic mind could be an asset against the White Walkers. Tyrion’s death could be in the cards, but not until Season 8.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 95 percent

Daenerys Targaryen

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

I mean, really? Come on now.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent

Varys

Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling. -Varys, Season 2 Episode 2, “The Night Lands”

Speaking of fish and paddling, Varys is now sailing into battle with the rest of Dany’s fleet. It’s certainly seems dangerous, but when have we ever seen anything surprise Varys? He has powerful allies in Houses Martell (or the ones who killed the Martells), Targaryen and Tyrell. Not to mention, Dany has three dragons.

Like Tyrion, I also think Varys has a role to play in the endgame. For one, we still don’t know what he heard in those flames when he was cut “root and stem.” Maybe those words could be revealed in Season 7. Not to mention, they could give more of a glimpse into what Varys could have planned. Because he always has something planned.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 95 percent

Missandei

Not long enough to understand. -Missandei, Season 6 Episode 4, “Book of the Stranger”

Since Missandei first appeared in Season 3, her role has been to translate the languages of Essos for Dany as well as advise her on the culture and politics of the land. To this point, she has been highly useful. However, Dany is sailing for Westeros, a land that Missandei knows very little about.

In terms of her survival chances, look no further than the character of Ser Barristan Selmy. His purpose was to advise Dany about Westeros, but the writers knew that Tyrion would fulfill that role later in Season 5. As a result, one of the greatest knights in history would be killed off by the Sons of the Harpy in the first half of the season, shortly before Tyrion arrived. Selmy’s death was one of the few mistakes the show has made to this point, but that’s a rant for another time.

The point is that Missandei’s function, combined with an unclear narrative, has just about run its course. With more and more battles still to come, the writers will be looking for ways to make this story stand out. As tough as it would be to watch, killing Missandei would do that. While she is a big character, she’s not a character of great importance like Tyrion or Dany.

As for how she could die – who really knows at this point? Maybe she could get caught in the line of fire in a sea battle with Euron Greyjoy. My advice? Stay close to those dragons, Missandei.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 25 percent

Grey Worm

‘Grey Worm’ gives this one pride. It is a lucky name. The name this one was born with was cursed. That was the name he had when he was taken as a slave. But Grey Worm is the name this one had the day Daenerys Stormborn set him free. -Grey Worm, Season 3 Episode 5, Kissed By Fire

Grey Worm also joined up with Dany in Season 3, when the Unsullied nominated him as their leader. Since then, he’s helped her take Yunkai and Meereen, defended her regime against the Sons of the Harpy, and battled the Masters during the Battle of Meereen. Now, he’s headed to Westeros to face brand new enemies.

Although the Unsullied are quite talented and disciplined, they have never faced armored knights of the kind that Cersei and Jaime will likely send against them. In addition, they are of little use on water, which could be a problem if Euron attacks at sea.

Like his lover, Missandei, killing Grey Worm would definitely lend some emotional punch to Season 7. At this point in Game of Thrones, anyone can die at any moment. The Unsullied are the best fighting force in the world, but like Dany’s dragons, they’re not invincible. There’s a lot more fighting to come.

On the other hand, Grey Worm is one of the best fighters on the show. If Dany is smart, she will use the Unsullied wisely and pick her spots to attack. For instance, it would not be smart to send them out to kill knights in close quarters in an urban environment, like in Season 5 against the Sons of the Harpy.

However you look at it, Grey Worm will be in the line of fire, which only decreases his odds of making it out of this season.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 40 percent

Theon Greyjoy

Your name is Theon Greyjoy, last surviving son of Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, do you hear me? -Sansa Stark, Season 5 Episode 7, “The Gift”

As a boy, Theon was a hostage of Lord Eddard Stark and raised at Winterfell with the other Stark children. He never truly fit in, but when he returned to the Iron Islands in Season 2, he didn’t fit in there either. His father scorned him and his sister, Yara, ridiculed him. While trying to prove himself a true Ironborn at Winterfell, he was captured by Ramsay Bolton and mercilessly tortured for the better part of three seasons.

