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“Have I got a surprise for you, King’s Landing.” Source: HBO Asia

It’s almost a week since The Winds of Winter passed us, so it’s time to look back at season 6 and some of the possibilities for season 7. We’ve had lots of information to digest, proof that some characters have the innate ability to teleport, and that you don’t mess with dragons.

Warning, the night is dark and full of spoilers.

1R+L=J

“Wait, who’s me dad again?” ©HBO
Well, it seems R+L=J fans are cheering their victory, especially with that last scene in the sarcastically-named Tower of Joy and the recent HBO graphic that was not-so-accidentally released to the public.
If you’e still not in the know, the R in the equation is Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenerys’ older brother. He was married to Elia Martell (you may recall a certain Dornish prince going “say her name” a few times too many to the Mountain back in season 4), but was smitten with Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister. Depending on who you ask, she either eloped with Rhaegar or was kidnapped by him, and ended up pregnant in the Tower of Joy.
Some superfans have even done some lip-reading on that scene in The Winds of Winter, coming up with the name Jaeherys (the name of a former Targaryen king, by the way) as Jon Snow’s true name. Of course, a Targ name would be too obvious, which is why Jon Snow knows nothing. This would also mean Jon, not Dany, has the best claim to the Iron Throne (because he’s a man).
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“oh, just leave me alone with my green pillow, do.” Source: Imgur
That does seem very likely, but don’t forget the prophecy of the three heads of the dragon. Dany obviously represents one head, while Jon another – and some fans think the last head is Tyrion. The leading theory is that he is the son of Aerys the Mad and Joanna Lannister, which is why Tywin hated him so much.
There’s also the common theme of the trio’s mothers all dying in childbirth, though as yet, neither Jon nor Tyrion have shown they’re fireproof (although it might have been interesting if someone had tried to burn Jon’s body). Here’s another thought, though. What if Jon’s father isn’t Rhaegar, and instead is also Aerys?
That would make Jon and Dany siblings instead of aunt and nephew, and if the Tyrion theory holds out, makes them all “equal”, so to speak. Well, that’s just a thought. But speaking of Tyrion…

2Who kills Cersei Lannister?

“That little brat.” ©HBO
It’s done. Cersei has no more kids to protect. But she has no more enemies in King’s Landing either, cause she did a whole Play of the Game wildfire nuke on them. The High Sparrow, the Tyrells, her uncle…all gone.
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Okay, so the Queen of Thorns and the Sand Snakes and Dany’s army are coming for her, but Cersei has proven herself more than capable of destroying everything and everyone in order to save herself (RIP Tommen, you were too nice… but how could you leave Ser Pounce?!).
With large caches of wildfire presumably still available around King’s Landing, you wouldn’t put it past Cersei to burn the whole city to the ground rather than give it up to Dany.
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“Did someone call me?” Source: HBO Asia
But this all seems set up for someone to stop her. Lena Headey, who plays Cersei, has said she thinks either Tyrion or Arya Stark will kill her. After all, Tyrion promised her: “I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid”.
Not to mention that Arya’s working her way down her hitlist too. Certainly, you wouldn’t begrudge either of the two getting their sweet, sweet vengeance.
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But let’s consider another angle. Cersei is pretty much going down the path of the Mad King… and we all know who stopped that guy. Yep, the Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister. Just think about how poetic it would be if it’s Jaime who finally puts his sister’s hatred to rest.
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After all, he loves her the most out of anyone in the whole show.

3The Sansa-Jon rivalry

She hated being compared to Taylor Swift ©HBO
Much has been made about Sansa’s reaction during Jon’s “coronation” as King of the North. Certainly, there is a case that she might be feeling she deserves a bit more credit. Or that after all the crap she took from Ramsay Bolton, she deserves some love from Lyanna Mormont.
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But that being said, I do think Sansa’s cautiousness towards the end of that scene had nothing to do with her relationship with Jon. If anything, it sorta felt like she was uneasy because of Littlefinger/Petyr Baelish.
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Lord Baelish, we all know, engineered the events that led to the death of Sansa’s father Ned (by selling him out). We also know he had a thing for Sansa’s mom (who is now dead), married her aunt (who is now dead), and now has the hots for Sansa herself. If that scene of him talking about his perfect picture didn’t creep you out, it certainly did enough to worry Sansa.
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“Them Stark women sure are special.” ©HBO
Sansa knows what Littlefinger is like. She knows what he wants. And now, with Jon being seen as the King in the North, she knows her “brother” will be in Baelish’s crosshairs. And that’s probably what sets off alarms in her head.
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Of course, all that might change when Jon Snow finally knows something (about his parents), but that could also be the ammunition Littlefinger needs to start moving his plans to get his butt on the Iron Throne. So before worrying about some inter-sibling Stark rivalry, I think we need to look at the elephant in the room. If that elephant was a sneaky one, anyway.
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What do you think is going to happen in Game of Thrones season 7? Tell us!