Isaac Hempstead Wright teases a possible Stark reunion in Season 7 as “bittersweet”

Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kit Harington and Maisie Williams. Photo: EW

Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kit Harington and Maisie Williams. Photo: EW

We don’t have to wait for season seven anymore but there’s still a lot of waiting to be done in season seven. Case in point: when, if ever, are we going to see our precious little Starks reunited? Bran may be on the way to Winterfell, but Arya is going in the opposite direction right now. Robb and Rickon are quite busy, too, being dead. So what is the likelihood of our fantasy scenario taking place? In a new interview, Isaac Hempstead Wright teases the possibility… but warns it may not be the happy reunion of our dreams.

The new three-eyed raven wasn’t as talkative to TV Guide as he was to Edd in the season premiere, but he still gave his thoughts on what a possible reunion would look like:

“I think if they were ever to reunite at some point, I think it would be bittersweet. They’ve been away for so long and they’re all very different people. Bran’s like a tree wizard, Arya’s an assassin, Sansa’s like very politically conniving now,” Isaac recapped. “I don’t know if any of them would really connect in the way that they used to.”

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He isn’t wrong, but it’s still a sad notion. Seeing Sansa and Jon together in season six was heartwarming, but their very different experiences have molded them into starkly (ha!) different people, so now they clash about the way things should be done. How would Jon react to her sweet little sister Arya having turned into an assassin? How would any of them deal with Bran’s detachment from individual human concerns? Would Arya and Sansa find common-ground as adults or would their experiences amplify their rivalry?

No matter the conflict that may result, I still want to see the surviving Starks all together again, and I know I’m not alone. Isaac Hempstead Wright happens to agree:

“I don’t know, I’d be interested to see it one day.”

I’m sure you would, Isaac. Why, I’m sure you haven’t filmed anything of the sort already!

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    1. This is what I’m most looking forward to; the Jon – Sansa reunion was great, the Jon – Rickon, heartbreaking.

      Bran, Sansa, Jon, Arya etc. I don’t think we will see all 4 together at once, would be too much of a gift for the fans. But I’ll take whatever we get. I wonder if there will be any tension between Arya and her siblings, namely Sansa.

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    2. Even when very changed people meet up again, after a long time apart, they have a very emotional reaction. It’s right after that they show their new cards. So, unless D&D, the director, and the actors are all emotional morons, they’ll understand that and deliver on what fans expect from any reunion.

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    3. Bran: “I’m the Three-Eyed Raven who can see the future and control animals”
      Arya: “I’m a Faceless Man who can take on personalities and assassinate whomever I want”
      Jon: “I’m the King in the North”
      Sansa: …

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    4. GeekFurious:
      Even when very changed people meet up again, after a long time apart, they have a very emotional reaction. It’s right after that they show their new cards. So, unless D&D, the director, and the actors are all emotional morons, they’ll understand that and deliver on what fans expect from any reunion.

      Of course. Any reunion will be so sweet, like with Sansa and Jon. It’s just that, after that initial period, things may not be as easy.

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    5. I think a reunion between Sansa and Bran is the most likely. However, Bran and Jon seem to have more similar attitudes about saving humanity from the WW. Sansa and Arya are seemingly vengeance-focused.

      OMG, wouldn’t it be great is the Stark sisters teamed up?! Arya would be the executioner and Sansa the mastermind player, tho Arya is very individualistic (she is also very family-focused) and might not do everything Sansa asks. But they would be a formidable team.

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    6. Okay so I really want them all to reunite.

      But I really want Bran and Jon to reunite, because I want Bran to tell Jon about his mother. I would be so angry if Jon doesn’t find out. lol

      I am worried though because Jon and Bran have missed each other twice already, and feel like they would do that again to me…

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    7. Chuck,

      Arya’s beef with Sansa was that she was such a stereotypical girl (a proper lady, with a head filled with chivalric romance), and she wanted Arya to be like her. Sansa is a different person, and I think she would really appreciate Arya’s new capabilities and show her the respect that she did not when they were children.

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    8. Dee Stark,

      I agree they will likely miss each other. Which is why a reunion between Sansa and Bran makes the most sense–Jon will go all over the map, but I suspect Sansa will stay in Winterfell. My only worry is that ambitious Sansa may not be altogether thrilled with the return of her younger brother–with a better claim than she or Jon. But I do think she has more humanity than that. I could be wrong.

