There’s King in the North, a Queen in the South, a Khaleesi at Sea, and a whole lot of of unanswered questions in between. Game of Thrones‘ sixth season ended with dramatic advancements of the major players across the board, but that doesn’t mean we can see their fates any more clearly than Melisandre could in her infamously fickle fires. We know who Jon’s parents are — will he ever find out? Can the big Stark and Targaryen coalitions last? And where the hell is Euron Greyjoy, anyway?
We’ve combed the Citadel library and come up with 10 major mysteries we’d love for Season Seven to solve for us. It’s longer than Arya Stark’s kill list, but no easier to put to rest.
1. Where and when will Daenerys land?
With what has to be the largest, most varied, and best equipped fighting force in the known world at her back, Daenerys Targaryen will be a force to be reckoned with when she hits Westeros. The question is where exactly that will be. She could make for King’s Landing directly and try for a successful rerun of the Battle of Blackwater Bay — a distinct possibility, since Tyrion Lannister, the city’s savior, is now on her side. But what if her allies Olenna Tyrell or Ellaria Sand need help cleaning up their own backyards in Dorne or the Reach first? What if she runs into trouble at sea, or decides to hit a city in Essos along the way to free more slaves? What if she gets wind of the White Walkers and heads North to join the fray? Just because she’s set sail at last, that doesn’t mean her road to the Iron Throne won’t be a long and winding one.
2. Will Dany’s grand alliance hold up?
Tyrion Lannister loved his niece Myrcella and sent her to Dorne in part to keep her safe; the region’s current ruler, Ellaria Sand, soon poisoned her to death. Both nobles are now allied to the Targaryen cause. If Tyrion finds out — and this is the guy who lists his two chief hobbies as “I drink and I know things,” after all — there could be hell to pay. And that’s just one of the countless potential fault lines in Dany’s coalition of the killing, which includes both ex-slaves, the Dothraki hordes, and three very dangerous women (Ellaria, Olenna Tyrell, and Yara Greyjoy) whose kingdoms all bear respective grudges. That kind of alliance could crack without Cersei Lannister ever setting foot off the Iron Throne.
3. What about the Northern alliance?
We’ve already seen signs that Sansa Stark resents being passed over for the throne of the North in favor of her bastard half-brother Jon Snow. Why she’d be this susceptible to the transparent manipulations of Petyr Baelish, who put the idea that she’s the rightful ruler in her ear to begin with, is unclear — hasn’t this guy fucked her over a million times? Still, that’s a schism to watch out for. And it’s just one among many. The Lords of the Vale have no natural inclination to follow the King in the North; most of them don’t trust their own liege lord, Littlefinger, for that matter. Wildlings and Northmen have been at each other’s throats for millennia. Finally, all it takes is a raven from Cersei to let Ned’s children know that it was their new pal Petyr who betrayed dear old dad.