1. Despite her fleet, Dany won’t head straight for King’s Landing.
As the credits rolled on Season 6, Dany’s newfound coalition of Tyrells, Martells, Greyjoys, Dothraki, Unsullied, and dragons looked pretty much unbeatable. And considering Cersei has about as many friends as Varys has testicles, the crown surely wouldn’t be able to mount much of a defence as things stand.
The most likely starting point is her family’s ancestral home of Dragonstone – an island not too far from the capital – which was Stannis’s home until he went north. It would make the perfect base for an invasion – when Aegon the Conqueror first took Westeros three centuries earlier this is how it went down.
2. Before burning everyone with dragon fire, she’ll have a go at diplomacy.
A lot of her invasion is likely to be reminiscent of Aegon I’s, when he – along with his two sisters – flew their dragons to every corner of Westeros to ask for support. Those who bent the knee were left alone, those who did not…well, you can probably imagine. But their swords now make up the Iron Throne.
With the Freys and Tullys now gone, the Riverlands are up for grabs, and there’s been no one of note in the Baratheon home of Storm’s End for years – so if Dany gets the support of the North and the Vale, it’ll only be the Lannisters she needs to beat. So…
3. We’ll see Dany fly north to meet her nephew.
If you cast your mind back to the first two episodes of Season 1, you’ll remember there was definite mutual respect between Jon and Tyrion (who was also always very kind to Sansa when they were married), so it’s a safe bet that the new King in the North would at least listen to what Dany had to say.
Also they will inevitably flirt, which will be kind of gross and excellent in equal measures.
4. Littlefinger will be a massive douche.
“Jon will, at some point, look a bit sulky”, but after “The Winds of Winter” it looks like Lord Baelish may soon reach a whole new level of dick-like behaviour.
In an uncharacteristic moment of weakness, he finally admitted to Sansa that he wanted the Iron Throne for himself, and he seems intent on driving a wedge between the siblings in an effort to get it.
However, Sansa (along with Tyrion) is one of the most savvy people in Westeros after everything she’s been through, so it’s unlikely that she’d ever let herself fully trust pervy uncle Petyr – particularly over her own brother.
5. Melisandre will reunite with the Brotherhood
After finding out that she’d dabbled in a little recreational infanticide, Jon banished Mel from Winterfell – telling her to ride south. With storylines converging, there are now only a small handful of places she can go. The first place she’ll get to after leaving the North is the Riverlands, which is where we know her fellow red priest, Thoros of Myr, is hanging out with the Brotherhood.
When Thoros was trying to convince the Hound to join them in Episode 7, he explained that he has this power for a reason, and that the Lord of Light isn’t done with the Hound just yet. This all sounds very Melisandre, so you could certainly imagine them joining forces to achieve a common goal.
6. And if that happens, there’ll be another long-awaited reunion to look forward to: Arya and the Hound.
First she wanted him dead for killing Mycah, the butcher’s boy. Then after the Red Wedding he became a slightly unconventional (OK, very unconventional) father figure – teaching her to fight, survive, and cook a damn good chicken. Probably.
That said, in the end she left him to die slowly and painfully on the side of a cliff. So what happens if and when the two old frenemies do reunite is anyone’s guess. A warm embrace might be a little too much to hope for.