At the recent SXSW convention, Maisie Williams (and Sophie Turner) got fans hyped up for the upcoming Season 7 of Game of Thrones (which premiers July 16, 2017. The talks about Arya Stark’s long term role and favoritism by the writers made me muse over the real implications that the story is leading and is something I want to share here.
Since Season 7 is being filmed, there’s been various speculations/rumors that have popped up along with actual photos and short clips of people capturing a few key scenes. Over on Reddit, there is someone who claims to have dropped the major plot points (which I deconstructed earlier). A few other sites have picked up on these spoilers and claim that them as potentially being the real deal. Whether or not they come true to me is irrelevant because I want to propose what I feel should be a better plot than what these spoilers entail: the Jon Snow – Cersei Lannister alliance.
Reddit’s Freefolk section had a bunch of unconfirmed rumors for the upcoming Season 7. Whether or not they’re true remains to be seen of course. However, I think it’s important to go through and determine which ones look feasible and the implications.
While the North’s primary conflict will be setting up in preparation for the highly anticipated eventual confrontation with the White Walkers, the second probable confrontation will be an internal one that is festering between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark. Re-watching a few key scenes with Sansa Stark and Jon Snow’s interactions as well as off-screen material, I want to provide some possible insight into how things may play out.
In season 6, Euron Greyjoy made a pretty quick, but critical impact upon arriving, slaying his brother Balon and later claiming the Iron Islands for himself. As his niece and nephew flee to join Daenerys’ forces, Euron instructs the rest of the Iron Born to construct him a fleet of a thousand ships. From that point, his story ends in the season, leaving him in a peculiar place. What will he do in season 7?
In Season 6 Episode 10, the Northern lords gather to proclaim Jon Snow the King of the North. After Lady Mormont shames the lords and declares her allegiance to Jon Snow, other lords quickly rise to join her. I believe Lord Manderly states that Jon Snow “avenged the Red Wedding.” While the scene is powerful with emotion, it also is a bit absurd too as others on the net have alluded to in memes and videos. I want to examine this statement and the scene a bit.
The show starts off with the trial of Ser Loras Tyrell where he is tried for essentially being gay. He admits to his guilt and accepts his fate in casting away the Tyrell name. Virtually, everyone important is at the Sept except Tommen, Ser Robert Strong, Qyburn, Pycelle and Cersei Lannister. Because it also is Cersei’s trial, Lancel is sent off to locate her. However, he spots one of the children hanging around nearby and becomes suspicious, ending up following the child into the lower city.
Many people were severely disappointed in Sansa Stark’s story arc in Season 5 where many people expected Sansa to start playing the Game of Thrones and manipulate those around her. Instead, her story takes two twists from the book where she gets married off to Ramsay Bolton and worse yet relentlessly raped. So rather than seeing a player, we saw someone being played for the most part. However, in Season 6 Episode 9, her story arc returns to where many people expected her to be, which is the more manipulative, active player in the game.
Tyrion finally will get to his quote about “The Great Game” in Episode 10 of season 6. But what exactly is the Great Game? Why should Daenerys be terrified? And why is Tyrion encouraging her to be terrified?
Easily, the most anticipated episodes of the season, Battle of the Bastards certainly lived up to and perhaps exceeded all hype. Certainly, this episode is not for the weak of heart, especially once we get to the North. Director Miguel Sapochnik is becoming my go-to director for creating intense, heart palpitating moments, considering he already has last season’s Episode 7 and the critically acclaimed Hardhome to his resume. With this episode, he might’ve created a masterpiece that exceeds anything both on television and the movie screen for a while.