Game of Thrones season 7 is coming in 2017. July 16, 2017 to be exact. And while there have been plenty of leaks and rumors, there are so many questions we still don’t have the answers to. There are the obvious ones, like who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of S7, but others are a little more obscure. Is Littlefinger going to end up with Sansa? Will Jon Snow find out about his true lineage? And how long is Gendry going to be rowing before we see him again? His arms are going to be ripped. The new Game of Thrones 7 trailer gives us some idea of what might happen, but it doesn't answer some of the biggest fan theories.
We've gone way past the books now, so everything is up for grabs. That's why I’ve put together a list of some of the best, most likely theories we’ve got heading into season 7, along with a few bizarre ones. What would GoT fandom be without insane fan theories?
Fair warning: there are tons of spoilers ahead if you’re not up to date with Game of Thrones. Catch up with season 6 right here.
Got all that? Ok, let's move on to the theories.
1. Cersei becomes the Mad Queen
What it means: After Cersei went all “girl on fire” against the Holy Sept and declared herself Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, I think next season she could turn into a metaphorical reincarnation of Aerys Targaryen, aka the Mad King. First of all, can I say “Yaaasss Mad Queen?” Second, if true, this could be a serious problem. It’s no secret that Cersei isn’t the most pragmatic ruler that Westeros has ever had, but her recent actions show she’s only interested in doing what she wants, when she wants. In fact, one psychologist even “diagnosed” Cersei as a classic narcissist on Reddit (adding that he knows you can’t diagnose fictional characters).
For the longest time, Cersei’s only saving grace was her love for her children. Now that all of them are dead, she really doesn’t have anyone to hold her accountable… except for Jaime, but we’ll get to that in a bit. Cersei is alone, vindictive and sitting on the Iron Throne. She has enemies in all directions. Oh, and she’s still got a ton of wildfire in the basement. Let’s just say Cersei’s reign of terror has only just begun. At least, until...
2. Jaime will kill Cersei
What this means: With the death of Tommen, Maggy the Frog’s prediction that all of Cersei’s children will die has come true. However, there’s one more tidbit that concludes the childhood prophecy: Cersei will be killed by her “Valonqar,” or little brother. A lot of people have taken that to mean Tyrion, who’s currently en route with Dany’s army to kick some Westeros ass. However, he’s not Cersei’s only little brother. Jaime, Cersei’s twin, was born a few minutes after her.
The last time we saw Jaime, he was horrified, watching Cersei take the crown. He is clearly not happy with the direction the kingdom and his family are taking. Even though Jaime has said time and time again that Cersei is the most important thing in his life, that may be tested if someone else in his life is threatened, such as Brienne of Tarth, or even the Stark sisters (who he’s sworn to protect). And, given Jaime’s reputation as the Kingslayer, it would be heartbreakingly poetic justice to have Jaime kill the Mad Queen, too. Sure he seems to be standing by Cersei in the new trailer but... things change.
3. Tyrion Lannister is a Targaryen
What it means: Jon Snow isn't the only Targaryen around. Tyrion Lannister is also believed to be one of the prophesied heads of the dragon along with Dany and Jon. It comes from the theory that mad King Aerys Targaryen had an affair with Tywin Lannister's wife, Joanna, the mother of Tyrion, which might explain why Tywin hated him so much. And despite what happens in the books, the TV show is pointing in that direction, with Tywin saying you're no son of mine just before Tyrion shoots him with an arrow. Although this could just be part of Tywin's constant rejection of Tyrion's suitability as a Lannister, something that's alluded to again and again throughout the first four seasons.
We’ve also seen a strong connection develop between Tyrion and Dany, with her trusting him above almost anyone else. This is likely to be Tyrion showing loyalty to Dany (loyalty is a genuinely new thing for Tyrion, given his rather selfish nature) and vice versa, but some corners of the internet think it goes deeper than respect and friendship. They're going to be together an awful lot in S7...
4. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, or the Warrior of Light.
What it means: Now that we’ve gotten that pesky “R+L=J” theory out of the way, because it’s totally canon now, we get to look further into what that means. The biggest is whether he is the Azor Ahai, or the Warrior of Light. All signs point to yes. Melisandre’s prophecy states that Azor Ahai will have the blood of the dragon and will be reborn in smoke and salt (in the books Jon's wounds smoke and his comrades cry salty tears all over him). Whenever she’s looked into the fires for Azor, she’s only seen things to do with snow, which can’t be a coincidence. In addition, Jon picked his Night's Watch post over his lady love (Ygritte), which ties into the original Azor Ahai and Nissa Nissa prophecy.
5. Euron Greyjoy will control a dragon
What it means: Euron Greyjoy is an interesting one. Theon and Yara have teamed up with the Mother of Dragons, but leaked set photos from the filming of season 7 suggest that Euron allies with Cersei, so he's very much in the game. I think he’s going to be the source of Dany’s first major Westeros battle, and it’s not going to be pretty. For starters, Euron is a seafaring man, while most of Dany’s army has little experience on the ocean. Second, there’s that horn.
