Game of Thrones knows that the wait for the next season will be long, and in an attempt to appease fans who were left high and dry after this year’s shortened season, the show’s Twitter has been dropping little hints to tide fans over. On Wednesday, they released a deleted scene that better explained how Bran helped the Stark sisters conspire against Littlefinger, and also recently released the letter Jon sent Sansa during the season 7 finale.
If, like me, you can’t read that tiny, awful font, here’s what the letter says:
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."
These are the events that we watched in the finale, so they are no big surprise to us. However, a big thematic thread of season 7 was the tension between Jon Snow and Sansa: she feels like she ought to have a say in how the North is ruled, but, as far as everyone knew at the time, he was the rightful King and therefore the only one who could make lasting decisions. When he left to go meet Daenerys, he left Sansa in charge, but gave her little information as to his whereabouts and plans, leaving her questioning how responsible a king he truly was.
Furthermore, the information conveyed is shocking—Jon has done the thing everyone was worried he would be forced to do when he decided to go South to meet Daenerys; he’s bent the knee. Conveying this vital and life-changing (at least for Sansa and the people in the North) information in one short, almost tweet-like message is blunt, and Sansa will likely feel offended by that. In other words, this raven scroll could be the beginning of a deeper rift between Jon and Sansa, and, by extension, Jon and the North, that we’ll see play out in season 8.