Game of Thrones is a show that has a lot of balls in the air at any given moment. Oftentimes, there will be so many storylines to cover, that we won’t see some characters for episodes at a time. That can often lead to a good deal of open story threads that either aren’t tied off after a season, or get ignored altogether.
That being so, there are a handful of those that will require a resolution by the time the series wraps up with Season 7 and 8. Let’s run through the full list, shall we?
1. Jaime, Cersei, and the ongoing Lannister drama
Even more important than seeing how Cersei Lannister’s time on the Iron Throne goes, is how that will play into the tumultuous relationship she’s had with her brother. All of their children are now dead, and you can bet that her brother Jaime blames her for at least some of that. Now that she’s seized the throne, it doesn’t seem entirely out of the question to see him end his sister’s reign once and for all, much in the same way he put the Mad King out of his misery all those years ago.
2. The fate of Robert Baratheon’s bastard, Gendry
When we last saw Gendry, he was rowing away from Dragonstone, and for all we know, the poor guy is still rowing many seasons later. Rumor has it that Joe Dempsie, the actor who plays him, has been spotted on the set of Season 7, so all signs seem to point toward an imminent return to Westeros for Robert Baratheon’s last surviving bastard.
Given that he’s the last person in the entire kingdom with any Baratheon blood, there’s a good chance he plays heavily into the larger Game of Thrones story sooner rather than later.
3. So, what the hell is happening in the Iron Islands?
It seemed odd to suddenly have the Greyjoy family infused back into Game of Thrones in Season 6. We hadn’t heard from them since Theon was captured and tortured by the Boltons, and all indications seemed to point toward the family not having much of a role moving forward. That all changed when Euron, Theon and Yara’s uncle, returned home from his time abroad, killed his brother, and seized control of the Iron Islands.
This left Theon and Yara fleeing to the east in search of an alliance with Daenerys Targaryen, while Euron mustered his forces for a full-scale invasion of Westeros. Our collective attention may be focused on Daenerys’ own impending invasion, but Euron has proven himself nothing if not crafty in his brief time on Game of Thrones, setting him up as a wild card in the coming episodes.
4. Jon Snow and Daenerys’ shared Targaryen blood
Right now, virtually everyone in Game of Thrones believes Daenerys is the final Targaryen left alive after Robert’s Rebellion. As Season 6 revealed in Bran Stark’s flashbacks though, Jon Snow is in fact the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
This carries a couple implications: First, for anyone who believes the Targaryens are the rightful ruling family in Westeros, that makes Jon the true-born heir to the Iron Throne. Secondly, it means that Daenerys is Jon’s aunt. Whether either of them will realize this before they go to war against each other is anyone’s guess, but it’s something that will need to be addressed before it’s all said and done.
5. Daenerys’ vision from Season 2, and the White Walker invasion
Way back in Season 2, Daenerys had a vision while trapped in the House of the Undying. In it, she saw the Red Keep in King’s Landing, caked in fresh snow, and seemingly in ruins. Now, four seasons later, we can determine that she saw a version of the future where the White Walkers take over the kingdom. What we don’t know is whether that future is a possibility, or an inevitability.
Regardless, as the proud owner of three fire-breathing dragons, she may be the only person capable of beating back the White Walker invasion. That means she’ll need to reflect on and remember that vision once again, and realize that the ruling families of Westeros aren’t her true enemies.
6. Sansa and Littlefinger in Winterfell
Petyr Baelish, known commonly as Littlefinger, took a special interest in young Sansa Stark very early on in Game of Thrones. Now that she’s back in Winterfell, he’s become the devil on her shoulder, sowing seeds of doubt as to who should really be the warden of the North (read: not her bastard brother, Jon).
She’ll soon be forced to choose between lust for power and loyalty to her family, and it’s not hard to see which one Littlefinger is counseling her to pick.
7. Jorah Mormont’s search for a cure
Jorah Mormont may not be one of the primary players in Game of Thrones, but his own story remains decidedly open right now. Having contracted a fatal case of greyscale, he’s been sent off by Daenerys in search of a cure. If he’s unsuccessful in that venture, he’ll be doomed to a life as a crazed, rabid, stone-skinned zombie lurking in the swamps of Old Valyria.
Suffice it to stay, the stakes for poor Jorah have never been higher.
8. Bran’s role as the new Three-Eyed Raven
Both the reason for and extent of Bran Stark’s supernatural abilities in Game of Thrones haven’t been entirely clear. He can occupy the bodies of animals (and at times, humans), see deep into the past, and now, has been chosen as the heir apparent to the now-dead Three-Eyed Raven. It’s not clear what exactly that entails for the youngest surviving Stark, but what we do know is that he’s destined to play a large role in the endgame for this series.
9. Arya’s return to Westeros
After spending the better part of the last two seasons learning how to get really good at murdering people, Arya Stark has finally returned home to Westeros, and she’s not messing around. She’s already enacted vengeance on the Freys for the events of the Red Wedding, and you can bet that she’ll be continuing to check names off her list as Season 7 and 8 roll forward.
How that figures into the bigger picture though is something that still needs addressing.
10. Azor Ahai
There’s an ancient prophecy outlined both in the HBO series and George R.R. Martin’s book, concerning Azor Ahai, “the prince who was promised.” The basic gist, as told by Melisandre, says that a hero will be born “amidst salt and smoke,” destined to rise up and lead the free world against the White Walkers.
Many point to Jon Snow as the second coming of Azor Ahai, although a few other characters fit the mold as well, including his aunt, Daenerys. Odds are we’ll get a definitive answer eventually. We just have to hope it comes before it’s too late for Westeros.
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