Warning: Spoilers ahead for the “Game of Thrones” season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”
“Game of Thrones” fans might need to wait until 2019 for the eighth and final season of the series, so in the meantime let’s mull over the many unanswered questions left after the finale. From the reasoning behind Jon Snow’s real name of Aegon Targaryen to where Jaime Lannister is headed next, there is plenty to discuss.
Keep reading to see the 31 most important questions the season seven finale left unanswered.
For the love of R’hllor, when will Jon learn the truth about his parents?!
Many “Game of Thrones” fans, myself included, were hopeful Jon would find out his real parentage on the seventh season. Now that Sam Tarly and Bran Stark finally said the words out loud, Jon has to find out soon … right?
There’s no way HBO can drag this out anymore, given that the eighth and final season will only be six episodes. If Jon doesn’t learn the truth within the first two episodes of next season, I say we riot.
When they do learn the truth, how will Jon and Daenerys react to the news that Jon is actually a Targaryen?
Jon is the legitimized son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which means he’s the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This could mean trouble for the new lovers/aunt and nephew, and not just because it means their foray into sexual relations means they’ve committed incest.
Will Daenerys acquiesce to Jon? She’s been very lonely under the impression that she’s the last living Targaryen. Maybe she’d welcome to additional family?
Will they decide the incest doesn’t matter and they’ll just get married so they can rule together? Is the Iron Throne even going to exist by the end of the series?
Will Jon pursue his claim to the Iron Throne?
Jon has never been the first person to grab for power when the opportunity presents itself. Instead, others around him tend to force leadership responsibilities upon his shoulders.
So if/when he finds out he’s the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, would he even follow that thread? If anything, I can see others around him encouraging him to stake his claim. Maybe with Daenerys at his side, but maybe not.
How will the Northern lords respond to Daenerys?
Jon’s bannermen didn’t want him to even meet with Daenerys, so how are they going to react when they learn he bent the knee to her? It’ll be especially tough to swallow if Jon arrives to Winterfell and is giving her that “brooding love stare” he’s in the habit of making these days.
For that matter, how will the Northern lords respond to the news that Jon is a Targaryen, too?
The Northern lords might soon learn that Jon himself is part-Targaryen. Will that affect his ability to lead, too? Targaryens have a terrible reputation, especially in the North, and that might be an unexpected hurdle for Jon and Daenerys as they try to rally their forces.
Then again, maybe this will continue to be the biggest secret in Westeros, and only Jon’s closest allies will learn the real truth.
Will Jon ride a dragon?
Jon came face-to-face with a dragon for the first time this season. This intimate moment immediately bolstered fan theories about Jon becoming a dragon rider.
It would make thematic sense because the only two dragons left on Daenerys’ side are Drogon and Rhaegal. Daenerys could continue riding Drogon, leaving Rhaegal for Jon — appropriate since this is the dragon Daenerys named for Jon’s father, Rhaegar.
Jon won’t actually take on his “real” name, will he?
As I discussed in my breakdown of Jon’s true name, the revelation that his birthname was Aegon Targaryen might not even matter. Jon’s sense of self and character is largely centered around the way he was raised as a bastard, as a Snow.
Rhaegar may be his true father and Aegon may be his true name, but Jon Snow is a son of the North. I can’t see him easily allowing the world to call him Aegon Targaryen.
Speaking of which, who named him Aegon? Was it Rhaegar or Lyanna?
Many people were left slightly confused after the “Aegon Targaryen” reveal. Prince Rhaegar already had a son named Aegon, so either he named both of his sons Aegon or Lyanna chose that name for Jon.
Both Rhaegar and the first Aegon were dead by the time Jon was born, so it’s very possible that Lyanna chose that name to honor the fallen Targaryens. People also think Rhaegar’s obsession with the Prince That Was Promised prophecy led him to name both of his heirs Aegon, believing it be to be an essential part of the equation.
What other secrets and revelations are hiding in Sam’s books he stole from the Citadel?
Sam took several books from the restricted section of the library before he left the Citadel. Isaac Hempstead Wright told me that Bran’s powers work like a “Kindle library,” so this might come in handy for season eight.
If Sam finds old writings about alleged ways of defeating armies of dead, he can tell Bran to go look for that in his memory archive.
Plus, one of the books Sam and Gilly had in their Oldtown home was one about the Long Night. This ties into the Azor Ahai prophecy, which could be pointing to Jon or Daenerys. Maybe season eight will have an Azor Ahai flashback?
Will Jon get Daenerys pregnant?
The seventh season really leaned into mentions about Daenerys being supposedly infertile. It felt like the writers were foreshadowing her becoming pregnant, and right now Jon is the only contender for a possible father.
This would open a whole new can of worms. Targaryens have long practiced incest as a way to keep their bloodline pure, so maybe Jon and Daenerys would be OK with it? But I doubt their love story (if that’s what this will be) can have a simple and happy ending.
