UPDATE: Now that the epic seventh season of Game of Thrones is over (and the looooooooong wait for Season Eight begins), we wanted to see if any of our predictions came true. The original article was published in June 2016, so over a year before Season Seven actually aired. We’ll follow up each old prediction with a new recap about how close we were to getting things right.
Fair Warning: Major Season Seven Spoilers Below!!!
Original article below:
With George R.R. Martin’s next book, The Winds of Winter, unlikely to release before next spring, it’s more difficult than ever to predict what the next season of Game of Thrones has in store. At this point, we know the general outline of what’s going to happen — Daenerys is going to invade Westeros from the south; the White Walkers are going to invade from the north; a war of ice and fire will commence — but trying to plot out specifics is a fool’s errand, to say the least. However, considering we have about a ten month wait until Game of Thrones returns, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about what may happen next, with the following ten predictions representing our best guesses as to what’s in store in season seven.
10. A Full Stark Reunion
With Bran on his way south of the Wall and Arya ostensibly headed to Winterfell now that she’s single-handedly wiped out the Freys, a full-on Stark family reunion is looking like a matter of when, not if. Unfortunately, like any other happy Game of Thrones moment, the joys of the most tragic family in Westeros seeing each other again after spending years apart are sure to be short-lived. Bran will arrive with news that will turn the family upside down and Arya’s kind of a lunatic at this point, so it’s hard to see her staying put while there are still people out there that need to be Needled.
Then again, perhaps cooler heads will prevail and the four remaining Starks will form a Westeros version of the Fantastic Four, as Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright suggested in a recent interview. Either way, it will be interesting to see this family actually interact with one another again; especially Jon and Arya, who arguably had the closest bond of all the Starks. Just wait until Jon hears how many people Arya has killed with the sword he gave her!
Were we right?: Nailed it. Mostly. The Starks did all return to Winterfell, although Jon and Arya failed to cross paths (so far). The trio of Sansa, Bran, and Arya have managed to keep the North together while Jon is off sleeping with his aunt, plus they dispatched Littlefinger in the Season Seven finale. As an added “Stark Reunion” bonus, Jon and Theon Greyjoy finally had their moment together after Theon betrayed the Starks, the family who raised him.