If the premiere for the Season 7 of Game of Thrones is any indication, winter has definitely arrived and the Starks will own this season. Not only the Starks, but with the upcoming war against the Night King's army, the North will have a big part to play in the future of Westeros. In the premiere, Cersei named her enemies to her brother Jaime as she walked through her newly painted map of Westeros. And, even though she was right to mention the Sand Snakes of Dorne and Lady Olenna of Highgarden, Cersei failed to reckon that her most dangerous enemies lay way up North.
With Arya heading South to "kill the queen," Sansa putting Littlefinger back in his place, and Lady Mormont kicking some serious grown men's butts, the Lannister queen had better wander a little higher on that map of hers.
As the events of the #GameofThronesSeason7 premiere will be discussed herein, heavy spoilers will follow.
Much like Daenerys, Sansa has evolved and grown a lot through the hardships she's endured in the course of seven seasons. She's learned her lessons the hard way and, as Sansa herself conceited in the premiere, some of those lessons she got from Cersei Lannister. Perhaps the best example of Cersei's teachings happened in the siege of King's Landing, back in Season 2. In the episode "Blackwater," Cersei tells Sansa what is expected of a queen in times of war, and paints a pretty vivid picture of what would happen to them in case the king fell.
Sansa has also learned a lot by being in the background of Cersei's schemes in King's Landing, so much so that Sansa now knows how to handle herself around Littlefinger — one of the most deceiving men in Westeros. She's giving sound advice to Jon Snow, while building him up as King in the North, and she knows that Cersei is someone who should be respected, if not feared. Clearly, if the time ever comes for Sansa to face her former nemesis, Cersei will be unpleasantly surprised with some of the pages the 'Little Dove' has taken from her book.
The young bear lady is so cute that makes you want to hug her to death (which you probably shouldn't do, because she'd break your neck) nevertheless, Lyanna has proved time and again that her age and gender have little to do with her valor, courage and honor. Last season, she shook the North when she volunteered her 62 men to Jon Snow — who were worth ten of any other Northern man — and when she showed just how low her appreciation for Ramsay Bolton was with this sneer.
In this new season of Game of Thrones, Lyanna once more stood tall, and taught Lord Glover a thing or two about girl power. Lady Mormont, probably more than any other Northern Lord, understands the seriousness of the threat the Night King poses with his army of undead. She's vowed to train every man, woman and child on Bear Island, gathering looks of respect from everyone in the hall at Winterfell. Without a doubt, her grandpa, the late Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Ser Jeor Mormont, would be very proud.
Once the tomboy who would constantly defy the rules and carry her Needle around, Arya has become a seasoned killer with nerves of steel and a thirst for revenge. She killed her first man right after the Red Wedding, when she and the Hound chanced upon some Frey men bragging about the deed. Last season, we all thought she'd exorcised her demons when she cut Walder Frey's throat, after feeding him parts of his dead sons. Little did we know that Arya Stark was not finished at all.
The #GameofThrones' premiere cold opening, showed us a girl still had business at the Twins, and she soon killed all the remaining Frey men with poisoned wine. Her message was clear: the North remembers and it's time for the reckoning. But, regardless of her faceless assassin training, Arya Stark proved she's not yet completely gone to the dark side, as she calmly shared a meal with Lannister soldiers without killing any of them — yet. And, she's not shy about her intentions either, since she openly declared her purpose for riding south: "I'm going to kill the queen."
Whilst Daenerys poses a huge threat to Cersei's reign, the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms would do well not to discard the Northern ladies so easily. Not to mention Meera Reed and Brienne (who isn't technically of the North, but serves the Starks) who would gladly remind Cersei of the one lesson she tried to teach Joffrey back in the day: "the North can not be held and when the winter comes the seven Gods together couldn't save you or your royal army."
Who do you think will prevail in the end? The Lion of Casterly Rock or the Wolf of Winterfell?