Why is Tyrion so worried about Daenerys and Jon hooking up?
Tyrion watched the ship cabin door as Jon and Daenerys had sex for the first time.
This question we actually might have an answer to. When I spoke with the episode’s director, Jeremy Podeswa, the topic of Tyrion’s train of thought came up. Podeswa effectively said that Tyrion is concerned about their relationship because of the potential political ramifications.
“Nobody really knows how that’s going to play out or what kind of decisions they’ll make based on the fact that they’re now connected to each other in a much more intimate way,” Podeswa said.
Will the show ever have a meaningful scene between Jon and Ghost again?
Jon’s direwolf, Ghost, hasn’t been seen since that touching moment when Ghost seemed to sense Jon coming back to life right before he woke up gasping.
The absence of Ghost in Jon’s story is a major problem. The direwolves are meant to have a deep mind and body connection to their owners, and Jon Snow being King in the North with a gigantic direwolf at his side would be way more interesting and powerful.
“Game of Thrones” producer Bryan Cogman said a scene between Ghost and Jon was filmed for season seven and then cut. I really hope that won’t be the case for the final season.
What will Sansa think when Jon turns up in Winterfell with his new lover/aunt Daenerys?
Sansa seemed (rightfully) annoyed to learn via raven that Jon had bent the knee to Daenerys. But was that a genuine reaction? Or was she putting on a show for Littlefinger? Will that annoyance compound if she realizes that Jon is also in love with Daenerys? Or will Arya and Sansa be happy for their “brother” and realize the White Walkers are more important?
How will Robin Arryn feel about Littlefinger’s death? Will fans see him again?
Sansa ordered Littlefinger’s execution in front of Lord Yohn Royce, one of the protectors of the Vale. But there was no mention of the sickly Robin Arryn, the true Lord of the Vale.
Robin was last seen on the the sixth season, when he told Littlefinger to send the Knights of the Vale north to help Sansa. What is he doing now? Will we see him again? Will he care that Sansa had Littlefinger murdered?
Will Jon and Arya finally reunite?
Even though season seven was full of great reunions, fans still haven’t seen the most sentimental one: Jon Snow and Arya Stark together again.
Jon was the one who gave Arya her sword Needle. And in the books, these two often think fondly of each other and how much they’re missed. I really hope Arya is in Winterfell and gets to greet Jon early on season eight.
Other reunions might be coming, too. What about Jon and Sam? And Tyrion and Sansa?
Two more reunions in the cards are Jon and Sam, who haven’t seen each other since Sam left for Oldtown and then Jon was murdered. They always had a great bromance and it will be nice to see them together again.
I’m also curious about Tyrion and Sansa. Jon discussed Sansa with Tyrion when he first arrived to Dragonstone and Sansa told Jon that Tyrion wasn’t like the other Lannisters. Fingers crossed that Tyrion gets to meet the Lady of Winterfell and see how far she’s come.
Are Tormund and Beric dead?
I doubt “Game of Thrones” would kill off two heroes like that.
As I noted in my roundup of details you might have missed on the finale, Tormund and Beric were running west along the top section of the Wall when it began to fall.
I’m pretty sure they’re still up there, though that leaves the question of how they would get down. Run west until they hit Castle Black? Can Bran see them using his ravens and send help?
Viserion is a “White Walker dragon,” right? Can he accidentally kill wights? How does his blue flame work?
The fandom keeps calling Viserion either an “ice dragon” or a “wight dragon” or a “White Walker dragon.” It would be great to know more about exactly what Viserion is now, because that can effect how vulnerable he is.
Fire kills wights, but not White Walkers. Isn’t Viserion spouting blue fire, though? Or is it not “fire,” but another magical substance?
How do you kill an undead dragon? Are there different rules in play here?
Because it would be awesome, I’m expecting to see the undead Viserion fight against one the two surviving dragons on the coming season. It’d be most fitting for Drogon to fight Viserion, since their namesakes (Khal Drogo and Viserys) argued in real life. Drogo killed Viserys with molten gold — it’d be poetic for Drogon to roast Viserion alive.
But can Viserion die from fighting a regular dragon? Or will he need to be killed with a dragonglass arrow or something?
Is the Night’s Watch coming to an end?
The shield that guards the realms of men can’t do much against a blue laser flame.
The Night’s Watch has been an institution for thousands of years, ever since the first battle against the White Walkers ended. What if this is the beginning of the end of this brotherhood?
The Wall either needs to be rebuilt, or perhaps this final war against the White Walkers will end with total annihilation (of either side), rendering the Night’s Watch pointless.
If the Night’s Watch disbands, does that mean Sam can now be the Lord of Horn Hill, House Tarly’s castle?
With his father and brother dead, Sam is technically the heir to Horn Hill. As long as he’s in the Night’s Watch, Sam cannot take that title or own the castle. But if the brotherhood disbands, he’d be free to rule his family’s lands.
