Hey fellow Game of Thrones fans! It’s been one long summer, but now winter is here and I couldn’t be more ready. The chessboard is all set up, and the next two episodes are all going to be intense. I hope you brought your camping gear.

I’d like to use this space to speculate on some things for the upcoming season. I hope you’ll join me and comment below or on Facebook with your own speculations. Remember, this blog is dark and full of spoilers, so read on at your own risk!

1. Cersei can’t be pregnant… right?

But as a backup question: what is your breaking point with her, Jaime? Because SERIOUSLY. She is nuts and is holding you hostage, Stockholm-style, so get over her for your own good, boy.

Pregnant or not, Cersei is not having a baby. I think she is manipulating Jaime and making him feel closer to her. Why? Because it’s impossible for her to be pregnant. Remember the prophecy I was talking about with Cersei and who’s going to kill her? There’s another part to it, one that talks explicitly about the number of children she’ll have:

The king will have 20 children and you will have three. Gold will be their crowns … gold their shrouds

So, she could very well be pregnant. But that child will not be born. Cersei has had her three babies and they all have their shrouds. Jaime, get out while you can.

2. Who’s going to survive north of The Wall?

There is nothing more I love in this world than a bunch of badass dudes hanging out and kicking ass. As you can imagine, the end of this episode made me wet my pants with glee. However, I this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about, and despite the plot armor given to so many characters last week, we’re nearing the end of the season and that means people are going to start dropping like Dothraki horse flies. This is my Magnificent Seven dead pool:

  • Beric Dondarrion: 1:1 I love this dude, but in the show, he has long out lived his usefulness. He will probably do something heroic and great, for the Lord of Light. RIP Beric, they didn’t do you justice.
  • Thoros of Myr: 1:5 the odds are iffy. He’s kind of a background character too, but it could happen. If someone needs to die, he’s probably on the chopping block.

  • Jorah Mormont: 1:5 Seems wasteful but poetic to have Jeor Mormont’s son die north of The Wall. And it would be unexpected, because we’re all like, “Hey, he’s cured, he’s coming back for his queen!”
  • Gendry: 1:20 Why bring him back if they’re just going to kill him off? Also, Jon could legitimize him and reboot the Baratheons. And let’s not forget, Arya kind of has a crush on him. Or she did before she became obsessed with murder. And Ned and Robert always dreamed of having their kids get married (don’t believe me? Rewatch Episode 1).
  • Jon Snow: 1:4000 Prove me wrong, Game of Thrones.
  • Tormund Giantsbane: 1/10 Maybeeee? But I don’t see it happening. He’s got some unresolved tension to deal with with Brienne.
  • The Hound: 1:3 STAY WITH ME ON THIS ONE. Here is my theory: the boys need a wight to bring to Cersei to show that shit’s getting real north of the Wall, right? Who better to bring than one of their own boys– after they die valiantly, of course? But why the Hound? Well, his brother, The Mountain, is pretty undead these days. And there have long been rumors of the legendary Cleganebowl (get HYPE) where the two brothers will duke it out, Street Fighter style. So why not put them on an even footing? I don’t think it will do the Hound’s character justice to not be able to face and defeat his brother while in the right state of mind. But it wouldn’t disappoint me.

3. Woah, wait– what was that thing that Gilly said about annulment?


Ned Stark at his sister Lyanna’s bedside

Book readers, I know you caught this one with me, because how could you miss it? Gilly talked about how Maester So-and-So annulled the marriage of some prince and remarried him to someone else. Except that prince was Rhaegar Targaryen, Dany’s big brother and Jon’s dad. He was lawfully married to Elia Martell of Dorne (which is the reason Dorne hates the Lannisters so bad– they killed her and her kids back in the days of the Mad King and Robert’s Rebellion), but this book Gilly found (and Sam ignored!) claims this Maestar annulled that marriage and married him to someone else. We know, obviously, that that other person was Lyanna Stark, younger sister of Ned Stark.

So if we already knew all that stuff (from last season’s reveal), then why is it important?

It means Jon Snow isn’t a bastard. He’s a legitimate Targaryen (and according to some lip readers from Lyanna’s scene last season, his name is Jaeherys Targaryean).

Which would give him more right to rule the Seven Kingdoms than Daenerys.

4. What is Littlefinger’s game?

As long as we have known him, Littlefinger has been up to some shady shit. Now he’s trying to mess with Sansa and Arya’s sisterly bond and we can’t have that. But what’s he up to?

Given next week’s trailer, it seems like he is making it seem like Sansa is going to betray Jon Snow and claim him a traitor. But then why was it so hard for someone to find that letter?

Because Sansa didn’t just write that letter. She wrote it six seasons ago, and it’s not about Jon Snow. It’s about her dad. This is the letter Cersei had Sansa write claiming that Ned Stark was a traitor to keep him alive. My guess is that he is going to use this letter against Sansa, to some end. Will it have to do with the same reason he gave Bran that knife? Maybe. I don’t know, but I am scared for our Stark family love. That knife needs to get in Littlefinger’s belly and it needs to do so ASAP because we are almost to the denouement of the season and shit’s going to get real.