Last week, a behind-the-scenes video from Season 7 surfaced online. Let’s talk about what it means. (From this point forward, SPOILERS and speculation walk hand in hand like Joffrey and Sansa along the banks of the Ruby Ford.)
In the newly leaked video, we have a tall man engulfed in a large ball of flame. He flails about after being hit before finally coming to rest on the ground. Take a look:
But what does it all mean? Who in the Seven Kingdoms was burned by what we assume is one of Daenerys’ dragons? Let’s take a look at the clues.
- The man appears to be tall.
- He’s wearing a cloak.
- After the fireball goes off, he yells “Khaleesi!” along with something that sounds like, “What sort of witchcraft is this?”
- The scene is filmed on what appears to be sand, with some rocks and brush. It’s part of the ongoing shoot near Malpartida in Spain.
These clues can be taken many ways. For instance, the scene being filmed on sand could imply it’s set on the beach at Dragonstone, a place we know Daenerys will be visiting in Season 7. Or it could mean the production wanted to film on a surface that doesn’t catch fire easily.
The man being burned looks tall, but then again, he’s probably a stuntman whom the production could make look taller or shorter with camera angels as needed. There might not have been a long line of people willing to be set on fire.
The dialogue is the most interesting thing here. If the victim yells out “Khaleesi,” odds are he’s familiar with Daenerys. Her Dothraki soldiers are the ones most likely to call her by that name. But the Dothraki don’t generally wear cloaks—mostly they go topless. However, we don’t know when during Season 7 this happens, or how far south winter has come. Everyone could be dressing in cloaks by this point.
Also, the use of the term “Khaleesi” theoretically eliminates characters like Jaime Lannister or members of the Tarly clan, who may join up with the Lannisters, as none of them would think to use it. But then again, maybe one of them uses it in a moment of fear and pain, or as a last-ditch attempt to earn her mercy.
There’s also a long-running theory that dragonfire might somehow cure Jorah Mormont’s Greyscale. Jorah would certainly call Dany “Khaleesi,” but that guy doesn’t sound like someone who submitted to this process willingly. The cure may be worse than the disease in this case.
The “witchcraft” line is perhaps the most baffling. Surely anyone close enough to refer to Daenerys as ‘Khaleesi’ would recognize dragonfire when they see it?
The word “khaleesi” implies a familiarity with Daenerys and her dragons, and the word “witchcraft” implies an unfamiliarity. What if there are actually two different people speaking, and the one who yells the “witchcraft” line isn’t the one set aflame? It’s hard to speak intelligently when being burned alive, after all. Alternately, someone other than the person being burned might say both lines. In either case, this scenario suggests two captives. But who fits the bill?
I think it’ll be Randyll and Dickon Tarly. If the Tarlys do in fact betray the Tyrells and join up with the Lannisters, Dany is not likely to be merciful. This could easily be the moment Randyll is burned for his betrayal, with Dickon looking on in horror. One of Daenerys’ advisors, fearful of her gaining the same reputation as her father, may yell out “Khaleesi.” Meanwhile, Dickon Tarly, having never seen a dragon before, may spit out the “witchcraft” line while watching his father burn. Or Dickon could say both lines. And scene.
All of this is speculation, but seems to fall in line with what we know about Season 7. Feel free to let us know what you think below!