This article is all about the final episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones. So, if you're not up to date with the HBO show (and c’mon now, how can this be?) then stop right here: the night is dark and full of spoilers. You've been warned…
The finale for the seventh season of Game of Thrones was so momentous that people can’t stop talking about it, even now. From zombie dragons, to incest, to the confirmation of that R+L=J theory, to the death of that major character, there was a lot to take in – and it’s since been confirmed that the show won’t return to our televisions until late 2018, or possibly even 2019.
Winter is coming, we suppose. It’s just taking far longer than we thought. So, in a bid to cheer us up, HBO bosses have tossed us a metaphorical bone – and it comes in the form of Jon Snow’s letter to Sansa Stark.
In the episode, we saw Sansa (Sophie Turner) holding a letter from her half-brother/cousin, Jon (Kit Harringon), and she seemed positively furious at the contents.
As Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gently and skilfully attempted to find out more, Sansa refused to read aloud from the note. Instead, she delivered a succinct summary: Jon had bent the knee to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). Y’know, without consulting the Lady of Winterfell – aka Sansa – first.
Cue Littlefinger suggesting that Jon has designs on marrying the dragon queen and gifting her the Northern Realms as part of her dowry.
“He was named King in the North,” added Lord Baelish. “He can be unnamed.”
At the time, Sansa seemed on board with this idea, although it later transpired that she was playing a clever game: later in the episode, she and her sister, Arya (Maisie Williams) exposed Littlefinger’s many plots and had him executed in front of the court at Winterfell.
So did this mean that the contents of Jon’s letter weren’t quite as simple as Sansa made out?
Well, you can read it for yourself:
The letter reads:
Cersei Lannister has pledged her forces to our cause, as has Daenerys Targaryen. And if we survive this war, I have pledged our forces to Daenerys at the rightful Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. We are both coming to organise the defence of the realm.
Jon Snow, Warden of the North.
We guess it might have been a case of TMI if he’d written home about the fact he fancies his Auntie Targaryen, eh?
Whether she’s working with Arya or not, we still can’t help but wonder if Jon’s letter will cause some issues between him and Sansa. After all, he did bend the knee to Daenerys without seeking advice – and we imagine this issue will be compounded further when he arrives at Winterfell with the Dragon Queen on his arm.
Similarly, the letter reveals that Jon genuinely did believe Cersei (Lena Headey) when she promised to send her forces north and assist in the fight against the White Walkers. He’s far too honourable for his own good, bless him.
Fingers crossed Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) makes it to Winterfell in time to warn Jon and co that Cersei is plotting against them, eh?