We are already more than half way through Game of Thrones Season 7. The Spoils of War, also considered by many to be one of the best episodes of the series, clarified a few things for us. One of them being dragons are not invincible. They can be hurt or (possibly) worse, killed. We also saw a glimpse of the destruction Daenerys was capable of once she decided to ride Drogon into battle, after unleashing a horde of the Dothraki on Lannister men.
And with only 2 episodes to go, we listed out 20 things that we should all brace ourselves for. Because, some of them, just aren't nice.
1. We witness death of the dragons.
a) White Walkers kill Viserion to raise him again as the Ice Dragon.
More or less obvious, we understand that. This is a very popular theory amongst the fans. The Night King will kill one of the dragons and turn it into a wight ice-spitting dragon, that he rides into battle.
b) Drogon doesn't survive the poisoned spear he took in The Spoils of War.
Drogon will most likely be the victim of the last episode. He seemed fine in the last moments of the show and we see him meeting Jon Snow but do remember, Qyburn prepared the spear that pierced through his scales. It won't be surprising if the Hand of the Queen would have laced it with some kind of poison.
2. We find out Bran Stark was behind The Mad King's madness.
Burn them all.
Book readers will know that Aerys II Targaryen was a just ruler before he was haunted by visions of enemies everywhere who he thought were best served burnt. Now, we know, Bran has Professor X abilities that he could have used to warn the Mad King about the threat of White Walkers. But we saw what such visions did to Hodor. So it is quite possible that Brandon Stark was behind Aerys II Targaryen turning into the Mad King.
3. It is revealed that Jon Snow and Meera Reed are twins.
This is sort of a far fetched fan theory that believes, Lyanna Stark had twins. And the only other person present at the Tower of Joy during their birth was Howland Reed. This theory also rises from the factor that both Meera Reed and Jon Snow look similar. However, it seems a tad unlikely.
4. We see the return of Daario Naharis.
Daario had once admitted that there was no greater pleasure than killing men who wanted him killed and loving women who wanted to be loved. Well, Daenerys might not want him by his side, but there are men who still need killing.
5. Bran finds out the first White Walker was a Stark.
We know that the Night King was a first man who had been turned into a White Walker by the Children of the forest. It is quite possible that the Night King is a Stark.
6. White Walkers finally cross the Wall in the last episode.
Call it an educated guess, but the White Walkers will be crossing the Wall by the end of this season. We know, from Brandon Stark's visions that the entire army of the walkers is already heading towards Eastwatch, a castle by the sea, currently being guarded by Tormund and the others.
7. The ancient order of the Night's Watch finally gets wiped out by the undead.
Now, the ancient order of the Night's Watch has been reinforced with trained men by Jon Snow, but the fact remains that it had almost fallen to less a thousand wildlings once. What chance does Castle Black have against hundreds of thousands of the walking dead?
8. We get to see the end of Cersei Lannister.
The reigning queen of the
7 kingdoms 3 at most, has had a long run in the show. In a way, her relationship with her brother Jaime is what truly started the Game of Thrones. And every thing that happened ever since is just ripples of that that one stone thrown into calm waters. However, her character seems to have run its course and we can see the Valonqar prophecy coming true very soon.
9. The Wall finally falls, making way for the army of the dead.
The Wall’s not just ice and stone. Ancient spells were carved into its foundation. Strong magic. To protect men from what lies beyond. And while it stands, the dead cannot pass.
- Benjen Stark
But book readers will know of the Horn of Winter, a mythological horn, whose blast is said to have the power to bring the wall down. However, we have never seen the existence of any such artefact in the show. But even without that, it's possible the Wall will finally fall this season.
10. The North ceases to exist after the Night King's army runs them over.
The Long Night is coming and the dead come with it. No clan can stop them. The Free Folk can’t stop them, the Night’s Watch can’t stop them and all the southern kings can’t stop them.
