It’s been a long summer (and fall, and winter, and spring, and half of ANOTHER summer) waiting for Game of Thrones to return, but now that it’s back we get to pore over every little detail again. Let’s dive in! But first:
**POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS?**
(I mean, it’s all speculation so take it with a grain of salt…)
1. Sansa’s hair
There was a very telling exchange in the episode between Jon Snow and Sansa immediately after she dressed down her “half-brother” (cousin, really) in front of his bannermen. Jon Snow got a raven from Cersei telling him to bend the knee and Sansa offered her advice on how to handle the situation. “You’re the military man, but I know her,” Sansa tells him. “If you’re her enemy, she’ll never stop until she’s destroyed you. Everyone who’s ever crossed her she’s found a way to murder.”
“You almost sound as if you admire her,” Jon replies. To which Sansa says, “I learned a great deal from her.”
Eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Sansa is wearing hair exactly like Cersei used to:
Could be a coincidence, right? Maybe! But consider this: Sophie Turner gave an interview to Refinery29 where she dished that Sansa’s hair reflects “people she’s learning from, or mimicking, or inspired by.” Seems legit. This along with her newfound boldness could signal her character is headed in an interesting direction, to say the least.
2. Jorah’s possible cure for greyscale
We got a brief glimpse of Jorah Mormont, the exiled Westerosi knight that Danaerys friendzoned into ANOTHER exile, in the premiere. The last time we saw him, Dany was bidding him a tearful goodbye and telling him to find a cure for the greyscale that’s taking over his body.
Now, Jorah Mormont is locked in a cell at the Citadel where Samwell Tarly is training to be a maester.
A curious redditor snagged a screenshot of the book Sam was reading to research dragonglass, a substance that can make white walkers explode:
It’s a bit difficult to make out, but it seems to suggest that some people have ingested dragonglass as a way to cure or treat diseases (although it also suggests these people are gullible). Still, worth a shot right? Now, it might be nothing, but also…
The only person on the show who’s survived a bout with greyscale is… Princess Shireen Baratheon (R.I.P.), who just happens to have grown up at Dragonstone. And as Sam mentioned, Dragonstone is built on a giant mountain of dragonglass.
It’s possible that being surrounded by all that dragonglass helped Shireen fight off greyscale. Could be a cure, could be a treatment, could be the start of a wacky buddy comedy starring Samwell and Jorah–who knows!
3. Melisandre in Dragonstone
At the end of season 6, Jon Snow exiled Melisandre (guess it runs in the family) for sacrificing Princess Shireen to the Lord of Light. He even told her if he found her in the north again he’d sentence her to death, which is pretty harsh considering she brought him back to life. WELL in the first episode of Season 7, we got a great look at the shores of the beaches surrounding Dragonstone as well as the bridge leading up to the castle when Danaerys finally made it to her ancestral home. Some viewers got some major déjà vu back to the very first trailer for season 7.
It looks like Melisandre is either near Dragonstone now or will be traveling there sometime this season.
We don’t know why Melisandre is in Dragonstone, it could be just because that’s the last home she knew. But the prophecy she’s been flogging like a dead Jon Snow hints that Dragonstone might be an important place. It says that “The Prince Who Was Promised” will be reborn amidst “salt and smoke” and Dragonstone just happens to be a volcanic island. This “prince” is also supposed to be able to wake dragons from the stone, which certainly hints that it could be Danaerys (the word in high Valyrian for “prince” is apparently gender neutral).
Seems like her and Danaerys might make a good fit, and if Jon Snow travels to Dragonstone to get some dragonglass maybe they’ll all meet up and be one big happy family! (Unless Arya shows up to kill her. Don’t forget, “The Red Woman” is on Arya’s kill list along with members of the Brotherhood Without Banners for them handing Gendry over to her waaaaaaayyyyy back in season 2.) We’ll just have to stay tuned!