Game of Thrones’ sixth season was HBO’s most ambitious yet what with all its epic battles, bloody score-settling and the resurrection of a certain major character, but already attention is turning to what the future holds for the people of Westeros in season seven.
With the Stark’s regaining control of Winterfell, The Night’s King continuing to raise his army of White Walkers and Cersi now atop the Iron Throne there’s a lot to look forward too when the penultimate season does eventually arrive, and showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have been hinting at what we can expect in an interview with Deadline.
On Cersi, the duo warned the new queen of the seven kingdoms would be a much more unpredictable prospect following her final moments of season six when she killed the High Sparrow and Margery, inadvertently leading to the suicide of her youngest son King Tommen.
They said: “That’s what so much of next season is going to be about; finding out what Cersei’s mindset is, and who is she?
“Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, but the one thing that was redemptive about her was she genuinely loved her children.
“Now they’re all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she, without her children? The answer is something you’ll find out about next season.”
Benioff and Weiss also suggested that The Wall, a vast, magical structure that keeps the White Walkers from roaming into the world of the living, may soon be about to tumble – but not necessarily in the way hinted at in George R. R. Martin’s books.
“We don’t want to give away too much,” they said. “There are the books, and the show, and it would be a disservice to both if we went into too much detail of, we’re going to use this or that.
“What’s laid out in this season is, very clearly, The Wall isn’t just a physical structure that is keeping the army of the dead out. If it were, and if the Wildlings managed to make it over, at least in theory someone like The Night King has so much more in the way of both power and troops who’ll do literally anything he says.
“We have been laying out the likelihood that it’s going to be more difficult to get past The Wall than that, but we wanted to put that basic prospect out there. We’ll keep it at that for now.”
One popular fan theory is that The Wall will crumble once Bran Stark passes through it.
The theory goes that, as The Night’s King was able to access the Three-Eyed Raven’s lair after Bran was marked by him, that same mark will break the magical spell keeping the White Walkers from passing The Wall and travelling south.
Whatever the fate of The Wall and Cersi’s reign over King’s Landing, one thing’s for sure: there’s scary stuff ahead for Westeros.