Last season, he once again returned home to the Iron Islands, and once again, Yara ridiculed him for his weakness. That moment cemented Theon’s new humble approach to life, as he gave up his claim to the Salt Throne to his sister. Now, as her chief adviser, he is sailing a large contingent of ships in support of Dany.

But even all of that still doesn’t excuse the terrible things Theon did to get to where he is now. He betrayed Robb Stark, he murdered two innocent boys, and wrongfully executed Ser Rodrik Cassel. He still has a price to pay, and that price is death, likely at the hands of Uncle Euron.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 10 percent

Yara Greyjoy

And she is your rightful ruler. Those of you that have sailed under her, and there are many of you here, you know what she is! She is a reaver! She is a warrior! She is Ironborn! We will find no better leader! This is our queen! -Theon Greyjoy, Season 6 Episode 6, “The Door”

I’m really torn on Yara.

On one hand, she would be a decent ruler of the Iron Islands. However, Euron is out to kill her and Theon. Is it possible that Euron could capture one or both of them?

Under that circumstance, it would not make sense for Theon to get captured and tortured by the next most evil person on the show outside of Ramsay. So it very well could be Yara, and it could end in another unnecessary death caused by Theon.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 10 percent

Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part VIII

*READ PART VII 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 the dragons and direwolves!

THE DRAGONS

Drogon

Dracarys! -Daenerys Targaryen, Season 2 Episode 10, “Valar Morghulis”

Drogon is the greatest killing machine on the show.

He is the most independent and fiercest of Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons. When the “Mother of Dragons” imprisoned two of her children, Drogon fled to the wild, where he grew larger than his siblings. When his mother is in danger, he always comes to her aid. He will get stronger and his bond with Dany will continue to grow in Season 7.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent

Rhaegal and Viserion

Viserion? Rhaegal? -Daenerys Targaryen, Season 5 Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”

This is where things could get interesting.

After spending the past two seasons locked away in a dungeon beneath Meereen, Rhaegal and Viserion are free and off to Westeros with everyone else. So far, nothing has been able to stop the dragons. But it is worth noting that Rhaegal and Viserion, at best, have provided aerial support for Drogon, who usually takes the lead in dangerous situations. Now, they are large enough to battle, which is not necessarily the greatest thing in the world.

I think Rhaegal and Viserion will get taken down in Season 7.

Showrunners Dave Benioff and D.B. Weiss need to raise the stakes, and killing off two of Dany’s “children” would certainly do that. Not to mention, the show has killed off direwolves at an alarming rate. Why not the dragons?

Granted, dragons are formidable fighting machines, but they’re still mortal. It’s also worth noting that Essos had not seen dragons for hundreds of years since they burned the masters’ fleet last season. Of course they were not ready for such weapons. But it was only a few generations ago that dragons were alive and well in Westeros. Maybe Queen Cersei Lannister could have something up her sleeve that could neutralize them.

But the biggest threat to the dragons in Season 7 will be Euron Greyjoy.

*BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!*

In A Feast for Crows, Euron Greyjoy brings a dragon horn, a.k.a “Dragonbinder”, to the kingsmoot when the ironborn choose a new King of the Isles and the North. Euron wins by promising to conquer Westeros with dragons. In A Dance With Dragons, a red priest named Moqorro says that the Valyrian glyphs on the horn read “I am Dragonbinder … No mortal man should sound me and live … Blood for fire, fire for blood.”

The horn has yet to turn up on the show, but if Euron has it, that could cause all sorts of problems for Dany.

There’s also the possibility that Rhaegal and Viserion are still mad that Dany locked them up in Meereen. Tyrion does say that “dragons do not do well in captivity” and that they are “more intelligent than men, according to some maesters.” Both of them could act up to the point where Dany needs to put them down.