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    9. Demon Monkey:
      Dee Stark,

      Sansa: I know our enemies, their weaknesses and strengths and I can help our family navigate this war.

      Or at least stop alienating their allies, both present and potential ones.

      I suspect Bran and Jon might miss each other by a heartbeat this season, so revealing Jon’s parentage is left for the next one.

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    10. “I don’t know if any of them would really connect in the way that they used to.”

      But this gives the potential to connect in new ways altogether! I’m especially looking forward to Sansa and Arya appreciating each other more.

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    11. The one reunion I can’t wait to see is between Arya and Jon, they had the strongest relationship between all the siblings.I really hope it happens, but its Game of Thrones and the things you hope to see normally don’t happen so..

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    12. Yaga,

      I am also very excited for this potential reunion. I’m doubtful it will ever happen (because I want it?), but I would love to see how Arya perceives Sansa now. I feel like she would approve of some of the changes, but not all.

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    13. Stoneheart,

      I feel like Jon would be shocked and appalled at some of her attitudes. And perhaps by her propensity for violence. It would be very interesting indeed.

      I feel like Jon traveling (I’m assuming that is what will happen) will keep him from meeting Bran, but maybe he will bump into Arya. Again, doubtful. Unless it is set up with tragic circumstances… How do you think they might meet? I’m interested to hear theories.

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    14. Demon Monkey,

      I don’t know if you’ve read the books, if not what I’m gonna say isn’t a spoiler, In the books Arya always thought that Jon would accept her and would still love her despite what she’s done. so I assume she’s still going to be his little sister, if they meet. also this is the only thing I’ve given a lot of thought about how it’s going to go down, I guess it would happen is S8, maybe in middle of a war or Jon meets Arya when she’s wearing someone else’s face.

      But however they meet I always thought something big would happen involving these too, maybe one of them will sacrifice themselves for the other one, or that it’s Jon who stops Arya from her murderous quest. but after watching last season and seeing that the show isn’t emphasizing on their relationship, I’m beginning to doubt that, because D&D won’t change the endgame, but we’ll see if this season there’s gonna be any mention of how special Arya was for jon, if not I’m gonna toss my theory out of the window 😀

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    15. Stoneheart,

      I have read the books, though with the passing years my memory has become fuzzy. I think Jon would still accept and love her, but I think he couldn’t look at her in the same paternalistic fashion because she is a cunning warrior now.

      I love this idea of how they might meet! I wouldn’t count it out yet. Still 6 episodes to go this season.

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    16. I’m really looking forward to the Jon-Arya reunion because they were always so close and the most alike of all the Stark children.

      Sansa-Arya will also be really fun because I feel like their relationship dynamic will change so much now. They’re no longer little girls who bicker and fight with each other over unimportant issues. They are now grown women (or young adults) and have experienced a lot of hardships since they were separated and their family was massacred. They have both endured a lot over the years so it would be nice to see their relationship now as they are much more mature. I’m sure they’ll laugh at the way they used to be with each other. Much like how Sansa showed growth by apologizing to Jon for the way she treated them when they were kids.

      Pretty much any type of Stark reunion is always welcome!

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    17. So… what we should expect here is basically like grown siblings/families that aren’t super close coming together for a holiday like Christmas. It’s all fun and great reminiscing about old times, laughing about this memory and that… Then after a few days everyone is on each other’s nerves and just wants to go the f*#k home… 🙂

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    18. Jon would be worried about Bran because he is not even fully Bran anymore but they would get along like a house on fire at the moment.They have the Night King on their brain and they would be so useful to each other.I mean Bran would rock Jon’s world but that’s another can of worms.

      I don’t care what anybody says Jon and Arya would still absolutely get along.Yes Jon would be worried and taken a back with what Arya has gone through and become but they are fiercely loyal to each other.They would be so proud of each other and Arya is the only who wouldn’t give a fuck that Jon is not Ned’s son and still consider him her brother.

      Arya and Sansa would be happy to see each other and I don’t think there would be resentment but I doubt they will ever stop bickering lol.

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    19. I also don’t think it’ll be all four. I think Jon will leave – either to find more allies or to go to the Wall (Eastwatch) – and Bran will just miss him. I assume many of us want either Jon/Bran (because of R+L=J) or Jon/Arya (because they had the strongest relationship), so naturally we’re going to get Sansa/Bran (who were not shown having any relationship at all) and maybe later Arya/Sansa first. Rule of drama – start slow and build up.
      I hope they don’t keep them apart until season 8, but I would not put it past them.

