One thing “Game of Thrones” fans know for certain ahead of any new season? No character is safe from death. In Season 6 alone more than 30 people — including, but not limited to Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) — were killed off the HBO show.
While nothing is known for certain about Season 7, which is slated to premiere in 2017, it seems tragedy is imminent. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO original series, opened up about the plot ahead of the 2016 Emmy Awards. During a red carpet interview with TVLine’s Michael Ausiello on Sunday, Turner urged Thronies to begin preparing for the end. She told the publication that she “cried” while reading the script for Season 7, suggesting that there are going to be some major shakeups. Turner also said that the latest “Game of Thrones” scripts are full of insane moments.
“When I read the scripts I nearly fell of my chair,” she said. “Jaw dropped.”
Writer D.B. Weiss, who won outstanding writing in a drama during the 2016 Emmys alongside co-creator David Benioff, also had a thing or two to say about the second to last season of “Game of Thrones.” In an interview with Deadline, Weiss assured fans that the show is going to come back in a big way. He also shared some conflicting feelings on the season, teasing the emotional rollercoaster that’s to come.
“It will be bigger and it will be better, but it will also be worse but mostly better,” Weiss said.
What else do we know about “Game of Thrones” Season 7? Here’s a complete rundown:
Writers will (probably) not be setting up for a prequel:
During the Emmys, George R.R. Martin was asked about the possibility of a prequel being released after “Game of Thrones” comes to an end. The author told Deadline that while he created a ton of fake history leading up to what fans have seen play out over six bloody seasons, it is unlikely it will ever be released — at least on television. The New Jersey native, as well as “Game of Thrones” showrunners, are far too focused on finishing up Seasons 7 and 8, as well as his latest installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.
“I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to ‘Game of Thrones,’ so there’s a lot of material there and I’m writing more,” Martin shared. “At the moment we still have this show to finish and I still have two books to finish so that’s all speculation.”
Gendry could make a comeback:
For three seasons “Game of Thrones” viewers have been holding their breath that Gendry, who disappeared in a paddleboat in Season 3, would re-emerge. Benioff and Weiss assured fans that he was very much alive and still paddling, which only furthered speculation that the only living descendant of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) had to come back at some point. Reddit user Sethg119 shared his thoughts about how showrunners may handle Gendry’s return, speculating that he’s hiding in Oldtown and will eventually cross paths with Samwell Tarley (John Bradley).
“I believe we will cross paths with Gendry again in Oldtown when Sam starts his studies as a master,” he wrote. “I believe that Sam will study the creation of Valyrian Steel and will require a smith. He will then go to the smith that resides in Oldtown who will be no other than Gendry.”
Euron Greyjoy may play a major role:
Despite only appearing in two episodes in Season 6, Euron Greyjoy remains in the front of the minds of dedicated “Game of Thrones” fans. He has been name dropped in several episodes and poses a direct threat to family members Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) as they move toward the Seven Kingdoms. On Sept. 9, Watchers on the Wall reported that Euron may return to Season 7 more vengeful than ever, forming an alliance with Cersei Lannister (Lena Heady) in an effort to better his chances of stopping the Mother of Dragons and her large army.
“Winds of Winter” may be released before the Season 7 premiere:
Thanks to a major flub by Amazon France, Thronies are buzzing about the possibility of Martin’s sixth book being released before Season 7 premieres on HBO. A listing appeared on the ecommerce site for “Winds of Winter” with a March 9, 2017 purchase date. The listing was live at the time, though shoppers were not able to preview, pre-order or purchase the book. According to Entertainment Weekly, Martin’s publisher in the United Kingdom — HarperCollins — claimed “nothing has been finalized regarding publication or the date.” Penguin Random House, with whom Martin does business in the United States, did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Daenerys could reunite with an old love interest:
Late in Season 6 Khaleesi cut ties with her loyal protector, Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman), to make her way toward Westeros. Huisman opened up about Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” in a September interview with Entertainment Tonight, letting one potentially big spoiler slip. The Dutch actor teased the possibility that he and Daenerys will rekindle their old flame in Season 7, telling ET he was under strict orders to say no more ahead of the highly anticipated season. Whatever’s to come, one thing’s for sure — Huisman and his co-stars are ready.
“Being part of ‘Game of Thrones,’ you’re always expecting your character to die,” he said. “You’re not really mentally preparing yourself for a very long haul.”
Khal Drogo is not returning to “Game of Thrones”:
An Instagram photo gave fans of the HBO series a renewed sense of hope that Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) may be the latest character brought back to life. He was seen posing alongside Weiss and Benioff during a trip to Ireland, which it turns out was simply in celebration of Guinness gifting him with a beer brew of his own.
There are a ton of new characters joining the cast:
In August, Watchers on the Wall was able to obtain a document containing the titles and descriptions of several new roles being added to “Game of Thrones” in Season 7. Among them was a priest, a warrior, a gate guard, a city guard, a merchant, a lovely lady, a young lord and a lieutenant. The spoiler group speculated that the young lord, described as being a “tall, handsome” man in his late 20s may be Aurane Waters — one of the first characters to get Cersei Lannister to unravel in the book “A Feast for Crows.” In the novel, the queen makes the mistake of trusting Aurane, giving him the title Master of Ships. The problem? Aurane’s character is a bastard, not a lord.
The site also reported that the lieutenant is likely the latest addition to Daenerys’ inner circle. The actor description calls for a 20-something who is an “athletic, physically fit and disciplined warrior.” Sounds right up her alley!
More casting news can be found HERE.
No one is safe — except maybe Jon Snow:
In August, Harington sat down with The Wrap to discuss his fate on “Game of Thrones.” He shared with the publication that he was feeling pretty confident after having been brought back from the dead in Season 6, episode 2. He suggested that it would be “awful storytelling” on the part of writers to kill him off after the buzz that surrounded his revival, claiming that he was feeling “a bit cocky.”
Turner, however, did not share in his confidence. Despite being having teamed up to defeat the bastard of house Bolton, she told Variety that she was well aware that anyone and everyone on the cast is fair game when it comes time to kill someone off. Additionally, Turner said she feels Sansa only has two options in Season 7 — team up with her half-brother or join Little Finger (Aiden Gillen) “and become a villain and sadistic.”
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