The return of Game of Thrones is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited. One of the best parts about the show is the community around it — the rich lore paired with author George R.R. Martin’s legacy of killing off characters at a brisk pace has made an excellent source of discussion. And, we need to enjoy making up these Game of Thrones theories while we can — after season seven gets started this July, we’ll only have the six-episode season eight to look forward to next year before things come to a close!
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Editor’s note: Spoilers for previous seasons abound, and prescient predictions about next season could ruin some of the surprise
Jon, Sansa, and Littlefinger
After being rescued from imminent defeat in the Battle of the Bastards by Sansa and Littlefinger, Jon reclaimed Winterfell and was proclaimed King in the North for his trouble. That came as a surprise to a hardened Sansa, and Littlefinger didn’t seem particularly thrilled — all might not be settled up north after all.
We also found out that Jon wasn’t Ned’s bastard, after all. Thanks to Bran’s visions, we know that Jon Snow is not Ned Stark’s bastard, but the illegitimate child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark — fire and ice.
What could be next?
Jon Snow knows that the White Walkers are a direct threat, and is rallying all the forces he can in order to fight them off. This may involve entreaties to Cersei, but with Daenerys on the way, he might find a more palatable ally. Also, she has dragons, which seem useful. But, even that alliance could be fraught — Jon may have a more rightful claim to the throne than Daenerys as the son of the direct heir, should his parentage ever get out. The more politically-minded in Westeros might find that interesting — like, say, a disaffected Littlefinger.