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    20. People HAVE talked about an Arya & Nymeria reunion so confidently… it worries me that it is based on spoilers/leaks.

      That’s really $%^&*( annoying if that’s the case.

      OT but I would also like to add that I absolutely love Maisie’s/Arya’s look this year. She looks amazing.. so Ned like, and Maisie herself is so pulling it off amazingly.

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    21. OR….

      Bran: I totally am the reason the Wall is going to get breached or come down and I broke Hodor and maybe am the reason the Mad King heard voices.
      Arya: I totally have lost my soul. Everyone dies around me.
      Jon: I totally nearly got everyone killed at Hardhome and the Battle of the Bastards.
      Sansa: People kept giving me chances to escape and I didn’t do it. I could have left with the Hound.
      Arya: It’s not really all that.
      Sansa: Did you get raped by Ramsay while Theon watched? No, then shut up.
      Arya: Hey, did you get to see Tyrion naked? I’ve always wondered…
      Sansa: NO! GOD, YOU STILL SUCK!
      Theon: I….
      All: SHUT UP, THEON!

      Ghost of Robb: I boned a commoner, married her instead of the Frey girl, and beheaded a Karstark dude for no really good reason.
      Ghost of Catelyn: I told everyone to trust Littlefinger
      Ghost of Ned: I listened to her. And I gave Cersei an opening.
      Ghost of Rickon: SERPENTINE!

      Ghosts of Summer, Shaggydog, Grey Wind and Lady: You guys are morons
      Nymeria and Ghost: Why do you think we left?

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    22. Chilli mentioned on the unsullied thread that Bran has the capacity to reveal all Littlefinger’s devious deeds. I have a horrible feeling that Bran won’t be around for long if Baelish works this out so any Stark reunion may be short lived.

      I’m hoping that this isn’t true and we get to see Bran play a part in the war to come. I want to see him fly (dragons?) as foretold by the Three Eyed Raven back in season something or other.

      Hoping to see Jon and Arya reunite more than anything. I hope he’ll be able to deal with her revenge issues. The fact she still carries little Needle even though she’s now a super assassin shows her affection for Jon.

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    23. Dee Stark,

      Well, it’s based on previews. But the fact that the previews so blatantly show it make me suspicious.

      Of course, the secret will be out because they’ll have to show us Arya making Nymeria run away in the “Previously on…”

      This makes me think that it isn’t just the reunion that’s important. It’s that Nymeria has a wolf pack. Or that she has killed the Sheeran brigade. Or she keeps Arya from heading south.

      Or… she’s with a certain Lady StoneBra….

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    24. Dragoncrass,

      I’m laying odds Littlefinger doesn’t make it past Episode 4. And I don’t think it’ll be Bran.

      It’ll be the Hound showing up at Winterfell and telling everyone, followed by Sansa playing her “Hey, Vale Dudes, this is how Lady Lysa was killed and I’m her niece and the daughter of the man Jon Arryn raised so why dontcha follow me?” card.

      Littlefinger won’t last long. He’s just too small for the board now.

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    25. Dee Stark: I absolutely love Maisie’s/Arya’s look this year. She looks amazing.. so Ned like, and Maisie herself is so pulling it off amazingly.

      I’m anxious to see her in the outfit from the EW shoot. I wonder how long into the season that will be… could be not until the very end for all I know…

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    26. WorfWWorfington,

      Actually someone, I believe it was Dutch Maester but I could be wrong, posted a YouTube link to the “Previously On” segment for next episode (some channel already has it somehow), and it did not feature anything about Nymeria.

      I think the audience remembers well enough, and the reunion just has to happen. It makes no sense for the wolf to leave all those seasons ago just to never be seen again.

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    27. I feel like we have to see the four remaining Starks together at some point. Jon definitely needs to see Bran and Arya again.

      The Stark diaspora that happened at the beginning of the show happened for a reason. The final book was initially going to be titled “A Time for Wolves” for a reason. (I’m starting to sound like Beric now, going on about everything happening for a reason)

      It wouldn’t make narrative sense to me if the surviving Starks didn’t share the screen at least once before the series ends.

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    28. People like to devalue Sansa so much, lol…

      She lied and manipulated all the Lords of the Vale into believing Littlefinger’s lies, and then manipulated him into getting her home back for her. If it wasn’t for her, there would be no Winterfell for the other Starks to return to.

