As the finale of Game of Thrones Season 7 aired last Sunday night, it's become clear that writers have a real idea of where the show is headed. While some characters have an obvious role to play in the coming wars (Jon Snow, a.k.a. Aegon Targaryen, and Daenerys in the fight against the Night King, Cersei Lannister acting as everyone’s favorite villain, and Bran Stark annoying audiences by continually making non sequiturs), there are some whose presence in the series are far more ambiguous. Their continued appearance in this season has caused me to question why these characters are still alive.
Since Season 1, #TheonGreyjoy has had one of the most punchable faces in the history of television. His arc is awful to watch and depressing as hell. Even his slight act of heroism in helping Sansa escape last season isn’t enough for me to muster up even the slightest bit of interest in his character. A Theon redemption story is quite literally the last thing I need or want heading into an already condensed final season, but it seems to be what we’re in for. With Euron still alive and holding Yara captive, it’s obvious that Theon still has a role to play, I just don’t really see how Greyjoy will play into the big picture.
My guess: Theon rescues Yara from Euron and a battle of the Greyjoys ensues. From there, it’s anyone’s guess.
Although she only appeared once this season, #Melisandre's conversation with Varys was vague but hinted that she still has a role to play. She (as well as Varys, apparently) needs to die in Westeros, although it's not clear why. Regardless, we can probably expect to see more of her next season.
My guess: With Thoros “Man Bun” of Myr dead, Melisandre may be the last hope if someone needs to be brought back from the dead.
I’m not saying I want Jaime to die, I’m actually quite happy that he’s still alive, even though his devotion to twin sister/lover, Cersei, is infuriating at times. Twice this season it seemed like Jaime was going to meet his end, and both times I was ready for it, figuring the character was just getting in the way. Appearing to have finally had enough of his sister’s nonsense, we last see Jaime alone on the King’s road, presumably riding north to Winterfell. Let’s hope his sense of honor and duty doesn’t disappear again next season.
My guess: Jaime somehow helps bring about the demise of Cersei. Though the rift in their relationship seems irreparable at this point in time, I still don’t think he could kill her in cold blood.
After disappearing for a season, it seemed as though the Hound really had been left to die after the brutal fight with Brienne. This past season, he was granted a redemption arc and traveled to Eastwatch with the Brotherhood Without Banners. It's a role that wasn't all that necessary and could have been filled by anyone else. So why bring him back? The last conversation between the Hound and his now-zombified brother signals coming events.
My guess: One word: #Cleganebowl
Last seen rowing away, #Gendry was finally brought back this season, as it was revealed that he had been working as a blacksmith in King's Landing (apparently) and waiting for Davos to come get him. He doesn't fill a hugely important role this season, joining up with the raiding party traveling north of the Wall, but the fact that he was brought back at all means Robert's Bastard must have a role to play.
My Guess: Gendry unlocks the secret to forging Valyrian steel and becomes instrumental in providing the army of the living with the tools they need to take down the White Walkers.
Why do you think these characters are still kicking on Game of Thrones? Comment down below after this video of all the Easter Eggs you might have missed in the Season 7 finale!