As you have probably guessed from the title, this article lays out what I think will happen in the seventh season of Game of Thrones which starts on Sunday or Monday, depending on what time zone you are in. Before I proceed, I would like to point out that my predictions are not based on any concrete evidence; in fact, I have avoided potential spoilers like the plague. Therefore, there are technically not going to be any spoilers in this article as I have no idea if anything I write will be true – on balance, it almost certainly won’t be. However, there will obviously be spoilers for everything up to the end of season six, so if you are not up to date you should close this article and ask yourself why you opened it in the first place. Thrones is notorious for throwing up surprises and it is almost impossible to predict what will happen during an episode, let alone before the season even begins. Anyway, I’ll do my best to make my predictions as accurate as possible.
When we left off, there was a new monarch on the iron throne, as Cersei Lannister was crowned queen after her son’s suicide and several other events which led to all her opponents being blown up by wildfire. Elsewhere, Jon Snow was crowned King in the North after successfully defeating Ramsay Bolton in ‘the Battle of the Bastards’ and Daenerys Targaryen finally set sail for Westeros after defending Meereen. Meanwhile, the Night King and his army were last seen chasing Bran and Meera after Hodor’s heroic sacrifice, before they were saved by the undead Benjen Stark. To be honest, if you can’t remember it’s probably best to go back and watch it.
One thing which was very revelatory at the end of season six – and possibly went under the radar somewhat, what with Cersei destroying the capital city – was the new alliances which were formed. I’m expecting these to really set the tone for the next season as the show draws to a close, as all the different storylines and characters are starting to converge so that, in the end, there will be a showdown between the living characters and the white walkers. Of course, it is overly simplistic to try and divide the complex characters in this way, but I have tried to separate the main characters into three ‘teams’ at the end of season six. Firstly there is ‘Team Daenerys’, which consists of Dany, her advisers (Tyrion, Varys, Missandei), the unsullied, the Dothraki, Theon and Yara Greyjoy, the sand snakes and the Dornish army, and Olenna Tyrell and her army. Meanwhile, ‘team Cersei’ looks comparatively light and is made up of Cersei, Jaime, and the Mountain, although she has the advantage of being the monarch so also controls the Lannister army and the Queen’s guard. The final alliance is ‘team Jon’ which is made up of Jon Snow, Sansa, Brienne of Tarth, Davos, the wildlings, the northerners, and Littlefinger’s men of the Vale of Arryn. On top of these alliances there are also prominents characters who currently have no formal allegiance such as Euron Greyjoy, the brothers of the Night’s Watch, Bran, Melisandre, Arya, Jorah Mormont, and Sam, as well as the mini-faction that is the Hound and Beric Dondarrion’s Brotherhood without Banners.
The easiest way for me to map out my predictions is plotting the movements of each ‘team’ as well as any extras who may join them as the season goes on. With the first episode being called ‘Dragonstone’, I think it is a reasonable prediction that ‘team Dany’ will land at the Targaryens’ ancestral home at the beginning of the episode and that it will be their base while they prepare to attack King’s Landing. However, the notable absentees from the ships at the end of the last season were the Dornish and the Tyrells, who I assume must be planning to attack the capital by land at the same time as Dany launches her offensive by sea. Fairly early in the season I would expect to see a showdown between Cersei and Daenerys, and that was implied by the clip of a sea battle in the official trailer. For there to be a battle at sea, I would further expect Euron Greyjoy and his thousand ships to make an alliance with Cersei in the opening episodes, and for most of episode four being taken up by a huge battle between ‘team Cersei’ and ‘team Dany’ while the Dornish and Tyrell armies besiege the city from land. I think ‘team Dany’ will have the better of the battle and defeat will seem assured for Cersei, and that in one last act of madness she will attempt to destroy the city to prevent Daenerys from taking the throne. At this point, Jaime will kill her, much like he killed Aerys Targaryen in the same situation, and Daenerys will take the throne.
