HBO’s Making Game of Thrones blog has a few new Comic-Con-centered posts up, including one where various cast members discuss their hopes and dreams for Season 7. There are a couple of juicy bits in there, but the best comes from Isaac Hempstead Wright, who’s been playing Bran Stark for five seasons now. He has an idea about how the Night King might lead his army of White Walkers through the Wall and into Westeros.
Bran’s got this mark from the Night’s King on his arm; it ruined the magic of the cave. I think it might ruin the magic of the Wall. I reckon Bran will have a dilemma about whether or not he goes through the Wall.
First of all, I note that Wright calls him “the Night’s King,” rather than “the Night King,” which is nice, but not terribly important. His theory is interesting. As you may recall, in “The Door,” the Night King grabbed Bran during one of the latter’s weirwood visions (how he can interact with Bran at these times, we don’t know). This broke the protective spell surrounding the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, and you know the rest. The Night King broke in, Summer died, Hodor held the door, and the world wept.
Later in the season, Benjen told us that the Wall was protected by powerful spells that kept the White Walkers at bay. If the Night King’s mark on Bran’s arm allowed him to breach the protective spells around the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, might they allow him to breach the ones around the Wall? More importantly, will Bran figure this out, and if he does, what will he do? Wright thinks the character may have a “dilemma” about whether to pass through the Wall, but that seems like a dilemma with a clear answer: don’t let the White Walkers into Westeros, Bran!
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) also weighed in with her theories about Season 7, although she’s keeping Sansa’s options open. “There are so many directions [Sansa] could go,” Turner said.
She could really embrace the power that she has and go on to be something of a leader alongside Jon. She could be very embittered by the whole thing and try to take Littlefinger’s side. Maybe she’ll have a taste for killing and develop a sadistic side.
Those are some grave prognostications. I note that, during the Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con, Turner said that she wants Littlefinger on the Iron Throne. You ever get the idea she’s messing with us?
Turner also offered more general predictions. “I really just want to see the Cersei/Daenerys face-off,” she said. She wasn’t alone. Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) is also excited to see the two of them meet, although she’s leaving open the possibility that it won’t go as badly as everyone is expecting. “Maybe they’ll just get on really well? Like, hey girl?”
But before that can happen, Daenerys has an ocean to cross. Emmanuel hopes nothing bad happens to her along the way. “I hope to see Daenerys in Westeros. We’re heading there. I hope she makes it.” What could stop her progress? We’ve got a few ideas.
Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) is betting that Daenerys runs into trouble along the way. “I’m hoping to see an epic sea battle,” he said. “I feel there’s one coming in the cards.” Meanwhile, Kristian Nairn (Hodor) is banking on a land-based war. “In my opinion, the Walkers are going to steamroll the Lannisters, so there’s going to be a huge battle and they’re going to die. I can’t wait.” So giant battles no matter how to slice it, then.
Finally, John Bradley (Sam Tarly) is hoping that his character makes the most of his time in Oldtown. “I hope he does what he promises he’s going to do,” he said.
I want him to go to the Citadel and do something that’s going to have an effect on the greater good. He’s not there for a holiday or easy life. I want him to discover something.
With all those books, surely there’s something that will help in the war effort. Do you think there’s anything to these predictions? Have at it.