Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7.
Is Game of Thrones gearing up for another high stakes battle involving Jon Snow (Kit Harington), in Season 7? Per recent spoilers confirmed by Watchers on the Wall, Jon will bring a wight before Westeros to prove his claims about the White Walkers and the imminent threat they pose to humanity.
To do that, it makes sense that Jon will have to capture said wight, first. Based on recent photos obtained by Game of Thrones site Watchers on the Wall, one might conclude that is precisely what production in Northern Ireland is gearing up for.
— Watchers on the Wall (@WatchersOTWall) November 13, 2016
In the photos, a massive field containing blankets of snow and a ginormous green screen can be seen.
In the article accompanying the pictures, Watchers on the Wall confirms some other major production details that heavily indicate the sequence being filmed is the one with Jon Snow and his team fighting to procure the wight.
According to Watchers on the Wall: “300 wights” will be involved in the scene being filmed at Wolf Hill Quarry and the venue is “booked for 3 weeks of filming.”
Between the vast supply of wights and the extended duration of filming, all signs point to production readying to film Jon Snow and his convoy’s big battle scene.
According to the alleged Game of Thrones Season 7 plot leak from Reddit: Jon Snow will lead The Hound (Rory McCann), Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), Jorah (Iain Glen), and Gendry (Joe Dempsie), on an expedition to capture a wight as undeniable proof of his assertions about the White Walkers.
If you believe that Game of Thrones‘ production team is setting up for this particular adventure, then you could theoretically take this aforementioned information as confirmation of yet another spoiler from the alleged Season 7 plot leak from Reddit, which was originally authored by user ‘awayforthelads,’ and later recompiled by ‘maureencreates.’
— Watchers on the Wall (@WatchersOTWall) November 18, 2016
Wondering how Jon’s supposed team fits together and why he might have chosen them? Below is some important backstory on them.
The Hound, aka Sandor Clegane, is the younger brother of The Mountain and former bodyguard of the tyrannical teen king, Joffrey Baratheon. The Hound was last seen meeting up with the Brotherhood Without Banners in Season 6, where he encountered two of the other people supposed to be in Jon’s posse, Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr.
By the end of Season 6, The Hound had agreed to travel north with the BWB. Given what the Inquisitr has reported about The Hound’s confirmed involvement with the wight, he apparently makes it there. It is not known when in Season 7, he arrives in the North.
Jon Snow is not the only man who has returned from the dead on Game of Thrones. That honor also belongs to Beric Dondarrion, who, thanks to Thoros of Myr, has been revived multiple times. Jon is not the first Stark that Beric has met either. He got to know Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) rather well, in Season 3.
Thoros of Myr
Thoros is the Red Priest that keeps bringing Beric back to life and whose ability to do so sparked Melisandre’s belief she could do the same thing for a dead Jon. Should Jon find himself in the same state again during his quest to capture the wight, Thoros could theoretically bring Jon back to life, again.
Next to Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), Tormund Giantsbane is arguably Jon Snow’s closest friend and definitely one of his most ardent allies. Tormund was last seen at Winterfell in the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale, shortly before Jon was named King in the North.
Given that Tormund valiantly fought alongside Jon Snow in the “Battle of the Bastards,” it is not surprising that Jon would want Tormund along for this daunting expedition.
Throughout most of Game of Thrones’ entire run, Jorah Mormont has dedicated his life and sword to one person, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). So it is a bit surprising that he would leave her to aid Jon.
According to the alleged Season 7 Reddit plot leak, that is exactly what happens and given the leaked set photos shared by Watchers on the Wall that show Jorah setting sail with Jon and Davos, this spoiler appears to be exceedingly close to confirmed.
Robert Baratheon’s illegitimate son was last seen escaping the clutches of Melisandre (Carice van Houten) in Season 3, Episode 10 (“Mhysa”). Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) saved Gendry from one of Melisandre’s blood sacrifices by arranging his escape via row boat. Gendry has not been seen or heard from, since.
Based on previously reported spoilers, it is widely known that Gendry will resurface in Game of Thrones Season 7. Gendry was among those seen shoving off from Dragonstone in the leaked set photos.
Curiously absent from this mission, according to the alleged Season 7 plot leak, is Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham). Why has Jon left him behind and where is he, if he is not with Jon?
It is sheer speculation, but with the recent Game of Thrones Season 7 spoilers that have been relayed by the Inquisitr, indicating there is immense tension between the newly reunited Stark sisters, Jon might think it best if his top advisor stayed at Winterfell, and counseled his sisters instead. Besides Davos once said of himself, “I’m not much of a fighter.”
Given that, it is hard to picture him regretting not being a part of Jon’s latest quest. If you are wondering, there is still no word on how Jon reacts to the way Sansa rules in his absence.
One more thing…
Since we know that Jon travels all the way to Dragonstone to meet Daenerys and then presumably goes all the way back to the North to capture a wight, doesn’t this mean he would likely stop by Winterfell first? It can safely be assumed that is where Tormund is when Jon returns.
In light of Watchers on the Wall confirming that Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) will reunite with Arya and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in Season 7, can we also assume Jon catches up with all of them before he sets off on his latest mission? If things were to go wrong, it could be the last time he ever gets a chance to see his family.
To find out if Jon does in fact go on a trip to capture a wight and reunites with his siblings beforehand, tune in when Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres next summer on HBO.
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