We realized quite a bit from season seven’s sixth episode, “Past The Wall,” like how Gendry was on the all-city marathon group at King’s Touchdown Excessive Faculty, and that individuals who stay on rock homes shouldn’t throw stones. However the episode raised loads of questions, too, and on this week’s Mailbag Of Thrones we’re tackling your inquiries about Arya versus Baelish, Jon’s love life, and the powers of the Night time King and his new dragon.
Justin emails: After the Frey bloodbath within the season premiere, one can argue Arya’s shapeshifting capability has made her probably the most overpowered individual on the present. Maybe she’s going to knock Cersei off her record within the type of Jaime. I don’t suppose that can occur, and as a substitute I discover myself scrutinizing each Winterfell scene for hints character is definitely Arya in disguise. With that stated, has it ever been established within the books or the present Faceless Man can solely take the type of a useless individual by retrieving the corpse’s face? There hasn’t been an exception to this rule to my information, and it looks as if a pure approach to steadiness out her energy as she would solely have the ability to impersonate an additional, and never a significant character like Sansa or Jaime, to spring a entice on her enemies.
There was a significant exception on the present, when Jaqen H’ghar punished Arya for killing Meryn Trant by making her go blind. At first he made it appear to be he killed himself to avoid wasting her. He drank one thing, collapsed, and Arya began screaming how he couldn’t die as a result of he was her pal. Then the Waif walked up behind her and stated he wasn’t. When Arya turned across the Waif revealed she was truly Jaqen. A confused Arya turned and seemed on the “first” Jaqen nonetheless useless on the ground, earlier than ripping off a collection of various faces from the “useless” individual till she acquired to her personal face. So Jaqen wore the face of the very-alive Waif, whereas the thriller, multi-faced “useless” individual wore Jaqen and Arya’s faces. Meaning there may be some magic that enables a Faceless Man to put on the face of a residing individual, which implies Arya would possibly have the ability to be anybody useless or alive, wherever and anytime. We lined the “glamming” powers of Faceless Males in our second Mailbag, which could assist clarify how that is potential—but it surely nonetheless received’t make her extra highly effective than Bran or the Night time King.
Lewis emails: Did Sam truly seize something of use when he went on his tear via the forbidden part of the Citadel? Did Gilly hold the e-book the place she “found” the annulment? Will it make any distinction or are we nonetheless ready for Bran to chime in after he finishes his bong hits of sativa in Winterfell?
Sam was sneaking into the Citadel’s equal of Hogwarts’ Restricted Part for weeks, so I belief he knew precisely what he needed to seize. As for Gilly, her unintentional discover is the most important revelation within the present’s historical past, so it might be completely insane and actually unhealthy writing if it was by no means revealed to the characters, so I wager she took it. However whether or not Sam or anybody else figures that out within the season seven finale isn’t as sure.
Even when everybody realizes Rhaegar and Lyanna have been formally married, nobody alive besides Howland Reed is aware of she was pregnant and gave delivery to Rhaegar’s son. So far as everybody is aware of, Jon Snow is Ned’s bastard. That’s why each details have to come back out for individuals to understand Jon is mostly a Targaryen and rightful inheritor to the Iron Throne, so we nonetheless want Bran to chime in. He simply wants some munchies first, maaaan.
Criss emails: With Thoros gone, Beric nonetheless creeping round, and no Girl Stoneheart in sight, do you imagine Beric will have the ability to cross off his “ressurective” energy to a different and, if that’s the case, whom? Additionally: Is Sandor Clegane the very best character on the present?
Sure, I do suppose Beric will do this, and will probably be to Sandor, the very best character on the present. Right here’s my favourite idea on how: We get CleganeBowl in King’s Touchdown this week, the Mountain kills his brother, however then Beric, believing this second is why the Lord Of Gentle has saved him alive, transfers his “ressurective” energy to the Hound, bringing him again. Beric dies for good, however the Hound kills the Mountain in CleganeBowl II: Zombie Boogaloo, and finally ends up taking part in a significant position within the ultimate battle with the White Walkers. Although I doubt Beric kisses the Hound to convey him again the way in which he did within the novels with Girl Stoneheart.