No one on the show knows how dragons will react to long periods of captivity, and that could prove deadly.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 10 percent

DIREWOLVES

Ghost

The runt of the litter. That one’s yours, Snow. -Theon Greyjoy, Season 1 Episode 1, “Winter is Coming”

Now that Wun Wun isn’t around to eat up the CGI budget, Ghost should play a bigger role in Season 7.

If you look back at the other Stark direwolves, all of them died for a reason. Lady had to go to advance Sansa’s storyline, Grey Wind died during the Red Wedding, Shaggydog died as a precaution so the Umbers could hand over Rickon to Ramsay Bolton, and Summer had to sacrifice himself so Bran could escape the giant weirwood tree.

There’s just no reason for Ghost to die at this point in the story. How can one call Jon Snow the “White Wolf” without a direwolf?

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent

Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Will Tear America Apart

It’s actually happening.

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Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0) will fight UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor (21-3) in a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. According to Yahoo, the fight could take place at either the MGM Grand Garden or T-Mobile Arena.

On paper, this fight seems to make sense. Both men are, in very different ways, “obnoxious” and fight in the 145 to 150 pound range. In addition, both fighters will likely get huge paydays, as McGregor pointed out a few months ago.

However, this fight between a boxer and mixed-martial artist will ultimately end in America tearing each other apart, limb from limb. All you need to do is look at the history of boxing, some of which involves Mayweather.

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America Couldn’t Handle Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries

On July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson, an African-American and then-world heavy weight champion, defeated Jim Jeffires by technical knockout. (White) People were so angry at the result that they started riots across the country. Here’s the story of just one of the riots in New York:

In the “black and tan” and “San Juan hill” negro sections mobs set fire to a negro tenement house, hurled stones at windows, and tried to keep the occupants in by blocking the exits. The fire department routed the mob.

America Couldn’t Handle Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney

On June 11, 1982, Holmes, an African-American and then-WBC heavyweight champion, took on Cooney, who promoter Don King dubbed as the “Great White Hope.” At the time, there had not been a white world heavyweight champion in 22 years, and Cooney was looking to change that.

As you can imagine, there was a lot of racial tension and animosity leading up to the fight. Both white supremacist groups and African-Americans stated that they would have armed supporters at the fight. There was even a story that police put sharpshooters on the roofs of hotels surrounding Caesars Palace for fear of violence.

Holmes picked Cooney apart and eventually knocked him out in the 13th round to keep his title. But perhaps the bigger story was that two judges had Holmes ahead by just two points when the fight ended. If Cooney did not have three points taken away from him during the fight for low blows, Cooney would have been ahead on the judges’ scorecards.

Nothing brings out the worst in people like a boxing match.

Remember When Mayweather Fought Ricky Hatton?

You don’t believe Americans will root for McGregor because he’s not from America? Guess again.

Do you remember when Las Vegas was Ricky Hatton’s backyard for one night in 2007? Listen to the crowd before Mayweather’s entrance:

If I didn’t tell you the place of the fight, you would have thought it took place in Hatton’s home country of England. Despite the “Born in the USA” entrance, Mayweather was a man without a country that night. The crowd booed him mercilessly before he easily defeated Hatton via TKO in the tenth round.

Americans will have no problem rooting for McGregor.

Remember When Mayweather Fought Oscar De La Hoya?

The fight took place on May 5, 2007, also known as “Cinco de Mayo.” Keep in mind, De La Hoya is of Mexican descent, though he did represent the United States in the Olympics back in 1992. Anyway, here is how Mayweather came out to the ring:

Obviously, wearing the sombrero to the ring was very problematic. But the point is that Mayweather is not going to have many fans backing him in this fight, as shown by the chorus of boos he received on his way to the ring. Even if he were to do something offensive to insult McGregor’s Irish nationality, it really won’t make much of a difference since most of America is already rooting against him.

