4. How will Jaime react to Cersei’s reign of terror?
Forget the Starks for a second — Cersei of House Lannister, the First of Her Name, may well have problems closer to home in the form of her own brother. Sent to the Riverlands to fight in their family name, he’s returned to discover his sister on the Iron Throne and their son Tommen dead and gone. Cause of death? Suicide, following the detonation of a massive stockpile of wildfire that killed thousands — exactly the same event Jaime became the Kingslayer to prevent. He murdered a Mad King once; what will he do with his Mad Queen, especially now that there’s no one to stop them from finally going public with their relationship?
5. What’s up with Euron Greyjoy?
“I am the storm, brother. The first storm and the last.” Tough talk from a guy whose first act as King of the Iron Islands, after murdering his older brother Balon for the title, is to have his fleet stolen from him by his niece and nephew. But in George R.R. Martin’s source novels, Euron is a true menace — a maniacal nihilist pirate who dabbles in sorcery and revels in cruelty, like a seafaring Ramsay Bolton with magic powers. And note the similarity between how he describes himself and how Jon Snow describes the White Walkers: “I promise you, friend, the true enemy won’t wait out the storm. He brings the storm.” Is Greyjoy a human agent of the Night King? Is he simply crazy enough to wreak havoc regardless of the consequences? Will his new fleet attack Daenerys or invade Westeros? Whatever his destination, it sure seems like he’s being groomed to be the next big bad guy now that the Boltons and Sparrows are out of the way.
6. What’s Sam gonna do all season?
Samwell Tarly’s character arc last season was so happy it may as well have been a rainbow. He defied his awful father, stole his ancestral Valyrian steel sword, and brought his girlfriend Gilly and adopted son to the maesters’ Citadel and the largest library in Westeros. So … now what? Surely he can’t just sit around and read for seven episodes, nor serve as a human infodump by digging up knowledge about the White Walkers. Something’s gotta happen down there. Could Euron decide to sack the city to gain access to its treasure trove of ancient wisdom — or simply to see the world burn? Or could Sam be recalled to Jon Snow’s side now that his old friend’s situation has so drastically changed?