- Jon Snow
Once the Wall comes down and the Night King brings Winter with him, the North will be the first realm to get affected. It is highly likely that the North will cease to exist as a realm following an attack by the Night King's army.
11. It is revealed that Syrio Forel is the Faceless Man.
For those who do not remember this character from Season 1, he was Arya Stark's teacher. Forel was the first sword of the free city of Braavos. The base of operations for the Faceless Men rests in Braavos. It is quite possible that Forel had been with Arya, first as Jaquen H'ghar and then as the God of Many Faces, teaching her. It also appeared that both characters had similar beliefs in matters of religion.
12. Jon Snow & Daenerys Targaryen get married to unite the 7 kingdoms.
Some (most) of you might even be rooting for this. We know that the Targaryens have a history of incest. Now, let us put things into perspective. Jon wants Daenerys to help her fight the army of the dead while Daenerys wants him to bend the knee, which the North won't allow. Well, going further back to Season 6, we saw Daenerys breaking up with Daario Naharis because she wanted to make alliances with the great houses of Westeros and the best way to make an alliance is by marriage.
13. Jon Snow meets Cersei Lannister to ask for help in fighting the undead.
Jon Snow needs all 7 kingdoms to come together if they have to win the fight against the army of the dead. And Cersei has the resources to gather the biggest army. Cersei asks Jon for proof of White Walkers, due to which we see Jon, along with Beric Dondarion, The Hound and Tormund going across the Wall, to catch a wight.
14. The events at Hardhome repeat themselves after the undead cross over the Wall.
Remember the battle of Hardhome, the one, that Jon Snow and a few wildlings narrowly survived? Well, the number of White Walkers has significantly increased and if they cross the Wall, expect something on a scale grander than Hardhome.
16. We find out that Jaime Lannister is Azor Ahai.
To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero’s sword. He laboured for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword broke......The third time, with a heavy heart.... he called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove his sword into her breast, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer, while her cry of anguish and ecstasy left a crack across the face of the moon.
This is the Azor Ahai prophecy. It is also said that the prince that was promised would be reborn, which Jaime did after his hand was cut off and he confessed to Brienne of Tarth. George RR Martin has often said that prophecies can be an amalgamation of the actual truth. We know The Valonqar theory and we know Jaime has a moral code, unlike his sister.
17. Littlefinger finally meets his maker at the hands of Arya Stark.
With more Starks crowding Winterfell, Littlefinger seems to be losing the plot to capture Sansa Stark's mind. We have seen Sansa often shutting him down and Bran's powers mean that he knows Littlefinger betrayed his father. Meanwhile, Arya Stark is at Winterfell and isn't a big fan of Petyr Baelish either. Besides, Littlefinger's purpose in the show seems to have come to an end. He was one of the people who started the game but has now lost sight of things and have managed to push themselves into a corner.
18. We witness the much awaited Cleaganebowl.
The Hound vs The Mountain. We have waited 7 seasons for this to happen and this season, the brothers might finally get to kill each other. The Mountain is more or less a zombie who follows orders now, while The Hound has developed a sense of responsibility and has joined the fight against the dead. However, it is quite possible that there will come a time when these giants go against each other.
19. Jaime Lannister joins the fight against White Walkers.
There is another theory that after seeing the wight Jon had brought from the beyond the Wall, Cersei agrees to help with her armies but betrays him at the last moment. Following which, we hope to see the Valonqar prophecy come true. Jaime had previously saved an entire city from burning when he killed the Mad King. If he survives the season, we can see him fight in the North against the army of the dead.
20. Bran finds out how the White walkers were defeated the last time.
Bradon Stark has the ability to see through time and surely would hope to find out how the white walkers had been defeated the last time they were walking free. It may very well, be the moment, that determines the fate of the 7 kingdoms.
We believe we have covered almost all possibilities that could happen in the last episode of the penultimate season. But then again, it is Game of Thrones, so you never know!