Along with the announcement that Game of Thrones Season 7 would hit HBO screens in summer 2017, fans learned that the season would be shorter than the rest. What do the writers have planned and is this a sign that it is coming to an end?
There have been rumors for numerous years that Game of Thrones Season 7 is going to be the last. George R.R. Martin was to have seven books for seven kingdoms of Westeros, although it is possible that he will now do eight books due to the way his muse has taken the writing. The show was going to follow the same pattern: seven seasons for the seven books.
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Game of Thrones Season 6 left plenty open, and now there is news that there will only be seven episodes to the next season. Is it possible that everything will be covered within that short space of time? Does a shorter season really mean that the show is coming to an end?
It is possible that the showrunners have realized that they no longer need the 10 episodes in a season to tell the full story. They were needed for the earlier parts, but Game of Thrones Season 5 was drawn out for many viewers. In fact, certain storylines have been drawn out for the sake of the show, such as Daenerys in Meereen and Bran north of The Wall. While these fit the books, slower paced storylines don’t always fit well with TV shows.
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Could it be that the showrunners have decided they don’t need smaller subplots? After all, they killed off the whole Tyrell family (except Olenna) and numerous other characters in the Game of Thrones Season 6.
If they are focusing on more streamlined, shorter storylines, what will Game of Thrones Season 7 bring to the table? Here are a few ideas.
One of the rumors is that Cersei Lannister and Euron Greyjoy will marry. He wants more power, and she will want someone who can help her go against Daenerys. Of course, he wouldn’t argue against that, since his niece and nephew, Yara and Theon, are working with Daenerys after stealing his ships.
Cersei may come to a sticky end, if Arya Stark has anything to say. She is slowly working through her list of names now that she is back in Westeros, and started with Walder Frey towards the very end of Game of Thrones Season 6. It is likely that she will work through more of her names, and may even come across The Hound again, since he didn’t die when she left him at the end of Season 4. Is it also possible that she will learn that Sansa and Jon are back at Winterfell and make her way north to seek extra help?
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The International Business Times reports that Jon Snow may fulfil the prophecy to become Azor Ahai, a very important person mentioned in the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He hasn’t really been mentioned in the show and doesn’t mean as much to those who haven’t read the books as he does to those who have, but the theory has always floated out there that either Dany or Jon is this person. Now that Jon has been confirmed as the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar, it is possible that he will be the prophesied person.
The publication also believes that Dany will be Nissa Nissa, Azor’s beloved. Dany and Jon are expected to fall in love.
What do you think will happen in Game of Thrones Season 7? Is it possible that the shorter season indicates the end, or just that the episodes will be much more fast-paced than ever before?
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