“The world is your oyster, go take this pearl and make them addicted to it.” said George R.R. Martin (supposedly, hypothetical statement) to the HBO show-runners while giving the copyrights for Game of Thrones (GoT). 170 countries and a viewership of approximately 23 million, per episode, GoT also holds the reins as the most downloaded show online with torrent reporting a never-seen-before spike during the user download interface when S06E10 (those with copyright issues, may understand the significance of this code) got released.
Today, HBO released the official trailer of Season 7 (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYeaKsXnsI) along with a chilling poster that shows the one true formidable enemy, that knows how to spew fear in the hearts of the undead. The Night King with eyes of prickly ice that fuse any glowing heat to submission. The trailer opened with stern words, that echo through the walls of the King’s Landing and makes pumped heartbeats gape for barely audible sighs. “Enemies to the east. Enemies to the west. Enemies to the south. Enemies to the north. Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it.” says our incestous Cersei to her twin, Jamie Lannister as there is a façade of terrified angst hidden in him about the person, her sister has turned to. With an equally formidable enemy in Daenerys Targyaren who pledges to take back, what is her birthright, we see little ploys seeded with malicious intentions and the wittiest minds laying out traps for unpretentious power lust-mongers. The seven kingdoms, have since Aegon’s Conquest, never been in more murkier waters. This blog post will now explore stories, left unbound.
Characters left with cliffhangers and unexplained plots. Obviously, there have been various plot possibilities and theories discussed in the world of lies and deception. Bringing the best in front of you;
- The most important plot line, which is often the most understated ones, is the fall of the Wall. The colossal 700 feet fortification, was built after the ‘War for the Dawn’ by Brandon the Builder (of House Stark). After having assumed the role of the Three-eyed Raven, Bran is expected to delve deeper into the past in order to get answers for the future. More so, it is expected that Bran would need to change something in the past to prevent a major-downscale in the coming events. His ability to alter the past has been seen in very little retrospect, when we see that young Eddard Stark was able to hear him slightly while he was going up the Tower of Joy. The fall of the wall is mostly predicted to be possible due to two build-ups. Bran crossing the wall to the South side will supposedly ward off all the magic spells placed in order to protect the wall and the follow-up to it would be the fabled horn of Joramun. Also known as the horn of winter, The Horn of Joramun is a fabled horn that could bring the wall crashing down. Legend has It that Joramun was a King-Beyond-The-Wall who raised giants with the appropriation of this horn and is said that by blowing the horn again, the 700-feet wall would come down. Brienne’s terrible stalker, Tormund Giantsbane had told Jon that the horn shown after Mance’s execution, was a fake and a real one existed, to the other side of the wall. Thus, there arises a possibility of the night-walkers having the horn in their possession.
- The Three Heads of the Dragon make for a very likely plot. In the House of the Undying, as mentioned in the books, Daenerys had heard certain prophecies that alluded to cryptically familiar references of the dragon having three heads. Ornately understood, each dragon has one destined rider. With Jon’s parentage confirmed as the true-born son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, he and Daenerys seal for the two out of the three spots. Many theories have emerged that Tyrion, in fact is not the real son of Lord Tywin-killed while shitting-Lannister but the incestuous product of Joanna and the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen. Thus making clear, Tywin’s spewed hatred of his supposed progeny and Tyrion possibly the third Targaryen to be a dragon-rider.
- We all heard the witch’s prophecy for Cersei, when a scene depicted a young Cersei with few of her friends. It went like; “You’ll never wed the prince, you’ll wed the king. You’ll be queen, for a time. Then comes another, younger, more beautiful, to cast you down and take all you hold dear. The king will have 20 children and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns….gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the Valonquar (“little brother” in valyrian) shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Also, ascertaining that Jamie is 2 minutes younger than Cersei. Thus, it is possible to expect a scene that brings us to an important flashback of the Kingslayer killing the Mad King and the same happening in the present wherein the Valonquar is Jamie himself, and isn’t ready to follow something catastrophically evil, Cersei has planned for King’s Landing. Thereby Jamie killing Cersei eventually. There’s also a theory that, in order to defeat the White Walkers, who can only be killed by Valyrian Steel, the Iron Throne will be melted and fresh steel will be forged in the ‘Bigger Battle’. Thus, eventually leaving the Iron Throne unoccupied, metaphorically.
- The Starks as we have seen in the trailers and teasers, are about to unite. With four of them alive, it will be quite an emotional reunion as Arya arrives at Winterfell and assists the King in The North in his further ambitions. Littlefinger would have a pivotal role to play in this ‘Game of Thrones’ as one theory ambivalently terms Petyr Baelish as the last man sitting on the Iron Throne. His calculated ploys and Sansa falling prey to them, will impact the dynamics of our story, up medievally North. The Onion Knight, Ser Davos is expected to carry a truce message to Daenerys as she lands on Dragonstone with her entire Dothraki Fleet and Tyrion, Grey Worm, Missaendi, Varys, The Greyjoy siblings and the houses of Martel and Highgarden.
Frankly speaking, there are tons of storylines like Syrio Forel = Jaqen H’ghar that seem realistic, and plots waiting to be configured, as 16 July approaches. For now, we may never know. As Cersei Lannister remarked outwardly once, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die,” Let us hope that HBO gives us a satisfying end to the brilliantly conceptualised series and the Winds of Winter hits the bookshelves before winter. For the Ice meets Fire, on 16.07.2017.
I’ll be happy to answer any questions or discuss possible theories in the comments section.