You know that Game of Thrones season 7 has reached rarified air when it is not just entertainment publications like your humble Den of Geek here who are obsessing over the cultural phenomenon. Indeed, the series has earned the relatively unprecedented feat of getting a Time Magazine cover story complete with some gorgeous images of the cast in a Renaissance-meets-Warhol dinner party. But the actual cover article itself may inadvertently drop a few telltale spoilers too.
While the article intentionally leaves vague what Time saw during their set visit in Belfast, three lines specificially hint at things fans have likely always wanted to see. So while these aren’t full confirmations, be warned that below are likely major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 7. So if you don’t want to know stop reading after the image of Drogon being adorable.
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The first is news that we may finally see Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) reunited with her direwolf, Nymeria. If you don’t religiously rewatch the series, Nymeria was the direwolf pup that Arya raised and was then forced to White Fang once it gave the sniveling Prince Joffrey a right, good biting. After Arya forced the she-wolf to run into the wild, we never saw Nymeria again. However, in George R.R. Martin’s novels multiple Stark children have had dreams of a female direwolf acting as alpha over a pack of regular grey wolves, hunting in the woods.
In Time, Daniel D’Addario writes, “During my visit, wolves described in the script as ‘skinny and mangy’ showed up to the shoot looking fluffy and lustrous.” Wolves during a battle scene? More than one? As viewers are sadly all too aware, the only accounted for direwolf remaining is Jon Snow’s Ghost (who BETTER make it to the end of the series!). But Nymeria and a pack of “mangy wolves?” That is something fans have long wanted to see.
Also D’Addario acknowledges how he witnessed Emilia Clarke filming a battle scene during which she rides a dragon. At this point that is old hat, but showrunner D.B. Weiss added this helpful chestnut: “It probably feels a bit less amazing to Emilia, who sits on it for eight hours a day, six weeks in a row, getting blasted with water and fake snow and whatever else they decide to chuck at her through the fans.”
We’ve never seen Daenerys Targaryen fly a dragon in snow, not least of all because she’s never been in a climate where it could snow. While hearing that Daenerys might fly in snow during season 7’s winter isn’t necessarily confirming too much, Time also added, “In order to get on set, I agreed not to divulge the players or what’s at stake. (Thrones has been promising this clash all along, and when the time comes, the Internet will melt.)”
While that is not technically a spoiler, Thrones fans have long dreamed of seeing Daenerys’ three dragons do battle with White Walkers and an icy army of the dead. Its implicit in the book saga’s title of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Hence… this might just be the closest we get to a confirmation of Nymeria’s return and dragon-on-ice-zombie action until Game of Thrones season 7 returns on July 16. Praise be to old gods and the new.