      If Bran ever reunites with his sisters, I’m excited and worried for the type of interactions they’ll get.
      I wonder if he’ll be able to relate and get along with them since his concerns are so much bigger than political squabbles or revenge. I can see him trying to relate to them but having awkward interactions instead.
      I’m nervous.

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    29. Vincent Stark,

      Her manipulation of the Lords of the Vale is the only politically manipulative thing she has done so far in the show. And it was over 3 years ago.

      She didn’t “manipulate” Littlefinger into taking her to Winterfell, that was his idea in Season 5. Then it was also his idea to come North with the Vale Knights to take the castle back. Her late acceptance of his offer isn’t manipulation, it’s late acceptance of an offer.

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    30. Markus Stark:

      Actually someone, I believe it was Dutch Maester but I could be wrong, posted a YouTube link to the “Previously On” segment for next episode (some channel already has it somehow), and it did not feature anything about Nymeria.

      I think the audience remembers well enough, and the reunion just has to happen. It makes no sense for the wolf to leave all those seasons ago just to never be seen again.

      The “Previously On” is separate from the preview for the next episode – it shows what is going to be shown in the next episode, not the story so far. There is a dire wolf shown in the preview, who is clearly not Ghost, but the preview shows Arya’s face directly after (though not in the same shot).

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    31. Demon Monkey:
      Dee Stark,

      I agree they will likely miss each other. Which is why a reunion between Sansa and Bran makes the most sense–Jon will go all over the map, but I suspect Sansa will stay in Winterfell. My only worry is that ambitious Sansa may not be altogether thrilled with the return of her younger brother–with a better claim than she or Jon. But I do think she has more humanity than that. I could be wrong.

      Hummm Sansa maybe thrilled to see Bran but Littlefinger? I’m guessing that how she responds may depend on how much influence he still has over Sansa.

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    32. Markus Stark,

      When Littlefinger told Cersei that Sansa had married into the Bolton family (obviously leaving out that it was Littlefinger’s idea) he convinced her to let him take Winterfell.

      So, he got Sansa to ask him to do what he’d already told Cersei he would do.

      Really, he couldn’t have played Sansa better if he fused a freaking keyboard to her butt.

      The one card she has is that she can change her story about how Lysa died. And since she is Lysa’s niece and since her father probably is still remembered fondly by people who knew Jon Arryn, she might be able to call on the loyalty of the Vale soldiers.

      And as soon as the Hound shows up and tells people how Ned Stark got betrayed, Jon and the rest of the northern lords won’t put up with Baelish anyway.

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    33. I’m 99% sure we’ll see Arya/Nymeria reunion next episode and if we see an Arya/Jon reunion this season that might be the very things that pull Arya back from being a straight up psycho. While it’s great she’s getting revenge on their enemies and seems to have prevented a few innocents from being killed in the process, I don’t want to see her end up having no soul.

      I wonder how Robb would react to his sisters now. Jon is still noble and very much like his ‘father’ in his judgements. But Robb who wouldn’t kill his enemy prisoners (and Ned who warned Cersei to save three children) might have a problem with his little sister murdering a room of Freys. Then again, if he had survived the Red Wedding he might have done the same. After all, Cat kill Frey’s ‘innocent’ wife after losing Robb. I guess it’s safe to say that the Stark women reacted differently to their enemies after all of their suffering than the men did. But then, you gotta wonder if that’s why the women would be more likely to survive.

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    34. Poor Isaac ! It must feel so weird to have to talk in the hypothetical of things he knows for certain. He is a trooper 😉

      So, people who have not seen one another during their most formative years may find it difficult to reconnect… I would not call it the surprise of the century but it is nice to have a confirmation ^^

      Juri,
      Very concisely and accurately put !

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    35. Demon Monkey:
      Dee Stark,

      Sansa: I know our enemies, their weaknesses and strengths and I can help our family navigate this war.

      “But I wont tell you about it until youre almost dead and then Ill save you.”

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    36. Anytime Jon asks Sansa what they should do, she says she doesnt know. Except when its in front of all the lords and she wasnt asked.

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    37. WorfWWorfington:
      Dragoncrass,

      I’m laying odds Littlefinger doesn’t make it past Episode 4. And I don’t think it’ll be Bran.

      It’ll be the Hound showing up at Winterfell and telling everyone, followed by Sansa playing her “Hey, Vale Dudes, this is how Lady Lysa was killed and I’m her niece and the daughter of the man Jon Arryn raised so why dontcha follow me?” card.