In the books, Euron Greyjoy acquired a horn called Dragonbinder while searching the ruins of Old Valyria. He claims it can be used to control a dragon, but it hasn’t been tested. We haven't seen Euron with Dragonbinder in the series so far, but he could definitely surprise Dany and her army. If someone used one of her own dragons against her it would be devastating for Dany. I’m thinking he’ll use one, mess things up for a while and then be dispatched at the end of season 7, but it could be a spectacular exit. The trailer shows off a ship battle, which has Euron written all over it, and we see a shadowy character falling in the water to avoid a burst of dragon fire. Does this mean Euron has turned Dany's dragons against her at some point?
6. Bran will bring the White Walkers to Westeros
What this means: Dammit Bran, you had one job! And that was not to bring the zombie army to Westeros. Well, in a way, that’s everybody’s job, but I think it’s going to be Bran who ends up failing it. Not by breaking down the wall, but by taking away its magic. Remember in The Door how Bran was marked by the Night King, therefore allowing the White Walkers access beyond any magical barrier he hid behind? Well, there’s a giant magical barrier between Bran and Westeros (The Wall), and sooner or later he’s going to need to cross it.
Unless Bran comes up with a way to remove the brand, and it doesn’t seem likely, he’d basically be leaving a “Please Come In” sign for the zombies after crossing. The White Walkers won’t need to break down The Wall, because Bran’s going to leave the door unlocked for them. Not cool, Bran. Not cool.
7. Bran is actually Bran The Builder
What it means: For those who don’t know, Bran The Builder was the man who created Winterfell and raised The Wall over 8000 years before the events covered in Game of Thrones. There’s belief that our Bran and the former Bran are one and the same person because of his ability to influence the past. We already know Bran can see into the past and future, and he can influence events and 'warg' into people. “Hold the door,” anyone?
If he's aware of the White Walkers in the present day, maybe it's his responsibility to travel into the past and raise The Wall to keep them out. Also, in the books Old Nan mentions - on several occasions - that Bran's favourite stories are the ones about... yup, Bran The Builder. Is that an echo of the young Stark's future? Maybe. But hang on... if Bran builds the wall, but also gets marked by the Night King and allows the Whitewalkers to pass it... ? Does that mean he's wasted his time? Or does it mean he built the wall to hold the undead at bay until man is ready to deal with them? Hmmm...
8. Jorah will be healed of Greyscale
What this means: What, you thought Jorah’s storyline was over? Think again! One person recently posted online that she saw Iain Glen and Gwendoline Christie on a plane to Belfast, where Game of Thrones often films, and guess what? He was reading a script! He has also been spotted filming scenes, without telltale signs of greyscale on his body. Case closed! So, there’s a lot of speculation that Jorah will be healed of Greyscale, though it’s uncertain by whom.
The biggest theory lies with Quaithe, the slightly magical woman in season 2 who helped Jorah find Dany’s dragons after they were stolen. Remember that coin mask on her face? Some people on Reddit think it concealed Greyscale scars. Quaithe also predicted that Jorah would travel past Old Valyria, and that “all who travel too close to the Doom must have protection.” What kind of protection? A spell, maybe? Too soon to speculate. In the new trailer it does look like Jorah's arm reaching out from a prison cell, covered in Greyscale. However, the scale looks raw and glowing - is this a sign it's being cured?
9. Greyscale will be used as a biological weapon
What this means: If Jorah succeeds in finding a cure for greyscale, that means Daenerys would have a weapon more powerful than any army: a disease. Daenerys could threaten Westeros with a greyscale epidemic, therefore ensuring that more people would side with her without spilling any blood. However, if Dany ended up having to use the greyscale, even if she and her supporters were protected, it could come with a catch.
As mentioned in Hitflix, greyscale turns people into Stone Men, unable to think or feel. In that sense, they are very much like wights, and we could see another zombie army on our hands. There are also rumors that we could see the arrival of the Shrouded Lord, a mythical figure who’s basically the Valyrian version of the Night King, who can curse others with greyscale through his kiss. Can you imagine if the White Walkers had a dragon-scaled zombie army to contend with, instead of just the humans? Or would those armies team up and completely lay waste to the Seven Kingdoms? File this one under 'H' for 'hmmm'.
10. Cleganebowl is still on!
What this means: That The Hound and his brother The Mountain will meet and fight to the death. At the end of season 4 it looked pretty bad for the Clegane brothers. Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane was beaten by Brienne and left to die by Arya, while Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane was fatally poisoned by Prince Oberyn of Dorne. However, both of them survived and now they're on a collision course.
Cleganebowl is one of the biggest Game of Thrones theories, and it's still very possible that we'll see it. The Hound is currently teamed up with Beric Dondarrion and his Brotherhood Without Banners. They were originally sent by Robert Baratheon to kill Gregor Clegane (in the books). Wouldn't it be delicious if they finally fulfilled this mission in season 7, by taking down undead Gregor once and for all? The fans demand it, and the showrunners are listening.