The Remaining Stark Children Will Never All Be Together Again
We’re not made of stone, so of course we rejoiced when Jon and Sansa, the woman he believes is one of his half-sisters, reunited at The Wall last season. That hug! But let’s be realistic: Even if Bran and Arya are going to share at least a scene in the upcoming episodes, as recent paparazzi photos from the set suggest, Game of Thrones is a series that enjoys ripping out our hearts and watching them shrivel into hollow husks on the ground. Now, that isn’t to say that there won’t be some near misses. Remember when Arya was thisclose to seeing her mom again and then the Red Wedding happened? Yeah, we wouldn’t bet the Bank of Braavos on Bran, Jon, Arya and Sansa breathing the same air before the Season 8 finale goes to black.
Gendry May No Longer Be Good
If exhaustively detailed fan sites like Watchersonthewall.com are to be believed, Gendry is, indeed, headed back to Westeros in Season 7. But just because Robert’s unacknowledged bastard was a good guy the last time we saw him — back when Davos helped him slip away from Dragonstone via rowboat in Season 4 — it doesn’t mean he’s automatically going to side with the good guys. Perhaps Mad Queen Cersei will get her diabolical hands on him and have him do her bidding. After all, as he admitted to Davos after that debacle with Melisandre and the leaches, we know he’s a sucker for a pretty face…
Lady Stoneheart Isn’t Coming
In George R. R. Martin’s books, Catelyn was resurrected three days after her death, when a kiss from Beric Dondarrion brought her back to life… kinda. (That powerful smooch also ended him.) She went on to lead his Brotherhood Without Banners, tracking down and smiting anyone loyal to the Lannisters. In the HBO series, waaaaay more than three days have passed since Catelyn bought it at the Twins. We’ve since seen Beric alive and well. Could Ned Stark’s widow have been revived off screen sometime in the last few seasons? Maybe. Was she? Not bloody likely.
Littlefinger Will Win It All
Given his ability to survive everything that life, war and the HBO series’ writing staff can throw at him, why shouldn’t human cockroach Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish wind up ruler of all? The man ALWAYS COMES OUT ON TOP. And if Sansa keeps him close, who’s to say the next step in his eventual rule won’t be riding into glory with the Starks when/if they reconquer the north?
Sam, not Jon, is Azhor Azhai (aka The Prince That Was Promised)
We admit: Jon’s survival in the Battle of the Bastards seemed to have been divinely foretold, given how many near-misses he had during the epic fight. And then there’s the whole resurrected-from-the-dead thing. But what if, by some crazy twist of fate, the savior prophecy that the red priests and priestesses like to quote is actually about a sedentary bookworm with a recently pilfered sword burning a hole in his scabbard? Heartsbane, Lightbringer, we’re just sayin’.