Game of Thrones’ seventh season is all about prophecies coming true and foreshadowed events becoming a reality.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones seventh season.]
In the most recent episode, “The Queen’s Justice,” Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow met for the first time. Knowing Jon’s true lineage, it’s the beginning of prophecies from past seasons coming true.
The obvious prophesy in relation to Dany and Jon regards Azor Ahai, the Lord of Light who would rise up in the midst of cold darkness (or a long winter) to defeat the Others who have brought terror to Westeros. Sound familiar? Until now, we have assumed that it could only be Jon Snow because of his parents — Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen — and because the prophecy seemed to imply that it was a male-born child of the Targaryen family. Having learned that the Azor Ahai could be either male or female in the second episode, however, everything is up in the air.
The show isn’t trying to hide the fact that the fate of Westeros rests on of these two family members, as seen in the photo below. The wink-wink-nudge-nudge we’ve gotten recently is blatantly obvious.
But it doesn’t end with Jon and Dany, though. One of the most popular conversations that seems to have foreshadowed the events of Game of Thrones’ seventh season occurred in the first. Robert Baratheon, the former king who sat upon the Iron Throne with Cersei Lannister at is side, warned his wife of the power Daenerys and her brother, Viserys, held. Robert warned that any person who could lead the Dothraki army into war as a unified group should not be ignored.
One Reddit user, pnr32, transcribed the entire conversation. The most important part is at the very end of the conversation, where Robert explains that the reason the Dothraki are stronger than the army at King’s Landing is because they fought for a reason, not just because they were told to. This is similar to what Tyrion said in the most recent episode about the Unsullied army. Unlike the Lannister forces at Casterly Rock, the reason the Unsullied were a force to be reckoned with is because they fought for a specific reason; that would lead to them overpowering the Lannisters, even if they were outnumbered.
The prior foreshadowing Game of Thrones has given fans of what to expect didn’t stop there, either. In the last scene of the most recent episode, Lady Olenna Tyrell tells Jaime Lannister that he’s making the wrong decision sticking with Cersei and it will come back to haunt him. She also confirms that she was the mastermind behind Joffrey’s death, not his younger brother Tyrion.
Everything he thought he knew about his family has shattered and Jaime is left rethinking every aspect of his personal life. Why is this important? In the fifth season, we’re treated to a flashback of young Cersei talking to a woods witch, Maggy, who hands down one of the most important prophecies the Queen will ever hear. Maggy tells Cersei that although she will have three children, they will all die, which has come true, and that she will eventually die by the hands of valonqar.
“And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you,” Maggie says.
Valonqar is High Valyrian for "little brother,” and that points to either Tyrion or Jaime. Although Jaime is technically Cersei’s twin, it’s been reiterated that Jaime is the younger of the two. Although Tyrion makes more sense in the long run — the two have always hated each other and Cersei believes that he will be the one to kill her because of the prophecy — Tyrion isn’t near Cersei. Jaime is physically closer and is watching his sister devolve into madness. There may be a situation where his sister becomes the next Mad King — or Mad Queen, rather — and Jaime will be the one to stop her.
Not to mention that Cersei famously said, “We came into this world together, we'll leave it together.” It’s one of the most ominous premonitions the show has had regarding the twins’ fates.
Of course, these are all theories. Hopefully, this season will give us some more answers to these questions. Until then, all we can do is look for subtext and clues in the dialogue we’re given.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.