As discussed in TNL’s Game of Thrones Season 7 predictions, some tears will be shed. Some anxiety attacks will be had. And Gaby will be mad at life for a couple of weeks if anything happens to another Stark. But there must be happy things to look forward to in Game of Thrones if we’re all excited for it to come back…right? I mean, sure. It’s exhilarating to rate butts as they come on screen. Or to try and outsmart George R. R. Martin (or the showrunners?) and figure out who wins/dies.
But we need some happiness in this goddamn show.
We’re a crew that has seen things like Stannis Baratheon burning his daughter at the stake for just about nothing. We’ve witnessed Ned Stark’s beheading, the Red Wedding, and Joffrey taunting Sansa with her dead father’s head.
For crying out loud, we’ve even seen Tommen jump out of a window. And Jon Snow getting killed by his own men and believing him utterly dead for over a year.
But perhaps because we’ve already been dealt so many blows, the show is ripe for some tender, happy moments. They’ll probably take it all away right after, but it’s fine. We know we can’t have our cake and eat it, too.
6 Happy Things to Look Forward to in Game of Thrones Season 7
1. The Stark family reunion
We’re 100% ready for Arya and Jon to cry while embracing each other. You thought Sansa finding Jon was a tearjerker? Brah, they didn’t even get along last time they saw each other. Sure, it is still a big deal to find alive a sister you thought dead. But remember how cute Jon and Arya were? And how he gifted her Needle to keep her safe without encouraging her to become violent? We’re already a mess.
That being said, Sansa has probably spent the most time worrying about Arya (out of all of her siblings). Finding out that she’s still alive could make a bruised and battered Sansa believe in life again. And then there’s baby brother Bran, who will be all shook up about Rickon and the warg life he’s been leading. Oh, and all the dirt he uncovered about his family? So they’ll nurse him, and life will be as it should again.
2. Daenerys finally seeing Westeros
Homegirl has been away from home since Season 1. It also sounds like even before we met her, Dany had a pretty rough time. She had no control over her life and was being pawned off by her brother to the highest bidder.
I can’t promise her the Iron Throne, but she does deserve to see her home once more. To return to it glorious and unbroken. Think of it as Dany attending her high school reunion and showing all those who doubted her that she’s actually a) now rich, b) now hot, c) not interested in fake ho’s.
3. Gendry Waters resurfacing
Remember Gendry Waters? No? We don’t really blame you considering the fact that King’s Landing’s resident super-hot blacksmith (and Robert Baratheon’s bastard son) has spent the better half of four seasons rowing a tiny dinghy across the oceans of Westeros. For the short time that Gendry graced our screens, he presented himself as a Westley from The Princess Bride-type. That is to say: affable, a bit rough around the edges, and really good with his… sword. Oh – and hot. Like… could totally give Jon Snow a run for his money kinda hot.
We rest our case. So here comes the good news: there have been a smattering of rumors that Joe Dempsey was spotted on-set in Ireland, as well as some telescopic footage of a very familiar-looking brunette wielding what looks a whole lot like Robert Baratheon’s Warhammer. And who else could possibly be worthy enough to wield the former King’s weapon of choice? His legit illegit son. We’ve been praying to the old gods and the new for some time now that Gendry’s appearance means a reunion with Arya and not his immediate, peek-between-your-fingers horrifyingly violent death.
We’d also settle for Gendry shirtless, oiled up and working in a forge. We’re not picky.
4. Jon Snow finding out he’s not a bastard
Imagine being told you’re a piece of crap for, I don’t know, your whole life? And then finding out you’re the most legitimate heir to the Iron Throne. Daenerys will certainly not be about this when she hears, but then she’ll see Jon Snow and be like, “I can tap that.” If she’s okay with boning her nephew, that is. Then again, here we are hoping that he gets with his half-sister-turned-first-cousin.
But what we’re really here for is the validation Jon Snow has long deserved. He’s coming back from a bad stint as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. So let’s just give him the best possible run as King of the North/RULER OF ALL SEVEN KINGDOMS.
5. Jaime Lannister finally getting woke about his conniving sister
Anyone who says they aren’t hoping for Brienne of Tarth to show up in King’s Landing, throw Jaime Lannister over her shoulder like a sack of handsome potatoes, and carry him all the way back to Winterfell while he sasses her is a goddam liar. We ship it. Bronn ships it. After seeing just how far off the deep end his sister has gone at the end of last season, we’re pretty certain Jaime will be fantasizing about this scenario too. And besides, think of all the lovely tension that his presence in Winterfell would cause! Not only would Jon be up-in-arms, but Tormund would have some serious competition in his efforts to woo the totally disinterested lady knight of his dreams.
6. Sansa x The Hound Reunion
Ever think about what would’ve happened to Sansa Stark if she had left King’s Landing with The Hound when he offered to whisk her away from the Lannisters? Or the fact that The Hound thinks she’s dead and how guilty he must feel for leaving her behind? Or how a reunion that doesn’t involve one or the other’s death would be amazing?
We’ve only thought about it a little bit.