The start of a new Game of Thrones season is both an exciting and confusing time. On the one hand, it’s great to have this show back in our lives but on the other, season premieres tend to introduce more questions than they answer. Such is the case with the Season 7 opener, “Dragonstone,” which sets up a number of different conflicts for the season ahead. Here are my 10 most burning questions going into next week’s episode, “Stormborn.”
10. Will Arya Finish Her List?
After poisoning every last Frey at the Twins in the opening of “Dragonstone,” Arya sets off on the road and encounters a group of Lannister soldiers. Rather than kill them outright, Arya sits down and chats it up with her new pals and tells them that she’s headed to King’s Landing to kill the queen. As longtime Game of Thrones fans know, Cersei Lannister is at the top of Arya’s infamous kill list … but she’s not the only name left to cross out. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the remaining names on Arya’s list are: The Mountain, Melissandre, The Hound, Ilyn Payne, Beric Dondarrion, and Thoros of Myr. Arya’s return to King’s Landing would also put her in close proximity to The Mountain and Ilyn Payne, so is it possible that she’ll make attempts on both of their lives before moving onto the queen?
The Mountain is half-dead at this point as it is but he’s still terrifyingly powerful and would be a tough opponent for anyone to take down. Still, it would be poetic if the person who takes The Mountain down isn’t another burly soldier, but rather a young female assassin with a small pointy sword. That being said, with Arya about to be reunited with her long-lost direwolf Nymeria, perhaps Arya won’t end up in King’s Landing at all and instead turn her attention north to Winterfell and finally reuniting with the remaining members of her family.