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It's only July and the Game of Thrones hangover has barely subsided. Oh... spoilers n' shit.
I don't miss spending the entirety of my Monday desperately trying to avoid spoilers but I do miss settling in at 9pm, geeking out about what's going to happen in Westeros that week and subsequently not being able to sleep because of what had just happened in Westeros that week.
Now season six is all over, and it's been a few weeks now, it's probably about time we started to find something else to obsess about.
I've seen some stuff about (and had to fucking write about) some multi-millionaires airing their dirty laundry all over the Internet for the sake of some headlines. Classy stuff.
I've also seen plenty about Melania Trump's speech being a carbon copy of Michelle Obama's from way back when. Plenty of funny memes about that, to be fair. Fully enjoyed them.
But what has grabbed my attention most is everyone's guilty pleasure from the mid-00s My Chemical Romance teasing everybody with a possible WORLD FUCKING TOUR. I mean, it's probably something way less good, but the emo in us can dream.
I thought MCR was going to take over my summer as I patiently awaited their big announcement in September. But it wasn't to be. Because Game of Thrones has done it again.
When their PR machine gets into gear, it really is a juggernaut. Last year they had Kit Harington denying time and time and time again that Jon Snow was dead. Then within two episodes of the latest series, he had to apologise for lying to us all for 12 months.
This year it seems they've got Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner to keep the Game of Thrones hype-cogs turning. Aside from Khaleesi finally crossing the Narrow Sea, it was the series ending for Arya and Sansa Stark that got most people talking.
Arya's back in Westeros and crossing names off that list of hers, starting by feeding Walder Frey his own sons, slitting his throat and finally avenging her brother Robb, murdered by the Freys at the Red Wedding way back when.
Then there's Sansa who has reclaimed Winterfell for the Starks, with the help of her brother (well, who she thinks is her brother, actually her cousin) Jon Snow. But that look she gave Petyr Baelish when everyone was chanting 'King in the North' suggests things aren't about to get easier for Sansa... or Jon. Littlefinger is really a Littlewanker, let's be honest.
Anyway, in order to keep that hype machine moving, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya, took to Instagram to remind everybody that the Stark sisters just fucked up some pretty powerful and nasty people. Who'd have guessed that was going to happen back in season one?
My money is on a Stark family reunion of sorts for season seven. And then with Jon being a Targaryen who can likely control dragons, Sansa who can marry whoever she likes for as much power she likes and Arya with the skills of the Faceless Men, the Starks could very well be fucking shit up in Westeros in no time.
Should be good. How long left have we got to wait?
Words by George Pavlou
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