      Littlefinger won’t last long. He’s just too small for the board now.

      What? You lied to us and then kept his secrets this whole time! We are done with this, you are all messed up, you and King Jon keeps going on about an undead army coming… you are all crazy liars… let return to the Riverlands where we belong and protect our families and homes. lol

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    38. WorfWWorfington: When Littlefinger told Cersei that Sansa had married into the Bolton family (obviously leaving out that it was Littlefinger’s idea) he convinced her to let him take Winterfell.

      He convinced her to give him a royal decree proclaiming him Warden of the North if he declared the region (and the Vale) for House Lannister after the annihilation of House Stark via Sansa’s death.
      Instead, he did not declare for the Lions and did not wipe out the Starks even though he could (a few more minutes and Jon would have died; as for Sansa, he easily could have killed her in the camp).

      But yes, aside from those minute details, the situations are completely identical…

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    39. WorfWWorfington:
      OR….

      Bran: I totally am the reason the Wall is going to get breached or come down and I broke Hodor and maybe am the reason the Mad King heard voices.
      Arya: I totally have lost my soul. Everyone dies around me.
      Jon: I totally nearly got everyone killed at Hardhome and the Battle of the Bastards.
      Sansa: People kept giving me chances to escape and I didn’t do it. I could have left with the Hound.
      Arya: It’s not really all that.
      Sansa: Did you get raped by Ramsay while Theon watched? No, then shut up.
      Arya: Hey, did you get to see Tyrion naked? I’ve always wondered…
      Sansa: NO! GOD, YOU STILL SUCK!
      Theon:I….
      All: SHUT UP, THEON!

      Ghost of Robb: I boned a commoner, married her instead of the Frey girl, and beheaded a Karstark dude for no really good reason.
      Ghost of Catelyn: I told everyone to trust Littlefinger
      Ghost of Ned: I listened to her. And I gave Cersei an opening.
      Ghost of Rickon: SERPENTINE!

      Ghosts of Summer, Shaggydog, Grey Wind and Lady: You guys are morons
      Nymeria and Ghost: Why do you think we left?

      Pretty hilarious although it wasn’t John’s fault the white walkers showed up at hardhome and Rob didn’t actually marry a commoner. Just a foreigner. However they have all done dumbass s*** all series long and frankly deserve everything that has happened to them.

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    40. ACME,

      The point is that Sansa is not some brilliant mastermind. Littlefinger is the one who orchestrated the idea. Sansa repeatedly has made stupid decisions over the course of the series and just because she’s been around conniving back-stabbing leaders doesn’t mean she is one of them. Again she had an opportunity to give John valuable information before the battle of the bastards and she withheld it which almost resulted in his death and certainly did result in the deaths of hundreds or thousands of men who may have lived had they waited for the Knights of the vale to show up.

      But as has been stated by many all of the Starks have made stupid decisions repeatedly.

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    41. Kay,

      I know that, it’s obviously Nymeria in the preview. I know the difference between a recap and preview. I was talking about the “Previously On” segment because someone mentioned that Nymeria would likely feature in it.

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    42. viki,

      He threatened me and said he’d throw that twerpy kid out the door too if I tattled. And good luck in the Riverlands, since you’re from the Vale and all.

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    43. Anyone notice Arya is wearing the Valyrian steel dagger in the EW pic? It will be interesting to see how she acquires it!

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    44. ACME: So, people who have not seen one another during their most formative years may find it difficult to reconnect… I would not call it the surprise of the century but it is nice to have a confirmation ^^

      I fully agree!! After all the misfortunes they had to endure all by themselves, it’s impossible to think that the members of the once “perfect” family will reunite and successfully “reproduce” what they had before… Theirs will be a much more complicated relationship.

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    45. Ser Broccoli McBroccoliface,
      The point is that the way the Battle of the Bastards ended does not in any way, shape or form fit what Baelish described in season 5. Littlefinger obviously never planned for Sansa to escape Winterfell nor did he ever plan to have to deal with her resentment and rancor. If none of this matters or alters his plans in the slightest, why did he not take the North for himself when he could ? No one would have been able to stop him.

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    46. A Dornish Tyrell,
      Absolutely !

      The Starks’ “perfection” was mostly a by-product of their isolation, in my opinion; they lived in a bubble, protected from everything and everyone. The moment that bubble burst, the veneer of perfection crumbled.
      Now that they have experienced the “real” world, they are tainted and changed. The easy, innocent relationships they used to have can no longer exist. They still love one another on a visceral level but they do not really know one another anymore. They will have to figure out new, more realistic ways to coexist.

