Game of Thrones fans have longer to wait for Season 7 than for previous seasons. There are two more seasons left, and they will be shorter than previous ones. It’s one of those shows with characters to whom viewers have become so attached that they will hate to see it come to an end. What every Game of Thrones fan wants to know is this: Who will end up on the Iron Throne? As we eagerly await Season 7, fans speculate who it may be. And don’t forget what Cersei Lannister said in Season 1.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
That very possibly means that before Season 7, or any other season is done, we very well may see many big characters die. We’ll have to wait and see. At last, though, we do have a bit of a hint at what may happen when the new episodes are unveiled next year. And it involves brother and sister Theon and Yara Greyjoy and their uncle, who it seems will turn out to be a real villain, Euron.
You’ll recall that in Season 6 of Game of Thrones Euron killed Balon. He’s hungry for the Iron Throne and had to eliminate his brother in order to obtain it.
Well, now there are two more people in his way: Theon and Yara. And at the end of Season 6 of Game of Thrones, Daenerys was on her way across the Narrow Sea with Tyrion Lannister to fight in “the great game” for what she believes is her rightful place on the throne. Then there’s Jon Snow, “the King in the North” who many are hoping was brought back to life so that he could win the Game of Thrones. There are no hints yet at how Euron may deal with Jon Snow, but Watchers on the Wall and an excerpt from the next book in George R.R. Martin’s series give us some hints at what we may see from him in Season 7 of GOT as he does whatever he feels he needs to do in order to rise to power in the world of Westeros.
Theories are rising in which one of the major events of Season 7 of Game of Thrones involves Euron’s use of Yara and Theon in an attempt to stop Daenerys from reaching Westeros. And there is speculation that the Faceless Men, specifically Jaqen, are involved in the death of Balon. If it’s all true, the Faceless Men and Euron are much more important to Game of Thrones than we’ve believed so far. It all gets a little tricky, but stick with me. It’s pretty fascinating.
YouTuber AltShift X explains every aspect of the theory in the video below. Following the video, I’ll give you the highlights that are relevant to this discussion.
So here’s the deal. Jaqen has shown up periodically through the Game of Thrones. In fact, he appeared in the very first season. Remember when Yoren smuggled Arya out of King’s Landing? Jaqen was among the rest of the party that left King’s Landing. Arya gave him an axe, allowing him to escape from his cage as a fire burned closer and threatened to kill him and the other two men in the cage.
In Season 2 of Game of Thrones, he kills three men for Arya, payment for her saving three lives, his among them. At the end of the season, she declines his invitation to join him as a member of the Faceless Men. He turns from her, removes his face, and turns back to her, declaring that Jaqen is dead.
With me so far?
Okay, the next piece involves a chapter from Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin from his next book, which may be released in March. He read it aloud, and, of course, some Game of Thrones fans transcribed it. Here’s the part that’s important for what we’re talking about. This is Euron speaking, and it’s part of what he describes as his killing of three people.
Thanks to Angry GOT Fan for the transcription.
“Oh, and Balon was the third, but you knew that. I could not do the deed myself, but it was my hand that pushed him off the bridge.”
Wait, what? So Euron didn’t kill Balon? No. But I remember that Game of Thrones scene. It looked like him! See where I’m going with this? The theory is that it was a Faceless Man, Jaqen, who actually killed Balon. He just made himself look like Euron.
There is further support for this theory in Storm of Swords, the Ghost of High Hearts says, “I dreamt of a man without a face, waiting on a bridge that swayed and swung. On his shoulder perched a drowned crow with seaweed hanging from his wings.”
The “man without a face” is self-explanatory, and remember that Euron is also known as Crow’s Eye, the crow on the man’s shoulder.
Now, as AltShift X says in his video about this Game of Thrones theory, it costs a lot of money to hire a Faceless Man to kill somebody. What in the world would Euron have that is worth enough money to pay for Balon’s assassination? He has a dragon egg he took from the kingdom of Valyria. He claims to have thrown it into the sea, but doing so would have been to sacrifice a great deal of power. His claim is probably made just to throw people off. A dragon egg would be adequate compensation for the Faceless Men to kill Balon.
Watchers on the Wall reports that he and Cersei will join forces in Season 7 of Game of Thrones. This will be a powerful duo! And, the big piece of information, Euron will find Theon and Yara at sea, with Dany, will attack their ship, and will capture one of them.
And then there’s this description by AltShift X of another portion of the new Game of Thrones book.
“Euron has imprisoned his brother Aeron… Euron drugs Aeron and he has these nightmares of dragons and krakens and skulls and dead gods. And we learn Euron’s planning something. Some kind of sacrifice. He’s using the blood of priests and warlocks and pregnant women on the eve of a naval battle to cause something terrible. There’s imagery of a boiling, bloody sea, of a monstrous Cthulu-like Euron. We’re told that ‘blood is power’ and that ‘These are the last days, when the world shall be broken and remade. A new god shall be born from the graves and charnel pits.'”
Yikes! What would he sacrifice? The scene described here would be amazing to see portrayed on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Who knows? It’s admittedly all speculation at this point, but some of it seems pretty sound. And let’s not forget Maisie Williams’ tweets after reading the script for Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
i'd start preparing yourselves now
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) August 22, 2016
One thing’s for sure: Season 7 of Game of Thrones can’t get here soon enough. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open in the meantime. And watch Seasons 1 through 6 endlessly.
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