WARNING: Spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 7 ahead.
If you’ve been keeping track of our death watch for Game Of Thrones this season, you know something has to come to a head in Winterfell with the Stark children and Littlefinger. The show is moving at rocket speed through plenty of storylines, with the final season likely devoting its entirety to whatever war we’ll be seeing with between Westeros and the White Walkers. Who is fighting in that war is still up in the air and Cersei Lannister could still be a thorn in everybody’s side.
But Winterfell is that dangling part of it all that has been crawling along this season compared to the breakneck pace that Jon Snow and everybody else have been on. Littlefinger doing his best to be sinister with little children is almost like something out of a Scooby Doo episode, but it also could be working. Director Alan Taylor, the man who brought us “Beyond The Wall” and confirmed that the timeline had been “fudged” for Jon Snow’s suicide squad, spoke to Huffpost earlier in the week and talked a bit about what we should expect in the finale for the Stark sisters. He promised a “violent” surprise for sisters Arya and Sansa, but there was also an ominous feel to it all:
I love the fact that these two come back, they’re both lethal, and I just wanted to give the impression, as much as possible, that one of them is going to die. But you’re not sure which one… Arya is certainly lethal and sort of threatening, but when Sansa sends Brienne away, who is Arya’s natural protector, something is coming very soon between them, and it will be violent but surprising.
That would also cover the surprise part. The show has not shied away from killing popular characters over the years and also hasn’t always followed the beaten path. George R.R. Martin doesn’t seem to enjoy following the norms of the genre and doesn’t like to telegraph what’s going to happen. While the show is far looser in that category, they also pull plenty of crazy twists out of their bag of tricks. A season finale ahead of the show’s final run would be the perfect time to do just that.
Sansa isn’t part of the wight party heading to King’s Landing this Sunday and she can be seen looking onward at the cold lands outside Winterfell, something that just doesn’t sit well. It would be odd to see either of them die at this point, but the same could be said about any number of characters that bit the dust before this point.
If Bran turns out to be the Night King, the whole Stark lineage is just looking rotten. Maybe Sansa can be the Night Queen and that’s the big surprise, turning a theory on its head. We’ll just have to see.