It’s time to settle in and get cozy, folks. Winter is finally here, and we have not been this ready for a change of season in a long, long time.
The highly anticipated seventh season of Game of Thrones premieres July 16th, and while we may not be saying goodbye quite yet to our beloved Westeros-ian families (I mean, other than those who will inevitably be killed off, because this is Game of Thrones, after all), s___t is most certainly about to go down.
Season 6 ended with a bang – quite literally, as the Sept of Baelor exploded, killing off everyone inside. Cersei finally sits on the Iron Throne, leaving us wondering just how much more ruthless she is about to become. The Mother of Dragons has finally set sail towards Westeros, with an allied army backing her. Jon Snow has been declared King of the North, and his sister (no, wait, cousin) Sansa, seems to sway between pleased and jealous (with a definite lean to the jealous side).
The White Walkers are 100% on the move, which is even more terrifying than we all originally thought after Bran (the new Three-Eyed Raven) was touched by the Night King in a vision, breaking a protective spell. We have yet to see, obviously, whether the spell that was broken also pertains to the Wall, but if it does, oh boy.
With Winter Winds – the sixth book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – remaining yet unfinished, and Martin’s plodding writing pace, it is safe to assume we are heading into uncharted territory with Season 7. However, we do expect to hit the ground running, in typical Game of Thrones fashion – meaning some (maybe a lot of) bloodshed and shifting power dynamics.
It just wouldn’t be Westeros without a bit of warring, now would it?
Let’s look at the odds for the biggest storylines and question marks for Season 7.
*NB: All props are for Season 7 only unless otherwise specified.
War is coming along with winter. The question on all of our lips: who are we going to lose?
Odds that Meera Reed dies: 2/1
Odds that Grey Worm dies: 3/1
Odds that Euron Greyjoy dies: 5/1
Odds that Lord Varys dies: 5/1
Odds that Theon Greyjoy dies: 10/1
Odds that Tyrion Lannister dies: 10/1
Odds that Sansa Stark dies: 20/1
Odds that Cersei Lannister dies: 50/1
Odds that Bran Stark dies: 50/1
Odds that Drogon the dragon dies: 100/1
Odds that Arya Stark will kill everyone left on her “list”: 5/4
She has a fairly strong shot at this, considering she spent the last two seasons training to be a faceless assassin and there are only two (technically three, but she did admit that part of her didn’t want the Hound to die after all) people left on it. Cersei Lannister and Gregor Clegane better watch their backs. The greatest obstacle Arya may face could be the writer’s desire to keep Cersei around till the bitter end.
Odds that the Hound will kill his brother, the Mountain: 5/4
Not if Arya gets to him first. Also, where in the Seven Kingdoms is the Hound even?
Odds that Cersei will kill Tyrion: 9/1
It’s not overly likely, considering Tyrion is Daenerys’ “Hand of the Queen”, and she’s the Queen with the dragons. However, it is Game of Thrones and they like their curveballs.
Odds that Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister wed: 3/1
She’s got the throne; he’s got his eyes on it. She needs allies more than ever, and he is willing to side with whomever has power. It’s not too far-fetched of an idea.
Odds that Bran is revealed to be Bran the Builder (builder of the Wall): 3/1
Bran’s story is heading somewhere really interesting, and by the end of Season 6, there was no denying how unique and important his story is going to become.
Odds that Jon Snow and Daenerys get married: 50/1
This is just not likely to happen. The fact that they’re (unknowingly) related is the least of the reasons why.
Who sits on the Iron Throne by the end of the season will not necessarily be who sits on it at the end of the series, but let’s look at the odds of some vying for it.
Odds of Daenerys taking the Iron Throne: 1/1
She has dragons, and an army.
Odds of Cersei Lannister holding onto the Iron Throne: 3/1
It’s not likely things will stay in her favour till the series end, not with the other powers that be coming for Westeros. However, she has nothing to lose anymore and is not going to stop at much to keep what she feels is hers this season.
Odds of Jon Snow taking the throne: 9/1
Sure, sure, wouldn’t it be great? Here’s the thing: Jon doesn’t know he is the rightful heir to the throne yet, so this isn’t likely to happen in Season 7.
Odds of Petyr Baelish (“Littlefinger”) taking the Iron Throne: 50/1
The perpetual dark horse, Littlefinger has been worming his way to power this entire series, but his chances are very, very slim.
Odds that George R. R. Martin will actually finish the last book before the end of the season: 1,000/1
Dire odds, sure, but if the past has taught us anything in regards to this, it’s that we shouldn’t hold our breath for Martin to finish his next project. But please George … prove us wrong on this. We swear we won’t mind.
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