If you immediately type in “what you missed…” in Google after each episode of Game of Thrones then this is for you. And it goes without saying but this post is dark and full of spoilers.
1. Jon Snow’s sword does more than just kill people
It seems that Jon’s sword also saves people, specifically Jon. In episode 6 of Season 7, Jon and the rest of the suicide squad go beyond the wall to capture a wight and end up in an icy lake. Thank goodness we didn’t have to wait a season to see Jon resurrected, because he survives, climbs out of the lake and is rescued by his uncle Benjen. But, how did Benjen know Jon was in danger and get there in time to save him?
What most people missed (as they cried with relief when Jon emerged out of the ice) was that the wolf on Longclaw opened its eyes. What this could mean is that Bran warged into Longclaw, saw Jon was in danger and let Benjen know (as Benjen was previously tipped off to help Bran by the third-eyed raven in Season 6). However, as awesome as this theory is, director Alan Taylor has shut down this fan theory stating that “there was no intention for that to be the case”. However, despite the dismissal of this theory, I think it would be pretty badass and inline with the story if it was real.
2. Tyrion was hated by his father for another reason
In the books, Tyrion is characterised by having lighter blonde hair than his siblings, a possible tie to the famous Targaryen trademark white hair. To further this potential Targaryen tie, there is also speculation that Aerys Targaryen (the Mad King), who was taken by a certain lady of Casterly Rock, raped or seduced Joanna Lannister before Tyrion was born.
This theory bears more truth (some believe) when Tywin alludes to his doubts of Tyrion’s true paternity and says “Men’s laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colours, since I cannot prove that you are not mine” in A Storm of Swords.
3. The Night King knows a lot more than he says
In episode 6 of Season 7, fans were shocked when the Night King speared down Viserion the dragon, leading to Viserion joining Team Dead with his new sparkling blue eyes. But some speculate about how the Night King (not only is an excellent javelin-thrower) knew to bring spears that could take down a dragon.
We already know that the Night King possesses greensight, when he was able to see and touch Bran in one of Bran’s trippy moments. So this could mean he has either marked Bran and can share his visions or has his own ability to see everything like the third-eyed raven can – thus, preparing him for the fight.
Being prepared, he then held the wights back and waited for the dragons to arrive (because apparently having Wun Wun on your side isn’t enough muscle). You can also see in the shot (where he and his White Walker homies are standing looking upon Jon and the squad) that they brought exactly three spears… for three dragons.
4. Samwell Tarly fulfills his maester destiny
Any fan of Game of Thrones will tell you that Sam loves to read. In season 7, Sam finally begins his journey to becoming a maester. Although it’s filled with a lot of faeces and domestic work, he is able to learn and read about a lot of important things (like becoming an expert at curing greyscale and dragon glass mining).
But there’s a key moment between Sam and Archmaester Ebrose in the Citadel:
“If you’re going to write histories, Tarly, you have to do the research. If you want people to read your histories, you need a bit of style. I’m not writing The Chronicles of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I so it can sit on a shelf unread.”
Sam just awkwardly shakes his head and Archmaester Ebrose asks, “What? You don’t like the title? What would you call it then?”
“Possibly something a bit more… poetic,” Sam says.
Something like the A Song of Fire and Ice Sam? And if that scene wasn’t enough, there is a clue about those interlocked circles from the opening sequence. Just have a look at the Citadel’s ceiling.
5. Jon is the rightful heir
If you don’t already know what R + L = J means, then have you been living outside the wall? Before Sam began whining, Gilly read that Rhaegar Targaryen annulled his marriage to Elia Martell and married another. Could this be Lyanna Stark? We think so.
In season 6, in another one of Bran’s flashbacks, we saw that Ned found his “kidnapped” sister Lyanna in Rhaegar’s secret (sex) tower. Lyanna is, unfortunately, dying after giving birth to a son and asks Ned to look after him and not tell Robert Baratheon (her betrothed) because she fears Robert will kill her child.
And then whom does Ned return with after the war? “His” bastard son Jon. So, if Rhaegar did, in fact, marry Lyanna, this would make Jon a trueborn Targaryen and rightful heir to the thrown – above his aunt Dany.
6. Bonus theory: Bronn switches to Team Dead because the Night King has promised him a castle.
All Bronn wants is his own damn castle.