Season 6 of Game of Thrones came to a close little over a week ago and we are all still sufficiently blown away by the awesomeness contained in that episode. Even talking with my cousins about this episode a few days ago, we were so excited and caught up in it that the episode might well have occurred minutes before we spoke of it.
Let's recap the episode real quick:
Pycelle straight up got murdered by a horde of children. Cersei blew up the sept with all of her enemies and a good portion of King's Landing in a brilliant green blaze of glory. This lead directly to Tommen bringing a whole new meaning to the term "King's Landing." Arya somehow developed the ability to teleport as well as perfectly use faceless magic in order to kill Walder Frey. Bran shows us the epic confirmation of R+L=J. Davos confronts Melisandre and Jon sends her away instead of killing her. Jon is proclaimed King in the North after Little Lady Lyanna Mormont gives an excellent speech on his behalf. Cersei claims the Iron Throne as her own. Tyrion becomes Daenerys's hand. And then Dany rides across the Narrow Sea with a whole armada full of Targaryen, Greyjoy, Martell, and Tyrell ships.
Oh, I almost forgot. Sam goes to the Citadel and is more excited to see a room full of books than he's ever been excited about anything in his life. Yeah, Samwell Tarly's story arc is pretty boring and seems out of place against all this other awesomeness. Everyone is in the midst of conquering, claiming their rulers, and just doing really cool things, and then there's Sam, who finally just made it to the Citadel after being sent out last season.
Yeah, I think we can all agree that Sam's adventure has been pretty slow. And by slow I also mean his travel speed. With Arya, Varys, and Theon bouncing all over the map in just a few episodes, it's surprising it took Sam over an entire season to arrive at the Citadel.
But he did make it, and on top of that, Sam finally did something really cool a few weeks ago (one of the coolest things he's done since killing a White Walker), stealing his father's sword, Heartsbane. But since then, we've heard nothing of our favorite overweight brother of the Night's Watch. That is, until now, when he looked real happy about them books.
I think we can all agree that there's gotta be a reason his story is taking so long to tell. And more importantly, there must be a reason he's even still alive. Aside from the obvious — killing White Walkers and Thenns. I mean, this is Game of Thrones. Even the most able warriors don't last long — *cough* the Viper — so how is Sam still alive?
Well, there must be a reason. And I'm not talking "The Gods aren't done with you yet, Samwell Tarly." No, I'm talking "George R.R. Martin's got some sort of plan for you, Samwell Tarly, but there's a very good chance he's just waiting to kill you off later."
Some people might be happy that Sam could soon be biting the dust, but I don't think that that's the case. I think that George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss, and David Benioff have something quite exciting planned for our favorite book-reading man of the Night's Watch, and that plan is to fulfill a lifelong dream of dear Sam's.
Disclaimer: I would like to preface the rest of this article by saying that I was not the one who came up with this theory. My cousin, John, actually came up with it and I'm just passing it along to the rest of you.
Samwell Tarly, The Wizard
Sam has just arrived at the Citadel and is about to begin his journey to become a full-fledged Maester. In the Citadel, there are many things that the Maesters in training learn. Ravenry, astronomy, construction, poison, history, astrology, economics, warcraft, smithing, and medicine — to name a few.
But there is one particular field of study that we can be certain Sam will be interested in. This particular study is only found to be learned by one in one hundred Maesters, as the practice is looked down upon by most Maesters. Samwell Tarly is going to be that one in one hundred, and he's going to study magic.
Not only is he going to study magic, but he's going to be the first Maester in the history of the Citadel to actually wield magic.
Is this far-fetched? Maybe. Is it impossible? Definitely not. Will it happen? Well, I can't actually answer that last question, but I can tell you why I think it will happen.
First and foremost, Jon will definitely need some magic to take on the nearly immortal White Walkers and their army of the dead. And while most of us hope to see Dany using her dragons to help him in the fight, she'll be a little busy with conquering the rest of Westeros to join him right away. And while Valyrian steel swords and dragonglass weapons would be incredibly useful, those are in short supply and high demand at the moment. So that's unlikely.
So what's the next best thing? Wildfire. But Cersei just destroyed almost all of that. Behind that? Fire magic. But who has that? Sam will. That's who.
Sam's Storyline Is Ready For A Bigger Role
My second reason is that Sam isn't the first character to have a seemingly boring storyline that was recently changed to be either exciting or totally badass (i.e. Bran, Sansa, Dany in Qarth, Jon beyond the Wall). Three of the four characters I mentioned are Starks and we can't help but love the Starks. The fourth is a dragon-riding, slave-freeing, totally awesome queen who will soon be conquering Westeros. However, you can't deny that these characters (and a few others) all spent their time in the boring storyline department; Sam has just lingered there the longest.
But he has now made it to the Citadel and the largest library in Westeros (and possibly the world). So let's breathe new life into his story, give him a new purpose, and make his adventure exciting — let's turn Sam into a wizard.
Lastly, Sam really should not still be alive. Yes, he killed a White Walker. Yes, he killed a Thenn. But he can't fight to save his life, just Gilly's. He's not in the best of shape, which I think must be magic after eating very little at (and beyond) the wall, as well as traveling from beyond the wall down to Oldtown. But more than that, he has a penchant for pissing off mean and physically able characters, including Ser Alliser Thorne and his own father Randyll Tarly.
His chances of survival are slim at best, but that's with his current skill set. If he learns magic — fire magic specifically — no one will mess with him. Of course, the Citadel will probably kick him out and he'll have to travel back up North with Gilly and Little Sam in tow. But he'll pop up at the Wall just when Jon Snow needs some fire most and he'll be the ultimate deus ex machina.