The last episode of Game of Thrones, “Stormborn,” really put Season 7 into full-swing action.
Warning: Spoilers from Season 7, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones below. You have been warned.
The war has begun, and everyone’s plans are already in the toilet, especially since Euron hacked away at Daenerys’ men and ships and took two of her key captains with him as gifts for Cersei. As the fight for the Iron Throne heats up, so have the theories.
Here’s what fans are talking about after that shocking and bloody episode.
1. Things with Sam are totally meta
A popular GoT theory is that A Song of Ice and Fire is actually Sam’s story, and the show will end with Sam finishing his book on the wars after King Robert died.
“Stormborn” seemed to hint at clues that this theory is indeed correct. First off, Archmaester Ebrose casually mentioned he’s writing the history of wars in Westeros following King Robert’s death. Oh, you mean starting right where A Song of Ice and Fire started? Then Archmaester Ebrose revealed the title, A Chronicle of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I, to which Sam wondered aloud whether he should go with “something a bit more poetic?” Like, I dunno, maybe A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the name of the series George R.R. Martin is writing.
Could the entire series end with Sam closing his completed book called A Song of Ice and Fire?
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2. Forget Brienne, it’s Arya to the rescue
No One can protect Sansa… and we know a No One on Game of Thrones.
Let’s weave this one together. While leaving the Faceless Men last season, Jaqen H’ghar said to Arya, “Finally a girl is no one.” To which Arya responded, “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home.”
Meanwhile, there’s Sansa, who told Jon, “No one can protect me. No one can protect anyone,” when Jon said he would save her from Ramsay.
Now, this could just be a lesson in “only you can save yourself,” but it could also be some deeper sister shit that’s about to come full circle because Arya is heading back to Winterfell. And Arya is No One.
Will Arya be the No One who protects Sansa? Can they finally put aside their sibling rivalry?
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3. The Prince or Princess that was promised
Game of Thrones has long told of a prophecy courtesy of the R’hllor, who worship the Lord of Light, about the return of a great warrior Azor Ahai, who will presumably kill the White Walkers.
Here are the prophecies we have:
- When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.
- There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour, a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.
Now, thank to Missandei and her knack for languages, we know Azor Ahai isn’t The Prince That Was Promised but The Prince or Princess That Was Promised, since the word in High Valyrian, which was the language used to originally transcribe the prophecy, has no gender. Meaning, Daenerys could also be Azor Ahai returned.
Originally, fans were pretty convinced Jon Snow was the guy. But now the mystery is back on. So is it Daenerys or Jon? Or someone we haven’t even considered yet?
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4. The person on the throne doesn’t matter
The Washington Post wrote a pretty brilliant, though lengthy, opinion piece on last week’s episode basically saying the show shouldn’t deliver on a happy ending. Here’s how the author thought it should all go down. “If Game of Thrones is to be consistent with its diagnosis of just how deep the rot in Westeros runs, the only plausible endings for the series are unhappy ones: where Dany’s family madness manifests itself, where Jon and Tyrion gain their throne but lose their souls, where the remaining Stark children survive but are too damaged to ever really be a family again. You can’t solve society’s deepest problems with a clash of kings. Game of Thrones’ darkest insight is that it’s not the person on the throne who matters.”
Honestly, it’s kind of genius. It breaks my heart a little, but it’s still a really great point.
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