While all this was going on, possibly as early as episode two or three, I expect there will be a mission beyond the Wall by ‘team Jon’ to defend the Seven Kingdoms against the Night King. Before they embark on this I would expect them to travel to Castle Black and meet with the Night’s Watch. Once there, ‘team Jon’ will meet with the Hound and Beric Dondarrion, as well as Arya and possibly Jorah. I would also expect Melisandre to be with the Brotherhood as she is likely to team up with fellow red priest, Thoros of Myr. I also have a sneaky suspicion that Gendry will be a member of the Brotherhood without Banners. At Castle Black there will be a meeting of everybody, where they will decide to send envoys to Cersei and Daenerys in the south, asking for everybody to come together and fight the white walkers. I feel it is likely that Littlefinger and Davos will be chosen for this job and that they will travel south as the rest of ‘team Jon’ goes north. There will then be a huge, costly battle beyond the Wall in which ‘team Jon’ will inevitably end up losing ground and will likely see the deaths of a couple of named characters; I would guess that Tormund and Edd Tollett will not survive the battle. While beyond the Wall, Jon will meet Bran and Meera, where he will be informed of his true parentage. However, Bran will then pass through the Wall which will allow the Night King to pass it in the way that Bran allowed him into the cave of the three-eyed raven. ‘Team Jon’ will then retreat back to Winterfell ahead of the oncoming army of the dead.
Jon’s envoys will not have been received by Cersei before her death and would have been dismissed by Daenerys as an attempt to reconcile by yet another usurper to her throne. It will also be interesting to see how Daenerys deals with Jaime if he is captured alive, having killed her father. Although she seems to hate him, I would not be surprised if she allows him to live, having grudgingly accepted that he had to kill Aerys (and Cersei) for the good of the city. However, Tyrion will persuade her to meet with Jon and there will be a meeting held between all the main characters: I would expect Jon, Sansa, Arya, Davos, Littlefinger, Jaime, Daenerys, Grey Worm, Missandei, Yara Greyjoy, Varys, Tyrion, Ellaria Sand, and Olenna Tyrell to be present. I would not be surprised if the meeting is organised by Sam Tarly, who will by this time have gained some revelatory knowledge about how to defeat white walkers in the library of the Citadel. During the meeting, Jon will make his case that Daenerys should join him beyond the wall, and will cite that he is also a Targaryen to persuade her to help. Although she will initially be sceptical, and may even reject his plea, eventually she will agree to help. I would expect the final scene of series seven to be ‘team Jon’ facing up to face the Night King’s army, heavily outnumbered, before being joined at the last by Daenerys and her dragons.
I appreciate that this is a hell of a lot to take in and I am 100% sure that not all – if any – of my predictions will be close to the mark. A very short summary of my predictions would be that, by the end of the season, Daenerys will be queen, the white walkers will be past the Wall, and the final season will see a showdown between the living and the dead. As I say, I’m sure that my predictions will be nowhere near accurate, but I feel that the easiest way of scoring them will be by predicting what Game of Thrones is famous for: the death toll. Over the course of season seven, I am predicting the following characters to die:
Theon Greyjoy (sea battle vs Euron), Euron Greyjoy (sea battle vs Daenerys), the Mountain (killed in siege of King’s Landing by Turell and Dornish armies), Obara Sand (killed in siege of King’s Landing), Cersei Lannister (killed by Jaime when trying to destroy King’s Landing), Tormund Giantsbane (beyond wall), Edd Tollett (beyond wall), Gendry (beyond wall), Thoros of Myr (beyond wall), Melisandre (beyond wall), Jorah Mormont (beyond wall), Bran Stark (killed by Night King after bringing down the Wall), Meera Reed (killed by Night King).
So, having accepted that there is no chance of my predictions being wholly accurate, I will be very pleased if I am right with the gist of the season and can get more than half (seven out of thirteen) deaths correct. One thing I am sure of, however, is that Game of Thrones season seven will not disappoint.