Remember When Adrien Broner Fought Marcos Maidana?

Broner, an African-American, fought the Argentinian Maidana in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome. The 5,000 mile distance between Argentina and Mexico did not seem to matter, as the fans made it clear who they were rooting for that night (from ESPN’s Dan Rafael):

He [Maidana] had Broner in serious trouble as he winged hard shots from all angles. Broner was holding on as the crowd chanted, “Chino! Chino! Chino,” Maidana’s nickname.

Not to mention, Argentina and Mexico do not have a lot in common. But on that night in 2013, they sure received Maidana as one of their own. I can’t imagine how many people will watch this fight wrapped in an Irish flag or in some type of St. Patricks Day apparel.

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Remember When Mike Tyson Fought Lennox Lewis?

Most of America will become Irish on Aug. 23. Boxing promoters are very good at getting the public to believe that the underdog can emerge victorious. People don’t even need an emotional attachment to the fighter to believe. They just need a reason.

Back in 2002, Mike Tyson fought then-WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in Memphis. This fight was at the tail-end of Tyson’s career and he was three years removed from biting Evander Holyfield’s ear off. He just wasn’t the same boxer he was in his prime.

Tyson came out in the first round and got picked apart. It was clear he was not going to win that fight. But because he was Mike Tyson, there were people who said, “He’s still got a chance.” When it comes boxing matches, people will convince themselves of something and hold on to that belief for as long as possible.

Don’t trick yourselves into thinking, “It only takes one punch.” Don’t trick yourselves into thinking that McGregor can win this fight.

Mayweather-McGregor Will Not Go Over Well in America’s Current Environment

You have all seen what has happened to America since November’s presidential election. America is more divided than ever along not just political lines, but racial lines.

Mayweather has used race baiting to promote fights in the past. More specifically, he has used those tactics against Latinos (see Oscar de la Hoya). His uncle and former trainer, Roger Mayweather, used to refer to himself as the “Mexican Assassin” due to his many wins over Mexican fighters. In five of the past ten years, Mayweather has fought on Cinco de Mayo weekend. All five of those opponents were of Latin descent.

Unfortunately, McGregor has dabbled in some race baiting as well, though not nearly to the extent of Mayweather. In a press conference last year, he called the little brother of opponent Nate Diaz “a little cholo gangster from the hood.”

From the promotion to the real fight itself, Mayweather-McGregor is nothing but a clown show. McGregor has absolutely no chance of beating Mayweather in a boxing match. Don’t buy the fight. You will not only be wasting your time, but you will be furthering the divide of the United States of America.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part VII

*READ PART VI 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 Dorne.

DORNE

Ellaria Sand

We are everywhere in Dorne. I have ten thousand brothers and sisters. -Ellaria Sand, Season 4 Episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose”

Whether you like it or not, Dorne is an important site on the show. For one, Daenerys Targaryen will need to appease the people who rule it. If she completes her conquest of Westeros, she will need to install a ruler capable of keeping the peace among the people.

With two seasons left, it would not make sense to introduce more Dornish characters just so Dany can dispose of Ellaria and install someone else. It would be so much easier to just leave Ellaria alive and have her rule the South so we can all forget about Dorne.

Because we all want to forget about Dorne.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 85 percent

The Sand Snakes

The Sand Snakes are with me. They have the love of their people. They will avenge their father while you sit here in your chair doing nothing! -Ellaria Sand, Season 5 Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”

The Sand Snakes are incredibly expendable. They have been on the show for two years and have had little to no character development during that time.

Simply put, no one cares about the Sand Snakes.

Hopefully, we see some semblance of personality from one or two of them in Season 7, but die off they will.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: ZERO percent

Olenna Tyrell

Cersei stole the future from me. She killed my son. She killed my grandson. She killed my granddaughter. Survival is not what I’m after now. -Olenna Tyrell, Season 6 Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Olenna Tyrell is the “Ric Flair” of Game of Thrones: she is the dirtiest player in the game.

