Warning: This post will contain HUGE spoilers for those of you not caught up on Game of Thrones yet.
If there was one thing that the stellar season six finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones made abundantly clear, it was that the series had very much begun to enter into its final act. With Daenarys on her way to King’s Landing (finally), Cersei sitting on the Iron Throne, Jon and Sansa now controlling Winterfell and the North again, and Bran’s discovery of Jon’s true parentage, the final pieces for the characters and story had very much been put into place.
There are still two more seasons to go, which seems like plenty of enough time for the series to not only kill off a buttload of more beloved characters, but also resolve the political strains in Westeros and let the final battle between the White Walkers and the living finally begin.
While speaking with THR as well, the finally Emmy-nominated Kit Harington shared his thoughts and predictions on the future of the series moving forwards, and while he hasn’t read any of the season seven scripts yet, the actor makes it very clear that he does not see there being a hopeful future in store for the show’s characters:
“It’s important to stress at this point that I haven’t had any scripts, so this is all guess work for me. I think it’s going to get very bleak before if there is a happy ending. If there’s any sort of win or heroic moment for Jon and everyone else. I think it’s going to get very dark before it gets better. I think what we might see this season is those White Walkers and that Army of the Dead really come into force. So that’s going to be exciting to see. I don’t know what it means. I think with the whole “winter is finally here” business, it means everyone is going to have a really bad time.”
Saying that the future final two seasons of Game of Thrones are going to be bleak isn’t really that big of a stretch for a series that has made a name for itself because of its nihilistic themes and hopeless character resolutions and deaths. Considering the tensions built up between Jon and Sansa at the end of the sixth season though, I can only imagine what Jon’s future is going to be like if Harington’s prediction ends up coming true.
The season six finale made it very clear that Jon’s going to play an important role in the rest of the series, that’s for sure, but there’s also no telling how much more trouble or misery Sansa could cause him, if she’s led astray again by Littlefinger.
Game of Thrones is going to return for its seventh and final season in the summer of 2017.
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