With Season 7 now officially over, it’s time to start predicting what will happen next season.
The bad news is that Season 8, the final season of the series, may not be ready till 2019.
— Varun Patil (@vspatil367) August 28, 2017
Boo, that’s a very long wait.
Critics of Season 7 who have seized upon the show’s breakneck pace will have plenty more to complain about in Season 8 as there will be just 6 episodes. Things will need to happen fast, so expect more character teleportation and plot-heavy dialogue.
On the plus side, it will give us plenty of time for wild speculation, and leaks and spoilers to appear.
Dodging Game of Thrones spoilers this morning like pic.twitter.com/VlY2cnQz5Z
— Taran Matharu (@TaranMatharu1) August 28, 2017
Coinciding with the finale being aired, Kit Harington’s interview with Deadline was published. In it, he promises a return to the Thronesy days of old, full of blood and tears.
Harington explains, “…the thing is, with so few characters left, they (the viewers) should get used to and get ready for next year is Thrones returning to form and killing its main characters quickly. They’re going to go, and they’re going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it’s going to be a bloodbath.”
Looking at how the pieces on the chess board moved this season, we can assume that the battle is essentially now a three-horse race between the following factions.
Faction 1: The Lannisters, Euron’s GreyJoys and The Golden Company
After pulling a fast one on Jon and Dany, Cersei shows that she is betting it all on her unborn child. She forms a rather unstable alliance with Euron Greyjoy, who sails off to Essos to pick up the Golden Company. Hey! They have 20,000 troops…and elephants!
Twice in the Season 7 finale, Cersei has the chance to kill her brothers but lets them go, a decision which she may regret next Season.
Remember those Season 7 leaks which turned out to be very accurate? Well, one leak predicted Cersei suffering a miscarriage, which didn’t happen. It is possible that the leaker got confused with the Tower of Joy scene which showed the birth of Jon Snow and blood in Lyanna’s bed.
But perhaps Cersei will miscarry in Season 8. If she does, it may further fulfil the “Volanqar Phophecy” Cersei receives from Maggy the Frog back in Season 5. This prophecy states that Cersei will lose three children and then die at the hands of “volanqar”, which means “little brother” in High Valyrian. This has led some to conclude that Jaime will kill Cersei. What we do know for sure is Jaime isn’t a happy camper and is off to fight in the Great War.
— Evan Oberhausen (@Obie_Trice13) August 28, 2017
Meanwhile, Euron presumably still has Yara and Theon has finally decided to man up and save her. All he had to do was beat up that one Ironborn. Jaime was right, the Greyjoys are a pretty dim bunch. It’s hard to imagine Theon and a few Greyjoys making much of a dent in Season 8. Euron is a different story and at one point he was being touted as the next major baddie in the show. There is a strong possibility that he will betray Cersei.
Faction 2: The Targaryens, Starks, Wildlings and Theon’s Greyjoys
As predicted, Jon (real name Aegon but still Jon to me) and Dany are now an item, but they don’t know they are related yet. Expect that to change pretty soon in Season 8.
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) August 28, 2017
With Jon and Dany heading to Winterfell, it seems inevitable that Bran will tell Jon everything. It will be interesting to see how this affects Jon and Dany’s relationship. Dany has made her way through the world believing she is the rightful ruler of the seven kingdoms, but we now know that the true lineage actually belongs to Jon. Aside from the whole incest thing, this will really mess up Dany’s claim to the throne. Awkward!
In the Season 7 finale Sansa and Arya bond over Arya slitting Littlefinger’s throat. Classic sisterly love. They have reached some sort of understanding and will probably listen to Jon. But they might not be too happy about the new lady in his life, especially if Bran tells them The Truth.
Some are interpreting the look on Tyrion’s face while Jon bones Dany as one of jealousy. The idea being that Tyrion may go on to betray the incestuous new couple. Unlikely. Tyrion truly believes that Dany will change the world for better so he is probably just fearful that loving Jon will be a distraction. It would be nice to see Jaime and Tyrion team up to bring down their evil sister.
There is a fan theory out there that Jon will eventually have to betray Dany to bring peace to the world. If Jon is Azor Ahai (The Prince Who Was Promised) he will have to kill Dany to create a powerful sword known as Lightbringer. Another possibility is that Jon will sacrifice himself to make some kind of truce with the White Walkers.
A theory that has been doing the rounds for a while is that Bran is the Night King. It sounds batshit crazy but it does have certain things going for it (it’s fun?). Basically, Bran travels back in time to try and prevent the White Walkers but repeatedly gets trapped in the past while doing so. Another feature of this theory is that Bran inadvertently created the Mad King crazy by whispering to him.
It doesn’t explain why the Night King tried pretty hard to kill Bran in Season 6. Oh well. Either way, we can expect to see more Bran revelations in Season 8.
Maybe Jon and Dany will have a baby (another Aegon?) and that child will grow up to become the true ruler. This would require a huge time leap but it could it take place in one of Bran’s visions. He has kind of eliminated any need for linear time.
Faction 3: The Night King and the White Walkers
Season 7 ends in stunning fashion with the Night King riding Viserion and using it to bring down the Wall.
The wall has stood for thousands of years
Ice Dragon: “Hold my beer” pic.twitter.com/I2pBh9Rakm
— Mark Smith (@M_Miscreant) August 28, 2017
— GoT Things (@GoTthings_) August 28, 2017
Thankfully, Tormund and Beric probably survived that assault. Tormund has pretty decent plot armour because he is our only real connection to the Wildlings these days. Meanwhile, the Lord of Light has not finished with Beric yet. Why is Beric still alive? His purpose in this story has not fully been realised.
Now that The Wall is down, the Night King and his army can presumably march straight into Winterfell, setting up an epic battle with the Targaryen and Stark faction. If Jon can convince all the northern armies to bend the knee and the Unsullied and Dothraki (and Jaime?) show up in time, the Night King might be defeated. Whether or not the Targaryens and Starks can win will also largely depend on all that Dragonglass. Did they ever finish mining it and get it back to Winterfell?
If the Targaryen and Stark faction does win the battle at Winterfell, we can assume they will suffer great losses. They will then presumably have to take on Cersei’s bunch with a substantially weakened army. It’s possible Dany loses another dragon (or two) taking out Viserion.
Odds and Ends
- It almost looks like the much-hyped “Cleganebowl” is gonna happen when the Hound faces-off with the Mountain in the Season 7 finale. But still no fight. Give us Cleganebowl!
- Tormund had better survive. I have high hopes of a Tormund and Brienne romance. The internet is shipping that one hard too.
- Gendry, the bastard son of Robert Baratheon is back and still alive. What importance will he have in Season 8? So far all we know is that he is fond of Jon Snow and good with hammers.
- Dany and Jon are gonna be pissed when the Lannisters don’t show up to help out against the White Walkers. How will they punish Cersei?
- The Dorne storyline is most likely over. It was never very good anyway.
- Will we get more cooking tips from Hot Pie? Always brown the butter, people. Always.
- Maybe the whole thing ends with Bran waking up in his bed in Season 1. Yup, it was all just a dream, folks!