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    47. Derek:
      Anyone notice Arya is wearing the Valyrian steel dagger in the EW pic? It will be interesting to see how she acquires it!

      Yeah, we’d discussed that when the photos were released. It’s even more interesting that along with that we saw a prominent shot of a sketch of it in book Sam was reading in the premiere. Was that just a reminder to viewers about that dagger… The dialogue was interesting as well that “the Targaryens used dragonglass to decorate their weapons without even knowing what the First Men used it for.” That dagger is Valyrian steel with a dragon bone handle… which I would then assume is also decorated with dragonglass. If so, then not only is it even more extremely unique, it was quite probably also a dagger belonging to the Targaryen family.

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    48. Did anyone notice that Sansa’s hair this season is identical to Cersei’s hair from earlier seasons? They really seem to be pushing this Sansa/Cersei thing now.

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    49. Clob,

      This is what’s on the page with the dagger:

      “The Valyrians were familiar with dragonglass long before they came to Westeros. They called it [some Valyrian words] which translates to ‘frozen fire’ in Valyrian, and eastern texts tell of how their dragons would thaw the stone with dragonflame until it became molten and malleable. The Valyrians then used it to build their strange monuments and buildings without seams and joints of our modern crafters.

      When Aegon the Conqueror forged his Seven Kingdoms, he and his descendants would often decorate their blades with dragonglass, feeling a kinship with the stone. The royal fashion for dragonglass ornamentation soon spread throughout the Seven Kingdoms to those wealthy enough to afford it. Hilts and pommels were and are the most common decoration, for dragonglass is too brittle to make a useful crossguard. Indeed, its very brittleness is what relegates it to the great houses and the most successful merchants.”

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    50. The page to the left of it actually seems to be as important. Most of the words are off screen, but it definitely says something about dragonglass, cure, and ingestion.

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    51. So what about a reunion between tyrion and sansa? Not sure if he would knoe about her life with ramsey, hed assume they were still married. Would he be angry at her for leaving him to beaccused of joffreys death? Would she now have fondness for how he treated her?

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    52. Wait a minute …..

      Do Lord Royce and the Vale lords still think Sansa is Littlefinger’s niece?
      Now everyone’s at Winterfell, it must be obvious she’s a Stark.

      Or have I missed something?

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    53. Alikat:
      While it’s great she’s getting revenge on their enemies and seems to have prevented a few innocents from being killed in the process, I don’t want to see her end up having no soul. I wonder how Robb would react to his sisters now. Robb who wouldn’t kill his enemy prisoners (and Ned who warned Cersei to save three children) might have a problem with his little sister murdering a room of Freys. Then again, if he had survived the Red Wedding he might have done the same. After all, Cat killed Frey’s ‘innocent’ wife after losing Robb.

      The girl who warmed up immediately to an actress playing her greatest enemy, the girl who often says, “He’s my friend!”, the girl who couldn’t discard Needle despite orders…she’d never lose her soul. But she almost lost her identity. As for the killing:

      Robb (to Catelyn after learning of Ned’s execution): “I’ll kill them all.”
      Catelyn (to Robb after his plan to take Casterly Rock): “And then we’ll kill them all.”
      Arya (telling her family what she witnessed at the Red Wedding): “Later I killed them all.”
      But not the innocent wife or women, a hopeful sign. And sharing rabbit and blackberry wine with boy soldiers in Lannister armor, you could see her defensive shell begin to crack. Surely, once she hears about Jon, something (seeing Nymeria or an old acquaintance, etc) will happen and Winterfell will call her home. It won’t be paradise, it won’t be easy with that serpent Littlefinger in the Garden, but I hope by seasons end he’s gone and they’re all home.

      RE: Catspaw dagger. If it’s in a book (books were all hand-written, thus very very rare), has gold, ruby, dragon bone, and a Valyrian STeel blade, IMO it’s important, valuable, possibly historic, possibly even possessing magical powers. It’s also important to Starks, as it was intended to kill Bran, cut Catelyn instead, briefly was in Ned’s possession, and then was presumably appropriated by Littlefinger. EW implies it comes to Arya. I bet she’ll achieve something historic with it against the WW in Season 8. I had hoped she’d get Dark Sister, but I think Catspaw will do.

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    54. Grandmaester Flash:
      Wait a minute …..

