Game of Thrones fans are accustomed to waiting.
After all, George R.R. Martin has spent the last six years literally typing with one finger and secretly hoping the sun will engulf the Earth before he has to decide who will win the Iron Throne.
But the wait for GoT Season 7 has been excruciating even for the most patient Throners.
(We just don’t understand why that nickname hasn’t caught on!)
Not only is this the longest the show has gone between seasons, but the tension has risen steadily as the series nears its conclusion.
There are only 13 Game of Thrones episodes remaining, so you can be sure there won’t be a wasted line of dialogue in seasons seven and eight.
The added time off has resulted in even more Game of Thrones spoilers than usual floating around on social media.
As always, we’re sure some of them will turn out to be bunk, but today, two big ones were confirmed by Time magazine reporter Daniel D’Addario who visited the set in Belfast.
This should go without saying, but obviously, the remainder of this article is dark and full of spoilers.
For starters, D’Addario confirmed something many Game of Thrones have long suspected:
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have begun the process of merging and condensing the show’s many disparate storylines, which means the majority of the action will take place in King’s Landing and Winterfell.
So it’s reunion time for the surviving Starks, and one beloved pet will be reappearing for the first time since season one.
During the family’s ill-fated journey south, Arya Stark sent her direwolf, Nymeria, away so that she wouldn’t be put down for biting Prince Joffrey.
In his article, describes a pack of wolves who are “described in the script as ‘skinny and mangy'” arriving on set.
Most of the other Stark direwolves have been killed off, and fans have pointed out that the only pack in the books that meets D’Addario’s description is led by Nymeria.
That may seem like a minor detail, but as readers of the books know, the psychic connection between the Stark children and their wolves is hugely important.
The return of Nymeria will no doubt serve as a watershed moment, and its signifigance is hinted at in the first Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer, which concludes with the line, “the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”
Elsewhere in the article, D’Addario confirms that the rumors of the show’s biggest battle scene to date are true.
And he unintentionally reveals a major detail about said conflict.
D’Addario writes of being “dazzled” by the “sheer scope” of the battle, adding that the scene was made even more impressive by the fact that the cast filmed through a “frigid North Atlantic wind.”
He notes that Kit Harington was on set … alongside Emilia Clarke and her mechanical dragons.
Yes, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and dragons, all in the same, snowy place.
Fans have been speculating for years that Jon and Dany would eventually join forces, but now we know for sure that it’s happening this season.
We suppose it’s possible that they’re on opposite sides of the battle, but if you think Weiss and Benioff would pit the two fan favorites against one another, then you might know less than Jon Snow.
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