With filming currently underway for Game of Thrones Season 7, it’s as good a time as any to run through our most-wanted revenge moments for the upcoming installment. In Season 6 we received some fantastic and long-awaited revenge: Arya’s murder of Walder Frey, Ramsey being eaten alive by his own hounds, the wildfire explosion, which annihilated all those bloody sparrows (YES!) and a whole stack of Lords and Ladies. However, more revenge is needed to sate our appetite. We require more blood.
Due to the way that characters evolve on Game of Thrones, it’s often easy to forget the ‘bad blood’ from previous evil deeds. Take Jaime, for instance. We now like him, even though he began the show as the human replica of Shrek 2’s Prince Charming (with added incest and murder). Yet, whilst we might have forgiven him, I doubt Danny or Jon will share our sympathy for the one-handed sister-shagging Lannister. He did kill her father and attempt to murder Jon’s brother, after all. We also love Tyrion, not in a patronising ‘isn’t he cute’ kind of way, but again his murder of Tywin will have unlikely been forgotten. In fact, there’s so much ‘bad blood’, it’ll be interesting to see how Benioff and Weiss approach it, whilst continuing to move toward the overall end game. The White Walkers are still coming, guys!
Despite the threat from the north, however, revenge will no doubt make up a large part of the upcoming season. I doubt Cersei or Olenna will have forgotten their murdered children. With that in mind, here are seven revenge moments we want to see from Season 7.
#1 Frey Slaughter
Okay, so three down, how many more to go? Arya saw to arch-villain Walder Senior’s death at the end of Season 6, along with two of his sons, but it’s not enough. The Frey’s are utterly deplorable and the Red Wedding needs a proper reckoning. I’m talking full-on crushed stones and salted earth. Each and every Frey needs to be put to the slaughter. This will also destabilize the Lannister’s influence in the Riverlands, which will no doubt hinder them in the war to come.
Cleganebowl is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of Game of Thrones and we still don’t know whether it will actually happen. For those not in the know, Cleganebowl is the name given for the brotherly combat between The Hound and The Mountain (Sandor Clegane vs Gregor Clegane). I’m sure Ser Gregor is on more people’s list than Arya and The Hound, so Cleganebowl is by no means a certainty. However, if it does happen, then I’m hoping The Hound gets some revenge for the facial sizzling he received as a child.
#3 Queen of Thorns vs Mad Queen Cersei
The other battle of the Queens. Everyone is so focused on Danny vs Cersei, they’ve forgotten all about Olenna Tyrell, a.k.a. ‘The Queen of Thorns’. Both Cersei and Olenna have murdered a child of the other, though Cersei isn’t aware of that fact. Olenna, however, owes Cersei quite a few hits now, after Cersei murdered her grandchildren and her son in one fell swoop. I’m looking forward to seeing the revenge she is planning. Hopefully it includes some sharp words, something along the lines of ‘I murdered your precious little Joffrey, bitch!’
#4 Mad Queen Cersei vs Ellaria Sand & the Sand Snakes
Whatever you think about Cersei, you have to give her some sympathy. She has lost all her children. The Tyrells murdered one, the Sand Snakes another, and Tommen, well he technically killed himself, though Cersei’s murder of his wife could be seen as the catalyst. After the wildfire explosion at the end of Season 6, it’s fair to say Cersei crossed a pretty big line. Now that’s she crossed it, however, you can bet she has some mighty revenge planned for Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes who murdered Myrcella.
#5 Danny vs ALL LANNISTERS
Over the past six seasons, Danny has on occasion darkly delved into the realms of ruthlessness. She has been warned by Tyrion and Barristan Selmy about her father’s madness and penchant for bloodshed, yet who’s to say whether she will heed their warnings. Now that all she ever wanted lies before her, will Danny lose herself to power and replace one Mad Queen with another? Whatever happens, one thing’s for certain: she will want to take revenge on those who murdered her family. As for that revenge, it’ll most probably involve fire!
#6 Arya taking more names
Two big names still remain on Arya’s list: The Mountain and Cersei Lannister. I’d love for Arya to get both, though we can’t be greedy. If Cleganebowl does happen, then there’s a chance The Hound might take a name from Arya. This is Game of Thrones, however. I hate to say it, but I think Cleganebowl will be like Trial by Combat 2.0. The Hound will die and Arya will avenge him. You heard it here first! As for Cersei, her death is more uncertain. We need a human villain, or Game of Thrones will essentially become Avengers Assemble with a clutch of our favorite heroes fighting together against the White Walkers. So, I think Cersei might be on Arya’s list a little while longer.
#7 Yara and Theon vs Uncle Euron
I’ve put Theon in the subtitle because he’ll technically be a part of Yara’s bid for revenge. How big a part is yet to be seen, as he’s half Theon, half Reek at the moment. So not one to be relied upon. Revenge works both ways, however. Remember, Yara and Theon did steal most of Euron’s fleet; a move I doubt he’ll have forgotten. Again, as with Cersei, the outcome here will likely be unexpected. Yara’s promise to Danny to change the Iron Islander’s way of life and stop the raiding will, I’m certain, be her undoing. Never betray your followers: a crucial lesson Rob Stark’s marriage taught us.
There you have it. Winter is coming and so is revenge, and the dead, and the White Walkers, and the end! Till next time.