      Do Lord Royce and the Vale lords still think Sansa is Littlefinger’s niece?
      Now everyone’s at Winterfell, it must be obvious she’s a Stark.

      Or have I missed something?

      Well technically he DID marry her aunt…

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    55. Arya: “I survived despite all odds and am a trained faceless ninja. I have to be wary of enemies.”
      Bran: “Tree God here! I know everything except self-control. Oops. I’m always shadowed by ice dudes.”
      Sansa: “I almost got thrown out a moon door and have LF to thank for saving me, ffs!”

      Jon:
      https://m.imgur.com/nHGLSNy

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    56. ACME,

      Littlefinger offered the Knights of the Vale to Sansa and that is ultimately what happened. She accepted his offer while withholding that information from Jon which almost proved catastrophic to him and everyone else. It wasn’t Sansa being a brilliant mastermind by any stretch of the imagination.

      Sansa has been around a lot of intelligent and scheming individuals and I believe she has learned from that experience but that is a far cry from her being good at it herself.

      If she wants to prove herself to everyone then she needs to get rid of Little Finger ASAP otherwise only bad things will happen.

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    57. WorfWWorfington,

      I don’t think the Brotherhood is heading to Winterfell, though. The Hound saw Eastwatch-by-the-Sea in the flames. Coincidentally, that’s where Tormund is headed. This should be an interesting grouping!

      Been absolutely loving your comments, btw!!!

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    58. Derek,

      Yes, many people noticed when EW first released a slew of promo pics a few weeks ago. 🙂

      The same dagger (which has a very unusual shape) was also seen in last week’s episode (blink and you’ll miss it!), on one of the pages of the book Sam was reading.

      Edit: I just saw Clob’s response to you, which is far better than mine.

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    59. captaincampbell42,

      Bran: “I’m the Three-Eyed Raven who can see the future and control animals”
      Arya: “I’m a Faceless Man who can take on personalities and assassinate whomever I want”
      Jon: “I’m the King in the North”

      Sansa Stark Baratheon Bolton…: “Bitches please – I’ve GoT Littlefinger” 😉

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    60. Dee Stark,

      From what I gather people are basing it off of what happens in the books and assuming the wolf they see in preview is of Nymeria. I don’t remember but do you stay away from those as well? It’s kind of nice to have those brief images to fuel speculation about the coming episode.

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    61. Vincent Stark,

      It’ll be interesting cause the last time they saw him he was just a little boy, matter of fact wasn’t he laying in a coma when they all took off? Now, he’s like 6ft tall and the all seeing eye of Westeros who acts dazed half the time. They probably wouldn’t even recognize him as their brother.

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    62. Mr Derp:
      Did anyone notice that Sansa’s hair this season is identical to Cersei’s hair from earlier seasons?They really seem to be pushing this Sansa/Cersei thing now.

      Yup. From the very beginning, she’s been portraied as a girl/woman, who actively choose a style for herself and also producing clothing for herself and others – often with a specific statement. But when doing so, she’s always copied the style of people she either admire or depend on. I.e.:

      * The fairytale princess she dreamed of being as a child was identical to her mother Catelyn’s style – and already then loving her needles (as commented by Arya, when she named her own Needle).
      * Beginning to wear her hair like a Southener in KL (as commented by someone I can’t remember – Margaery or Shae perhaps).
      * Wearing an outfit almost identical to LF’s (prior to her knowledge of LF’s deal with The Boltons).
      * The typical Stark outfits usually have a touch of brownish leather or fur, but “Sansei” is now all black and silver/grey, like a certain queen in KL – which, she in a way, now openly admires. (Just look at the picture at the top)…

      – It’s quite dsiturbing actually!

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    63. Dee Stark:
      People HAVE talked about an Arya & Nymeria reunion so confidently… it worries me that it is based on spoilers/leaks.

      That’s really $%^&*( annoying if that’s the case.

      OT but I would also like to add that I absolutely love Maisie’s/Arya’s look this year. She looks amazing.. so Ned like, and Maisie herself is so pulling it off amazingly.

      Me too, Dee!!! I think I have silly-looking squinty eyes when reading comments on WotW now.. Haha! The fine line between theories (based on the show) and real spoilers really seem to be even more blurred, as ever more join the world of GoT!

