Winter is here and the new season of Game of Thrones is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. The storylines are finally marching towards the grand finale of this epic series.
Here are my predictions for
what's to come in season 7:
Daenerys Targaryen's campaign for the Iron Throne won't be as easy as it was in Essos.
Westeros is a whole different animal from Yunkai, Merreen, or Astapor - where even the minor lords are beasts of greed and ambition.
I don't see her alliance holding up. Though having the support of two of the great houses of Westeros and a Greyjoy fleet is great for a season finale, nobody in his right mind would think that it will be this easy.
The Sands won't be able to hold Sunspear as they do not have the Martell name.
Neither will Olenna in Highgarden; what with the heirs of House Tyrell burned to a crisp. A lot of lords would want to seize the same lands to create a new powerhouse in Westeros.
The Greyjoys are interesting. Their house's military power is split in half, but Euron is something else entirely. Having a force as big as his can be pivotal to any faction in play.
Their little family drama has bigger implications than one might initially think, but if I had to bet, power will indeed transfer to Euron with Dany making sure it doesn't last long. I'm not sure if I'm willing to bet on Theon and Yara's death this season, but I won't be surprised If Yara does bite the dust.
Dany still has her dragons though,
which has always been her biggest advantage. But dragons won't be enough to
conquer the seven kingdoms (as evidenced by Aegon the Conqueror, the first
Targaryen to conquer Westeros).
Cersei's reign will be short but crazy.
Cersei has become the most ruthless person in Westeros since all her children died, so she isn't handing over anything to little Dany without a fight.
Having said that, I still don't expect her reign to last long. It doesn't make sense to bog down the storyline with a stalemate between Daenerys and Cersei. With less episodes this season, the story has to move at a faster pace.
The Lannisters have been at war for so long that their resources have all been depleted. They still have power but not enough to destroy an army as big and powerful as the one Dany has amassed. Cersei can try to wrangle up some allies but there isn't anyone left in the field to make a difference. All of the great houses in Westeros have beef with her and no one is going to care if Cersei's head is on a pike.
The Lannisters have a depleted army from the West, a contingent at King's Landing, and a few barrels of wildfire. Compare that to the Targaryen faction which has a Greyjoy fleet, a Martell army that has not been ravaged by war, the second largest army in Westeros in the Tyrells, the Unsullied, Varys, and Tyrion. Oh, and did I mention the dragons? Dany has three of those, too.
But hey, crazier things have
happened before. Maybe Cersei will strike an alliance with the Night's King?
Snow's war in the North continues.
The battle for Winterfell may be over and a Stark is finally back as the King of the North, but if Game of Thrones has taught us anything, it's that having power and keeping it are two entirely different things.
Although I think that Jon Snow has a better grasp of how to rule than Dany, I see the same scenarios occurring where their inexperience outdoes their knack for getting things done.
It's also worth noting that Jon
Snow's problems with the North are way more complicated than ridding the
streets of slavery, what with the wildlings, the minor lords of the North, and
that little undead army led by an ancient force of nature looking to engulf the
world in a never-ending winter.
Apart from an army of countless zombies, Jon Snow's biggest threat comes in the form of Petyr Baelish. Even with his plans to put Sansa as the head of all the northern houses thwarted, Little Finger still has command over one of the great houses of Westeros.
I fully expect Baelish to do what he does best and manipulate everything from the sidelines while Jon Snow's attention is diverted from the politics of Winterfell. I wouldn't even put underhanded dealings with Cersei past him.
Sansa would probably be a proxy leader while Jon's attention is elsewhere. She's a bigger wildcard as she has the ability to either destabilize Jon's rule or dismantle Little Finger's hold over the Arryns and the Vale. I'd love to see her take down Little Finger, but my gut is leaning towards the opposite.
Arya is definitely re-uniting
with the other Starks this season, with Bran playing a bigger part in the war
with the White Walkers. Being the three-eyed raven, he is the only supernatural
weapon that the humans have against the White walkers (barring Dany's dragons,
that is). I see him as the key component in the fight against the Night's King.
Jon and Dany's Encounter
Seeing as only the audience knows of Jon Snow's lineage (aside from Bran and Howland Reed), I don't expect much from their encounter.
I do expect Jon to encounter the dragons for the first time, with the flying beasts being at ease idue to his Stark-Targaryen lineage.
What's great about watching Game of Thrones is it is generally unpredictable. I wouldn't be surprised if nothing of what I just mentioned came to pass.
I'd like to end this with my predictions on who will die in this season.
My Kill List:
- Cersei Lannister
- Grey Worm
- Olenna Tyrell
- Ellaria Sand and the rest of the Sand Snakes
- Thormund Giantsbane
- Euron Greyjoy
- Yara Greyjoy
- Lyanna Mormont
- Benjan Stark
- Meera Reed