Since Sam already has Heartsbane, the Tarly-family Valyrian steel sword. Maybe he’ll survive the great war and return to become the Lord of Horn Hill, and maybe even Warden of the South.
Where is Gendry?
Gendry was last seen collapsing in Davos’ arms after he ran a marathon back to Eastwatch. He didn’t reappear on the finale, so some fans might be worried about his whereabouts again.
“I think he’s recovering from his various wounds,” Liam Cunningham (Davos) when we spoke after the finale. He hadn’t received season eight scripts yet, so it was all speculation, but Cunningham felt certain we’d see Gendry again.
Read my full interview with Cunningham for more on his reunion with Gendry, played by Joe Dempsie.
Where is Jaime heading? To Winterfell? Will he meet up with Brienne?
At last, Jaime is done taking crap from Cersei and appears to be heading north to join the fight for humanity. This moment was long overdue, but I’m so happy it finally happened.
My bet is he’s heading for Winterfell, since he knows Jon will be rallying the northern forces there. Ideally he’d find Brienne again, and they can fight side by side against the White Walkers.
Brienne and Jaime each have a Valyrian steel sword forged from the metal that made up Ned Stark’s greatsword, Ice. Seeing the blades (and buddies) together again will be amazing.
Will Bronn follow him? Tyrion did promise to double his rates.
Though Bronn has always been self-serving, I hope he joins the fight against the dead, too. With Jaime gone, there’s no one left in King’s Landing for him to serve directly. Cersei certainly wouldn’t care to have him around.
Given the conversation Bronn and Tyrion had on the finale, it’d make narrative sense for Bronn to take him up on the “doubling” offer and head north, too.
What will happen to Cersei’s baby?
Cersei’s pregnancy confused fans who have been following the deadly prophecy given to Cersei when she was a young child. That prophecy has been extremely accurate thus far, and it said Cersei will only have three children.
With Jaime out of the picture and the White Walkers marching south of the Wall, I can’t see Cersei delivering a healthy baby that will live out its days in peace.
Where is Cersei planning on sending her army and the Golden Company?
Cersei hired the Essos mercenary group, the Golden Company, and sent Euron to ferry them to Westeros. But then what? Will she send them out into the southern areas of Westeros and take back Casterly Rock and other strongholds? Or is the plan to keep them close to King’s Landing to help protect her seat of power?
Speaking of the Golden Company, is there a chance fans will see Daario at the head of this mercenary group?
I was surprised to hear that “Game of Thrones” was bringing a possible new set of characters into the series so late. But then chatter among fan theorists began wondering if Daario will wind up being their leader.
Daario was in charge of another mercenary group, the Second Sons, when he met Daenerys. What if he’s been doing some political scheming off screen? Daenerys left him in charge of Meereen, but maybe he’s now leading the Golden Company instead? It would make sense for the show to bring in a familiar face instead of someone new.
What is Theon’s plan for rescuing Yara? Didn’t Euron just leave Westeros?
Theon had a moment of personal redemption on the season seven finale when he rallied the remaining Ironborn and they set out to save Yara. But where are they going? Back to King’s Landing? To Pyke? Euron will be in neither of those places. This might turn into a wild goose chase, or maybe the writers will skip the explaining and Theon will confront Euron in Essos.
When will Melisandre return to Westeros, and will she bring Kinvara — the high priestess of R’hllor?
Melisandre promised Varys she would return to Westeros, and that she’d die in “this strange country.” When she comes back, will we finally see Kinvara again?
Kinvara appeared on the sixth season, where she revealed to Varys that she knew a lot of secrets about his past. She also said Daenerys was the prophesied hero destined to save the world from darkness. Will she return to the series along with Melisandre?
Whatever happened to Edmure Tully, last seen in the Twins?
Fans haven’t heard anything about Edmure Tully since he was put back in the dungeons of Walder Frey’s castle on the sixth season. Edmure is the rightful Lord of Riverrun — it seems very strange that no character has talked about his whereabouts, especially after Arya murdered every important man left in the Twins.
The actor who plays Edmure, Tobias Menzies, has a prominent role on Starz’s “Outlander.” Perhaps he’s been quietly written off the series, but if that’s the case then I hope this gets explained on the eighth season.
Last but not least, is Cleganebowl ever happening?
Cleganebowl — the theorized fight to the death between the Mountain and the Hound — has been hyped for two full seasons now.
First the Hound returned, and now he came face-to-face to his brother in the dragonpit. But Sandor Clegane simply told his brother Gregor that “he knew” who was coming for him. When will they meet again? If they do, will Sandor finally commit the fratricide that was promised?
Stay hype, “Game of Thrones” fans. In the meantime, reflect back on the season seven finale with our breakdown of nine details you might have missed.
Source: Kim Renfro (www.independent.co.uk/author/kim-renfro)