Game of Thrones has a very interesting opportunity for its hotly-anticipated Season 7. While past years had all been based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the HBO megahit had officially outpaced the source novels due to R.R. Martin's failure to finish the next entry by deadline.
This meant Season 7 was at the mercy of its showrunners but, more importantly, that fans were absolutely blind to the many twists and turns coming their way.
It was an exciting prospect for some, but no more: much like winter, the spoilers are coming.
Intrepid GOT superfans allegedly obtained ALL major plot points, which they promptly leaked online in a spoiler-sharing frenzy. Although many of their blog posts no longer exist, a subreddit detailing many of the top-secret tidbits exists.
You can read the details below. Of course, it goes without saying that major spoilers are ahead...
- "Jon meets Dany at E03. He is summoned by Dany,who wants him to bend the knee, but he refuses.Eventually,with the help of Tyrion, he swears fealty in exchange her help in the war against the WW. Gradually they grow to admire each other and they have sex at the end of episode 7. They will be together for most of the season."
- "Sansa realizes she's being played by LF (he tries to set the two sisters against each other) by the end of the season with help from Bran.LF won't survive this. Arya will be the executioner."
- "Both Sansa and Arya will survive."
- "Arya has become a "killing machine". First thing she does this season is kill all the remaining Frey sons. After that she heads towards Winterfell and she encounters Nymeria. She arrives at WF at E04."
- "Dorne will be out of the way in the first couple of episodes."
- "The Wall will fall at the end of the season, while Jon and Dany have sex."
- "Jon won't find out his true parentage this season. Bran and Sam will piece it together though."
- "Dany is going to Dragonstone first. This will happen at the end of E01."
- "I didn't exactly get that, but it seems that the procedure of bringing the wall down will be a big part of the season."
- "Viserion will die at the Night's King hand and be reborn as his mount."
- "Jon's real name is Aegon. He doesn't want people to know that he was resurrected. So he stops Davos from telling Dany."
- "Gendry is at KL making weapons. Davos makes a joke about him 'still rowing' when he sees him."
- "Olenna aknowledges that she was behind Joffrey's assassination."
- "Varys doesn't want the throne. He's genuinely acting out of a desire to have a king or queen rule that will look out for the interests of the people of Westeros rather than just their own."
- "Beric Dondarrion will be killed by the WW."
- "Benjen will make a cameo."
- "The 'Northern girl' will be Alys Karstark."
- "We'll get a flashback from Rhaegar and Lyanna's wedding."
- "Jorah won't have any scenes at Essos next season. He will be cured at Oldtown by Sam. He reunites with Dany by E05."
- "Bran will cross the Wall during E01. He will arrive at WF by E03."
- "The Lannisters take on the Martells and the Tyrells pretty easily during the first couple of episodes. Jaime turns out to be a great commander. It seems that Dany and co have an unsuccessful siege of KL."
- "Jon needs to provide proof that the Undead are real. So he goes beyond the Wall with the Hound,Beric,Thoros and Tormund to capture one. They succeed but Beric and Viserion die in the process. They bring the undead to KL(they have a temporary truce with the Lannisters) and they show him to Cersei at the Dragonpit. She loses her shit. She agrees to unite their armies against the WW.But at the last moment,she betrays them and doesn't send troops,so that the WW will thin out their forces. Jaime is mad and leaves her. He rides North to join the armies."
- "Cersei is pregnant."
- "Euron's fleet destroys Yara's, kills 2 of the Sand Snakes and captures Ellaria. Theon abandons Yara. The ironborn finally lose all respect for him. He has a small reunion scene with Jon. Jon tells him that he won't kill him because he saved Sansa."
- "Mel has only a few appearances through the season."
- "Dany burns a few rules who didn't bend the knee, including the Tarlys. Tyrion and Varys worry about her turning into a Mad Queen."
- "Tyrion and Jon have a few scenes together."
- "Meera heads back home after she delivers Bran at WF."
Some Redditers claiming to be close friends of Game of Thrones actors (sounds legit, right?) say the rumors are no more believable than a three-eyed raven.
But the plot points do seem specific and detailed enough to be genuine, and we'd never underestimate the scale of what a diehard Thrones can achieve online.
In any case, catch Game of Thrones Season 7 when it premieres on HBO in mid-2017.