Four Things to Look Forward to in 'Game of Thrones' Season Seven

Friday, 07 April 2017 - 11:56AM
Game of Thrones
Friday, 07 April 2017 - 11:56AM
Four Things to Look Forward to in 'Game of Thrones' Season Seven
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We're drawing ever-nearer to the debut of the seventh season of Game of Thrones, and new plot details are emerging thick and fast. Following last week's teaser, the hype train has officially left the station, with fans piecing together every last clue from the past few months. We wouldn't be surprised if the folks over at the GoT Reddit board reveal an elaborate, Beautiful Mind-style corkboard-and-yarn conspiracy map, showing how Gendry overthrows Jon Snow at the last second. We'd watch that.

All signs point to this being the most exciting season of the show yet, so here are some things we're looking forward to:

Daenerys Comes to Westeros

With Daenerys finally setting sail, it seems like things are about to come to a head, and it's probably going to culminate in Dany claiming a large piece of Westeros for herself.
According to reports, Daenerys will clash with Cersei Lannister over an area called the Dragonpit—an area near King's Landing which historically housed dragons. It makes sense for Daenerys to aim for this slice of land, but doing so puts her dangerously close to the Lannister stronghold, which could help to accelerate the war between the two. It'd be a bold move, and if the Lannisters decide to hold their ground, our money is on dragons. Protip: always bet on dragons.

Alliances Between Ice and Fire

We know from set photos that Daenerys will travel north to meet with various leaders, including Jon Snow. At this point, it seems as if the young leaders may be about to team up, uniting against their common enemies. Both Snow and Targaryen have bones to pick with many of the same rivals, and considering the atrocities inflicted upon the pair and their respective allies last season, it makes sens to team up. For once, we'd have two non-insane, basically good people on the same side, along with the tools to break the spokes in Westeros' wheel of power.
If the Targaryen-Snow alliance works, it would lead to a dramatic power shift within Westeros. It could be the beginning of a better age—which is just what we want as Game of Thrones begins to wrap up its saga. Even if there's a hope that things will get better, and that all of this wasn't for naught, we'll be happy.

The Return of Long Lost Characters

We know that various familiar faces are going to be showing up, not least Gendry, who was last seen boarding a boat off into the the black of night, and who presumably has been rowing in circles for several years now. There's also some rumors that we'll see a reunion between Arya and Nymeria, her direwolf. In an interview, Martin said:

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"You know, I don't like to give things away. But you don't hang a giant wolf pack on the wall unless you intend to use it."
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So that bodes well for seeing Nymeria again. As for Gendry, we're not hoping that he comes back as a key player, being, you know, the secret heir. Maybe he'll come back with a good reason for being gone for four years, like brokering an unlikely alliance or discovering a powerful secret that makes him relevant again. Either way, we want to see Gendry become some kind of Hail-Mary in the big conflict coming up—otherwise, why not leave him on his boat?

Old Friends Reunited

There's definitely a circling-of-the-wagons vibe coming from a lot of the things we've seen of season seven's filming. Set leaks from Belfast suggest that Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Jon Snow, and Leanna Mormont may all end up in the same place at the same time, probably combining forces to fight the oncoming winter and Lannister forces. It'll be good to see this kind of reunion, and once again get some good guys in a position of power.

It looks like Game of Thrones season seven will be about preparation for the climactic end of the show in season eight. We're probably going to see some early, big blows from Daenerys, then some counterattacks by the Lannisters. Of course, we haven't talked about the White Walkers yet, but we're betting that Wall isn't going to be standing for much longer.

It's going to be a long wait until the show returns on July 16th.
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