With one flick of her finger, she saved her granddaughter, Margaery, from marriage to the monster known as King Joffrey “Baratheon.” Best of all, Olenna did it before the marriage was consummated, so Margaery was still eligible to marry the next brother down. This eventually led to the deaths of Tywin Lannister, Myrcella “Baratheon”, and King Tommen “Baratheon.”

Now, only Queen Cersei Lannister remains. Olenna wants revenge and she may very well get it. Plus, we need more scenes like this in Season 7:

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent

Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part VI

*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.

WINTERFELL

Jon Snow

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

Sansa Stark

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

Tormund Giantsbane

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

Lyanna Mormont

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

Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part V

*READ PART IV 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 Oldtown and Horn Hill.

OLDTOWN

Samwell Tarly

“I saw it with my own eyes on our way down to Castle Black. He drove a dagger into the walker’s heart. He risked his own life to save mine more than once. He’s a greater warrior than either of you will ever be.” -Gilly, Season 6 Episode 6, “Blood of My Blood”

There is a compelling case for Samwell as the most knowledgable character on Game of Thrones. As the former steward of Maester Aemon Targaryen, Sam knows all the great houses of Westeros and even penned responses to some of them. Now at the Citadel, he will only expand his knowledge on the history of the realm.

When it’s all said and done, I think Samwell will be the Grand Maester to the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms (which is a topic for another day). I mean – someone has to write a book about all of this, right?

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent

Gilly and Little Sam

The thing about Gilly that’s so interesting… is after all that Craster’s done to her, she’s still got hope that life might get better.” -Samwell Tarly, Season 2 Episode 10, “Valar Morghulis”

Gilly has certainly come a long way from Craster’s Keep. Since then, Gilly and Samwell have fallen in love and formed one of the sweetest romances in the Seven Kingdoms.

Now at the Citadel in Oldtown, it’s safe to assume that Samwell will discover something pivotal as it relates to the looming war with the White Walkers. How long that will take, though, is unknown. That being said, it’s likely that Samwell and Gilly will stay at the Citadel for most of Season 7, which bodes well for Gilly and Little Sam’s survival chances. Not that anyone would want to kill a baby – thank goodness Janos Slynt is dead.

Granted, there could some threats lurking around Oldtown, similar to the A Song of Ice and Fire books. But barring something unforeseen, Gilly and Little Sam should make it through to the last season.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 100 percent

HORN HILL

Randyll Tarly

I thought the Night’s Watch might make a man of you – something resembling a man at least. You managed to stay soft and fat, your nose buried in books, spending your life reading about the achievements of better men. I’ll wager you still can’t sit a horse or wield a sword… -Randyll Tarly, Season 6 Episode 6, “Blood of My Blood”

This guy is a first-class asshole. What kind of father threatens their son with death?

Not to mention, Lord Randyll is a loser. He fought with the Targaryens in Robert’s Rebellion and initially supported Renly Baratheon back in Season 2. As a vassal family to House Tyrell of Highgarden, Horn Hill’s forces will likely support Olenna Tyrell and Daenerys Targaryen. The Mother of Dragons is certainly no loser, but who knows what will happen in Season 7.

Randyll is not likely to show up that often in Season 7. If he does, expect him to exact revenge on Samwell for stealing the family’s valyrian steel sword and fleeing to the Citadel. With the support of Dany and her dragons, Randyll will likely make it to Season 8.

CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: 75 percent

Let me know what your predictions are for GoT Season 7 in the comment section or send me a tweet @danny_shin131

Game of Thrones Season 7 Character Predictions: Part IV

*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

Meera Reed

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

Benjen Stark

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”

Like Jaqen H’ghar and Daario Naharis, I’m torn on whether we will see Benjen Stark in Season 7.

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”

That’s an understatement.

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

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