      Yesterday or the day before, somebody in another article/comment section, was openly writing about how the WW would tear down or pass The Wall, as if it’s a certain fact and based on leaks… Come to think of it, I think you actually commented on the issue of the lacking spoiler cover 🙂

      I know it’s sometimes a little confusing where the line is, and I think absolutely most are super respectful at WotW and good at covering spoilers…BUT, I really wish EVERYONE would use the rule of thumb: “If in doubt – cover it”.

      Now it’s the news/rumours about Nymeria and also Olenna, which seems like it was fueled by the “Next on…” after each episode, so no spoiler one should think… Well except the “Next on…” isn’t shown in all countries, so this is actually a spoiler to many unsullied fans, since this is an international blog…

      “If in doubt – cover it”…Please 🙂

      And YES, Maisie’s “Young Ned-look” is soooo awesome now!! 🙂 Also that look when she walked out of The Twins wearing Walder Frey’s coat….spine chills!! 😉 Can’t wait to see what’s up with her wearing Tyrion’s Valerian Steel dagger in the released pictures.

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    64. Ser Broccoli McBroccoliface,
      I am not defending the notion that Sansa is a mastermind, whatever that may mean.

      I am merely pointing out that Littlefinger’s plan was not for the Knights of the Vale to be used by the Starks for their own purpose; it was for the Falcons to wipe the region clean so he would claim it. He could have achieved just that had he waited an extra 10 minutes for the Stark troops, Jon included, to be entirely annihilated; then all he would have had to do is unleash the Vale on the remaining Bolton forces, decimate them and declare himself Warden of the North, with King Tommen’s compliment in the form of the royal decree.
      No one could have stopped him, yet he did not do it…

      As for Sansa killing Littlefinger, I truly do not wish to be cynical here but is there still any genuine suspense over this ? This is where this storyline has been going almost since its beginning, no matter how devastating it will be for my poor piece of charcoal of a soul to see the bastard go.
      Why kill Littlefinger ASAP when you can use him first ? The North needs cash and the man has more money than most regions combined (the army of the dead may not require to buy food or equipmentbut the Northern troops do); the North is isolated and Baelish has a legion of spies everywhere in the other six kingdoms; the Northern army lost many of its men in the recent conflicts and Littlefinger holds the well-rested and potent Knights of the Vale (if he convinces Sweetrobyn to abandon the North to its fate, all of Lord Royce’s recriminations will mean nada); etc.

      Is Littlefinger untrustworthy ? You bet he is; he does not even pretend not to be. But I am afraid it is irrelevant. The Starks’ borderline pathological obsession for trust is emotionally rewarding but it is also politically imbecilic. They do not need to trust (or love or respect) the people they work with; they just need to check. Double-check, triple-check. With enough due diligence, they should be able to work with and benefit from all potential partners, including people they despise, instead of perpetually following their temper and smashing what upsets them.

      (Little)Fingers crossed ^^

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    65. I think by the time Bran gets there, there will be no more war between human factions. The signature scheming becomes pretty pointless when Bran can literally sit in on anyone’s war councils or even their private bedrooms. He’s now Varys to the infinity power, Kinvara but can see whatever he wants to see and not just what the lord wants him to see. It becomes totally impossible to betray Jon because Bran would know you’re going to do it before you do it. I don’t see how the plot could ever work that way. The only enemy that is still a plausible enemy is the Army of the Dead at that point.

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    66. ACME,

      The only logical explanation why Littlefinger didn’t wait a bit longer before unleashing the Vale is because he doesn’t just want to take the North, he wants to keep it too. The effects of a power vacuum were right in front of him – a full blown civil war. So he needed Sansa on his side to make a good claim and move to other targets, instead of having to pacify the northern houses again and again.
      Northerners standing as one by Jon was a setback for LF. More Starks arriving every other day will also be unpleasant, especially when one of them has a better claim than Sansa ( although I can see Bran refusing to have anything to do with lordship ). But it also will create a kind of chaotic situation, and we know who really likes chaos. So LF should actually thrive in the next episodes, instead we’re all waiting for his ultimate demise.
      Another explanation is: because it is written so in the script. Since the last season both LF and Sansa are simply competing to determine who’s dumber and who’s even more dumb. More noticeable for him, as he’s the one who’s always been the clever schemer, having a few steps ahead planned plus a plan B, C, E… Why the drastic and illogical change> Because it is so written…

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    67. I’ve not read all the comments yet but according to the Stormborn preview it seems Jon is leaving Winterfell, anyone else think him and Bran will just miss each other or will Bran still be at the wall this episode?

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