Maria emails: What are you ideas on the Littlefinger-and-Arya plot since final week’s episode? Did she actually do all that coaching to not have the higher hand on this dynamic? Is she faking him out or is she actually fooled?
I imagine in Arya’s talent on the mendacity sport, a.ok.a. the Sport Of Faces. She is aware of what Littlefinger is, and he or she’s been one step forward of him this complete time with Sansa’s letter. Arya’s been utilizing this time to check her sister. She would possibly even maintain the ultimate examination in a scene the place she wears Littlefinger’s face to really discover out what facet Sansa is on. I’m going with this: Arya kills Baelish this week and the Stark sisters unite.
Lonnie emails: That second between Dany and Jon on the finish of the episode actually makes it seem they’re headed towards a romance, no?
Incestuous marriages in Valyrian households return millennia, lengthy earlier than the Targaryens landed in Westeros, persevering with proper as much as the Mad King, who was married to his sister. It’s not a stretch Targaryen aunt and nephew would marry, or that Sport Of Thrones can be okay with it, however regardless of his actual father, Jon was raised at Winterfell, so he’d possible discover it gross. Proper? Please?
In the end it received’t matter as a result of Jon will probably be useless by collection’ finish.
Steve emails: If Jon Snow ends the collection on the Iron Throne and—both due to demise, incest aversion, or another cause—not with Daenerys, then who’s his queen? At this level just about all the highborn girls we’ve seen who aren’t associated to him are both too younger (although superior), imprisoned (and doubtless not anyway), destined to make large kids with Tormund, or Cersei.
Okay, if I’m flawed and Jon is alive on the finish it is a enjoyable query. Jon received’t have time between now and successful the Nice Conflict to fall in love with somebody that isn’t Daenerys, so it must be a politically strategic marriage if it’s not her.
Brienne wouldn’t make sense politically, and I don’t see Euron letting Yara stay, or Ellaria getting freed from Cersei.
So let’s see: She’s useless… useless… all three of them are useless… too younger… his half-sister… useless.
Uh… is Cersei the one possibility? Signal me up.
Henry emails: Littlefinger will get in every single place and is aware of what’s happening in every single place. Is it potential he too is able to Faceless Man skills or is definitely a faceless man himself?
No, he’s simply the neatest, most foreward pondering participant within the sport. He’s the Invoice Belichick of Westeros, provided that Belichick by some means managed to win Tremendous Bowls with Robin Arryn at quarterback.
Zack emails: Do you suppose Viserion will breath hearth or ice? I feel most individuals are pondering ice, however I’m predicting he melts the wall with hearth.
Right here’s how I handicap it:
- Blue flame, even hotter than regular dragonflame: 50 %. He’ll use this to soften a gap within the Wall for the White Walkers to cross via.
- The frozen breath from the legends of ice dragons: 35 %. The ice-demon king ought to have an ice-demon dragon who breathes ice.
- Each hearth and ice: 10 %. This is able to be cool for quite a few cause, but it surely doesn’t appear possible. We’re coping with magic although, so it could actually’t be dominated out.
- Common dragonflame: 5 %. Boooooooo.
Kevin emails: So do the White Walkers simply carry round these dragon-killing spears with them always simply in case one occurs to point out up, or did the White Walkers know by some means that Daenerys and her dragons have been going to point out up at that particular time? Do the White Walkers have the identical sorts of powers that Bran has, maybe? We now have seen that they will sense when Bran is doing his factor that Bran does in addition to intervene with it.
The actual fact the Night time King might see and “mark” Bran in a imaginative and prescient means he most likely has powers we don’t totally perceive but, so at minimal he most likely knew dragons had returned to the world (if he didn’t downright know Daenerys was going to point out up at that actual second). Jaime took the one scorpion bolt on the planet with him to Highgarden simply in case—why wouldn’t the Night time King hold a sack of dragon killing javelins close by for a similar cause?
And but, regardless of the untold skills of the Night time King, I nonetheless can’t settle for that he had entry to massive metal chains. The place? How? How? He raised tens of hundreds of useless corpses at Hardhome—he couldn’t have simply pulled a “Yoda lifting the X-wing on Dagobah” transfer with Viserion? It’s probably the most surprising second within the present’s historical past, and all I saved pondering was, “The place in seven bloody hells is there a White Walker ironmongery shop?”