WHERE ARE WE NOW?

GAME OF THRONES MOVES INTO ITS FI­NAL PHASE - BUT WHAT COULD BE IN STORE FOR OUR BELOVED DENIZENS OF WES­TEROS?

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Jon Snow, of course, is in the thick of things. A Stark is back in Win­ter­fell, but there’s a snake loose. Lit­tlefin­ger called chaos a lad­der, and his machi­na­tions are surely not over. Deep GOT his­tory tells us men forged ties with White Walk­ers in the an­cient past, and Lit­tlefin­ger has a habit of choos­ing the side most likely to win. The slim­i­est man in the Seven King­doms is surely not above forg­ing an ice-cold al­liance...

Daen­erys, mean­while, ap­pears des­tined to claim the Iron Throne. Yet she knows noth­ing of the White Walk­ers, and her dragons are surely go­ing to be needed in the North, where time-worn tales of sleep­ing ice dragons could prove a spec­tac­u­lar coun­ter­point to their fiery men­ace. The song of ice and fire is yet to be sung, but it’ll likely be a duet be­tween Jon and Dany, re­lated (all but con­firmed now, surely) by blood, and des­tined to ei­ther save the Wes­teros or watch it burn.

Of course, Cer­sei Lan­nis­ter is a fur­ther com­pli­ca­tion. The Queen of Wes­teros is show­ing shades of mad King Aerys (could the stock­pile of Wild­fire un­der King’s Land­ing be­come a weapon to wield against the White Walk­ers?), though we all know what Jamie did to him. Maggy the Frog’s prophecy said Cer­sei’s brother would kill her, and while we all pre­sumed that’d be Tyrion… well, it’s not much of a leap from Kingslayer to Kinslayer is it?

Mad queens, dragon-led armies, an­cient prophe­cies – and that’s be­fore you fac­tor in the erst­while Greyjoy fleet, a po­ten­tial Cle­ganebowl or the wild-cards that could flip the script at any mo­ment. What will Sam dis­cover at the Citadel? Will Arya com­plete her kill list? Where the hell is Gendry? Can any­one have a happy end­ing in this show? Let’s be

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