'Game of Thrones': Seven Theories for Season 7

Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones
Cersei Lannister now rules the Iron Throne on "Game of Thrones," but how long will her reign last? HBO

Updated |Game of Thrones season six has just ended but already fans are counting down the months and days until April 2017, when season seven airs.

Sunday's finale, "The Winds of Winter," cast a strong breeze over the political chessboard that is Westeros, moving some key pieces forward in the quest for the Iron Throne: Daenerys Targaryen, for example, finally set sail for what she believes is her rightful kingdom, while Cersei Lannister delivered the ultimate checkmate in her rivalry with the High Sparrow (RIP).

Ten months is a long time to wait until Thrones returns to our lives but already, based on some of the teases in the finale, viewers have an idea of where the show is going as we head into what will likely be its final two seasons.

Here, Newsweek presents the seven things we expect to see in season seven.

1. Cersei versus Daenerys

These two queens are on a collision course, surely? Cersei usurped the Iron Throne at the end of season six (after inadvertently causing her son King Tommen to commit suicide by blowing up his wife). Dany, meanwhile, has set sail—with her Unsullied, the Ironborn and, of course, her dragons by her side—for Westeros to claim the crown for herself.

It's crazy to think that in six years there are so many characters that have never shared a scene; needless to say, we are ridiculously excited for Dany and Cersei's eventual showdown.

2. Jon Snow discovers his parentage

Oh, how the tables have turned. For a whole year we waited to find out whether Jon Snow is alive and now the viewers know something Jon doesn't: who his parents are. That popular R+L=J theory was proved true in the season six finale: Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark and presumably Rhaegar Targaryen, making him a potential heir to the Iron Throne, too.

Given how quickly Jon's death and resurrection was resolved in the opening three episodes of season six, we don't expect it'll take long for this secret to come out—especially if rumors are true that there are only to be 13 more episodes produced.

Perhaps more intriguing is a Reddit fan theory about what Jon's real name could be. Let's be real: if he is a Targaryen, his name is a little bland when lined up next to Aerys, Rhaegar and Daenerys. Redditor sparkledavisjr rewatched the season six finale and believes Lyanna is telling her brother Ned his name is Jaehaerys in the Tower of Joy flashback. Now that would be regal. (It is also the name of the Mad King Aerys' father, who in turn is Rhaegar and Daenerys' grandfather.)

3. Jaime and Cersei will implode

That look between Jaime and his sister/lover as she ascended to the Iron Throne in the season six finale was prescient of things to come.

Even for a man who is deeply in love with his sister, the contempt on his face at her actions is palpable (possibly because of Tommen's death more than anything). Jaime, of course, was the man who killed the Mad King Aerys II… now fans have theorized he may kill Cersei, who is already being dubbed the Mad Queen, next.

This theory is supported, to an extent, by the appearance of fortune teller Maggy the Frog who appeared in a flashback scene in the season five premiere, telling a young Cersei she would see all her children die—and, as of the season six finale… yep, all dead.

In George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, meanwhile, Maggy has another prophecy: Cersei will be killed by a valonqar, which is High Valyrian for "little brother." Although twins, Cersei is a few minutes older than Jaime.

4. Will Dany marry?

Leaving the brooding, hunky Daario Naharis in Meereen, Daenerys said she may have to use her hand in marriage as a bargaining chip once she lands in Westeros. Could Thrones be foreshadowing another wedding for the Khaleesi in season seven?

Arriving in Westeros, which she fled after her father the Mad King was overthrown years earlier, could be dangerous for Dany. Marriage to someone with strong roots would only help her cause, but who could it be? Say, a certain Jon Snow, maybe? Yes, if he is indeed her brother Rhaegar's son then that would make them aunt and nephew, and therefore be pretty gross—but then Thrones has had even closer relations sleep together (like Cersei and Jaime). And incest runs in the Targaryen bloodline, too: Dany's parents were brother and sister.

5. What about Jon and Sansa?

There were teases of discord between presumed half-siblings Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in season six. They were seemingly back on the same page by the finale when they hugged it out. But there could still be tension to come.

This last season has seen Sansa change, and perhaps not for the better. She's darker, as her sadistic husband Ramsay Bolton pointed out before she had him killed: "I'm part of you now," he said ominously. After all she's seen and been through in the last six seasons, Sansa has perhaps picked up a few tricks from Ramsay on how to look out for herself.

As Jon pointed out in the final episode, without Sansa calling on Littlefinger and his Knights of the Vale, they would have lost the Battle of the Bastards. Yet it is Jon that has been made King in the North and rules Winterfell, and not her.

As Sansa actor Sophie Turner recently told Variety: "She tirelessly has worked so hard to get Winterfell back and constantly been battling with these men, trying to prove herself as a real contender and a real player, and she kind of feels like she deserves the recognition for it, but she's not satisfied now. I think she's got a lot more things on her checklist to do before she's completely satisfied."

6. Arya goes home

Arya Stark's trip back to Westeros, after fleeing Braavos, took a brief detour in the season finale as she paid a visit to the Riverlands to kill Walder Frey. But now that name is crossed off her list, she can continue making her journey home.

It can't be long before she hears about the Starks reclaiming Winterfell… which means it likely won't be too long before she's back sharing scenes with Jon and Sansa.

7. Euron Greyjoy strikes back

Theon and Yara Greyjoy fled the Iron Islands, taking new Salt Throne ruler Euron's ships with him. He had, as you'll recall, planned to woo Daenerys, marry her and use her dragons to take Westeros for himself. Now Theon and Yara have united with Daenerys, Euron will surely be out for revenge—and could declare war on the Khaleesi in the process.

With Ramsay's death in season six, we are short a psychopathic killer, a role Euron undoubtedly fills with gusto.

With Dany, Theon and Yara now sailing at sea, let's not forget that navigating waters is second nature to Euron and the other Iron Born.

This article has been updated as Cersei is older than Jaime, not younger.